IRWINDALE, California -- Ron Norman and Matt Levin were both “lickin their wounds and lickin their chops” coming off of their March 28th NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut at Kern County Raceway. Within hours of return to their Port of Tucson shop, the teams began preparing the cars for tomorrow night’s K&N Pro Series King Taco Catering/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Irwindale Speedway in California. Both cars needed plenty of work but the data collected and on-track feel of the cars were very promising.
Since the drivers and everyone on the teams have regular day jobs, the past two weeks have been a blur of 20+ hour days, an engine replacement, body work, and a lot of racing adjustments. “If they told me it was going to be this hard to run the K&N series, I still would have done it”, Ron said with a telling smile indicative of someone who can’t wait for another chance on Saturday. “We had to replace an engine which added to the work load last week, and both cars needed a lot of work, but things came together nicely thanks to our dedicated crew and we’re ready for a competitive race at Irwindale.”
Commonly referred to as NASCAR’s half-mile superspeedway, Irwindale Speedway just north-northeast of Los Angeles was designed in the same vein as Norman-Levin Racing home track Tucson Speedway. At the time, Tucson Raceway Park was the very first racetrack in the country with paved progressive banking with increasing banking as you move up the track. This allowed for very exciting paved short track stock car racing by presenting drivers with several grooves to get around the racetrack and allowing for great door-to-door multi-wide racing action. Irwindale wanted this same experience and used Tucson Raceway Park as the template for a larger half-mile, progressive banking, multi-grove race track, and boy did they succeed! The 6,500 spectator facility located in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California, just 25 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, opened in 1999 and quickly became a mecca for local, regional, and national NASCAR racing. The race tomorrow will be the 23rd NASCAR K&N Pro-Series event at Irwindale Speedway.
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The event will air on NBC Sports Network on Thursday, April 16.