NASCAR K&N Pro Series West points leader Chris Eggleston and his fellow competitors will have new competition heading into the Carneros 200 Saturday when NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship leader William Byron and other East Coast contenders roll into town.
Byron, is one of four K&N Pro Series East drivers headed west to California’s Sonoma Raceway this weekend. He will be joined by HScott Motorsports teammates JJ Haley and Dalton Sargeant, as well as Ben Kennedy Racing’s Kaz Grala.
Sargeant returns to the West after recording a win, a pole and top fives in both of his K&N Pro Series West races this year at Kern County Raceway Park and Irwindale Speedway.
Haley returns to the West after one start in Phoenix last season, where he finished 26th. Grala and Byron will be making their K&N Pro Series West debuts.
The East contingent should expect significant competition as Eggleston will try to win his third victory of the season. Brandon McReynolds has already shown he has what it takes to beat the East with his impressive win at Iowa Speedway in the East-West combination race.
James Bickford is coming off an impressive showing at California’s Shasta Speedway where he led 52 laps before he was overtaken by race winner Eggleston.
Rookies Gracin Raz, Noah Gragson, Ryan Partridge and Nicole Behar will also prove to be tough competitors.
The K&N East contingent won’t be the only challenge for the K&N West regulars, however. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Austin Dillon and Trevor Bayne will also be competing in Saturday’s event, and will look to continue a recent trend as three of the last four Sonoma races have been won by Sprint Cup competitors.
RACE: Carneros 200
PLACE: Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway
DATE: Saturday, June 27
TIME: 2 p.m. PT
TELECAST: NBCSN, July 1, 3 p.m. PT
TRACK LAYOUT: 1.99-mile, 12-turn road course
2014 POLESITTER/WINNER: Kyle Larson
EVENT SCHEDULE: Friday–Practice 1:30-11:50 a.m. PT, Final Practice 2-3 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 4-4:45 p.m.; Saturday–Qualifying 9:45 a.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Diana Brennan, 707-933-3918, [email protected]
TRACK TWITTER: @RaceSonoma
EVENT HASHTAG: #Carneros200
NASCAR CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, 386-631-6142, [email protected]
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The Race: The Carneros 200 is the sixth of 13 races on the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule. It will be the series’ 35th visit to Sonoma Raceway since 1969, and the first road course race of the season.
The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 40 cars. The first 36 starting positions will be set by NASCAR Road Race style group qualifying and the final four positions will be determined by the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 64 laps (204.966 kilometers/127.36 miles) and will have a five-minute midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 32.
The Track: Sonoma Raceway opened in 1968 as Sears Point International Raceway on 720 acres that was a dairy farm in the early 1900s. Since then then the facility has grown to 1,600 acres and hosts 340 days of racing activity each year.
The Records: The series’ qualifying record was established on June 21, 2014 by Kyle Larson at 92.794 mph (77.203 seconds). The 64-lap race record was set on June 19, 2010 by Andrew Ranger at 69.155 mph (1 hour, 50 minutes, 30 seconds).
Carneros 200 Notes:
Dillon Returns To His Roots: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon is returning to where his NASCAR career began, the K&N Pro Series. Dillon competed in the K&N Pro Series East full-time in 2008 and earned the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title. He has competed in two K&N Pro Series West races, Phoenix International Raceway in 2008 and Sonoma Raceway last year, and finished 15th and 22nd, respectively.
Bayne to Make K&N West, Sonoma Debut: Trevor Bayne will compete in his first K&N Pro Series West race Saturday with the Carneros 200. The K&N West start will also be the first race at Sonoma for the Sprint Cup Series driver. Bayne has competed in 15 races in the K&N East, including a full-season in 2008 where he finished fourth in the championship standings.
Season Debuts: In addition to Bayne, Cole Custer, Jim Inglebright, Tom Klauer and Tim Spurgeon will all be making their season debuts at Sonoma. Custer has recorded one win, two top fives and three top 10s in five K&N West starts, earning his first win at Phoenix last year. The veteran Inglebright has earned three wins, 18 top five and 28 top 10s in 70 races. This will be Klauer’s seventh K&N West race overall, and fourth at Sonoma. Spurgeon will be competing in his sixth K&N West race, and this will also be his fourth race at Sonoma. All four drivers will be looking to earn their first win at Sonoma.
Leaving the Oval Behind: This will be the first road course event of the K&N Pro Series season, West or East. The Carneros 200 will also mark the first time competing on a road course for 13 drivers on the entry list.
– NASCAR IMC press release