McReynolds Finishes 4th at Armed Forces 150

Third Top-5 Finish of the Season

Bakersfield, California – For a newcomer to NASCAR’s K&N West Series who is competing at many of the series’ tracks for the first time, consistency is not what one might expect.  However, with a fourth place finish in the Armed Forces 150 at Kern County Raceway, McReynolds earned his third top-5 and fourth top-10 in only the fifth race of the season, solidifying the #16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry as one of the series’ top contenders.   “I knew coming out West to compete would present a unique set of challenges” McReynolds said after the race, “however I have worked hard to soak up as much information as I can, whether it be through video of past races or conversations with former drivers, and it certainly appears to be paying off as we continue to improve and put ourselves in a position to compete for a win week in and week out.”

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After narrowly missing qualifying on the pole, McReynolds started the race in second before dropping back to sixth after two early cautions.  “In all but one of the restarts tonight we started from the bottom, and at this track if you are not careful you can get stuck down there which is what happened early in the race,” McReynolds said, “but fortunately our team was able to make some adjustments to the car that allowed me to get more aggressive and move up through the field as the race progressed.”

For McReynolds, the learning curve does not get any easier, as the K&N West Series heads next to Sonoma Raceway on June 21 for the Carneros 200.  The race, which is the first and only road course of the 2014 season, will present a new set of challenges for the NASCAR Next driver. “To be honest, racing at a road course is not something that I have a lot of experience with, but luckily I have a few weeks to get in some practice sessions at similar type tracks,” said McReynolds, “the one promise I can make to our sponsor and all of our fans, however, is that no one is going to work harder between now and the race to get ready and I expect nothing less from myself or this team than to go out and get a victory at Sonoma.”