Rising NASCAR Star Holds Off K&N Series’ Best On Way to First Win of 2015
Newton, Iowa – In the sport of NASCAR every win is reason for celebration, however Brandon McReynolds’ win Saturday night at the Casey’s General Store 150 at Iowa Speedway was something special.
“To be able to come here to Iowa, which in many ways is our [NASCAR’s K&N Series’] all-star race, and leave with a victory is incredibly special,”
said McReynolds after the race, “the K&N West Series does not get the respect that it deserves sometimes and I think that our win tonight showed that not only can we compete, but that we can win against the very best teams and young talent in this Series.” The win marked only the second time in Series’ history that a team representing the K&N West has won the semi-annual combination event, which brings the best teams from the K&N East and the K&N West to compete at the 7/8 mile oval located northeast of Des Moines, Iowa.
McReynolds, whose BMR NAPA AUTO PARTS team suffered mechanical issues in the first two races of the 2015 season, was incredibly grateful of the support he has received over the past few months. “A lot of teams would have thrown in the towel after the start that we have had,” said McReynolds, “however, it only drove our guys harder. In this sport there are so many factors that are out of your control, and I could not be more appreciative of my teammates and my sponsors.” After qualifying second McReynolds spent all but ten laps trailing pole sitter William Byron, until a late race pass with eight laps remaining propelled the #16 Toyota Camry to victory lane. “The race at Iowa is long and the track can be very hard on your tires if you are not careful,” said McReynolds in a post-race interview, “I just kept reminding myself to be patient and to wait for the right opportunity. Once that opportunity came I grabbed it and was not about to let go.”
The Casey’s General Store 150 will air on NBC Sports Network Friday, May 22. McReynolds and his NAPA AUTO PARTS team head next to Shasta Speedway located just south of Redding, California where they will compete on Saturday, May 30.