Trevor Huddleston #9 is interviewed after winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West ENEOS Napa Auto 150 on March 30, 2019 at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California.
Trevor Huddleston is interviewed by his dad, Tim - the track operator and PA announcer, after winning the West Series' ENEOS Napa Auto 150 on March 30, 2019 at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California. (Meg Oliphant/NASCAR)

PIT BOX: Bruncati Pair Heads Home To Irwindale


Blaine Perkins earned first race win in the ARCA Menards Series West on Saturday, and couldn’t pick a better venue to head to next.

Trevor Huddleston rebounded from mechanical issues in the first of two races at Utah Motorsports Campus to salvage his day, and, likewise, couldn’t ask for a better place to go next.

The two Sunrise Ford Racing teammates for car owner Bob Bruncati will be heading "home" as the series turns its attention to southern California’s Irwindale Speedway on Saturday. The ENEOS 125 presented by NAPA Auto Parts will be the fourth race of the ARCA Menards Series, and the first time the half-mile track will host ARCA.

The event will limited to essential race personnel only and no spectators per state and local guidelines.

Fans can watch the race live through Trackpass on NBC Gold at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET.


ENEOS 125 presented by NAPA Auto Parts

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

Huddleston ended up in the wall at the end of last year’s event and had to have his car towed to Victory Lane. But he couldn’t stop smiling.Irwindale Speedway Logo Copy

The 24-year-old from Agoura Hills, California, overcame transmission problems the entire race to nip Tanner Gray at the finish line by .03 seconds and score his first career West win. The victory came at the premier California facility that his father, Tim, bought in 2017.

"We’ve been preparing for this moment for a long time. I know this track hopefully better than anybody," Trevor Huddleston said after last year’s race. "I’ve been raised here. To get this win means so much."

Trevor Huddleston has also won three track championships (2015-17) at Irwindale Speedway in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series. He also won the LKQ Pick Your Parts Late Model opener this year.

While Huddleston is piloting the No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Springs Ford this year, his replacement in the No. 9 Four Star Fruits/Sunrise Ford Ford, Perkins, is equally as excited to get back to Irwindale.

After the 20-year-old from Bakersfield collected up his first two career General Tire Pole Awards and first race win, he heads to the track where he won four times last year en route to the track’s Late Model championship.

Utah’s other race winner, Jesse Love, arrives in southern California with the championship points lead by virtue of a win and a pair of runner-up finishes in the first three races. His Bill McAnally Racing teammate Lawless Alan is two years removed from winning Irwindale’s Late Model crown. And BMR has a history of success in the West there. Prior to last year, BMR had won the last five West races at Irwindale, and has 13 wins there by seven different drivers since the track opened in 1999.

RACING REFERENCE: Previous West races at Irwindale | West Drivers at Irwindale| 2020 ARCA Menards Series Standings

RACE FACTS

RACE

ENEOS 125 presented by NAPA Auto Parts

PLACE

Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, California

DATE

Saturday, July 4, 2020

TIME

6 p.m. PT

TELEVISION

TrackPass on NBC Gold (live), 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET; NBCSN (delay) — Sunday, July 12, 12 a.m. ET

TRACK LAYOUT

half-mile paved oval

EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, July 4 — Garage opens: 7 a.m. PT; Open Test: 9:30 a.m.-noon; General Tire Pole Award Qualifying: 3:45-4:30 p.m.; ENEOS 125 presented by NAPA Auto Parts: 6 p.m.

TWITTER

@ARCA_Racing, @NASCARRoots

HASHTAG

#ENEOS125, #ARCAMenards

RACE CENTER | ENTRY LIST | RACE EVENT GUIDE

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the ENEOS 125 presented by NAPA Auto Parts is limited to 24, including provisional positions. The first 18 cars in the field will be set two-lap qualifying for the ENEOS 125 presented by NAPA Auto Parts. The remaining spots will be awarded through the provisional process. This event will be run under the 2020 ARCA Menards Series rules, procedures, regulations and specifications.

QUALIFYING: Two consecutive laps qualifying. No adjustments or repairs may be made on car after taking the green flag at Start/Finish line. All cars must make a qualifying attempt, and all drivers must practice before they can qualify.

RACE PIT STOP: Pitting during this event will be for making repairs and adjustments only, no tires or fuel can be changed or added.

The ENEOS 125 presented by NAPA Auto Parts will be 125 laps (62.5 miles) and is to be run in one (1) segment with no breaks.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: 4 tires for open test, 4 tires for practice/qualifying and 4 tires for race for a total of twelve (12) tires.