Young NASCAR NEXT Driver Records Ninth Consecutive Top-5 Finish of 2014
Roseville, California – After leading 49 of the first 126 laps of the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd at All American Speedway, Brandon McReynolds was once again in position to contend for a win before a strategic decision following a late race caution dashed the hopes of one of NASCAR’s most consistent and promising young drivers. “All night we had had our best success restarting from the top,” explained McReynolds while speaking with members of the media after the race, “but the wreck at Lap 112 had left a lot of oil in Turn 1 right in the middle of the second groove and Jeff Jefferson [Crew Chief for the #16 NAPA Auto Parts team] and I just thought it was too big of a risk to start on the top. Looking back, it was the wrong decision and it allowed the #99 to get by us and take control of the race. Like any sport, success takes a lot of hard work and talent, but it also takes a little bit of luck and timing. Tonight we were unlucky and it cost us a win.”
After qualifying fourth, McReynolds moved quickly to second in just the first lap of the race before taking over the lead for the first time on Lap 30. Once up front, McReynolds never fell deeper than third, twice more retaking the lead. “I just hate it for our crew,” McReynolds said, “when we first unloaded this morning we were terrible. I think we were something like ninth quickest in the first practice, but they kept working away at it all day and finally got it to a place where we could race up front. Those guys deserved a win tonight.”
By finishing third, McReynolds moves to within just four points of second place in the Series’ Championship and twenty points behind Series’ leader Greg Pursley. “Mathematically it is going to be tough to catch Pursley,” McReynolds commented after the race, “we really needed the bonus points that would have come with a win tonight, however second place is definitely now within our grasp. It will take a great run, but we have shown throughout the year that this team has it in them.” The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 marked the thirteenth race of the 2014 K&N Pro Series West season and was contested at All American Speedway, a 1/3-mile high banked oval located just outside Sacramento. The race will air on Fox Sports 1, Friday, October 17 at 1:30 p.m. EST.
The NASCAR Pro Series West 2014 season wraps up November 6, 2014 at Phoenix International Raceway. McReynolds, who was wrecked while running second at PIR earlier this year, is looking forward to heading back to the 1-mile tri-oval. “We have one more chance to grab a win this year for NAPA and all of our fans. We always seem to run well at Phoenix, however you can be sure that some of the top teams from the K&N Pro Series East will be in attendance. Outside of the two Iowa races, it will probably be the most competitive race of the year.”