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WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• After a six-week break, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to action for a busy May with three scheduled races, the first at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway on Saturday, May 3. The Stockton 150 will be the 24th running of the K&N West at the venerable quarter-mile facility since 1966. Cameron Hayley won last year’s event, but a first-time Stockton winner will be celebrated this week as none of the 14 all-time victors there are currently active. NASCAR Next drivers Dylan Lupton and Brandon McReynolds will be in action. They trail series veteran and championship points leader Greg Pursley by six points after two races.
Cole Custer's second win of the season gave Bill McAnally Racing three NASCAR K&N Pro Series wins already. BMR has runner-up finishes in each of the last year years since the series returned to Stockton.
• The 2014-15 NASCAR Next class was revealed last week at Richmond International Raceway. The new group has already compiled 21 NASCAR regional touring series wins and hopes to join a distinguished list of Next alumni that have compiled 10 national series victories in the last two years. Newcomers to the group include Custer, Rubén García Jr., Austin Hill, Erik Jones, Jesse Little, Lupton and McReynolds, while Gray Gaulding, Ryan Gifford, Ryan Preece, Ben Rhodes and Kenzie Ruston return to the program.
• NASCAR Next alum Daniel Suárez continued his winning ways in 2014 when he took the checkered flag Sunday at Autódromo Monterrey in NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series action. He has won three of four races in Toyota Series action this season to go along with his two victories in five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts.
NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST
Stockton 150 at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway
RACE TIME: Saturday, May 3, 11:30 p.m. EDT (Approx.)
TWITTER: @S99Speedway, #Stockton150, #KNWest
|9 a.m.||Garage Opens|
|1:45-2:30 p.m.||Final Practice|
|4:15 p.m.||Driver/Crew Chief Meeting|
|5 p.m.||Two-lap qualifying|
|6 p.m.||Autograph Session|
|8:15 p.m.||Driver Introductions|
|8:30 p.m.||STOCKTON 150 (150 laps, 37.5 miles)|
All times PT and subject to change.
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This Weekend's Highlights
Irwindale (Calif.) Event Center: The multi-purpose speedplant’s half-mile paved oval hosts Armed Forces Appreciation Night on May 3. Pre-race appearances and presentations include the Patriot Guard Riders, the American Veterans Alliance and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. All members of the military (with identification) will be admitted for $5. Victor Hurtado, Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO) creative director, will sing the national anthem. Marine Corps veteran Alex Minsky, who lost a leg in Iraq, is the event’s grand marshal. Gates open at 4 p.m. An on-track autograph session starts at 5:45 p.m. and race time is 7 p.m. On track: super late models, race trucks, super stocks, mini stocks, skid plate cars. www.irwindalespeedway.com.
Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway: Barbara and Jim Cromarty celebrate their 30th anniversary of ownership at Riverhead Raceway May 3. Twin 30-lap features for NASCAR modifieds headline Saturday night’s event on the quarter-mile paved oval. The 65-year-old track is located on eastern Long Island. The Cromarty’s have operated Riverhead with NASCAR sanction since 1978 and became its sole owners in 1984. The Cromartys were personally recruited by Bill France Jr. to join NASCAR while they were operating Islip (N.Y.) Speedway in 1976. Riverhead Raceway was a founding track for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 1982. Gates open at 3 p.m. Time trials are at 5 p.m. with racing to follow. Also on track: late models, figure-8s, chargers, blunderbusts, super pro trucks, legends. www.riverheadraceway.com.
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Friday, May 2: K&N Pro Series East, 4:30 p.m., Richmond International Raceway.
|Date||Series/Event||Track||Start Time EST||End Time EST|
|Saturday, May 3||NWAAS||Langley|
|Saturday, May 3||NWAAS||Evergreen|
|Saturday, May 3||NWAAS||Lake County|
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