Trying to get more experience before this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway, four Sprint Cup Series drivers will be running the K&N Pro Series West event takes place on Saturday.
Sprint Cup Series ROTY contenders Justin Allgaier, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson and Michael Annett are all running the event, as well as 2013 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Allgaier will be running the No. 83 Grigg Brothers/BRANDT Chevrolet for Menno Admiraal that normally fields a car for Kelly Admiraal. This will mark Allgaier’s K&N Pro Series debut, but he does have 14 road course starts in the Nationwide Series with a win at Montreal in 2012.
Dillon will be running the No. 21 Golden Gate/RCR Chevrolet for Steve Portenga. Dillon finished 15th in his only K&N West start in April of 2009,but has one win, one pole, seven top fives and 12 top 10s in 15 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts. He also run four road course races in the Nationwide Series with only one finish in the top 10.
Larson will be running the No. 34 Clorox Chevrolet for Turner-Scott Motorsports in attempting to make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut. The 18-year-old does have K&N Pro Series experience, though, as he was the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion and Rookie of the Year. He also has three career road-course starts in NASCAR Nationwide Series with one top 10.
Stenhouse will be running the No. 99 Roush Performance Parts Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing in making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut. Stenhouse finished 27th in last year’s Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma, though did better later in the season at Walkins Glen with an 18th. In the Nationwide Series, he has eight road course starts with one top five and two top 10s.
Lastly, Annett is scheduled to run the No. 31 for Windi Potenga with the sponsor yet to be announced. Annett has run some Nationwide Series road course events over the past four seasons, with a career best seventh place finish coming at Road America in 2010.