Thompson to Make Third NASCAR Start of the Season

Brett Thompson Counts Toyota Speedway as One of His Favorite Tracks

JEROME, IDAHO (June 30, 2010) Brett Thompson will make is third NASCAR K&N Pro Series start of the season this Saturday night at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, CA. The ulta-fast and wide half-mile paved oval located outside of Los Angeles is a track that suits his driving style and one that he hopes will be the site of his next victory.

Fresh off an impressive victory last Saturday night in CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series action, Thompson and his team are riding high. In racing, like many other sports, momentum is everything. “The win last week in the RMCS was really big for us,” Thompson said. “Everybody around the shop is happy and excited and that boosts our confidence heading into Irwindale.”

While Toyota Speedway is a totally different animal from the tight confines of Meridian (ID) Speedway, winning is winning. “We have always been fast at Irwindale but have had some horrible luck late in the races,” Thompson offered. “We tested there last week and we feel really good about our car. The key is to qualify up front.”

Four of 19 previous NKNPS races have been won from the pole at Toyota Speedway and the winner has started inside the top ten more than 50% of the time. “We tested our qualifying package and think we have a good shot at the pole,” Thompson said.

Since most NKNPS events are impound races; meaning the set-up you qualify with is the set-up you start the race with, qualifying is about giving a little so you can take a lot. “Since the race is 200-laps with a break in the middle, we plan to just stay out of trouble the first 50 and then race pretty hard to second 50 (laps) to see where the car is at,” Thompson said. “It all comes down as it always does to the last 50-laps or so; and hopefully we are in position to battle for the win.”

“Toyota Speedway is one of my favorite tracks,” Thompson said. “It suits my driving style really well. The three racing grooves make it a fun track to drive and go door-to-door with the other guys. I know the fans always see a great show.”

Driving a team car to Thompson will be Taylor Barton our of Las Vegas, NV. Barton has two top ten finishes in three NKNPS starts this season. Barton is scheduled to make five starts total  in the NKNPS-West  and two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season in race vehicles prepared by Thompson Motorsports in Jerome, Idaho.

While in town for the race, Thompson and his team will attend the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame 2010 induction ceremony at the Azusa Greens Country Club Friday night. “The Hall of Fame is a neat deal for us on the west coast,” Thompson said.

Fast Facts
The Race: King Taco 200
The Place: Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, Calif.
The Date: Saturday, July 3
The Time: 8:30 p.m. PT
TV Schedule: SPEED  July 15, 3 p.m. PT
Track Layout: .5-mile paved
Race Purse: $107,099
2009 Winner: Jason Bowles
2009 Pole: Jason Bowles
Schedule: Saturday: Practice  11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m., 1-1:45 p.m. Time Trials 4:45 p.m.
Track Contact: Doug Stokes
(626) 358-1100
dstokes@toyotaspeedway.com
Twitter: @toyotaspeedway

Race Notes
The race … The King Taco 200 is the sixth event on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule in 2010.
The procedure … The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 200 laps (100 miles).
The track … Toyota Speedway at Irwindale is a half-mile paved oval with blended banking of six, nine and 12 degrees in the corners and banking of six degrees in the straights. This will be the 20th visit by the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, dating back to June of 1999.
The records … Qualifying: Butch Gilliland, June 19, 1999, 100.722 mph, 17.871 seconds; Race: Jason Bowles, Aug. 16, 2008, 76.255 mph, 1 hour 18 minutes 41 seconds.

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST AT TOYOTA SPEEDWAY
-This race will be the 20th series visit to Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, since its inaugural visit in 1999.
-The completion of this event marks the midway point of the 2010 season.
-Six of the top 20 drivers in the championship standings will be making their first regular season series start at Toyota Speedway. They include Jonathon Gomez (No. 22 Heritage Cattle/Century Boatland Chevrolet), Michael Self (No. 88 Johnnie Walker Performance Center/Team Viva Chevrolet), Josh Combs (No. 9 Grape King/Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil Ford), Greg Rayl (No. 07 Spectator Racing Ford), Troy Ermish (No. 38 Datsun 510 Parts Outlet Dodge) and Taylor Barton (No. 60 Full Tilt Poker.net Chevrolet).
-Nine drivers have won in series competition at Toyota Speedway. Austin Cameron leads winners, with five victories. Next on the list are two drivers who each scored three consecutive wins on the half-mile track. Current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver and two-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Brendan Gaughan swept the three events in 2001 – while Jason Bowles won the three most recent races, two in 2008 and one in 2009.
-Twelve drivers have qualified on the pole. Bowles leads the list, winning the Coors Light Pole award for the three most recent events. Austin Cameron, Mike Duncan, Eric Holmes, Scott Lynch and Sean Woodside are also multiple pole winners, with two each.
-Brendan Gaughan has the most top-five finishes at Irwindale, with six. The Las Vegas native also led the most laps, running out front for 674 laps.
-Scott Gaylord scored the most top-10s at Toyota Speedway – finishing in the top 10 in 11 of 13 races he competed in there.
-Austin Cameron and Jack Sellers are tied for the most series starts at Irwindale, each taking the green flag there 16 times.
-Six of the 19 races at Toyota Speedway were won from the pole position, including the three most recent by Jason Bowles (two in 2008, one in 2009).
-Four of the 19 series races in Irwindale were extended for a green-white-checkered finish.
-Chevrolet has been in Victory Lane for 14 of the 19 races at Irwindale.
-At Irwindale, 156 drivers have raced in series competition.

Hall of Fame festivities … The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame will hold its annual induction and dinner at the Azusa Greens Country Club on Friday, July 2, beginning with a no-host cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Going the distance … The 19 events have varied in distance. Seven were 250-lap races (two in 1999, two in 2000 and three in 2001); eight were 200 laps (one each in 2002 and 2003, two in 2006, one in 2007, two in 2008 and one in 2009); three were 150 laps (both in 2004 and one in 2005) and one was 300 laps (the season finale in 2000).

Special Hauler Parade

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West team haulers will parade from Arcadia to Irwindale on Friday evening, leading to Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. The parade is set to roll out at 6:15 p.m. and pass through Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Azusa and Irwindale en route to the track. “A parade like this has become a real tradition at a number of major NASCAR races around the country, and we felt that we should celebrate one of our biggest NASCAR races of the year with our own hauler parade,”  said track GM Bob DeFazio.

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