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8-30-12 TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS SIDELINE HUTCHISON IN PORTLAND

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA– 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 field.

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 @dylanhutchison5

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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