BUHL, Idaho — Jonathon Gomez, driver of the #22 Century Boatland/Living Like a Pirate Chevrolet, is looking forward to round ten of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series as the series embarks on the final third of the season. This Saturday night, Gomez is hoping to continue his climb in the point standings with top finish in the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota "150" at Colorado National Speedway located just North of Denver.
" Consistency Paying Off for Idaho Competitor"
The 3/8-mile paved oval has been home to nine previous NKNPS events with seven different winners and eight different Coors Light Pole Award winners. This track is favors an up front starting position as the deepest a previous winner has come from is 14th (Steve Portenga in 2001) though the race has been won from the pole position only twice.
In nine starts this season, Gomez has three top five and six top ten performance and has been running at the conclusion of each event. "We have run really well this season and we get better each week," Gomez offered. I am looking forward to the Colorado race. The track is bumpy but it is wide and fast. We have a good setup that I know will work on Saturday."
In his only previous start at CNS, Gomez finished 13th in 2010. "As long as we qualify up front we are going to be OK," Gomez said.
Gomez has steadily climbed back into the championship hunt after a 24th place result in the opening race at Phoenix back in March. Gomez has three top five and six top ten performance this season and has completed 99% of all laps contested and has been running at the conclusion of each race in 2012.
Gomez currently sits sixth in the standing after nine races just 15-points our of fifth place and 68-points behind the point leader Dylan Kwasnieski. Third through sixth in the standings are only separated by 42-points.
Gomez has made 36 career starts in the NKNPS after making his series debut at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, OR on July 11, 2008. In 36 career races he has eight top five and 18 top ten performances. He has a career best finish of second place twice (Iowa & Phoenix).
Gomez Motorsports is owned by John Gomez, a successful farmer and businessman based in Idaho. The team is lead by crew chief Craig Raudman and supported by Ron Copeland, Blaine Bergem, Derek Copeland, Kyle Cattanach, Adam Wyse, and Mike Mulder.
Montana Race Rewind
This past weekend, Jonathon Gomez and his team competed in the 22nd annual Montana "200", one of the marquee Late Model races in the region. While he had hopes of a victory, the team demonstrated perseverance by overcoming several issues with a used car purchased a week before the event and had only two days to prepare the car for competition before traveling to Kalispell, MT.
Gomez qualified a disappointing 33rd out of 42 cars putting him in the "C" main. He won the 40-lap event transferring in the "B" main but just missed the cut finishing 8th. Gomez would start on the pole for the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) and would lead every lap making his way into the 26-car field for the 200-lap feature.
Gomez started 20th and worked his way into the top ten by lap 75 and never dropped out of the top ten the rest of the event. He eventually finished 8th in the race.
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About Gomez Motorsports
Jonathon Gomez is supported by Century Boatland, Living Like a Pirate, J&C Custom Harvesting, United Oil, Modern Machinery, DJ Safety, and Gomez Farms. Jonathon Gomez has competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series since 2008 and is the 2010 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Champion. Gomez is also a winner on the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series and in the Mustang Challenge Series at Miller Motorsports Park. For more information on Jonathon Gomez, please log onto his website atwww.jonathongomez.com or NASCAR Hometracks or the SRL Southwest Tour website. You can also follow all of the best in West coast racing action by visiting www.racingwest.com.