Final Laps Overshadow Otherwise Promising Performance
Phoenix, Arizona – For the first 72 laps of the Talking Stick Resort 75 at Phoenix International Raceway, Brandon McReynolds was near perfect. Maneuvering the #16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry to second place after starting the race ninth, McReynolds looked poised to challenge eventual race winner Cole Custer for the lead when a seemingly routine pass of a lapped car proved anything but routine. “We were coming out of turn four and I was just starting to make a pass on the outside when his right front tire blew,” McReynolds said after the race, “the next thing I know his car had slammed into my left front fender, taking a good portion of our car with him into the wall.”
Although McReynolds was able to finish the last two laps of the race following the subsequent caution, the damage suffered by the Toyota Camry proved too much and McReynolds slid four additional positions to finish the race in eighth. “It is never easy to lose, but when you have a chance to perhaps go out there and get a victory for your team and your sponsors, a fluke accident like the one we suffered tonight is really tough to swallow,” McReynolds said.
The Talking Stick 75 is the first of the fourteen-race season of the K&N Pro Series West. Contested at Phoenix International Raceway, a 1 mile Tri-Oval located just West of Downtown Phoenix, the race will air on Fox Sports 1, Friday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m. EST.
Next up for McReynolds and the #16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry is the March 22nd K&N Pro Series West race at Irwindale Raceway, located just east of Los Angeles, California. “What we need to do now is put this race behind us and get prepared for Irwindale,” said McReynolds, “it is a long season and if you are going to have the success we expect of this team, you have to understand that you are going to have nights like this and that all you can do is learn from them and move forward.”