The second race of the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule at Kern County Raceway on April 2, 2016, had highs and lows for Julia Landauer. After a personal best qualifying run of 6th place out of 23 drivers, several incidents throughout the race resulted in a 10th place finish for the #54 Toyota Racing Camry for Bill McAnally Racing.
“I’m really happy that as a team we improved so much on this qualifying run with a 6th place. Great improvement on Irwindale,” Landauer said. “Unfortunately, we had a lot of bad luck in the race, but my crew worked really hard on pit lane to make sure I stayed on the lead lap and finished the race strong.”
After starting 6th, Landauer raced hard on the outside line but got shuffled back to 8th place. Running right with the top pack on lap 63, a competitor hit Landauer going into Turn 1, causing her to spin. Landauer stopped her racecar just short of the outside wall, kept the car running, and remained on the lead lap, albeit at the back. Landauer raced her way up to the 14th position before the halfway break at lap 76 of 150.
At the halfway break, teams were allowed to make minor chassis adjustments and add fuel, which Landauer’s team did.
Restarting in 14th position, Landauer raced back up to the 10th spot. After getting the green flag on the restart on lap 132, the outside lane that Landauer was in was slow to get going and got held up, so cars had to hit their brakes. The domino effect of cars suddenly braking resulted in Landauer getting hit in the back and on her left front tire, which caused the tire to go flat. Other cars were involved, including one that flipped.
Landauer had to pit under the caution flag, change the left front tire, and restart at the back of the field on lap 136 out of 150. Landauer was able to race her way back up to 10th place by the end of the race.
“As a team we had hoped for a better night, especially after the strong qualifying run we had, but to deal with being spun and getting a flat and still earning a top-10 finish is pretty good. Thank you to my crew on Bill McAnally Racing, Toyota Racing, NAPA Filters, and #TeamJulia. On to Tucson!”
Broadcast: The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race from Kern County Raceway will be broadcast on NBCSN on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 11 pm EST.
Next Race: Next stop on the K&N West calendar will be at Tucson Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts Wildcat 150 on Saturday, May 7, 2016.