Braeden Havens to drive for Thompson Motorsports on NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

SPOKANE, Wash. (January 6, 2012)-Braeden Havens, the reigning Inland  Northwest Super Stock Association champion, has signed to drive in  selected NASCAR K&N Pro Series West events during the upcoming 2012  season.

Havens debut behind the wheel of the Thompson-owned Western Rail  sponsored Chevrolet will come April 14 at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake  Havasu, AZ. This year’s schedule for Havens includes all of the NASCAR  K&N Pro Series short track races and a potential start at Phoenix  International Raceway in November.

It’s pretty exciting to know I’ll be competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro  Series this year, Havens said. I never thought I would get to this  point in my racing career where we’re out racing against the best of  the best on the West Coast. What a feeling to say I am a NASCAR driver.

Brett Thompson of Thompson Motorsports sees the addition of Havens as  a positive step for his race team.

I’ve seen what he’s capable of and I think he can do well on the  series, Thompson noted.

Having a teammate can be beneficial for both drivers, he added.

You look what Gene Price Motorsports did last season on the  short-tracks (including wins in Montana, Las Vegas, Irwindale,  Colorado and top-5 finishes in Las Vegas) and you can see there are  always benefits in numbers. It will be interesting to see what  (Braeden) likes in a car and what I like.

Havens is equally excited about the prospects of having a teammate in  his first season on the NASCAR series, he noted.

Brett is a great racer and has been in this division for some time so  with that experience he will be able to help me learn the cars and the  tracks. He’ll also be able to tell me what other drivers may do (on  the race track) since he has raced with them for so long.

Leading Havens team will be veteran NASCAR crew chief, Charlie Wilson.  Last season Wilson led Thompson’s team to a top-5 finish in the 2011  NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship standings.

Charlie has won championships on the West series and has crew chiefed  on the (NASCAR) Nationwide Series. We’re all still going to work as a  team here but Charlie is going to lead Braeden’s team in his races  this year, Thompson said.

With a strong team around him, Havens looks to be competitive in every  race he enters.

My goal this year (in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series) is to go out and win  races. Also, I want to show my abilities and hope to get my name out  in front of the right people to move my way up the racing ladder,  Havens said.

To reach those goals Havens began working with his new team informally  last fall, he added.

I went with the team to their last race in Phoenix and have been down  to the shop to see how they work together. I will also be going to  test before the season starts so I can show them my driving style and  we all learn to work together on the race track.

In addition to running selected events on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series,  Havens has an ambitious schedule behind the wheel of his No. 83  Western Rail Inc. late model. For a complete schedule log onto or look for the team’s page on Facebook.

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