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The Talking Stick Resort 75 K & N West Pro Series Opens NASCAR Weekend at Phoenix International Raceway

The Talking Stick Resort 75 K & N West Pro Series Opens NASCAR Weekend at Phoenix International Raceway

Avondale, ARIZ. (February 27, 2014) – As Phoenix International Raceway celebrates 50 years of racing, NASCAR Sprint Cup teams continued to roll into ZOOMTOWN Thursday evening.  Drivers and crews from the K & N Pro Series West readied themselves for the Talking Stick Resort 75 as the track came to life again in its half century of existence.  Everything from Indy Car racing to local road racing organizations have run at the facility.

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After qualifying, Cole Custer and the 00 NAPA Auto Parts/Haas Automation Chevrolet took the pole with the best lap of 27.369 seconds at an average speed of 131.536 mph.  Greg Pursley would start 2nd, David Mayhew started 3rd.

Custer would lead the first ten laps of the race before being passed by Greg Pursley.  Custer would soon take the lead back on lap 28 after Pursley tangled with lapped traffic.  Cole would never look back as he continued to drive the 00 NAPA Auto Parts/Haas Automation Chevrolet to the checkered flag.

In 2013, Custer was in position to win the K & N Pro Series West season finale at Phoenix when he was robbed of the checkered flag.  Leading every lap of the race, Gray Gaulding would spin him on the last lap to take the win. Custer would finish sixth.

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Throughout tonight’s race there were 6 cautions for 30 laps.  After a turn two crash, the race was red flagged with just with just 15 laps remaining while crews cleaned up fluids off the tracks surface.

After going into overtime Thursday night, the race would end with a green white finish.  The final lap of the race would be the 80th lap. Taking the checkered flag, Cole Custer would take the win in the Talking Stick Resort 75 at Phoenix International Raceway in just his third K & N Pro Series West start. Custer lead 62 of the 80 laps of the race.  Brennan Newberry took the finish line .376 seconds behind Custer for second place.

Brennan Newberry and the QORE24 Chevrolet took second, Nick Drake and the No. 55 NAPA Auto Parts took third, Greg Pursley and the No. 26 Gene Price Motorsports/Star Nursery Chevrolet came in fourth, and D.J. Kennington and the 81 Northern Provisionals Pipeline Dodge rounded out the top five.  Click here to view full race results.

Gates open at 10:00 am Friday morning.  The NASCAR Mexico series will complete their final practice.  NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying will run throughout the day.  The NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series Toyota 120 starts at 7:00 pm.

Gates open at 9:00 am Saturday.  The NASCAR Nationwide Series Blue Jeans Go Green 200 presented by The Fabric of Our Lives starts at 1:45 pm.

Sunday’s main race, The Profit on CNBC 500 presented by Small Business Fueling America, a 312 lap, 312 mile race starts at 1:00 pm.

Scroll down to take in some photos from the Talking Stick 75 at Phoenix International Raceway.

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