When Kansas Speedway is mentioned in a conversation, I immediately think of the future success I could have there down the road in my racing career. Although I’ve only raced there a few times, I’ve done well each time I’ve competed and enjoyed it.
My first laps on Kansas Speedway’s track were in 2008 in the ARCA Racing Series Kansas Lottery $150 Grand where I qualified fourth, finished fourth and led 29 laps of the race. A run like that definitely gave me confidence heading into the 2009 Nationwide Series race at Kansas – my second start there and my first race in a Nationwide Series car there.
Historically, our No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry team has been able to provide respectable finishes on intermediate tracks. My driving style paired with Germain Racing’s thriving mile and a half program make for a good combination at Kansas Speedway.
We proved that last season by running seventh in Nationwide Series final practice at Kansas and qualifying ninth for the Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300. At the time of the race, we were vying for a seat in the top-ten in championship point standings, so we were confident that the Kansas race would push us where we needed to be. Unfortunately after a steady top-10 run, our day ended early when we ran into an incident on the backstretch.
Although our finish at Kansas wasn’t what we deserved, we proved we have some dominance there. The Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway in the fall is definitely pin pointed on our calendar. We’ll be back to hold our own there in October.