Andrew Ranger celebrates his first K&N West win (Photo: Getty Images)
Despite a field where nearly half the drivers hailed from Southern California, Andrew Ranger won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma on fuel strategy and benefiting from others’ misfortune. He took the lead from David Gilliland (Riverside) on lap 49 and led the last 15 laps to win the first West Series race of his career. Gilliland’s day ended with transmission issues that relegated him to a 28th place finish despite leading the most laps.
"I saved fuel a little bit, not much. Right there in the last corner, the last lap, I saw the car moving really weird. I saw something wrong with the engine. I thought probably it's the end of fuel. Really lucky, at the same time, I think our strategy was really good. I'm really happy,” said Ranger
Jason Bowles (Ontario), the reigning West Series champion winner of the two previous West Series races at Sonoma, started on the pole and led the first 16 laps of the race. He was running second when his car ran out of fuel 100 feet from the finish line. Bowles finished in 22nd place.
Paulie Harraka was second, his best finish since winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season opener at All American Speedway in Roseville in March. He moved into third place in the West Series standings with his runner-up finish at Sonoma.
Rookie, Brandon Davis (Huntington Beach) made his second start in the West Series. Davis had his best finish so far by bringing his No. 10 car across the line in third.
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