K&N Pro Series West

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K&N Pro Series West
Category Stock cars
Country Western United States
Inaugural season 1954[1]
Engine suppliers Chevrolet · Ford · Toyota
Tire suppliers Goodyear
Drivers' champion Derek Thorn
Makes' champion Ford
Official website localracing.nascar.com

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is a regional stock car racing division of NASCAR. The series was first formed in 1954 as a proving ground for drivers from the western United States who could not travel to race in the more traditional stock car racing regions like North Carolina and the rest of the southern United States.

In 1954, the series was formed under the name Pacific Coast Late Model circuit, with nine races on the schedule. At first the series sanctioned races on dirt tracks and paved tracks, but as the series developed, more races were held on paved tracks, with the final race on a dirt track being held in 1979. In 1988, the series traveled out of the United States for the first time, sanctioning a race in Australia. Eight years later, the series once again traveled outside of the United States to Japan. In 1999, the season finale was held at Twin Ring Motegi, making it the first NASCAR championship race held in a different country. Four years later, NASCAR consolidated the Busch North Series into the series.

Jack McCoy has the most career wins in the series with 54, followed by Ray Elder with 47. Elder, however, has recorded six championships, the most out of any driver in the series. Other notable drivers who participated in the series include Kevin Harvick, Brendan Gaughan, Derrike Cope, Chad Little and David Gilliland.

The other regional division at the Grand National level of NASCAR is the K&N Pro Series East.


Restart from caution, 2011 Utah Grand Prix

The K&N Pro Series West began in 1954 as the Pacific Coast Late Model circuit. Nine races were in held in the first year, many of which were held in California, in cities such as Oakland, San Diego, San Mateo and Gardena.[1][2] The inaugural series championship was won by Lloyd Dane driving a 1953 Hudson Hornet.[3]

Afterward, the series became known as the Grand National West Series, then the Winston Grand National West Series. In the beginning the series also raced on dirt ovals, but as the series developed began to race only on paved tracks, with the last race held on a dirt oval being in 1979.[1]

Though the series primarily sanctions races in the United States, the series has also traveled to Australia in 1988 and Japan from 1996 to 1998 for exhibition races. The series became the first series to sanction a championship race outside of the United States in 1999, when the final race was held at Twin Ring Motegi. In 2003, the Busch North Series was consolidated into the series forming the modern day series.[1] For the 2008 season, Camping World bought naming rights of the series, renaming it the Camping World West Series.[4] Two years later, K&N Engineering, Inc. replaced Camping World as the title sponsor.[5]

A total of 110 different drivers have scored wins in the series with Jack McCoy having the most with 54, followed by Ray Elder who has 47 wins.[6] Elder has scored the most championships with six, while Bill Schmitt and Roy Smith each have four.[1]

The series has also had several notable NASCAR drivers throughout the years, including Kevin Harvick, Brendan Gaughan, Derrike Cope, Chad Little and David Gilliland.[7]

List of champions[edit]

Year Champion Most Popular Driver Rookie of the Year
1954 Lloyd Dane N/A N/A[8]
1955 Danny Letner N/A N/A
1956 Lloyd Dane N/A N/A
1957 Lloyd Dane N/A N/A
1958 Eddie Gray N/A N/A
1959 Bob Ross N/A N/A
1960 Marvin Porter N/A N/A
1961 Eddie Gray N/A N/A
1962 Eddie Gray N/A N/A
1963 Ron Hornaday, Sr. N/A N/A
1964 Ron Hornaday, Sr. N/A N/A
1965 Bill Amick Ray Elder N/A
1966 Jack McCoy Ray Elder N/A
1967 Scott Cain Marshall Sargent N/A
1968 Scott Cain Ray Elder N/A
1969 Ray Elder Ray Elder N/A
1970 Ray Elder Ray Elder N/A
1971 Ray Elder Ray Elder Dick Kranzler
1972 Ray Elder Ray Elder Carl Adams
1973 Jack McCoy Ray Elder Richard White
1974 Ray Elder Ray Elder Markey James
1975 Ray Elder Ray Elder Don Puskarich
1976 Bill Schmitt Jim Insolo Gary Johnson
1977 Bill Schmitt Chuck Bown Pat Mintey
1978 Jim Insolo Jim Insolo Rick McCray
1979 Bill Schmitt Jim Insolo Tim Williamson
1980 Roy Smith David Pearson Don Waterman
1981 Roy Smith Hershel McGriff Jim Bown
1982 Roy Smith Hershel McGriff Jim Reich
1983 Jim Robinson Hershel McGriff Ron Esau
1984 Jim Robinson Hershel McGriff Derrike Cope
1985 Jim Robinson Hershel McGriff Glen Steurer
1986 Hershel McGriff Hershel McGriff Chad Little
1987 Chad Little Hershel McGriff Roman Calczynski
1988 Roy Smith Hershel McGriff Bob Howard
1989 Bill Schmitt Hershel McGriff Bill Sedgwick
1990 Bill Schmitt Hershel McGriff Mike Chase
1991 Bill Sedgwick Hershel McGriff Billy Jac Shaw
1992 Bill Sedgwick Hershel McGriff Rick Carelli
1993 Rick Carelli Rick Carelli Dirk Stephens
1994 Mike Chase Ron Hornaday, Jr. Doug George
1995 Doug George Ernie Cope Ernie Cope
1996 Lance Hooper Larry Gunselman Lance Hooper
1997 Butch Gilliland Butch Gilliland Gary Smith
1998 Kevin Harvick Scott Gaylord Austin Cameron
1999 Sean Woodside Butch Gilliland Jason Small
2000 Brendan Gaughan Bobby Dotter Mike Duncan
2001 Brendan Gaughan Brendan Gaughan Mark Reed
2002 Eric Norris Scott Gaylord Mike David
2003 Scott Lynch Austin Cameron Scott Lynch
2004 Mike Duncan Austin Cameron David Gilliland
2005 Mike Duncan Sarah Fisher Andrew Lewis
2006 Eric Holmes Austin Cameron Peyton Sellers
2007 Mike David Mike Duncan Jason Bowles
2008 Eric Holmes Moses Smith Jeff Barkshire
2009 Jason Bowles Moses Smith Paulie Harraka
2010 Eric Holmes Moses Smith Luis Martinez, Jr.
2011 Greg Pursley Moses Smith Dylan Kwasniewski
2012 Dylan Kwasniewski Cassie Gannis Austin Dyne
2013 Derek Thorn[9] Cameron Hayley Dylan Lupton
2014 TBA TBA James Bickford

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "NASCAR K&N Pro Series West History". NASCAR. February 1, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ Keyes, Scott. "Winning the West: West Coast drivers continue a decades-long tradition of speed". StockCarRacing.com. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Christley, Jason (December 7, 2010). "2010 Champions Carry On Legacy Of Pioneers". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Camping World named developmental sponsor". NASCAR. Turner Sports. December 16, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ Sigala Jr., Sal (January 24, 2010). "K&N Takes Over Title Sponsorship for Camping World Series in 2010". Bleacher Report. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ "K&N Pro Series West: Career Victories". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to the Bullring June 11". Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Speedway Motorsports, Inc. March 26, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ Pacific Coast Late Model/NASCAR Grand National Division, 2006, West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame; Retrieved November 7, 2007
  9. ^ Sbarra, Shon (November 9, 2013). "Thorn Snags K&N Pro Series West Title". NASCAR. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Series 2006 Media Guide. Daytona Beach, FL: NASCAR PR, 2006.

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