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BMR Phoenix Race Report

NASCAR West
Source — Bill McAnally Racing
Date Posted — March 06, 2012
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BMR Phoenix Race Report

Eric Holmes, No. 20 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota - finished 8th

Cameron Hayley, No. 24 NAPA Gold Filters Toyota - finished 22nd

D J Kennington, No. 81 Northern Provincial Pipeline Toyota - finished 10th

Ben Kennedy, No. 96 NAPA Filters Toyota - finished 11th

Eric Holmes Race Summary: No. 20 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Eric Holmes finished seventh in Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Bill McAnally Racing driver qualified the NAPA Toyota in seventh. On his second qualifying lap, a radiator hose came loose causing the No. 20 NAPA Toyota Camry to require pre-race repairs. As per NASCAR rules, the pre-race repair required Holmes to move to the rear of the field to start the race. In three laps, Holmes moved into 18th and 13th at lap 21. The only caution of the race came out at lap 28. At lap 32, the NAPA Toyota was in the top-ten. Holmes would race his way to eighth by the checkered flag. After the season opener at PIR, Holmes is eighth in the standings. The No. 20 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota team will next race at the Havasu 95 Speedway, Havasu, Arizona on April 14th.

• Started 28th and finished eighth.

• Restarted 12th after the only caution period from lap 28-30.

• Finish put Holmes record at four top-fives and five top-ten finishes at PIR.

Holmes QUOTE: “We had a great NAPA Toyota Camry to start our 2012 season. We had a bit of bad luck to start the race but we did better than last year when we had a fourteenth place finish. We kept digging and we are confident that with more laps, we would have been in contention for a second win at PIR. We are looking forward to our next race which will be on a short track. Havasu 95 is a new track for the series and we always do well at new tracks. The NAPA team is looking forward to the April races which also include a return to the road course at Miller Motorsports Park.”

Cameron Hayley Race Summary: No. 24 NAPA Gold Filters Toyota driver Cameroon Hayley finished 22nd in Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Bill McAnally Racing driver qualified the NAPA Gold Filters Toyota in sixth. The 15 year-old Rookie of the Year contender settled into the top-ten thru the first 25 laps. Caution came out at lap 28 at which time Hayley that the No. 24 NAPA Gold Filters Toyota was ‘tight’ but that driving thru corners three and four “felt good”. At the restart at lap 30, the NAPA Gold Filters Toyota was pushed from behind as cars stack up causing slight damage. Hayley radioed in that he felt a vibration in the right front tire and that the Toyota Camry was getting tighter and tighter. Crew chief Mario Isola made the call to bring the No 24 to pit road under green flag racing conditions. Hayley returned now in p24. He would gain two positions to finish in 22nd. Hayley and the team will next race at the Havasu 95 Speedway, Havasu, Arizona on April 14th.

• This is Hayley first full season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. He made four series starts in 2011.

• Restarted 11th after the only caution period from lap 28-30.

• After a visit to pit road to investigate a right front vibration, the No. 24 NAPA Gold Filters Toyota reentered the race in 24th.

Hayley QUOTE: “I’m proud of the effort the team from Bill McAnally Racing made in our first race of the season. We had a bit of disappointing day in the NAPA Gold Filters Toyota. After a great qualifying effort, we were looking forward to making a strong run. We finished in 22nd after having to come in for a right front tire vibration. I had the opportunity to spend some time this weekend with our sponsor NAPA Gold Filters and had lots of fun. Thank you for all of your support. The team is looking forward to racing on a new track; the Havasu 95 Speedway where we will be looking to record our first series win in the No. 24 Cabinets by Hayley/NAPA Batteries Toyota.”

D.J. Kennington Race Summary: No. 81 Northern Provincial Pipeline Toyota driver D.J. Kennington finished 10th in Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Bill McAnally Racing driver qualified the No. 81 Northern Provincial Pipeline Toyota Camry in 16th. When the caution came out at lap 28, Kennington had moved up thru traffic to the 11th position. He would gain one more position to finish in 10th. In only three visits in the series for the No. 81 Northern Provincial Pipeline Toyota recorded two tenth place finished and one 11th. The 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion looks to repeat as the series champion in 2012.

• Started 16th and 10th

• Second top-ten series finish in only three starts at PIR.

• Kennington has made starts in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

• The 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tires Series season starts on May 20th where Kennington is the defending race winner.

Ben Kennedy Race Summary: No. 96 NAPA Filters Toyota driver Ben Kennedy finished 11th in Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Bill McAnally Racing driver qualified the 96 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry in eighth. At the halfway point of the race, the 20 year-old driver from Daytona Beach. Florida found himself in 12th. The University of Florida student would take the checkered flag gaining one position.

• Started 8th and 11th.

• In only four series starts, Kennedy has two top-ten finishes.

• Kennedy races full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Series.

. The 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series season begins on March 17th at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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