Monday, August 8, 2011

K&N Pro Series West, Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 Recap

I recently said that I wanted to start covering other NASCAR series, so I decided to write a recap of this past Saturday’s K&N Pro Series West, Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 from the 0.375-mile, Colorado National Speedway. 

Credit to
Dylan Kwasniewski, in the No. 3 Rockstar/Royal Purple Ford, also part of NASCAR’s “Next Nine,” captured the pole, and while doing so, he set a record for youngest series pole winner, which was formerly held by Spencer Clark.  By lap 9, Kwasniewski had a lead of 0.508 seconds over teammate, Greg Pursley, and by lap 20, a lead of 1.408 seconds.  Fourteen laps later, Alex Bowman, who is in contention for Rookie of the Year in the K&N Pro Series East, moved past Pursley for second.  It took Bowman thirty-five laps to decrease Kwasniewski’s 1.479-second lead to a mere 0.391 seconds.  On lap 67, Michael Self spun in Turn 2, bringing out the caution; when they restarted on lap 70, only ten cars were on the lead lap. 

On lap 145, Alex Bowman and Dylan Kwasniewski were nose to tail with Dylan leading.  Bowman spun Kwasniewski in Turn 2, bringing out the caution, but was sent to the tail of the field for aggressive driving.  This sent the race into “overtime” with a Green White Checkered that we now so often see in NASCAR. 

Credit to
When on lap 152, the Checkered Flag waved, Dylan Kwasniewski, leading 149 of the 152 laps, scored his first K&N Pro Series West win, becoming the youngest K&N West winner, which was previously held by none other than driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota, Joey Logano.    As if that wasn’t enough, Dylan is the youngest ever winner in the K&N Pro Series [East and West] at 16 years, 2 months old.

Rounding out the top ten were: Greg Pursley, Brett Thompson, Luis Martinez, Jr., Eric Holmes, Moses Smith, Chad Boat, Ben Kennedy, Alex Bowman, and Ryan Philpott.   

To catch this race on T.V., tune into Speed on Thursday, August 25 at 6p.m. ET!

I want to know what you think…would you like to see more K&N Pro Series [both East and West] recaps to learn more about the drivers that you will see in NASCAR one day?


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