Everything you need to know about Saturdays NAPA/Toyota 150

By John Tejeda, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West begins the second half of its season with a visit to Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, Colo., on Saturday, July 26. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Colorado, as well as some other statistical trends:

Colorado Race Setup

• Four series races took place at Colorado National Speedway between 1995 and 2004, but has visited the track every year since 2007. This will be the 11th series event at Colorado National Speedway.

• Through the series’ first seven events, there have been seven different pole winners. Four drivers have won races from the pole and excluding the combination event with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Iowa Speedway, the worst starting position for a race winner has been sixth.

• Points leader Greg Pursley will be making his sixth career start at Colorado National Speedway. Through his first five starts at the track, he has one win, five top fives and five top 10s.

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At Colorado National Speedway:

History

• This race will be the 12th series visit to Colorado National Speedway.

• The 11 series races at CNS produced nine different winners. With two victories each, Eric Holmes and Mike Duncan are the only drivers with multiple wins.

• There have been nine different pole winners. Holmes and Dylan Kwasniewski, with two poles each, are the only drivers with more than one pole award.

• Greg Pursley has the most top-five finishes, with five.

• Eric Holmes has the most top-10s, with six.

• Jack Sellers has the most series starts at Colorado, with 10.

• The race distance for a series event at CNS has been extended on three occasions for a green-white-checkered finish.

• Chevrolet and Ford have been been in Victory Lane in series action at CNS four times each. Toyota has three wins at CNS.

• The races in 2008, 2011 and 2013 were both won from the pole. Steve Portenga came from deepest in the field to win, charging from 14th to take the victory in 2001.

• CNS has featured 126 different drivers in series competition in the 11 races.

Notebook

• Mike Chase won the inaugural K&N Pro Series West race at Colorado on May 20, 1995.

• Among active series competitors, only Greg Pursley has a win at this track, earned in 2011.

• Dylan Kwasniewski was the youngest Colorado race winner at 16 years, two months, seven days, set in 2011.

• In 2007, Christopher became the oldest Colorado winner at 45 years, four months, 12 days.

• Colorado has been won from the pole position three times, most recently by Derek Thorn last year.

Colorado National Speedway Data

Race: #8 of 14 (7/26/14)

Track Layout: .375-mile paved oval

Race Length: 150 laps (56.25 miles)

Qualifying/Race Records

2013 Pole Winner: Derek Thorn

2013 Winner: Derek Thorn

1-lap Qualifying: Brian Ickler, 16.452 seconds, 82.057 mph, June 2, 2007

150-lap Race: Derek Thorn, 50 minutes 32 seconds, 66.788 mph, July 27, 2013

Series Race Winners at Colorado

Mike Duncan, 2

Eric Holmes, 2

Mike Chase, 1

Paulie Harraka, 1

Ron Hornaday Jr., 1

Dylan Kwasniewski, 1

Steve Portenga, 1

Greg Pursley, 1

Derek Thorn, 1

Series Pole Winners at Colorado

Eric Holmes, 2

Dylan Kwasniewski, 2

Garrett Evans, 1

Butch Gilliland, 1

Brian Ickler, 1

Scott Lynch, 1

Luis Martinez Jr., 1

Sean Woodside, 1

Derek Thorn, 1

Active Category Leaders at Colorado:

Wins

1. Greg Pursley … 1

Poles

1. Greg Pursley … 1

Top Fives

1. Greg Pursley … 5

2. Four tied with … 1

Top 10s

1. Greg Pursley … 5

2. Brett Thompson … 4

3. Austin Cameron … 3

Laps Led

1. Greg Pursley … 153

2. Austin Cameron … 51

Laps Completed

1. Jack Sellers … 1262

2. Brett Thompson … 998

3. Daryl Harr … 863

Starts

1. Jack Sellers … 10

2. Brett Thompson … 7

3. Daryl Harr … 6

Selected Driver Highlights:

James Bickford (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Springs Ford)

• Recorded his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race last time out at State Line Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho. Has one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes in seven career K&N West starts.

• Is fifth in the championship standings.

• Earned a top-five finish (fourth) among West entries on May 17 at Iowa Speedway; recorded first career top 10 (10th) on May 3 at Stockton 99 Speedway.

• Won NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model track championship at All American Speedway last season.

Rich DeLong III (No. 84 Country Girl Saloon/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet)

• Has nine career K&N West starts to his credit.

• Ninth position in the season standings.

• Recorded his best career finish, 12th, at Kern County Raceway Park  on May 24, 2014

Anthony Giannone (No. 54 MGP Connecting Rods/Redline Signs Toyota)

• Has three top-10 finishes in 17 career K&N West starts.

• Sits eighth in the driver standings.

• Best career finish of seventh came in the May visit to Iowa Speedway

• In two career starts at Colorado National Speedway, has an average start of 17 and an average finish of 16

• Finished 13th in this event last year

Bill Kann (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)

• Will make his sixth career start this weekend in the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150.

• Earned best career finish of 12th in Albuquerque in September 2013.

• Made his series debut in Colorado last year, finishing 16th.

Dylan Lupton (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford)

• One win, eight top fives, 19 top 10s in 25 career K&N West starts.

• Finished 10th in lone Colorado start (2013)

• Is second in the championship driver standings.

• Was 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

• Picked up first series win in August 2013 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.

• Is a member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

Thomas Martin (No. 5 MedActive Oral Care/Racers Drive Chevrolet)

• Has one top five and three top 10s in 23 career K&N West starts.

• Is sixth in the championship standings.

• In one previous start at Colorado National Speedway, finished 18th and retired from the race due to suspension issues (2010)

• Made series debut in June 2005 with a 12th place finish at Sonoma.

• Best career series finish of fifth on May 3, 2014 at Stockton.

David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI Racing Chevrolet)

• Six wins, nine poles, 39 top fives and 57 top 10s in 79 career K&N West starts.

• Ranks fourth in points

• In four previous starts at Colorado, has one top five and two top 10s

• Did not participate in this event last year

• Has also competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Brandon McReynolds (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)

• Six top fives and eight top 10s in nine career K&N West starts.

• Occupies the third position in the season standings.

• Competing fulltime in K&N West this season with Bill McAnally Racing.

• Three top fives and eight top 10s in 14 career K&N East starts.

• Is a member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

Greg Pursley (No. 26 Gene Price Motorsports/Star Nursery/Real Water Chevrolet)

• 19 wins, 18 poles, 54 top fives, 69 top 10s in 92 career K&N West starts.

• Leads championship standings by 27 points over Dylan Lupton.

• Won 2011 series championship.

• Led series with five wins a season ago; has 16 victories dating back to the start of the 2011 campaign.

• Has one win, five top fives and five top 10s in five career starts at Colorado

• Finished fifth in this event last year

• Has an average start of 3.6 and an average finish of 3.2 at this track

Jack Sellers (No. 15 MedActive Oral Relief for Dry Mouth Chevrolet)

• Has 267 career K&N West starts.

• Leads all active drivers with 10 starts at Colorado National Speedway

• Best finish at Colorado was ninth, achieved in 1995

• Has an average finish of 16 at the track

Brett Thompson (No. 61 Rich Thompson Trucking, Inc. & 61 Chevrolet)

• One win, 23 top fives and 70 top 10s in 128 career K&N Pro Series West starts.

• Has seven career starts at Colorado with one top five (2011) and four top 10s. His average at the track start is 8.3 and average finish is 10.6.

• Finished ninth at this event last year.

• Has also run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

John Wood (No. 30 Wahl Traction Toyota)

• Best finish in three career series starts at Colorado is 14th (2012).

• Finished 18th at this event last year

• Ranks seventh in the championship standings

Up To Speed In The West

• The 2014 season is the 61st for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

• The 2014 schedule features 14 races at 11 different tracks across seven states.

• Cole Custer won the season opener at Phoenix from the pole.

• Patrick Staropoli collected his first career win at Irwindale while Brandon McReynolds nabbed his first career pole award.

• David Mayhew returned to Victory Lane for the first time since March 2012 at Phoenix with a win from the pole at Stockton.

• Mayhew collected his second straight series win by being the top-finishing K&N West driver in the combination event with the K&N Pro Series East at Iowa Speedway. Staropoli was the top-qualifying West competitor.

• In just his seventh series start, James Bickford passed former champion Greg Pursley in the final laps of the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 at State Line Speedway to capture his first victory.

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