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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Austin Dyne has spent most of this season chasing Cameron Hayley for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Now as the season winds to a close, the roles have been reversed.
With two races remaining, Dyne has taken command in the rookie standings and has an opportunity to lock up the prestigious title when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West visits All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., for the Toyota / NAPA Auto Parts 150 on Saturday, Oct. 13.
It won’t be an easy task, however. The historic third-mile oval is home turf for the Bill McAnally Racing team for which Hayley drives. BMR has tallied six wins in eight races at Roseville. And Hayley – a Canadian from Calgary, Alberta, who turned 16 in July – finished third last year in his only start at All American Speedway. He has registered three top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 13 starts this season in BMR’s No. 20 NAPA Batteries/Cabinets By Hayley Toyota and captured the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award in six of those races.
Dyne – a 19-year-old from Malibu, Calif. – has two top five and eight top 10 finishes in 12 races this year driving the No. 9 William Rast/Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil Ford for car owner Bob Bruncati. He has garnered the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award four times.
Dyne has come from behind in rookie points. Prior to making his series debut, he had not yet been cleared by NASCAR’s Résumé Committee to compete on a one-mile track such as Phoenix International Raceway, which has hosted the season opener.
He quickly started making up ground, finishing seventh in his series debut at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and following that up with a third-place finish at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. He continued to move up in the rookie standings, fueled by consistent finishes – with top-10 finishes in his first six races. Dyne moved ahead of Hayley in the rookie standings following the race in Portland, Ore., and extended his lead at Albuquerque, N.M.
Both of the leading rookies, meanwhile, are in the top 10 of the overall championship standings. Hayley is seventh, with Dyne three points behind in eighth.
Defending series champion Greg Pursley leads Dylan Kwasniewski by 14 points in the championship battle, with Derek Thorn 37 points out of first. Three-time series champion Eric Holmes is fourth in the standings, followed by Michael Self in fifth. Sixth through 10th are David Mayhew, Hayley, Dyne, Jonathon Gomez and Ryan Philpott.
|Race:||Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150|
|Place:||All American Speedway, Roseville, Calif.|
|Date:||Saturday, Oct. 13|
|Time:||8:35 p.m. PT|
|TV Schedule:||SPEED, Oct. 18, 3 p.m. ET|
|Track Layout:||.333-mile paved oval|
|2011 Winner:||Jacob Gomes|
|2011 Polesitter:||Eric Holmes|
|Event Schedule:||Saturday: Practice 12:30-1:15 p.m., 2:15–3 p.m., Qualifying 5:30 p.m.|
|Track PR Contact:||Denise Decoque (916) 676-0010 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|NASCAR IMC Contact:||Kevin W. Green (661) 392-8543 email@example.com|
The Race: This event is the 14th of 15 events on the 2012 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. It is the only visit by the series to Roseville this season.
The Procedure: The starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 20 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (50 miles).
The Track: All American Speedway is a .333-mile paved oval with eight degrees banking in Turns 1 and 2. Turns 3 and 4 have progressive banking, beginning at 10 degrees and graduating to 14 degrees. The track hosted five NASCAR K&N Pro Series West events between 1977 and 1982, when it was a quarter-mile oval and eight races since it was renovated prior to the 2008 season.
The Records: Qualifying: Jason Bowles, April 4, 2009, 88.218 mph, 13.589 sec.; Race: Eric Holmes, April 4, 2009, 67.576 mph, 44 minutes 21 seconds.
The History: This race will be the 14th series visit to All American Speedway.
ROSEVILLE RACE NOTES
Champion Returns: Mike David, who won the 2007 series championship, is slated to return to competition at Roseville. The Modesto, Calif., driver last raced in the series at Sonoma, Calif., in 2009. He will be driving the No. 51 Chevrolet of Carlos Vieira, sponsored by 51 Fifty Energy Drink.
Spotlight On Newcomers: Several newcomers who had impressive finishes in making their NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut at Albuquerque are entered in the Roseville race. Dallas Montes, who was filling in for David Mayhew in the No. 17 MMI Services/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet, qualified second and finished second. The 19-year-old from Bakersfield, Calif., will be driving for car owner Patti Offenbach at All American Speedway. Fifteen-year-old Hannah Newhouse of Twin Falls, Idaho, gathered plenty of attention with a sixth-place finish in her first series start. She will remain in one of two Thompson Motorsports entries. Finishing just out of the top 10 at Albuquerque was Kelly Admiraal, who came away 11th in his first series race. The 17-year-old from Edmonton, Alberta drives the No. 83 William Scotsman/Western Camp Chevrolet.
More Drivers To Make Series Debut: Drivers planning to make their series debut at Roseville include Markus Niemela, Jamie Krzysik and Julien Jousse. Niemela is an Atlantic Championship series driver from Rauma, Finland. Krzysik is a 21-year-old from Grande Prairie, Alberta who has raced Modifieds and Late Models in Canada and Northern California. For Jousse of Les Issambres, France, his resume includes sportscars, GT and Superleague Formula open wheel cars.
Back In Action: In addition to David, two other drivers set to return to competition at Roseville are Ryan Partridge and Rodd Kneeland. Partridge finished ninth in his only series start, earlier this year at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Kneeland, who has competed in four series races, made his last start in 2010.
Big Weekend Of Competition: Race promoter, Bill McAnally Racing Promotions, has put together another great lineup of competition for the Roseville event – known as the All American Fall Classic. In addition to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, several other divisions will be in action. There will be NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition on Friday, Oct. 12, with the Late Model and Modified divisions racing. The SRL Spears Southwest Tour Series and the Legends of the Pacific cars will be on track both days, with practice on Friday and racing on Saturday.
Advance Appearances: Fans will get an opportunity to meet several of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West drivers in advance of the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150, with special appearances set at dealerships in the Roseville Auto Mall from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Milestones: Two drivers are set to mark career milestones at Roseville. Carl Harr is set to make his 60th career series start, driving his No. 2 WestWorld Computers Chevrolet. The Edmonton, Alberta driver made his series debut on March 1, 2001 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 will mark the 40th career series start for Jonathon Gomez of Twin Falls, Idaho. Gomez, who drives the No. 22 Century Boatland/Living Like A Pirate Chevrolet, made his series debut at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Ore., on July 11, 2008.
LAST TIME OUT: Albuquerque
Second Win For Thorn: Derek Thorn drove the No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford to Victory Lane in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at NAPA Speedway in Albuquerque, N.M., on Sept. 29 to collect his second win of the season and second career series win.
Kwasniewski Takes Pole: Dylan Kwasniewski turned the fastest lap in qualifying for the NAPA Auto Parts 150, marking the fourth time this season the driver of the No. 03 Royal Purple/Rockstar Ford has won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award by Coors Brewing Co. It was his sixth career pole.
Career Best Marks: Two drivers came away from Albuquerque with a career best finish. Taylor Cuzick registered his first series top-five finish, coming home fourth in the ninth series start for the 21-year-old from Tolleson, Ariz. Nineteen-year-old Braeden Havens of Spokane, Wash., finished a career-best seventh in his seventh career series start.
NEXT TIME OUT: Phoenix
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will wrap up its season and crown the 2012 champion on Nov. 10 at Phoenix International Raceway with the Casino Arizona 50. David Mayhew led flag-to-flag in winning the season opener at Phoenix in March.