For the first time in nearly a month, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action in the Northwest at Evergreen Speedway for race number nine of 2019.
The Monroe, Washington facility will host its 59th race in series history, the most of any track on the current K&N Pro Series circuit. A venue with rich history dating back to the early 1960s, one driver will put their name in the history books alongside names like Ray Elder, Bill Elliott, Rick Carelli and Brendan Gaughan.
NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 AT EVERGREEN SPEEDWAY
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Derek Kraus may hold a 16-point advantage over his Bill McAnally Racing teammate Hailie Deegan, but it hasn’t been a easy month for the Stratford, Wisconsin, native. Also gunning for the K&N Pro East title, he’s been back and forth many times.
Kraus led 115 laps at Eveegreen last season (finished ninth) and Deegan finished seventh. While Kraus is skipping Bristol, Deegan will be running both K&N Pro races.
BMR’s Brittney Zamora will also be pulling double duty, but won’t be flying coast to coast. In addition to her K&N Pro West duties at Evergreen, she’ll race for BZR in a super late model in Monroe, set to take place after the K&N event.
Coming in as the defending winners of the event, Sunrise Ford will look to best BMR for the second time this season. Following Trevor Huddleston’s Irwindale triumph, Jagger Jones has been knocking on the door of Victory Lane, but hasn’t kicked it down yet.
Derek Thorn won at Evergreen last season piloting the No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Springs Ford, and Jones seems poised to earn win number one in his K&N career on Saturday evening.
Despite competing in the first seven races of 2019 and finishing fourth at Evergreen last season, Kody Vanderwal will not be racing this weekend. Vanderwal told NASCAR.com he is focusing his efforts on weekly racing at Colorado National Speedway and securing sponsorship for 2020, with hopes of possibly competing at ISM Raceway to close out the season.
NAPA AUTO PARTS 150
|DATE||Saturday, August 19, 2019|
|TIME||6:30 p.m. PDT|
|TELEVISION||FansChoice.TV (live), 6:30 p.m. PDT; NBCSN – Thursday, August 22, 6 p.m. EDT|
|TRACK LAYOUT||0.625-mile paved oval|
|2018 WINNER||Derek Thorn|
|2018 POLE||Derek Kraus|
|EVENT SCHEDULE||Garage opens: 9:30 a.m. PDT; Practice: 12:15-1 p.m.; Final practice: 1:15-2 p.m.; Group qualifying: 4 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 5 p.m.; Driver introductions: 6:10 p.m.; NAPA Auto Parts 150: 6:30 p.m. (approx.)|
CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the NAPA Auto Parts 150 is limited to 22 starters, including provisional positions. The first 18 drivers will secure starting positions based on qualifying for the NAPA Auto Parts 150. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process.
The number of groups for qualifying will be determined by NASCAR. Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 18th. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete. Once a vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete the vehicle must proceed directly to the designated impound area once it enters pit road. In the event of a caution, all vehicles must exit the track. Vehicles that elect to continue must proceed directly to the re-entry area of pit road and stop to the outside of pit road. No adjustments or repairs may be made to any vehicle on pit road or in the re-entry area during a caution except the removal of tape on the grille opening only, once removed the reinstallation of tape will not be permitted.
Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying. Vehicle must qualify on race set up. Only minor adjustments will be permitted following qualifying (i.e. air pressure checked, tape removed). NASCAR Officials must oversee and authorize any and all work being done during this time period.
The NAPA Auto Parts 150 will be 150 laps (93.75 miles) and is to be run in two (2) segment with a scheduled break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75.
The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying and to begin the race and four (4) additional tires to use during the event for a total of twelve (12) tires.
A team representative must designate qualifying and race tires to NASCAR Officials at the designated time. Teams will be allowed to bring one (1) set of tires from home to register for practice session(s). Tires must be proper code and registered with NASCAR Officials prior to the beginning of the practice sessions.