After a year of ups and downs, twists and turns and everything in between, the 2019 K&N Pro Series West season will come to a close at ISM Raceway this weekend, the first time the series has visited the Arizona oval in almost half a decade.
ARIZONA LOTTERY 100 AT ISM
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All Derek Kraus has to do is fire his engine and take the green flag for the Arizona Lottery 100 Saturday and his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship will be clinched.
The Stratford, Wisconsin, driver dominated 2019’s penultimate race, at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California. His third straight win at the Bakersfield, California, track left him one short of clinching Bill McAnally Racing’s ninth West championship.
The last time the K&N Pro Series West visited ISM Raceway, Todd Gilliland put BMR in Victory Lane.
Joining Kraus will be teammates of Hailie Deegan and Brittney Zamora, who will aim to end their 2019 seasons on a high note. So will Sunrise Ford’s Jagger Jones, coming off a runner-up finish at KCRP, and Trevor Huddleston, a two-time winner this season.
While Kraus’ title is all but secure, just five points seperate Jones, Deegan and Huddleston in the race for the runner-up spot. Zamora holds a one-point lead on veteran driver Todd Souza for fifth.
Ty Gibbs and Riley Herbst will be competing in the event under the Levin Racing banner, while Drew Dollar will also be racing for DGR-Crosley. Joining them will be the 2019 K&N East champion Sam Mayer for GMS Racing. Mayer won four races this season and finished inside the top five for all but one event in his championship campaign.
Jeff Jefferson and Jerry Pitts will be bringing their largest contingent of race cars this season, with Taylor Canfield piloting the No. 7 and Trenton Moriarity piloting the No. 55 for Jefferson Racing and Matt Levin piloting the No. 27 for JP Racing.
Levin will be one of two drivers, along with Souza, competing in the event that last competed in the 2015 event, meaning track time will be huge for the limited experienced field.
ARIZONA LOTTERY 100
|DATE||Saturday, November 9, 2019|
|TIME||4:15 p.m. MDT|
|TELEVISION||FansChoice.TV (live), 4:15 p.m. MDT; NBCSN – Thursday, November 14, 6 p.m. EDT|
|TRACK LAYOUT||1-mile paved oval|
|EVENT SCHEDULE||Garage opens: 7 a.m. MDT; Final practice: 9-10:20 a.m.; Driver autograph session: 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Group qualifying: 11:30-11:50 a.m.; Driver introductions: 4 p.m.; Arizona Lottery 100: 4:15 p.m. (approx)|
CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Arizona Lottery 100 is limited to 26 starters, including provisional positions. The first 22 drivers will secure starting positions based on qualifying for the Arizona Lottery 100. 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 22nd. 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. Vehicles 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 Arizona Lottery 100 will be 100 laps (100 miles) and is to be run in two (2) segments with one break at or around the conclusion of Lap 50.
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 plus an additional four (4) tires to be utilized during the break 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