The Race: Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts Bonus Challenge 150
The Place: Montana Raceway Park
The Date: Saturday, Aug. 7
The Time: 9 p.m. PT
TV Schedule: SPEED, Aug. 12, 3 p.m. PT
Track Layout: .25-mile paved oval
Race Purse: $116,118
2009 Winner: Inaugural event
2009 Polesitter: Inaugural event
Friday: Practice 5-5:45 p.m., 7-7:45 p.m.; Saturday: Final Practice 12:30-1 p.m., Qualifying 6 p.m.
NASCAR PR Contact:
Kevin W. Green
The race … This is the eighth race on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule for 2010. It marks the inaugural visit by the series to the state of Montana.
The procedure … The starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 20 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (37.5 miles).
The track … Montana Raceway Park is a .25-mile track with turns banked 12 degrees.
The records … Records are to be established in this event.
Six different winners … The first seven races this season have resulted in six different race winners. Two-time series champion Eric Holmes (No. 20 NAPA Toyota), who has a 74-point lead in the championship standings, is the only driver with multiple victories so far.
Tight points battle continues … A tight points battle continues this year, with drivers in the top 10 of the championship standings shuffling positions with every race. Only 141 points separate the nine drivers from third to 11th in the standings.
Plenty of festivities planned in Kalispell … Montana Raceway Park will be kicking off its big weekend with a Race Party on Thursday, Aug. 5. The party, which is open to everyone, begins at 5 p.m. and will include a free barbecue dinner. An autograph session is scheduled at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the track office at 406-257-7223.
Final Notes From Portland
Long logs another win … Patrick Long (No. 45 Speed Wong Racing Dodge) scored his second career win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with a victory in the Bi-Mart Salute to the Troops 125 at Portland International Raceway on July 18. The Porsche factory driver from Thousand Oaks, Calif. — who was making his first series start this season — won in his last road race in the series last August.
Another pole for Mayhew … David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI Services/Ron’s Rear Ends/KHI Chevrolet) set a track record in winning the Coors Light Pole in qualifying at Portland. His lap of 76.426 seconds (94.503 mph) eclipsed his pole lap on the 1.98-mile road course a year ago. It marked the third pole award this year for Mayhew, the only driver with multiple poles this season, and his sixth career series fast time.
Career marks … Luis Martinez Jr">Luis Martinez Jr. (No. 6 King Taco/Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil Ford) , the leading candidate for this year’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, finished fifth at Portland to match his career-best mark from the season opener at Roseville. Stan Silva Jr. (No. 65 A&S Metals/Stan Silva Jr. Trucking Chevrolet) finished seventh, to equal his best career finish, which he turned in earlier this season at Phoenix.
Strong series debut … Tom Klauer (No. 25 Steel Racing by Schnitzer Steel Toyota) had a strong run in his series debut at Portland, charging from 22nd on the grid to finish 10th. His Toyota was one of five cars entered by Bill McAnally Racing.
Successful food drive … Tom Klauer’s competition on track was in conjunction with a food drive, “Racing to Stop Hunger,” that was spearheaded by Schnitzer Steel, Pick-n-Pull Self-Service Auto Dismantlers and event sponsor Bi-Mart. The drive collected 7,997 pounds of food donations, along with cash donations at the race event of an additional $20,821, for the Oregon Food Bank.
Career stats … Hershel McGriff (No. 04 Park Corp Chevrolet) made his 239th career series start since 1971, a record for the modern era, and Jack Sellers (No. 15 Greyhound Adoption Center Chevrolet) made his 237th start, which ties him with Bill Schmitt for second on the list.
Manufacturers well represented … Cars finishing in the top five at Portland consisted of a Dodge (Patrick Long), two Toyotas (Eric Holmes and Paulie Harraka), a Chevrolet (David Mayhew) and a Ford (Luis Martinez).
Up Next: Colorado National Speedway">Colorado National Speedway
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West next heads to Colorado for its annual visit to Colorado National Speedway, just north of Denver, on Saturday, Aug. 14. Paulie Harraka scored his first career win with a victory at the .375-mile high-banked oval last year.
This Week’s Leaders
Through 7 races of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season:
Points leader – Eric Holmes, 1,107
Money won – Eric Holmes, $50,285
Laps led – David Mayhew, 152
Laps completed – Jonathon Gomez, 942
Average finish – Eric Holmes, 6.9
Victories – Eric Holmes, 2
Poles – David Mayhew, 3
Top-five finishes – Eric Holmes, 5; David Mayhew, 5
Top-10 finishes – Eric Holmes, 6
Races led – David Mayhew, 3; Greg Pursley, 3
COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD
David Mayhew, 3
Jason Bowles, 1
Paulie Harraka, 1
Andrew Myers, 1
Greg Pursley, 1
COCA-COLA MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD
Wes Banks, 1
Troy Ermish, 1
Paulie Harraka, 1
Timmy Hill, 1
Gary Lewis, 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
Jonathon Gomez, 1
Eric Holmes, 1
Patrick Long, 1
David Mayhew, 1
2010 SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR STANDINGS
Luis Martinez Jr., 56
Michael Self, 51
Josh Combs, 50
Todd Souza, 47
Travis Milburn, 38
Greg Rayl, 34
Taylor Barton, 32
Troy Ermish, 27