6-27-12 MECHANICAL PROBLEMS SLOW K&N WEST ROOKIE HUTCHISON AT SONOMA
CALIFORNIA (June 27, 2012) – Coming off a streak of two consecutive
top-tens in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West, series rookie Dylan
Hutchison, 17, had high hopes entering the 1.99 mile road course at
Sonoma over the weekend. But those hopes were dashed early in the
race event when Hutchison was forced to retire with a transmission
failure caused by a problem with the shifter linkage.
Hutchison drives the #5 Bay Bio Diesel / Johnnie Walker Performance
Chevrolet for Jack Sellers Racing and was the 2011 All American
Speedway NASCAR Late Model Rookie of the Year. Hutchison scored his
career best series finish of eighth at the Las Vegas Bullring
earlier in June and finished ninth at the road course in Brainerd,
MN to wrap up the month of May.
"We broke a transmission in the race and only had about six laps in
practice because of transmission problems as well," Hutchison said.
"I had a decent car but we didn't get time to dial it in."
In the first practice session on Friday morning, Hutchison took four
laps to learn the venue. Trouble struck in the second practice
session when problems with the shifter caused the first transmission
failure of the weekend. The John Krebs and Glenn Hutchison-led crew
scrambled to make repairs for Hutchison to participate in
Hutchison took advantage of the opportunity to qualify by improving
five seconds over his practice time to qualify 23rd for the
"Pick-N-Pull 200" for Saturday.
The Del Campo High School student was one of numerous cars starting
at the rear due to unapproved adjustments in impound on Saturday
afternoon. The 64 lap race was held before a large crowd during the
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend.
Hutchison raced forward but took his time to carefully navigate the
course due to limited practice time. The rookie was likely on track
for a top-20 or perhaps top-15 finish on the afternoon before
another shifter issue took out his transmission on lap 18. Hutchison
coasted to a stop in the turn 12 hairpin to end a frustrating
Jack Sellers Racing and Dylan Hutchison will shift gears as they
look forward to the 5/8ths mile Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA on
July 14 for the next NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West race. The event
will be Hutchison's first start at one of the West Coast's fastest
"Luck wasn't on our side this weekend at Sonoma," Hutchison said.
"We should have a really good car for Evergreen so we are keeping
our heads up!"
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.