BAKERSFIELD, California -- Norman-Levin Racing made their NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut Saturday night at the NAPA 150 season opener at Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, California. Seventeen-year old rookie Dalton Sargent of Boca Raton, Florida took the checkered flag after holding off thirty-three year old veteran driver David Mayhew of Atascadero, California during a green-white-checkered finish. Full race and series highlights.
With the late decision to race a full K&N racing schedule and very little time to prepare the race cars for the opener, the plan going into the race was to be as competitive as possible, get in some quality seat time over the weekend, collect good race car data, and learn as much as possible from the other great teams and overall on-track experience.
Stormin Ron Norman was quite happy with his Port of Tucson #30 Toyota Camry. “We were pretty good right off the hauler and once we worked on the car during practice, I was comfortable with the set-up for the race”, Ron said. “We focused strictly on race set-up and didn’t worry too much about qualifying for this first race”. After qualifying P21, Norman lost one position then steadily advanced through the field with a very racy race car. “The car was handling great and was rolling through the turns perfect for a long run”. Unfortunately, after moving up to the 12th position Ron’s engine started to stand-down and he had to retire the car after 36 laps, finishing 26th for the night.
Matt Levin enjoyed a better finishing result in his Port of Tucson #14 Toyota Camry finishing 17th out of a highly competitive 27 car field. After pushing up and scrapping the wall during Friday’s practice, Matt and the team worked hard to get the car back into shape with Matt going on to have a nice run and solid finish. “I gave the team an early challenge but was pleased with the handling of the car during the race”, Matt said. “I can’t wait to get back to the shop and apply all the knowledge we gained this weekend to tune these hot rods for the next race”.
The drivers and teams were quite pleased with the collection of data and knowledge over the weekend, but certainly look forward to applying this valuable knowledge to become more competitive over the next few races.
Norman-Levin Racing and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West division will return to action on Saturday, April 11th at the King Taco Catering/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Irwindale Speedway in California.