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News & Notes: K&N West First Visit To BIR

Kwasniewski Looks To Extend Lead In Championship Standings
By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR
May 21, 2012 - 3:44pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West makes its inaugural visit to Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway this week as part of the Fourth Annual Street Car Showdown on Saturday, May 26.

The event on BIR’s 2.5-mile road course is the sixth event of a 15-race schedule and the second of four road course events for the series this year./files/bir_logo.jpg

Sixteen-year-old Dylan Kwasniewski heads to Minnesota first in the championship standings – with a 15-point lead over his teammate, defending series champion Greg Pursley. While Kwasniewski looks to build on his point lead, Pursley aims to gain ground in hopes of capturing back-to-back titles.

"I'm really excited about the inaugural K&N West race at Brainerd,” said Kwasniewski. “I think the fact that it's new for all of us West drivers levels the field just that much more. I'm happy that Royal Purple stepped up to sponsor this race and I'm confident I can bring my No. 03 Ford home in the winner’s circle this time."

Kwasniewski, of Las Vegas, is the first driver to capture more than one win in the series this year. He scored a victory earlier this month at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway and was credited with a win as the top finishing West driver in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Saturday.

Although he had a record setting season as a rookie last year, Kwasniewski did not have much success in road course events. His best finish in the three races was 25th. But with a fourth-place finish at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah last month, he appears to have turned things around this year.

"We did have a lot of bad luck on road courses last year and that's frustrating for me because I grew up racing karts on many different kinds of open wheel tracks,” Kwasniewski said. “I feel that I didn't have the opportunity to showcase my ability to race these kinds of tracks last year. Miller was definitely a boost to my confidence. I really enjoy racing road courses because you have to be on your game with all the turns, shifting and elevation changes all the time. I think finishing well in the road courses we have on the schedule is going to be important to winning the championship.”

Pursley, meanwhile, has the best road course stats among the series regulars. The driver of the No. 26 Gene Price Motorsports/Star Nursery Ford has three wins, all at Miller Motorsports Park, along with six top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 11 series road course starts.

Race: 4th Annual Street Car Showdown
Place: Brainerd International Raceway
Date: Saturday, May 26
Time: 4:40 p.m. CT
Radio Schedule: NASCARHomeTracks.com Radio, Live
Track Layout: 2.5-mile road course
2011 Winner: Inaugural event
2011 Polesitter: Inaugural event
Event Schedule: Saturday: Practice 9:45-10:45 a.m., Qualifying 1:45 p.m.
Track PR Contact: Geoff Gorvin, (218) 821-9513, Gorvin@charter.net
NASCAR IMC Contact: Kevin W. Green (661) 392-8543 kgreen@nascar.com

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Fast Facts
Race:
This event is the sixth of 15 events on the 2012 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. It marks the inaugural series visit to the Minnesota track.

Procedure: The starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 cars will qualify through NASCAR road racing style (group) qualifying. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 50 laps (125 miles).

Track: Brainerd International Raceway is a 2.5-mile, 13-turn road course.

Records: To be established.

Race Notes
Big Day Of Racing At BIR:
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race is part of the Fourth Annual Street Car Showdown at Brainerd International Raceway. The event also includes Muscle Car Series drag racing and the Sports Car Club of American Harvey West Classic.

Special Practice: NASCAR K&N Pro Series West drivers will get a chance to check out the 2.5-mile road course at Brainerd during a special practice session the track is holding on Friday, May 25.

Second Of 4 Road Course Events: This event marks the second of four road course races on this year’s series schedule. The series visited Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on April 28. The circuit travels to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., on June 23 and Portland (Ore.) International Raceway on Aug. 26.

Three Straight Weeks of Racing For West: The Brainerd race marks the second of three consecutive weeks of racing for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The series competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Saturday, May 19. Following Brainerd, the series visits The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 2.

Live Radio Coverage: Live radio coverage of this event will be carried on NASCARHomeTracks.com, by the team at Speed51. Fans can access the live race audio stream by going to NASCARHomeTracks.com on Saturday and clicking on play under the radio logo on the right side of the page.

Final Notes From Iowa
First Multiple Winner In 2012:
As the top finishing NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver in the East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, Dylan Kwasniewski was credited with a win. The Las Vegas teen becomes the first driver with multiple wins this season. It victory marks his fourth career series win overall.

West Pole: David Mayhew was the fastest NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver in qualifying for the East-West combination race at Iowa, marking his third pole at the .875-mile track and his eighth career series pole.

Up Next: The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads next to The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Star Nursery 200 on June 2.

Four visits by the series to The Bullring have produced four different winners.