Charlotte, NC – (July 31, 2016) Iowa Speedway, a banked, 7/8-mile oval race track in Newton, Iowa, hosted the NASCAR K&N Series for their annual All-Star race on Friday, July 29, 2016. The All-Star race brought together the East Series and the West Series at the NASCAR facility, attracting a total of 33 cars for the race.
Julia Landauer had a tough night, having to start at the back of the field due to an engine change after qualifying. She worked her way up to 17th overall, 8th in the West division.
After completing the first practice session, Landauer’s first time on a track this big and fast, Landauer and her team made adjustments for the second practice. Unfortunately, the second practice was cut short due to rain, so the team had to do their best at setting up the car for qualifying.
However, they never got to test those adjustments.
“I went out for my qualifying and right after I left the pits my motor started slowing,” Landauer said. “I didn’t have oil pressure so I shut the car down right away and came into the pits.”
The #54 Curb Records Toyota crew discovered that the fuel pump belt fell off, so they decided to replace the motor to be safe. The lack of qualifying time along with the engine change forced Landauer to start at the back of the 33-car field.
Other members of the Bill McAnally Racing team helped the #54 crew swap engines, just in time for the start of the race.
At the drop of the green flag, Landauer charged hard and continued to work her way through the field until the halfway break. During the break, teams refueled the cars, changed tires, and made adjustments.
After the restart of the race, Landauer passed several more cars, and eventually settled for 17th spot at the conclusion of the 150 lap race.
“It was a hard night for us, but we got the car back running and I did my best during the race,” stated Landauer. “We had a lot of long green flag runs, so the field got spaced out a bit. A few more caution flags to bunch of the field and help me stay caught up would have helped. We did the best we could.”
Landauer remains 6th in points after Iowa Speedway, which will air on NBCSN on Friday, August 5 at 2 pm ET.
The next race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be at Evergreen Speedway, in Monroe, WA, on Saturday, August 13.