Takes Sole Possession of Second Place in Series Points Championship
Stockton, California – “In NASCAR, there are nights like our last race when fourth feels like a punch in the gut, and then there are nights like tonight, when you feel like you went out and stole one,” McReynolds said Saturday night following the running of the NASCAR K&N West Stockton 150. After being spun out going into turn 1 at the quarter-mile oval with only twenty-eight laps remaining, a fourth place finish for the young driver certainly did not appear to be in the cards. “The length of this track and its unique banking can make it very hard to pass, especially against this level of competition,” McReynolds said, “at that point of the race it would have been very easy to have just given up, but we got a great restart following the caution and were able to get ourselves back up to the lead pack.”
After qualifying in the fifth position, McReynolds had moved into third place prior to accident, which dropped the #16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry to tenth. “I need to go back and watch the video, but I am just not sure what the #6 car was thinking there,” McReynolds said, “we were both running down the two leaders and he just seemed to get impatient and took way too low of a line into the turn causing him to get in the back of us.”
The Stockton 150 is the third race of the NASCAR K&N West Series 2014 Schedule and McReynolds’ first as a member of NASCAR’s 2014 Next class, which highlights the sport’s rising stars. Kindly referred to by teams and fans alike as the “bull ring,” the speedway is the shortest track on the 2014 schedule. The race will air on Fox Sports 1, Friday, May 9 at 1:30 p.m. EST.
Next on McReynolds’ schedule is the Casey’s General Stores 150 at Iowa Speedway May 17, which brings the best of both NASCAR’s K&N West and K&N East Series’ together for the first of the season’s two dual-series competitions. “The Iowa race is a great chance to really gauge where you and your team are at early in the season. As a driver you always want to be competing against the best that your series has to offer, and the race in Iowa is certainly going to give us that opportunity.”