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Thursday, September 8, 2016

NASCAR race recap Roseburg, Oregon 8-27-2016

Andrew Koens would pilot the #06 NASCAR K&N West Series Zap Solar car in his first professional race! Friday practice was all about getting used to the heavy stock car around the tricky 3/8 asphalt track at the Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Oregon.

Saturday was race day! The stands were full, the fans were excited and the sun was out in full force! Everything was looking good and we were ready to roll out for the final practice session. Andrew was doing a great job and his lap times were getting better and better each lap. As the session drew close to an end, the motor blew up. Car owner, John Wood, pulled out his personal racecar and told Andrew to get it ready. Andrew had no laps in this car at all and went out and qualified 2/10ths faster than his primary car! However, with zero modifications allowed we just could not set the car up for the upcoming race.

The race went smoothly for Andrew as he quickly learned how to stay out of the way of the leaders and the championship contenders, giving space for clean passes and respecting the other drivers. After all the dust settled and all the wrecks he missed, Andrew ended up 14th out of 20 cars and only 3 laps down! An excellent first time NASCAR experience for sure!

We look forward to running in NASCAR K&N West Series again soon! We could NOT have made it out to this race without the support of our fine partners and sponsors:

  • Zamp Solar
  • Kamper Korner RV Center
  • Pita Pit of Roseburg
  • Red Barn Auto Center
  • Mackin Street Customs & RVs
  • Winchester Pub & Grill
  • Home Insulation of Roseburg
  • Tom Elam

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