One of the most anticipated events on the 2014 schedule will take place this Saturday when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Series returns to the Stockton 99 Speedway.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West has been coming to the track since the early 1970s, making it one of the longest running & historical stops for the tour in the Golden State. This will be the 23rd race for the series at the 99 with the first occurring in the 1966 season.
“The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event at Stockton 99 is always one of the bigger events on the West Coast and a cornerstone for the track each season,” said retired NASCAR Vice President of Marketing & Senior Consultant with NASCAR and former 99 promoter Ken Clapp. “Early on the drivers weren’t sure how the track would race with the tight confines of the speedway, but it has lent itself to some tremendous competition over the years. I’m expecting a great show on May 3 and the fans certainly will not want to miss it.”
The K&N Pro Series West is set to compete in 14 events this season in seven different states. In the two races already held this year Cole Custer opened the season with a victory at Phoenix International Raceway lane at while rookie Patrick Staropoli earned his first career NASCAR win at Irwindale Raceway.
Last year’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event at the Stockton 99 Speedway was captured by eventual West champion Derek Thorn over Sergio Pena with Cameron Haley, Luis Tyrell and Escalon’s Eric Holmes rounding out the top-five. The 2013 championship saw one of the closest point battles in its history, as Thorn claimed the title by just six points over Hayley at season’s end.
Fourteen different drivers, led by the legendary Jack McCoy with five, have won in the previous 22 races at Stockton and a 15th is guaranteed this year since none of the current entrants has so much as led a lap in Stockton previously.
Leading the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings going into the Stockton 150 is Greg Pursley, who has tallied top-five finishes in each of the first two events while Brandon McReynolds and Dylan Lupton are currently tied for second.
“We are definitely looking forward to the K&N West event at the Stockton 99 Speedway,” commented 99 track president Tony Noceti. “This is always one of the premier showcases all season long at Stockton 99 and we’ve really been beating the pavement to market the event. We hope to see everyone out there because it’s going to be a great show.”
Also on hand this Saturday will be the Legends of the Pacific, Pro-4 Modifieds, Mini Cups and Basic 4-Cylinders.
Adult general admission tickets for 16 and up will be $30, juniors 11-15 $25, Military and seniors 60 and older $25, Kids 10 and under are free. There is also a $5 convenience fee for presale tickets. To purchase tickets simply contact 916.370.9417.
In addition to an evening of great racing two lucky couples in attendance will have the chance to win garage passes to the NASCAR Save Mart/Toyota Sprint Cup weekend at Sonoma Raceway on June 20-22. Fans will have the opportunity to register at the start of the night and the two winning couples will be drawn prior to the start of the K&N Series race.
FOX Sports 1 will telecast the Stockton 150 on a delayed basis on Friday, May 9 at 10:30 a.m.
The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, powered by Mazda, features the debut of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, America’s all-new premier sports car racing Series, this weekend May 2-4 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Series was created by the last year’s merger of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car and American Le Mans organizations, both of which had a long history of competing at Mazda Raceway. The TUDOR Championship features two styles of cars, Prototype and GT (Grand Touring). Each style of car has two classes, Pro and Pro-Am, meaning there are four classes of racing on track together, each with their own battle for the lead.
Four other very competitive Series will also be racing on the 11-turn, 2.238-mile jewel of a road course nestled in the hills between Salinas and Monterey; the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Mazda MX-5 Cup, IMSA GT3 Challenge by Yokohama and making its first-ever appearance, the Lamborghini Super Trofeo.
The TUDOR Championship PC/GTD race will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 10 a.m., followed by the P/GTLM race at 2:30 p.m.
Other events on the 2014 Laguna Seca calendar include the Ferrari Challenge May May 16-18, FIM Superbike World Championship returns to Monterey July 11-13 for its only U.S. appearance, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 14-17 which will celebrate the rich 100-year history of Maserati, and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs Oct. 10-12.
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