Five young NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are entered in Saturday's NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway so they can get more road course racing experience before Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the California road course.
Kyle Larson, who currently is eight place in the Sprint Cup Series point standings in his rookie campaign, will drive the No. 34 Clorox Chevrolet on Saturday. It will be the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion's K&N Pro Series West debut race. Larson has only made three road course starts in his stock car career all of which came last season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He finished seventh, 14th, and 30th in those race. He also raced the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Austin Dillon, who currently is 17th place in Sprint Cup Series points in his rookie season, will drive the No. 21 Golden Gate/RCR Chevrolet. The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion will be making his second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West start. His first was in 2009 at Phoenix. In six NASCAR Nationwide Series road course starts over the past two seasons his best finish was ninth in 2012 at Montreal.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr, who currently is 27th in Sprint Cup Series points in his second season, will drive the No. 99 Roush Performance Parts Ford. The 2011 and 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year finished 27th at Sonoma last season and 18th at Watkins Glen in his first two Sprint Cup Series road course races. In eight career Nationwide Series road course starts Stenhouse had a best finish of fourth at Watkins Glen in 2012. This will be his K&N Pro Series West debut race.
Justin Allgaier, who is 29th in Sprint Cup Series points in his rookie season, will drive the No. 83 Grigg Brothers/BRANDT Chevrolet. Allgaier has made 14 career road course starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and won the 2012 race in Montreal. In addition to the win he had seven other top 10 finishes in the 14 starts. Saturday will mark his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut and Sunday will be his first Sprint Cup Series road course race.
Michael Annett, who is 30th in Sprint Cup Series points in his rookie season, will also race in the Carneros 200 on Saturday. In 14 career NASCAR Nationwide Series road course starts Annett has not found success. His best finishes are seventh and 11th. Other than that Annett has never finished higher than 18th. Like Allgaier and Larson this will be his first K&N West start and first Sprint Cup road course start.
Saturday's race at Sonoma Raceway is the sixth of the season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Greg Pursley currently leads the points by 18 over David Mayhew. Dylan Lupton is third, Brandon McReynolds fourth, and Giles Thornton fifth.Tags: Austin Dillon, David Mayhew, Greg Pursley, Justin Allgaier, K&N Pro Series West, Kyle Larson, Michael Annett, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, ricky stenhouse jr, Sonoma Raceway