30-Day Stretch Weighty For East, WestThe NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West head into an important 30-day window that will have a big impact on the title hopes of the top contenders.
By the end of June, the West will have run four races in the next five weeks and the East will have three. They’ll meet head-to-head in the annual combination race at Iowa Speedway on June 7.
First for the West, however, is the first of three road course races on the calendar this Saturday with a trip to the 2.5-mile Brainerd International Raceway.
Michael Self, the 22-year-old former karting champion from Park City, Utah, is the defending race winner. The driver for Jim Offenbach’s Golden Gate Racing Team – which has an affiliation with Richard Childress Racing – sits sixth in the standings. A win in Minnesota would go a long way to getting him back in the hunt.
He’ll have plenty of competition. Greg Pursley, the 2011 series champion, has four road-course wins. Points leader Derek Thorn scored his best road course finish last year with a second place at Sonoma. And then there’s road-course ringer Andrew Ranger. Thirteen of Ranger’s 16 career wins in the Canadian Tire Series came on road courses, and he scored a pair of K&N Pro Series wins in 2010 on road courses.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will race under the lights when it returns to Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 presented by G-Oil on Friday. Bobby Santos has won three of the last four tour races at Stafford.