DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to Arizona’s Tucson Speedway Saturday for the third race of the 2015 season, the NAPA WildCat 150. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers, as well as some other statistical trends.
Tucson Race Setup:
• This will be the first time the K&N Pro Series West has competed at Tucson since March 10, 2001.
• Only one driver in the field, Johnny Borneman, has competed in a K&N Pro West event at Tucson.
• Tucson Speedway was built in 1968 and the surface was originally clay.
• Was called Raven Speedway from 1968-93 and then Tucson Raceway Park from 1993-2010.
• The track was closed in 2010 and was re-opened in 2013 as Tucson Speedway.
• Tucson re-joined the Whelen All-American Series in 2014.
• This is the series’ 12th event at Tucson and the first since 2001.
• The NAPA Auto Parts WildCat 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, May 7 (time TBA).
• Eleven different drivers, led by Ron Hornaday Jr. with two victories, have won at Tucson.
• Seven different drivers, led by Butch Gilliand with five, have earned the pole award at the track.
• The most cautions for a K&N Pro Series West race is nine on June 1993, November 1994 and January 1995, while the fewest is three (2001).
• The most caution laps for a race is 51 in November 1994 and January 1995, while the fewest is 25 from January 1996 and March 2001.
• The lead has changed hands an average of 4.66 times with a high of 10 in January 1999.
Race: Three of 14 (5/2/15)
Track Layout: .375-mile paved oval
Race Length: 150 Laps (56.25 miles)
Banking/Corners: Variable banking (eight to 12 degrees)
Tucson Qualifying/Race Data
2014 Pole Winner: Event not held.
2014 Race Winner: Event not held.
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Butch Gilliand, Chevrolet, 15.284 seconds, 88.328 mph, June 15, 1996.
200-Lap Race Record: Johnny Borneman, Ford, one hour 24 minutes 50 seconds, 66.836 mph, March 10, 2001.
Ron Hornaday Jr. … 2
Johnny Borneman … 1
Mike Chase … 1
Gary Collins … 1
Butch Gilliand … 1
Doug George … 1
Mark Krogh … 1
Bill Sedgwick … 1
Gary Smith … 1
Dirk Stephens … 1
Sean Woodside … 1
Butch Gilliand … 5
Ron Hornaday Jr. … 2
John Baker … 1
Jerry Cain … 1
Gary Collins … 1
Jason Small … 1
Gary Smith … 1
Butch Gilliand … 1725
Scott Gaylord … 1395
Wayne Jacks … 1379
Bill McAnally … 1362
Ron Hornaday Jr. … 383
Butch Gilliand … 361
Mike Chase … 215
Gary Smith … 200
Selected Driver Information
Nicole Behar (Custom Welding & Fabrication Inc. Chevrolet)
• Her second-place finish at Irwindale set the mark for the highest finishing female in series history.
• Finished 21st in the season opener at California’s Kern County Raceway Park after an accident on Lap 141.
• Is ranked 12th in the championship standings.
James Bickford (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Interstate Plastics Ford)
• Has tallied one top five and one top 10 in two starts this season.
• Was the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner after registering one win, eight top five and 10 top 10 finishes.
• Recorded his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory at Idaho’s State Line Speedway on July 12, 2014.
Johnny Borneman (No. 8 Twisted X Boots Toyota)
• Won the last K&N Pro Series West race at Tucson in 2001.
• This is his 15th season in the K&N Pro Series West, his best finish was fourth in 2002.
• The season opener at Kern was his 108th start in the K&N Pro Series West.
Rich DeLong III (No. 84 Country Girl Saloon/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet)
• Has two starts in the K&N West this season.
• His career best finish is 12th at Kern (May 24, 2014) and Colorado National Raceway (June 26, 2014)
Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters/H20 Fire Protection)
• Scored his second K&N West win at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway on April 11, 2015.
• Registered his first series win at Colorado National last season.
• Ranked second in the standings with one win, two top fives and two top 10s.
Noah Gragson (No. 7 Alert ID Ford)
• Is ranked fourth in the standings after tallying one top five and two top 10s in two starts this season.
Bobby Hillis Jr. (No. 0 Tucson Speedway/Hinkley Lighting Factory Chevrolet)
• Has made two starts this season and is ranked 24th in the point standings.
• Earned his best finish on September 1, 2001 at Utah’s Rocky Mountain Raceway finishing 10th.
Matt Levin (No. 14 Port of Tucson Toyota)
• Is ranked 16th in the series standings after two starts.
David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI Service Chevrolet)
• Is ranked third in the current standings with one top five and two top 10s in two starts.
• Has eight wins, 44 top fives, 65 top 10s and 11 poles in 88 K&N West starts.
• Finished third in the series’ final standings last year.
• Was the 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the K&N Pro Series West.
Christian McGhee (No. 06 TBA Toyota)
• Has recorded one top 10 in two starts and is currently ranked 11th in the standings.
Brandon McReynolds (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Is ranked 18th in the standings after two starts this season.
• Finished last season ranked fourth with 11 top five and 12 top 10 finishes in 14 starts.
• Earned his best career finishes, second, last May at Evergreen (Wash.) Speedway and Kern.
• Earned three top fives and eight top 10s in 14 career starts in the K&N Pro Series East, including one top 10 in two Iowa starts for the East.
Ron Norman (No. 30 Port of Tucson Toyota)
• Is 19th in the standings after two starts.
• Crowned the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series super late model division champion at Tucson Speedway and the Arizona champion with two wins, five top fives and six top 10s.
Ryan Partridge (No. 9 Eibach Springs/Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Is ranked seventh in the standings after registering one top five and one top 10 in two starts this season.
• Won the 2014 Whelen All-American Series Irwindale Speedway and California titles in the division I late models.
• Is competing in his first full season this year with Bob Bruncati.
Gracin Raz (No. 27 Trinity Energy Ford)
• Is ranked fifth in the series after earning one top five and two top 10s in two starts.
Alex Schutte (No. 21 Proficio/Zitovault Chevrolet)
• Is ranked ninth in the standings after tallying two top 10s.
• Competed in one K&N Pro Series West event at Roseville on October 11, 2014 and finished 16th.
Brett Thompson (No. 61 Rich Thompson Trucking/61 Logistics/BluLng.com Chevrolet)
• Ranked sixth in the standings after recording two top 10s in two starts this season.
• Finished ranked 15th last season after earning four top 10s.
• In 133 K&N West starts he has tallied one win, 23 top fives, 74 top 10s and one pole.
John Wood (No. 36 Holleran’s Performance Toyota)
• After two starts, he is ranked 20th in the series standings.
• Has three top 10s in 50 starts.
• Ranked seventh in last year’s championship standings.
Up To Speed In The Series
• The 2015 season is the 62nd for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
• This season will feature 13 races at 11 different tracks across seven states.
• Tucson is the third stop of 13 this season.
• Dalton Sargeant leads the series standings with one win, two top fives and two top 10s in two starts.
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