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Grassroots Racing Returns to ISM Raceway in 2020

Earlier this year, it was announced that NASCAR’s championship weekend would move from the sandy beaches of Homestead-Miami Speedway to the valley of the sun at ISM Raceway. The desert jewel continues making waves with track president Julie Giese revealing that grassroots racing would be making a return to Avondale, Arizona – and in a big way.

The ARCA Menards Series will be making its inaugural debut at Zoomtown U.S.A on March 6, 2020. For those unfamiliar with this series, it’s essentially the final stage of racing for developmental drivers spanning from the East and the West hoping to compete in one of NASCAR’s three premier series.

The currently unsponsored ARCA race is scheduled to kick off the Spring race weekend, along with the Gatorade Pole Day for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FanShield500. Following Pole Day, the NASCAR Xfinity Series will make its return to the one-mile tri-oval on March 7, with the Cup Series on March 8.

In what could be deemed the most exciting news from Giese’s statement, it was announced that ISM Raceway would be host to four of NASCAR’s championship series. The NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the Lucas Oil 150 on November 6, 2020. Saturday will now feature a championship double header with the Xfinity Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Finally, the Cup Series will see a new champion, basking in the glory of the Arizona sun on November 8.

“I’m extremely pleased to add these grassroots races to our historic 2020 race season at ISM Raceway,” Giese said. “We are committed to delivering to our ticket holders as much-on track action as possible during our race weekends and these races provide a great opportunity to showcase so many up-and-coming drivers in our sport.”

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Sam Mayer Dominates Iowa, Earns Second Career K&N Victory

NEWTON, Iowa. — The kid just keeps on impressing.

Sam Mayer earned his second victory of the 2019 season on Friday night at Iowa Speedway, leading all but eight laps from the pole en route to the victory.

“The race before the first break especially was just trying to keep the tires on the car,” he said. “I was really just trying to hit my marks the whole time. The car was rolling and I was starting to get a little bit free, but making those adjustments at Lap 100 really helped the car stay under me and helped me all the way through until the end.”

The win was also the second for GMS Racing (first coming at Bristol) who made their first full-time foray into the K&N Pro Series this year. In both events, the No. 21 car was in its own zip code.

Being a combination event, Mayer was able to earn more points than a typical K&N East event due to the higher car count. With the win, the 16-year-old Franklin, Wisconsin native now leads the East standings by six markers for the first time since May 4 (first South Boston Twin 100).

One of his main competitors for the title, Derek Kraus, encountered what could have been a monumental issue in the first 50-lap stretch. After contact from Max McLaughlin, Kraus was sent spinning in Turn 4, sustaining rear damage.

 

After starting in the rear (failed post-qualifying inspection), Ty Gibbs finished second for the third straight race. Ruben Garcia Jr. earned his best finish of the season in third, with Kraus and New Hampshire winner Chase Cabre rounding out the top five finishers.

Tanner Gray, Drew Dollar, Trevor Huddleston, Spencer Davis and Max McLaughlin completed the top 10. Jagger Jones finished 11th after late race contact from Huddleston and Hailie Deegan finished 12th after being penalized for an uncontrolled tire with under 20 laps remaining.

In the battle of the coasts, the East won. Handily. K&N East regulars (including Kraus) took nine of the top 10 spots when the checkered flag flew.

The Casey’s General Store 150 is scheduled to be broadcast on NBCSN on Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m.

The next K&N Pro Series East event will take place next weekend on Friday, August 2 at Watkins Glen International, with the next West race taking place at Evergreen Speedway on Saturday, August 17.

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Chase Cabre Conquers New Hampshire For Second Straight Win

LOUDON, N.H. — Chase Cabre is getting hot at the right time.

After going two full seasons and 32 races without a win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the Rev Racing driver suddenly can’t lose. After winning at Memphis International Raceway last time out, Cabre made it two in a row Saturday evening as he won the United Site Services 70 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday evening.

Despite leading over half the race, Cabre radioed into his No. 4 team a problem in the rear end with two laps to go. But after some coaching from his spotter on the NHMS roof, he was able to nurse it home and claim the checkered flag.

“When I lifted, it’d start huck-a-bucking getting down into the corner,” he said. “The rear end, I guess, was going out. We had no power going down the straightaway on the last lap. I was super super nervous on the bottom, half-throttle just trying to hold onto it, but we were able to make it to the finish. I don’t know if it had another lap in it.”

Cabre was quickest in practice and earned the pole on Friday evening, but admitted he didn’t have a ton of confidence in his car leading into the race.

Post-race was a different story, trophy in hand and smile ear to ear. He credited crew chief Doug Howe, who won for the fifth time in his career in the series, and the rest of his Rev Racing team for giving him a hot rod capable of dominating.

“The ones behind the scenes, they make it happen,” he said. “They’re nothing but the best. Arguably the best in the garage area, I believe it with everything in me. They gave me a great car to go out there and dominate today. Makes a statement to let everybody we know we’re not here to play, we’re here to win. We gotta take advantage of opportunities when we get them. Today was a good day for us.”

Sam Mayer edged championship points leader Derek Kraus, who led 10 laps after starting ninth, coming off Turn 4 on the final lap for the runner-up spot. The move kept Mayer within two points of Kraus, while the bonus points for the victory allowed Cabre to close within six of the leader.

Hattori Racing Enterprises’ Max McLaughlin and DGR-Crosley’s Taner Gray rounded out the top five.

Riley Herbst, Spencer Davis, Drew Dollar, Colin Garrett and Lawless Alan completed the top 10.

The United Site Services 70 is scheduled to be broadcast on NBCSN on Monday, July 29 at 6 p.m.

The next K&N Pro Series East event will take place next weekend on Friday, July 26 at Iowa Speedway, the first of two combination events with the K&N Pro Series West.

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Female Diversity on the Rise in NASCAR

It’s been two years since Danica Patrick completed her final full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and you’ll have to look back to the 2018 Daytona 500 to find the last time a female driver competed in the premiere series. In an effort to diversify the sport, we’ve seen drivers such as Daniel Suarez and Bubba Wallace come through NASCAR Home Tracks, bringing along a new legion of race fans.

This is a welcoming feeling as over the last three years, NASCAR has seen many of its superstars depart from racing (namely Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and has struggled with viewership numbers.

Though as new drivers continue to impress and find their identities, the argument can be made that NASCAR could be taking a turn in the right direction. According to ESPN, the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway saw a 16% increase in viewership and ratings from last season. Concluding Fox Sports coverage of the Cup Series, ESPN also reported a 2% increase from last year.

While the progression has been minimal, these should be great signs of NASCAR’s future to come. Increasing help is on the way as two of the sport’s most promising female athletes are speeding their way through the lower series in hopes of bringing a fresh look and new talent to the Cup Series – Hailie Deegan and Brittney Zamora.

Most racing fans in general have heard of Hailie Deegan. Deegan broke on to the NASCAR racing scene in 2018, running races in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. She has made quite the name for herself with an outgoing and bubbly personality that radiates through the garage area– but don’t let this fool you. The second generation racer is the furthest thing from a push over.

In what could be considered Deegan’s current career defining moment, she turned heads this season when she spun her Bill McAnally Racing teammate, Derek Kraus, for the win on the final lap at Colorado National Speedway (see the video below). This created tons of exposure for the 17-year old driver and now the sky seems the limit for Deegan’s career in NASCAR.

In addition to having a likable and gritty attitude that racing fans gravitate to, Deegan’s stats speak for themselves. In just 31 races run between the K&N Pro Series West and East, Deegan has three wins, 10 top-fives, 19 top-10s and four poles. This may be just a small sample of what’s to come from Deegan, but one thing is for certain – she has a bright career ahead of her in NASCAR.

To find the next female athlete making her way through NASCAR’s ranks you don’t need to go far; keep your eyes on Bill McAnally Racing with Brittney Zamora.

Zamora has not quite made the waves and headlines like her BMR counterpart, but she is silently having herself quite the rookie season in both K&N Pro Series divisions. Zamora has driven her way to four top-fives, six top-10s and one pole in just 10 races in her young NASCAR career.

The 20-year old driver from Kennewick, Washington has seen immense success racing super late models in her home state as well as Oregon. Zamora was the first female athlete to ever win a race in the Northwest Super Late Model Series and won back-to-back championships in the series from 2017-2018. She was even awarded Washington State Rookie of the Year in NASCAR’s Whelen All-American Series in 2018.

Most recently, Zamora found victory lane at South Sound Speedway this past weekend, racing Super Late Models in the Twin Mains 50’s.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has yet to see a female winner grace victory lane in the sport’s 71 years of competition. There’s no telling when or who will be the first female athlete to accomplish this monumental feat, but Deegan and Zamora should be seen as favorites to capture this historical achievement in NASCAR’s near future.

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Derek Kraus Dominates Again At Douglas County

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Douglas County, Derek Kraus and dominance. For the second year in a row, the three converged.

After leading 133 laps an route to the win last season, Kraus led flag-to-flag this go around to claim his third K&N West victory of the season and fifth overall in 2019.

“It helps a lot when BMR brings me a great car like they did,” Kraus said. “They prepared me a great car here. We had to push Sonoma behind us from what happened there. Overall, we came to Roseburg knowing that we won last year, kept up the momentum and won this year. They brought me a really great car and I can’t thank them enough.”

The win continues Bill McAnally Racing’s dominance at the 0.375-mile Oregon oval. A BMR car has entered Victory Lane in eight of the last nine trips to Roseburg. Clearly, Kraus, BMR and DCS have a good thing going.

“They know what they’re doing when we come here to Roseburg,” he said. “I’m just fortunate enough to be able to be driving the race car.”

Jagger Jones came home second, 3.158 seconds behind Kraus, tying his career best finish. Hailie Deegan, Kraus’ BMR teammate, finished third. Trevor Huddleston and Brittney Zamora rounded out the top five finishers, putting all three BMR cars inside the top five.

Travis Milburn and Todd Souza finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Kody Vanderwal, John Wood and Takuma Koga completed the top 10.

Vanderwal, who ran as high as second but sustained hood damage when James Cooley slammed on the brakes in Turn 2 as the the caution was out, took the checkered flag in seventh but was rather disappointed in his run.

With the win, Kraus’ championship points lead grew by seven points and now leads Deegan by eight markers at the halfway point of the season.

The Clint Newell Auto Group Toyota 150 presented by ENEOS is scheduled to air on Thursday, July 4 at 6 p.m. EST on NBCSN.

The next K&N Pro Series West event will take place on Friday, July 26 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, the first of two combination events in the K&N Pro Series.

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Noah Gragson Wins At Sonoma In Chaotic Overtime Finish

SONOMA, Calif. — The black flag taketh away; the black flag giveth.

In a race where Noah Gragson thought his chance for a win disappeared with a penalty for jumping a restart, the 20-year-old from Las Vegas wound up in Victory Lane after Ryan Preece’s apparent win disappeared under similar circumstances.

In the end, it was Gragson celebrating the win in Sunday’s Procore 200 at Sonoma Raceway.

“Helluva race,” Gragson said. “Kind of had a little bit of … adversity there in the middle of the race. Got called for jumping the start as the leader. Never really heard that one before, but we battled back through adversity and ended up the winner.”

Preece was extremely frustrated with how his afternoon concluded after leading over 20 laps to the finish.

“What are you gonna do?” Preece said. “It’s their sandbox, they’re gonna do what they want. They manipulated the race at the end of the day and we won that race. Jumping a restart is going two car lengths early; it’s part of it. You might as well hold my hands behind my back and tie them up if you’re going to make me go at the same line every single time.”

Gragson started second and took the lead from pole-sitter Hailie Deegan on the initial start. He didn’t relinquish the top spot until he encountered the aforementioned adversity: a restart violation of his own.

Gragson was slicing and dicing his way through the field from that point on, putting his No. 7 Switch Chevrolet in places it appeared wouldn’t warrant a pass.

But Gragson kept clawing back. After a few cautions bunched the field back up, he found himself in position to pounce. And although he was behind Preece when the final caution flew on the white flag lap, he was scored the winner. The NASCAR Xfinity Series regular collected his fifth K&N Pro Series West career win and and seventh overall in K&N.

Daniel Hemric, Austin Dillon, Cole Custer and David Mayhew rounded out the top five finishers with defending race winner Will Rodgers, Jim Inglebright, Deegan, Dave Smith and Paul Pedroncelli Jr. completing the top 10. With the penalty, Preece was scored 20th, the last car on the lead lap.

erek Kraus, the championship points leader coming into Sonoma, encountered engine issues around the halfway point and was on pit road for multiple laps as his team repaired the issue on the No. 16. After getting the free pass twice and making up three laps, he was in position for a top 19 finish, but crossed the finish line in 19th after being spun out on the final lap.

Kraus saw his championship lead cut to one over teammate Deegan, while Trevor Huddleston is 11 back and Huddleston’s rookie teammate Jagger Jones is now only 13 behind Kraus.

The Procore 200 will be broadcast Thursday, June 27 at 6 p.m. on NBCSN.

The next K&N Pro Series West event will take place on Saturday, June 29 at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Oregon.

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Where does NASCAR draw the line with hard racing?

Over the last two weeks, there has been no shortage in drama between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. In both the NAPA Auto Parts 150 and the M&M’s 200, viewers were treated to a wide range of hard racing and it’s end results, which begs the question– where does NASCAR draw the line? 

Hard racing is by no stretch a bad thing for the sport. It provides viewers with excitement and has the ability to boost ratings for NASCAR . Some of the sport’s brightest stars have even made a name for themselves with aggressive racing styles. While this type of competition, is generally a positive thing for the sport, drivers will understandable get upset, and those reactions can lead to boundaries being crossed. 

During the closing laps at Colorado National Speedway on June 9, Bill McAnally Racing teammates Hailie Deegan and Derek Kraus made headlines after Deegan spun Kraus entering Turn 4, coming to the white flag.

Was the move Deegan made on Kraus warranted? It depends how you look at what happened prior to the final contact made.

Kraus, who had been battling adversity since Lap 50 with a broken sway-bar, managed to keep himself in contention for the win in the NAPA Auto Parts 150, restarting third and directly behind Deegan. When the green flag waved on the final restart, the past series champion opted to make the most of his opportunity and took Deegan and Jagger Jones three-wide entering Turn 1, ultimately getting into the left rear of Deegan’s No. 19 Toyota Camry. Deegan, justifiably upset with the move made by her teammate, spun Kraus and his No. 16 Toyota Camry entering Turn 4 to lock down her second win of the 2019 season.

“I think it’s just short track racing,” Kraus told POPULAR SPEED. “She (Deegan) drove it pretty deep on the last restart and drifted up the hill. I saw a hole and I took it of course — like any driver would. I got into her a little bit and coming to the white flag I got loose, then she got into me and everyone saw the end results.” 

Kraus was able to salvage an eighth-place finish and maintain his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West points lead after the move made by Deegan. Following the madness at Colorado, Deegan and Kraus were treated to a team meeting the smooth things over and clear the air.

“Everything went alright in the meeting and we’re back on good terms,” Kraus said. “I don’t have any hard feelings, we’ve both moved on and we’re both ready for a clean race at Sonoma.”

The events which took place in Colorado are an example of hard racing done right. Although unfortunate and controversial as this occurred between teammates, this brought tons of exposure to not only NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series West, but the young up and coming drivers of Deegan and Kraus. In a time where it can argued that NASCAR’s upper divisions are lacking personality, the pair offered fans a possible glimpse into the future.

Exactly one week following the incident between Deegan and Kraus, the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series had it’s own share of conflict and drama in the M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway.

Early in the final stage, Johnny Sauter moved the No. 16 Toyota Tundra of Austin Hill out of the way to advance his position. Hill would go on to retaliate on Lap 136, sending Sauter’s No. 13 Ford F-150 into the outside wall. Sauter then took things one step further running down Hill under caution and sending both trucks hard into the wall through Turns 3 and 4.

Sauter would go on to be parked for the remainder of the race. NASCAR then suspended the past series champion for this weekend’s upcoming event at WWT Speedway.

“We were racing hard going into Turn 1,” Hill said. “He (Sauter) got into me a bit and I returned the favor. I don’t race like that, so if you’re going to race me like that, I’m not going to put up with it and I think you saw that.”

If Sauter and Hill ended their back and forth feuds in the closing laps following the caution on Lap 136, this incident would have been perfectly fine. The problem resided in Sauter’s retaliation to Hill under caution. When NASCAR officials throw out the yellow flag, drivers are expected to comply with the sanctioning body’s rules of speed and safety.

It’s not uncommon for drivers to give one another a bump during caution periods to voice their displeasure after the way they’ve been raced on the track. But what Sauter did was unforgivable and punishable, plain and simple. Sauter essentially used his truck as a weapon by intentionally wrecking Hill under caution at high speeds and put not only himself and Hill in danger, but his fellow competitors and safety officials as well.

The argument can be made that Hill was just as much at fault for sparking the initial dust up between the two drivers; after all, his product of hard racing and retaliation is what triggered Sauter. However, this was all done under the green flag and within reason.

NASCAR’s Senior Vice President of Competition, Scott Miller said that officials considered handing down penalties to Hill, but they ultimately just opted to punish Sauter for his actions.

“Him (Sauter) driving half a track with a smoking truck, winding through traffic to get to the No. 16 and running over him, then bouncing off the wall and running to into his door was pretty aggressive,” Miller said. “It was definitely not anything that could in any way, shape or form be defended as a racing incident.”

While suspended for this weekend, this will not effect Sauter’s opportunity to compete for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship with a  playoff waiver issued.

“In this case, we felt like his actions certainly warranted being sat down for an event, but it felt a little too harsh to take him straight out of the championship, so we think we landed on what we feel is fair and a deterrent,” Miller concluded.

While Sauter was the only driver suspended for the incident on Lap 137, Miller stated that NASCAR officials would be keeping Hill “under a microscope” throughout the remainder of the season.

Two of NASCAR’s lower series divisions rose to the occasion when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series had a scheduled off-week and all in all brought more exposure when the sport needed it most. There is a broad spectrum for what can be deemed acceptable and what is punishable when it comes to hard racing and fans got just that with the races at Colorado and Iowa.

While hard racing will almost always provide viewers with piqued interest and excitement, it should be done within reason and this should be recognized– not only by the fans– but from the sport’s athletes as well.

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Hailie Deegan Wins At Colorado In Dramatic Overtime Finish

DACONO, Colo. — Hailie Deegan wasn’t leaving Colorado without a trophy.

And she showed she meant it on Saturday night at Colorado National Speedway, bumping her Bill McAnally Racing teammate Derek Kraus out of the way in overtime to grab her second K&N Pro Series West victory of the season and third of her career.

“That was probably the scrappiest race I’ve ever ran,” she said. “In the end, we went out there, ran our hardest race. Everything I’ve been practicing, all the hard racing I’ve been running. Derek (Kraus) ran me hard right there (Turn 2), so I was going to run him hard back (Turn 4). And that’s racing. We were all going for the kill. I got the win and that’s all that matters.”

It was an accomplishment in and of itself that Kraus was even in contention for the win, as a broken sway-bar saw No. 16 fade at around Lap 50 from the lead to hanging on for dear life inside the top five.

But when given the opportunity, Kraus pounced.

The two-time K&N West winner in 2019 dove into Turn 1 on the restart and made contact with Deegan’s left-side, clearing her for the top spot, only to be left in a cloud of smoke one lap later.

Post-race, he took to social media to vent his frustrations.

Under the caution that set up the green/white/checkered finish, the No. 19 team debated whether to select the top or bottom lane for the final restart. After taking the top all evening long, they opted for the bottom to thwart any dive bomb attempt from Jagger Jones.

As it turned out, Kraus wound up being the one who dove inside the two and made it three-wide for the lead, and Jones wasn’t too pleased.

Team owner Bill McAnally experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in a 30-second span, and attempted to encapsulate his feelings as he celebrated in Victory Lane.

“To have our cars up there slicing and dicing for the win is pretty special,” he said. “You knew the No. 6 (Jones) and No. 19 (Deegan) were going to get together, so I was worried about that already. And then when the No. 16 (Kraus) goes and gets three-wide, my heart hit the ground for a minute for sure. It’s bittersweet. Hailie wins the race, Derek gets spun around, they all drove hard. That’s what they’re here to do: win and develop. They’re doing a pretty good job of that.”

Starting from the pole for the first time in his K&N Pro Series career, LaSalle, Colorado native Kody Vanderwal escaped the last-lap carnage to finish second, his best result of the season. Todd Souza earned his second top five of the season and first top three finish since May of 2017, coming home third.

Brittney Zamora, who rebounded from spinning late, finished fourth with Matt Levin rounding out the top five. John Wood, Jones (spun while running third in overtime), Kraus, Trevor Huddleston and Takuma Koga completed the top 10.

Kraus maintains the championship points lead by 12 markers over Deegan leaving Dacono, while Jones, Huddleston and Zamora complete the top five in the standings.

The Colorado NAPA 150 is scheduled to be broadcast on NBCSN on Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m.

The next K&N Pro Series West event will take place on Saturday, June 22 at Sonoma Raceway.

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Derek Kraus Sweeps Tucson Twins in Dominating Fashion

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson was twice as nice for the Derek Kraus Saturday night.

The Stratford, Wisconsin, native swept the Port of Tucson Twin 100s for his third and fourth K&N Pro Series victories of the season and first wins on the West coast.

Coming off a win in the second 100-lap championship race last week at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway — giving him two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East wins — Kraus and the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota established a goal to win both NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races and take command of the championship standings coming into Arizona.

They did exactly that.

“That was the goal coming into this race,” said Kraus in Victory Lane at Tucson Speedway. “Now we got the points lead going into the next K&N West race. That was really good and we’ll look to stay consistent the rest of the season. We just had to stay patient and it paid off at the end.”

In the first Tucson race, Kraus took the lead from pole sitter Tanner Gray going into Turn 1 and never relinquished the top spot, leading all 100 laps.

Gray, Hailie Deegan, Jagger Jones and Brittney Zamora rounded out the top five finishers in Race No. 1. Matt Levin, Trevor Huddleston, Todd Souza, Dustin Ash and John Wood completed the top 10.

Race No. 2 was a different story for Kraus, who didn’t grab the lead until past the halfway point. But once he did, it was smooth sailing to another victory.

Gray came home second for the second consecutive race, with Zamora finishing a career-best third after leading 26 laps from the pole.

Trevor Huddleston and Matt Levin completed the top five, with Jagger Jones, Dustin Ash, Travis Milburn, Takuma Koga and Bill Kann rounding out the top 10.

Hailie Deegan, who entered the night leading the points, finished 15th after contact with Huddleston going into Turn 2 that spun her around and forced her behind the wall for repairs.

Kody Vanderwal finished 11th and 12th, respectively in the twin 100s, after sweeping the twin races last season at the 0.375-mile track.

Kraus, who leads the K&N Pro East standings by four points, has an 18-point cushion over Sunrise Ford/Bruncati Racing teammates Huddleston and Jones. Deegan fell to fourth, another five points back.

Port of Tucson Twin Race 1 is scheduled to be broadcast on NBCSN on Wednesday, May 22 at 4 p.m., with No. 2 scheduled to be broadcast the same day at 7 p.m.

The next K&N Pro Series West event will take place on Saturday, June 8 at Colorado National Speedway.

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OBSERVATIONS: WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100s Race 2 at South Boston

Even with the weekend extending longer than planned, it was certainly worth the wait for the fans as they got a pair of stellar WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100s at South Boston Speedway this past weekend.

Just like the first edition, the second would feature the great short track racing that fans have grown to love and begin chanting “More Short Tracks” for. Derek Kraus would make his way up to second, before tracking down Max McLaughlin for the lead. With a little bump to the bumper, and nudge to the door, he made his way before driving off into the sunset. Of course, that wasn’t before McLaughlin was able to give him a quick tap to return the favor.

Just like Tanner Gray the night before, Kraus perfected the move in that moment as he got the position without wrecking his competitor. It also marks his second win of the season after his victory at New Smyrna Speedway to open the season. As we said then, it’s just Kraus doing what he does best as a past series champion.

Gray arguably had the quickest car in the field as evident by the scoring monitor and Saturday night’s victory. However, initially jumping the start put him behind early. The youngster still deserves to be applauded as he fought back for a fourth-place finish.

The big loser in the race being postponed was Nick Sanchez. After struggling early on night one, his team made a pit stop to make adjustments so they could improve the handling of the car. It worked, as well as handing him the pole as the first-place starter for the second event is determined by fastest lap put down in the first. However, with clear skies and the sun shining, it appeared that he lost the handle and it showed as he faded back in the field.

Between the pair of events, the Saturday night edition was more thrilling with closer racing throughout the field, and Gray’s move on Mayer being the icing on the cake. That said, the second race was still fun to watch for the fans with classic short track racing.

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