TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS SIDELINE HUTCHISON IN PORTLAND
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West hit its fourth and final road course
event this weekend at Portland International Raceway, but young 17
year-old rookie Dylan Hutchison of Sacramento was only able to
complete 20 of the 63 laps after transmission problems sidelined the
driver. Hutchison, a 2011 NASCAR Late Model Rookie of the Year, is
driving for Jack Sellers in the #5 Bio Diesel / Johnnie Walker
Performance Chevrolet in 2012.
Hutchison came into the "Bi-Mart 125" on the 1.99 mile road course
optimistic after a top-ten run earlier in the year at the Brainerd
International Raceway road course in Minnesota. The weekend opened
up at Portland on Saturday with practice sessions where Hutchison
found himself 23rd out of 29 cars in opening practice and a very
solid 19th out of 30 cars in the final practice.
Finding himself just one second off of a top-15 run, Hutchison set
his sights on time trails Sunday morning. During group qualifying,
Hutchison hit a snag when a caution came out during a flying lap.
After his tires cooled, he was unable to bottle the magic again and
he set a 1:20.172 to time in 22nd quickest for the 30 car starting
At the green flag of Sunday afternoon's race, Hutchison felt
comfortable and was leaning on his experience gained in the first
three road courses of 2012. Hutchison had rapidly improved in his
heel-toe downshifting technique after problems with transmission
failures at Sonoma as well.
But coming out of a corner, Hutchison felt a bad vibration and
immediately knew he had lost the transmission. It was a
disappointing end to the day after just 20 laps of competition with
a top-15 car underneath him.
"The track was fun and I had confidence that the race would turn out
good," Hutchison said. "We just haven't had the best luck in the
past two road course events. The car was pretty good during first
practice and was excellent after we tuned on it for the second
practice so it's a shame."
Hutchison is currently 14th in the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West
standings with top-ten finishes at Brainerd International Raceway
and the Las Vegas Bullring. He has also has an 11th place effort at
Stockton 99 Speedway this season under his belt.
Up next for Dylan Hutchison will be a return to his oval short track
roots at the NAPA Speedway, formerly Sandia Motorsports Park, for
the "NAPA Auto Parts 150" on September 29th. The half-mile speedway
in New Mexico is making its first appearance ever on the NASCAR K&N
Pro Series schedule.
You can learn more about Dylan Hutchison Racing at
www.dylanhutchison.com or by visiting the team on Facebook at
keywords “Dylan Hutchison Racing”. He is also available on Twitter
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.