Earns Third Consecutive Top-5 Finish of 2014
Post Falls, Idaho – Although much has been made of the consistency shown by Brandon McReynolds in his rookie NASCAR K&N West season, including his now three consecutive top-5 finishes and six top-5 finishes in the last eight races, the young driver was quick Saturday night to point out that the third place finish at the NAPA/Toyota 150 at State Line Speedway was something more than just another top-5 finish. “I have been very proud of our team’s ability to compete for wins week in and week out,” McReynolds said after the race, “however, after a string of fourth place finishes, it was certainly nice to get back into the Top-3. I think tonight not only provides our team with some momentum heading into the second half of the season, but demonstrates that we are continuing to develop as a team and that we have not even started to reach our maximum potential.”
After qualifying sixth, McReynolds quickly moved through the field, gaining four positions in the first ten laps, before settling into second place at lap 11. “Although for most of the race the higher groove was certainly the faster line, our Toyota Camry was able to maintain momentum running the lower line, which helped us to move up through the field early on.” The strategy, however, would not work for long, as the top line began to pick-up speed, trapping the #16 along the bottom and moving McReynolds back to fifth. “I was a little surprised how quickly the lower line went away,” McReynolds said after being asked about the decision to continue to work the lower line at Stateline Speedway, “I think I was just a caught a little off-guard by how tight the car got later in the race, and by the time I made the decision to get back up top there was a line of cars blocking us from making the move.” Demonstrating patience usually reserved to veteran drivers, however, McReynolds masterfully utilized two late race cautions to move the #16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry back into third position just prior to the checkered flag.
The NAPA/Toyota 150 marked the K&N West series’ first race at State Line Speedway since 1985, and only the third time in history that the NASCAR series has competed at the quarter-mile oval located just east of Spokane, Washington. The race will air on Fox Sports 1, Friday, July 25 at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Next on the NASCAR K&N West Series schedule is the July 26th race at Colorado National Speedway, a one-third mile semi-banked oval located just north of Denver, Colorado. “It has been a successful and productive first half of the season,” McReynolds said, “however, with only seven races left, the race for the series’ championship is going to heat up and it is time for the #16 to go out and get some wins.”