The Race: BI-MART Salute to the Troops 125
The Place: Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore.
The Date: Sunday, July 18
The Time: 3 p.m. PT
TV Schedule: SPEED, July 29, 3 p.m. PT
Track Layout: 1.98-mile road course
Race Purse: $123,809
2009 Winner: Jim Inglebright
2009 Pole: David Mayhew
Schedule: Saturday: Practice 1-2 p.m., 3-4 p.m. Sunday: Time Trials 11:30 a.m.
Track Contact: Austin Holmes
NASCAR Contact: Kevin W. Green
The race … The Bi-Mart Salute to the Troops 125 is the seventh event in a 12-race series 2010 schedule this year for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. It is the second of three road-course races.
The procedure … The starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 63 laps (125 miles).
The track … Portland International Raceway is a 1.98-mile road course. The track hosted one NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event in 1986, which was won by Hershel McGriff, and one last year, which was won by Jim Inglebright.
The records … Qualifying: David Mayhew, July 19, 2009, 93.386 mph, 76.328 seconds; Race: Jim Inglebright, July 19, 2009, 58.332 mph, 2 hours 14 minutes 38 seconds.
McGriff returns … Hershel McGriff (No. 04 Park Corp Chevrolet) will be back in action at Portland International Raceway, at the age of 82.
Veterans To Add To Career Starts In Modern Era
Two longtime veterans in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be adding to their list of career marks at Portland.
The legendary Hershel McGriff (No. 04 Park Corporation Chevrolet) will be making his 239th career series start since 1971, which is a record for the modern era.
Last year’s event ...
The return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West to Portland International Raceway last year featured a thrilling dash to the finish on the final lap, with Jim Inglebright taking the victory.
Inglebright was third as the field thundered down the front stretch of the road course for a restart with two laps to go in a green-white-checkered finish. He charged to the outside of Brian Wong heading into the first turn. Then a lap later, he slipped to the inside of Greg Pursley heading to the checkered flag.
Pursley, who slid wide in Turn 12 on the final lap, held on to edge out Wong for second place.
Inglebright credited the strategy of his crew chief, Rodney Haygood, and the support of his team for help in keeping him in contention for the win.
Inglebright also benefited from some contact among the leaders late in the race, he said.
“At the end of the race, those guys just got up there and started wrecking each other,” Inglebright said. “We were fortunate. I about got turned on one of the restarts coming off of (Turn) 2 by the 7 car. Luckily, he let me go.”
The early portion of the race was dominated by David Mayhew, who had won the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying.
Jason Bowles and Eric Holmes - who were one-two in the championship standings coming into the event - were running one-two within 10 laps of the finish, but ended up losing positions after coming in contact with each other just after a restart. Bowles recovered for a fifth-place finish, which was enough for him to retain the points lead over Holmes, who finished seventh.
Final Notes From Irwindale
First career win for Vidovich … Auggie Vidovich (No. 59 babycancer.org/TCR Chevrolet) scored his first career series win with a victory in the King Taco 200 at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.) on July 3.
Pole for Pursley … With a lap of 18.505 seconds (97.271 mph) in qualifying, Greg Pursley (No. 26 GPM Performance Parts/Star Nursery Ford) registered his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season, the third of his career.
Career mark for Koch … Blake Koch (No. 21 Daystar Chevrolet) finished in the runner-up spot at Irwindale, a career-best mark.
Strong debut … Two drivers making their series debut at Irwindale each came away with a strong finish. Timmy Hill (No. Fuel Doctor Chevrolet) finished seventh, with Dusty Davis (No. 94 Vision Airlines Chevrolet) in eighth.
Great race for TCR … Car owner Terri Cass and her TCR team had two reasons to celebrate. In addition to winning the race with Auggie Vidovich, their other driver, Chris Johnson, had a career-best fifth-place finish.
Newberry comes up short … What appeared would be a runner-up finish for Brennan Newberry (No. 39 Dale Jr. Sharpie/Metal Mulisha Chevrolet) slipped away when he lost power just a few laps from the finish.
Up Next: Inaugural Series Visit To MRP
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads next to Montana for its inaugural race at Montana Raceway Park in Kalispell, Mont., on Saturday, Aug. 7.
The track, located six miles north of Kalispell, features 180-foot long turns banked 12 degrees. The front and back stretch are 300 feet long.
SPECIAL AWARD STANDINGS
COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD
David Mayhew 2
Jason Bowles 1
Greg Pursley 1
COCA-COLA MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD
Timmy Hill 1
Stan Silva 1
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD
Blake Koch 2
Paulie Harraka 1
Eric Holmes 1
Paul Pedroncelli Jr. 1
Michael Self 1
WIX LAP LEADER AWARD
Eric Holmes 1
David Mayhew 1
Auggie Vidovich 1
2010 SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR STANDINGS
1. Luis Martinez Jr">Luis Martinez Jr. 46
2. Josh Combs 44
3. Michael Self 43
4. Todd Souza 40
5. Taylor Barton 32
6. Travis Milburn 29
7. Greg Rayl 29
8. Troy Ermish 24
9. Justin Funkhouser 9