NASCAR Regulars Set to Compete in West Series in Sonoma

Friday, Jun 17 1978

There will be a bit of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series flair in the Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200 at Infineon Raceway on Saturday, June 25.

Two NASCAR regulars, plus road-course ace Boris Said, are confirmed for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event, which will span 64 laps. The featured event of the weekend, the Toyota/Save Mart 350, is set for Sunday, June 26.

Topping the list is Joey Logano, who drives the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota on the Sprint Cup Series circuit. Logano last raced in the West Series in Sonoma in 2009, when he started fourth and placed 17th.  He had led 38 of 64 laps and was on his way to take the checkers, but was spun by Patrick Long in Turn 11 on the final lap and was forced to settle for 17th.

He will pilot the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

"I ran the K&N West race at Infineon two years ago during my Cup rookie season and I really enjoyed it," Logano said. "I didn't have the opportunity to run road courses growing up, so any experience I can get is huge.  I really enjoy this type of racing, I just need to get better at it.  There is definitely a finesse that goes with it.  Being able to run the West race with JGR's East Team will be a huge help for me on Sunday and the competition in that race is tough.  It's a tough track too, but a fun track."

NASCAR regular David Gilliland is also scheduled to run the race behind the wheel of the No. 9 Sunrise Ford. Gilliland won the 2007 West Series race at Infineon Raceway, and his father, Butch, is a four-time West Series winner in Sonoma. Gilliland drives the No. 34 Taco Bell Ford in the Cup Series.

Sonoma fan favorite and road-course specialist Said will also race in Saturday's main event. He has never won a West Series event in Sonoma, but he qualified on the pole for the Cup race in 2003.

Qualifying will take place on Friday, June 24, for the Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200, with the green flag set to drop on Saturday, Jun 25, at 12:45 p.m.

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