Looking to end the 2004 NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series, Scott Lynch is ready to challenge the field at the NAPA Auto Parts 150, Saturday, October 23 at Irwindale Speedway.
"We definitely want this one," says Lynch, who pilots the Number 08 Yerf-Dog/Orleans Dodge. "We've taken two wins (Roseburg, Ore. and Phoenix, Ariz.) for Yerf-Dog so far this season and we really want to end the year with their banner flying in Victory Lane."
No newcomer to the ins and outs of what is aptly known at the West Coast's .5 mile "super" fast speedway, Lynch feels very much at home at Irwindale. "It is an awesome facility," he says. The racing is exciting for both the drivers and the fans. You can run high, low and in the middle and that makes for good passing and close action-packed, fender-to-fender racing. The trick is to be able to exercise a lot of patience, plus take care of your equipment and tires so you are there at the end. We know we have everything necessary to win…all we need is a little luck on our side."
Lynch, the reigning NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series Champion ranks Irwindale Speedway as one of the best tracks on the circuit. "We took the victory here in 2003," he says. "Earlier this year, we were in the lead with about 45 Laps to go when a mechanical problem put us out of contention. That's very unusual for the Orleans Team. Our Dodge, our equipment and our Kroyer Racing engines are always first class. We tested our Yerf-Dog Dodge a couple of weeks ago and it was right on so when the Green Flag signals the start, we will definitely be ready to go."
Currently ranked 5th in the point standings, a win could move Lynch up to third or fourth depending on how the other contenders fare. "There is no way to predict the final outcome," says the Burley, Idaho native. It's never over 'til the Checker waves. We have a great team and with their hard work and determination, we should end this season in a good place.
Qualifying for the 150 Lap/75-Miles event takes place on Saturday, October 23 at 4:00 PM and race action gets underway at 8:00 PM. Live race coverage will air on HDNET and will also be seen on SPEED TV on December 25 at Noon ET.