Joey Gase Ready for Big Week in Iowa When he was only eight years old, Joey Gase began racing go-karts in his home state of Iowa. Each season the youngster from Cedar Rapids progressed up the racing ladder, hoping one day to reach one...
Joey Gase Ready for Big Week in Iowa
When he was only eight years old, Joey Gase began racing go-karts in his home state of Iowa. Each season the youngster from Cedar Rapids progressed up the racing ladder, hoping one day to reach one of NASCAR'S top-three national touring series.
This Sunday, the seventeen-year will make another step in that journey when he gets behind the wheel of a NASCAR K&N Pro Series racecar at the Iowa Speedway in the Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West Challenge. Joey will also get to have some fun and help raise money along the way.
2010 is the fourth annual combination race between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West; The top step in NASCAR's developmental ladder to its national touring series and has quickly become a signature event on the K&N Pro Series' racing calendar with over forty cars expected to be in attendance.
Veteran Butch Miller and the SS Green Light team will field the No. 08 ASI Limited Chevy in the Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West Challenge in collaboration with Spraker Racing Enterprises. Currently the No. 08 car sits 12th in the NKNPS points standings after the first two races of the season.
Gase and the team shook down the No. 08 at Caraway Speedway on May 12th in preparation for this weekend, "I really like how well Joey listens," explained Miller. "He did a nice job adapting to the heavier car, I think we will be very competitive once we get out to Iowa, we have quite a few notes and a couple different set-ups to work with."
Last weekend Gase took a hard hit when a suspension piece broke at the Rockingham Speedway in a Sunoco National Tour race. Gase is sore, but nothing would keep him from racing in front of the hometown fans. "I was pretty sore for a couple days. I hit my elbow and that swelled up a bit, but it's doing better. I'm feeling fine and ready to go."
The 2009 late model champion at Hawkeye Downs speedway is excited to be able to race in front of his hometown fans, "I've run at Newton four times in a late model and I'm looking forward to the race. I hope that experience helps me against some of the other guys who have not run there as much. We'll have quite a few family and fans pulling for us in the stands. I think that will be cool."
Joey Logano (2007), Brian Ickler (2008) and Kyle Busch (2009) have won the Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West Challenge and Gase would love to add his name to the impressive list. "Winning would be nice, but I need to get laps and experience. If we take care of our car, we'll be alright, most important is to get a solid finish."
Joey will join five other NASCAR K&N Pros Series East drivers in the NASCAR Day Bowling Challenge on Friday, May 21. The event, which will pit fans, media and the top drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, will take place at the newly opened Bass Pro Shops in Altoona, Iowa.
The NASCAR Day Bowling Challenge will run from 7-9 p.m. There is no charge for admission and is a perfect opportunity for fans to meet the drivers up close prior to the running of the Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 200. NASCAR Day is celebrating its sixth year. Annually celebrated on the third Friday in May, NASCAR Day is a charitable celebration of the NASCAR spirit that enables fans and partners to join together to make a difference in the lives of children. NASCAR Day encourages fans to make a $5 donation for a collectible lapel pin, which in turn will support programs that help children live happier, healthier lives.