The Race: King Taco 200
The Place: Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, Calif.
The Date: Saturday, July 3
The Time: 8:30 p.m. PT
TV Schedule: SPEED July 15, 3 p.m. PT
Track Layout: .5-mile paved
Race Purse: $107,099
2009 Winner: Jason Bowles
2009 Pole: Jason Bowles
Schedule: Saturday: Practice 11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m., 1-1:45 p.m. Time Trials 4:45 p.m.
Track Contact: Doug Stokes
NASCAR Contact: Kevin W. Green
The race … The King Taco 200 is the sixth event on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule in 2010.
The procedure … The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 200 laps (100 miles).
The track … Toyota Speedway at Irwindale is a half-mile paved oval with blended banking of six, nine and 12 degrees in the corners and banking of six degrees in the straights. This will be the 20th visit by the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, dating back to June of 1999.
The records … Qualifying: Butch Gilliland, June 19, 1999, 100.722 mph, 17.871 seconds; Race: Jason Bowles, Aug. 16, 2008, 76.255 mph, 1 hour 18 minutes 41 seconds.
Back in action … The entry list includes two drivers who made their regular season series debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa in May. Open-wheel racer Chad Boat (No. 30 Curb Records Chevrolet) of Phoenix, Ariz., finished 12th overall in that event — while Brennan Newberry (No. 39 Dale Jr. Sharpie Chevrolet) of Bakersfield, Calif., finished 22nd.
Returning to the series … The entry list also includes Robbie Brand (No. 37 Lagunitas Brewing Co./WorldCom Financial Ford) of Barstow, Calif. Brand, a former motorcycle racer, competed in six series races in 2005 and 2006.
Hall of Fame festivities … The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame will hold its annual induction and dinner at the Azusa Greens Country Club on Friday, July 2, beginning with a no-host cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
Going the distance … The 19 events have varied in distance. Seven were 250-lap races (two in 1999, two in 2000 and three in 2001); eight were 200 laps (one each in 2002 and 2003, two in 2006, one in 2007, two in 2008 and one in 2009); three were 150 laps (both in 2004 and one in 2005) and one was 300 laps (the season finale in 2000).
Special Hauler Parade
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West team haulers will parade from Arcadia to Irwindale on Friday evening, leading to Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
The parade is set to roll out at 6:15 p.m. and pass through Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Azusa and Irwindale en route to the track.
“A parade like this has become a real tradition at a number of major NASCAR races around the country, and we felt that we should celebrate one of our biggest NASCAR races of the year with our own hauler parade,” said track GM Bob DeFazio.
Last year’s event ...
Jason Bowles scored his third consecutive win on his home track of Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
Bowles, who won two series races at the half-mile track in 2008, led 132 of 200 laps en route to the victory before a Fourth of July capacity crowd. The win propelled him into the lead in the championship standings.
Bowles crossed the finish line with a margin of victory of .450 seconds over Jeff Barkshire, the only other driver to lead a lap.
Barkshire, running in only his second event of the season, was out front for 68 laps in the first half of the race. Once Bowles – who had started first on the grid after winning the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying – regained the lead, he was not going to give it up again and Barkshire had to settle for the runner-up spot.
Final Notes from Infineon
Ranger wins … Andrew Ranger (No. 35 Waste Management Chevrolet), a two-time champion in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, made his debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with a win in the Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200 at Infineon Raceway on June 19. Ranger, who is driving in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this season, was the first Canadian to win a West event since Gary Smith in 1998.
Bowles sets pace … Jason Bowles (No. 31 Thunder Valley Casino Resort Chevrolet) won the Coors Light Pole Award at Infineon Raceway with a lap of 91.697 mph and led the first 16 circuits. The 2009 series champion, who won the event the past two years, appeared headed for a runner-up finish — but ran out of gas and coasted to a stop just 100 feet short of the finish.
Banner day for BMR … Bill McAnally Racing went four-for-four at Infineon Raceway, with all four teams finishing in the top 10. Paulie Harraka (No. 12 NAPA Gold Filters Toyota) led the way in second, followed by Brandon Davis (No. 10 Applied Computer Solutions Chevrolet) in third and Eric Holmes (No. 20 NAPA Toyota) in fourth. Moses Smith (No. 16 HASA Pools/White Flyer Toyota) came away with a ninth-place finish.
Up Next: Return To Portland
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for a visit to Portland International Raceway for the Bi-Mart Salute to the Troops 125 on Sunday, July 18. The event marks the second of three road course races on the series schedule for 2010. Jim Inglebright snatched the victory away with a late-race charge in last year’s event.