STOCKTON, Calif. – Perfect fits are hard to come by, but Brandon McReynolds and Bill McAnally Racing may be just that.
At just 22 years of age, McReynolds has experience beyond his years. The Mooresville, N.C., driver grew up around the sport at its highest levels with his father, Larry McReynolds, a veteran NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief and now television analyst with FOX Sports on its NASCAR coverage. The younger McReynolds also already has experience in four different NASCAR series – NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
This season, the K&N Pro Series West is home for McReynolds in the championship-winning stable at BMR.
“It’s a little weird having a race shop so far away from home, but everyone at BMR has made me feel welcome and right at home,” said McReynolds. “I’ve spent a lot of time in California here recently getting ready for this next stretch of races.”
McReynolds enters that race as a member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class that was introduced on April 25 in Richmond, Va. The program spotlights the sport’s emerging young stars and the well-spoken McReynolds is a good fit there, as well.
“It’s an honor to be selected for NASCAR Next,” he said. ‘I’m really looking forward to backing that up with a great season.”
Next up for the K&N Pro Series West is the Stockton 150 at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway. BMR picked up back-to-back Stockton wins in 2003-04 with Austin Cameron behind the wheel and Eric Holmes drove to runner-up finishes in 2006 and 2012. While the team hasn’t been to Victory Lane in the last seven Stockton events, the bar is set pretty high for McReynolds in his track debut.
“We tested at Stockton a couple of weeks ago and that was my first time there,” he stated. “It’s pretty small and there will be lots of beating and banging. The fans will enjoy it. It’s an interesting track in that you’re running the outside of three and four and down on the bottom in one and two. You don’t have that at a lot of small tracks.”
McReynolds opened the season with an eighth-place finish at Phoenix and a fourth-place showing at Irwindale after earning his first series start from the pole, but neither he nor the team are where they need to be yet according to the driver.
“We have some great speed in the cars, but we need to work on closing the deal,” he said. “It’s still really early in the season and this is my first full-time season since 2009, so I’m still getting to where I need to be. I’m confident we’ll get there.”