K&N Pro Series West
|Country||Western United States|
|Engine suppliers||Chevrolet · Ford · Toyota|
|Drivers' champion||Derek Thorn|
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.
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.12 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
|Year||Champion||Most Popular Driver||Rookie of the Year|
|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|
- West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, a Late Model race car hall of fame featuring many of the series' champions.
- "NASCAR K&N Pro Series West History". NASCAR. February 1, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
- Keyes, Scott. "Winning the West: West Coast drivers continue a decades-long tradition of speed". StockCarRacing.com. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
- Christley, Jason (December 7, 2010). "2010 Champions Carry On Legacy Of Pioneers". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- "Camping World named developmental sponsor". NASCAR. Turner Sports. December 16, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
- Sigala Jr., Sal (January 24, 2010). "K&N Takes Over Title Sponsorship for Camping World Series in 2010". Bleacher Report. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
- "K&N Pro Series West: Career Victories". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- "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.
- Pacific Coast Late Model/NASCAR Grand National Division, 2006, West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame; Retrieved November 7, 2007
- 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.
- NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Official Website
- Statistics, News and History
- 2012 Schedule and Results
- 2012 Official Driver Standings