MONROE, Washington — While every race car driver may dream about the day they drive full-time in NASCAR's biggest leagues, it is the deliberate and purposeful path that will get a driver there. 18-year old Kelly Admiraal from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is taking that path and tonight he is back in NASCAR K&N Pro Series action at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington.
" 18-Year Old Making Strides in NASCAR Career"
After graduating from high school back in June, Admiraal has been focusing on his racing career that has seen him race in Canada and the United States in a variety of series. Growing up in a family of racers, Admiraal has distinguished himself as the driver with the "it" factor according to his brothers. His crew chief, NASCAR champion Craig Raudman, would also agree. "Kelly is really smart behind the wheel," Raudman offered. "He listens and is learning what the car needs and is able to give us the feedback we need to make the car better. He has a lot of natural ability."
Admiraal is enjoying his new collaboration with Raudman. "We are really beginning to gel," Admiraal said. "Craig is fantastic. He is a great coach and he consistently takes the time to teach me how to manage the car and work my lines."
Admiraal will have his work cut out for him tonight at Evergreen Speedway. Known as the 'Superspeedway of the West', the 5/8-mile paved oval is a challenging circuit that has frustrated the most savvy of veterans. "I have raced at Monroe in my Super Late Model so I know the racing groove but these K&N cars are a lot different," Admiraal offered. "I am looking forward to getting back behind the wheel and we are looking for a great finish. Craig and the team have prepared a very fast race car and I am excited to go out and see what we can do."
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series is one of the proving grounds for drivers to climb the racing ladder and Admiraal continues to excel behind the wheel. His last start at Sonoma in June saw him race to a seventh place finish in his first roadcourse event in the United States. He is looking to better that mark at Monroe seeking his first top five finish in NASCAR's premiere west coast series.
Western Camp Services LTD is Admiraal Racing's primary corporate partner, backing the team's diverse racing schedule that includes competition in NASCAR, Late Model Regional Touring, drag racing, and ice racing. Western Camp Services Ltd. is the largest independently-owned camp and catering company in Western Canada offering lodging, groceries, kitchen and housekeeping personnel for lodges of 20-1000 men.
Admiraal Racing is owned by Menno Admiraal, a successful business entrepreneur and owner of Western Camp Services Ltd. based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The team is lead by Driver/Director of Race Operations Ian Admiraal and supported by crew members: Theo, Badge, Daniel, Nolan, Adam, Dan and Jake. Craig Raudman and Kyle Cattanach prepare and service the cars in Northern California. Admiraal Racing has corporate partnerships with Williams Scotsman, Western Camp Services, Empire Camp, Paradise RV, Gee & Gee Racing, and Emond Racing.
You can follow the Admiraal Racing team on their website, at NASCAR Hometracks, and Racing West.
About Admiraal Racing
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Admiraal Racing team competes in a variety of racing disciplines throughout the year including circle track racing, drag racing, and ice racing. The team is owned by Menno Admiraal who also is president of Western Camp Services, the largest independently-owned camp and catering company in Western Canada. Western Camp Services provides services to the Natural Resource Industry, offering new camps from 20 to 1000 men in Western Canada; lodging, groceries, kitchen and housekeeping personnel are included.