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5-30-12 LAS VEGAS UP NEXT FOR NASCAR K&N WEST ROOKIE DYLAN HUTCHISON

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (May 30, 2012) – 17 year-old NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West rookie Dylan Hutchison, fresh off his first career series top-ten, will look to continue the momentum as he heads into the Las Vegas Bullring for Saturday's "Star Nursery 200". Hutchison drives the #5 Bay Bio Diesel Chevrolet for Jack Sellers Racing and is third in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points for the 2012 season.

Las Vegas will wrap up a stretch of three consecutive weeks of K&N West racing which started with Iowa Speedway on May 19. Hutchison unfortunately failed to qualify for Iowa Speedway and is hoping to use Vegas a catch-up race in the competitive Rookie of the Year battle.

Hutchison had a career-best ninth place finish at the tricky Brainerd International Raceway road course in Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. After participating in Friday's track practice day, rain delayed Saturday's practices by nearly four hours. Hutchison was 13th quickest in the 30 minute session and lined up 14th for the 50 lap, 125 mile race after qualifying was rained out as well.

The John Krebs-led crew on the Johnnie Walker Performance-sponsored car used pit stop strategy to crack the top-five by the halfway point of the race. With eventual race winner Michael Self running behind him, Hutchison elected to let Self go and continue on with the race in the fifth position.

Hutchison held onto the fifth spot through lap 30 in the 50 lap contest but slowly fell to a ninth place finish at the checkered flag in a solid performance.

"Brainerd went really good and the car handled great," Hutchison said. "Our pit stop strategy was a little bit of a gamble but it paid off. I'm getting the hang of shifting without the clutch and I can't wait for the next road course at Sonoma in a few weeks!"

With the Las Vegas up next through Hutchison's windshield, he will return to a 3/8ths mile bullring that is one of his favorite race tracks. Hutchison competed at Las Vegas in 2008 and 2009 in the Scaled Late Models and set a track record that stands to this day. The 2011 All American Speedway NASCAR Late Model Rookie of the Year is eager to return to his short track roots.

"I'm really excited for Las Vegas and it has always been my favorite track to race at," Hutchison said. "I like it because it's a high speed short track that makes for really good racing. We've been really good at the short tracks so far and I hope to come out with another top-ten."

On Saturday, practices will be held at noon and 1:45 p.m., with qualifying scheduled for 5 p.m. The "Star Nursery 200" is scheduled to go green at 8:30 p.m.

You can learn more about Dylan Hutchison Racing at www.dylanhutchison.com or by visiting the team on Facebook at keywords “Dylan Hutchison Racing”.

Dylan Hutchison Racing thanks sponsors: Johnnie Walker Performance Center, Bay Bio Diesel, Eibach Springs, Karp Capital Management, Rex Hutchison Racing Engines, All Valley Tow & Transport, GM Construction & Developers, Allen’s Cabinet & Fixtures, PJ’s Auto Body, Done by Don, JW Sweet Rides, Metal Jeans, Amsoil, Aero Wheels, Blakesley Sports Media, and Race Media Group.
 

   
     

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