14 Races For NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule features 14 races at 13 tracks in 2019. (Diego Alvarado photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule will kick off on the dirt of Las Vegas and culminate on the big stage in Phoenix, with a challenging mix of tracks in between.

The 14-race schedule will see the series visit 13 tracks in nine states from February to November. It will include two combination races with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and three companion races with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

“This is one of the most dynamic and diverse schedules we’ve had, and it’s going to be a lot of fun for fans of the series to watch their favorite drivers compete at a variety of venues,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director for regional racing. “You have a tremendous mix of a dirt track, road course, historic bullrings and speedways that is sure to produce an exciting season.”

The 66th season of the series, which traces its roots back to the Pacific Coast Late Model Series, will kickoff with a distinct old school feel: racing stock cars on dirt. The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the Star Nursery 100 on Thursday, Feb. 28, as part of the track’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube NASCAR race weekend.

The inaugural Star Nursery 100 was won by eventual ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion Sheldon Creed and was the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series race on a dirt track since 1979.

The series champion will be crowned in the series’ return to ISM Raceway as part of the track’s NASCAR playoff weekend in November. The one-mile track recently completed a $178 million renovation project and hosts the penultimate round of the NASCAR national series playoffs.

The K&N Pro Series West last ran in Phoenix in 2015, when Todd Gilliland scored his first NASCAR win as a prelude to back-to-back West title campaigns. The track was also the site of 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano’s first NASCAR win in 2007 as well as Ryan Blaney’s first NASCAR win in 2011.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will also return to another popular stop: Irwindale Speedway, on Saturday, March 30. The graduated banking on the half-mile speedway outside of Los Angeles has produced thrilling racing since it first opened in 1999; it has hosted 26 events between 1999-2011, and from 2014-17.

2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Schedule

Feb. 28 – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas – Las Vegas, Nev.

March 30 – Irwindale Speedway – Irwindale, Calif.

May 11 – Tucson Speedway – Tucson, Ariz. (twin 100-lap races)

June 8 – Colorado National Speedway – Dacono, Colo.

June 22 – Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, Calif.

June 29 – Douglas County Speedway – Roseburg, Ore.

July 26 – Iowa Speedway – Newton, Iowa

Aug. 17 – Evergreen Speedway – Monroe, Wash.

Aug. 24 – Gateway Motorsports Park – Madison, Ill.

Sept. 28 – Meridian Speedway – Meridian, Idaho

Oct. 12 – All American Speedway – Roseville, Calif.

Oct. 26 – Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, Calif.

Nov. 9 – ISM Raceway – Avondale, Ariz.