The NAPA Auto Parts Salute to the Troops "125" will be run Sunday afternoon on the 1.967-mile flat Portland circuit. The starting field of 28-cars will be set through European race qualifying procedures where groups of cars will take the track at the same time hoping to lay down a fast lap.
In three previous road course events this season, Gomez has finishes of 15th (Miller), seventh (Brainerd) and seventh (Sonoma). Those two seventh place efforts are his best career road course finishes.
In eleven starts this season, Gomez has three top five and seven top ten performance and has been running at the conclusion of each event. "We have run really well this season and we get better each week," Gomez offered. I am looking forward to Portland." Gomez has completed 98% of all laps contested in 2012.
Gomez is seventh in the standing after eleven races and is only 27-points out of fifth place.
Gomez has made 38 career starts in the NKNPS after making his series debut at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, OR on July 11, 2008. In 38 career races he has eight top five and 19 top ten performances. He has a career best finish of second place twice (Iowa & Phoenix).
Gomez Motorsports is owned by John Gomez, a successful farmer and businessman based in Idaho. The team is lead by crew chief Craig Raudman and supported by Ron Copeland, Blaine Bergem, Derek Copeland, Kyle Cattanach, Adam Wyse, and Mike Mulder.
Iowa Race Rewind
The race at Iowa featured the second of two East/West combination events on the 2012 schedule. Gomez qualified 23rd and finished 23rd in the race completing 147 of 150 laps. However, he finished seventh among his West series counterparts to record seventh top ten of the 2012 season in the West series championship standings.
After the Portland event, the NKNPS teams will travel to NAPA Speedway in Albuquerque, NM for an inaugural event on the 4/10-mile paved oval in the Southwestern desert on Saturday September 29.
Grab yourself a new "Living Like a Pirate" t-shirt from Jonathon at http://www.livinglikeapirate.com/
RACE: NAPA Auto Parts Salute to the Troops 125
PLACE: Portland International Raceway
DATE: Sunday, Aug. 26
TIME: 3 p.m. PT
TV SCHEDULE: SPEED, Sept. 6, 3 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: 1.967-mile road course
2011 WINNER: Luis Martinez Jr.
2011 POLESITTER: Luis Martinez Jr.
EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday: Practice 12:20-1:20 p.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday: Qualifying 11:15 a.m.
TRACK PR CONTACT: Paul Gross, firstname.lastname@example.org
TRACK TWITTER: @portlandraceway
EVENT HASHTAG: #NAPA125
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Shon Sbarra (704) 309-5493 email@example.com
About Gomez Motorsports
Jonathon Gomez is supported by Century Boatland, Living Like a Pirate, J&C Custom Harvesting, United Oil, Modern Machinery, DJ Safety, and Gomez Farms. Jonathon Gomez has competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series since 2008 and is the 2010 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Champion. Gomez is also a winner on the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series and in the Mustang Challenge Series at Miller Motorsports Park. For more information on Jonathon Gomez, please log onto his website at www.jonathongomez.com or NASCAR Hometracks or the SRL Southwest Tour website. You can also follow all of the best in West coast racing action by visiting www.racingwest.com.