STOCKTON, Calif. — Since he was a young child, Bobby Runyan Jr. has dreamed of getting his start in NASCAR. This Saturday, that dream begins to become reality as the Denair, Calif., resident will make his first start in the NASCAR K&N West Series at Stockton 99 Speedway.
After signing with the Richard Childress Racing supported Golden Gate Racing Team back in March, Runyan will be strapping into the seat of the No. 31 Chevrolet owned by Patti Offenbach. The car is the second entrant for GGRT/RCR in Saturday’s G-Oil 150. Primary driver Michael Self will be behind the wheel of the No. 21 Chevrolet. After recent testing in Stockton, both Runyan and the team feel they are well prepared for Saturday’s race.
“We are really excited about having Bobby in the car this weekend to make his first NASCAR West start,” said Patti Offenbach. “He did very well in testing here a few weeks ago and we are confident he will work well with the team this weekend. Hopefully we will see the No. 31 and No. 21 running strong up in front for this race.”
Runyan has signed for a total of four events for the year with GGRT/RCR . Following this weekend’s event in Stockton he will return to the drivers seat of the No. 31 Chevrolet on the road course at Sonoma, then Miller Motorsports Park in Utah and All American Speedway in Roseville in the fall. He hopes to add additional dates to his schedule if additional sponsorship funding comes through in the months ahead.
“I am really excited for my first race in this car,” said Runyan. “We were quick in testing last weekend in Stockton. I think it will be interesting to see how I stack up on a clean track with other cars and drivers out there. We should be very competitive in our debut race and I can’t wait, especially since I am getting fast and faster with every run in the car.”
Twenty-year-old Runyan has much success in numerous different venues as he has developed his young racing career with great diversity, discovering his love of racing at the age of 13 behind the wheel of a go kart.
In 2009 he captured the 2009 SCCA San Francisco Region Formula Ford Championship. He later advanced into the USAC Ford Focus Midgets and then moved to open wheel modified stock cars where he has continued with great success and joined with GGRT’s Late Model Development Program last year.