Dalton Sargeant and GALT made the most of their debut in the #NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Kern County Raceway Park in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 on Saturday, March 28. Sargeant, driving for the newly formed Jefferson Pitts Racing in the No. 55 GALT Ford Fusion, with Kris Bowen as crew chief won both the pole and #KNWEST Season Opener!
Even more impressive, the 17-year-old from Boca Raton, Florida, picked up right where he left off in February at Florida's New Smyrna Speedway where he finished second in the K&N Pro Series East opener.
The NAPA Auto Parts 150 trophy did not come easily however. Sargeant battled series veteran, David Mayhew as a pair of late cautions pushed the NAPA Auto Parts 150 to 160 laps. Mayhew led eighty-five laps before Sargeant took control on Lap 102. Despite challenging Sargeant on every lap, Mayhew was unable to get past the rookie Sargeant and had to settle for second.
|Sargeant took control on Lap 102 and did not relinquish the lead to Mayhew.|
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NAPA Auto Parts 150
|1||1||55||Dalton Sargeant *||160|
|3||8||7||Noah Gragson *||160|
|6||6||27||Gracin Raz *||160|
|7||10||31||Jonathan White *||160|
|9||15||06||Christian McGhee *||160|
|10||11||21||Alex Schutte *||160|
|12||16||46||Hannah Newhouse *||160|
|13||7||9||Ryan Partridge *||159|
|16||20||84||Rich DeLong III||156|
|17||26||14||Matt Levin *||155|
|18||22||38||Rob Powers *||155|
|21||12||33||Nicole Behar *||141|
|26||21||30||Ron Norman *||36|
Fastest Qualifier: Dalton Sargeant *, Time: 18.013 Seconds, Speed: 99.928 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 18 mins, 7 secs Average Speed: 61.447 mph Margin of Victory: .417 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 5-10; 48-52; 77-83; 88-91; 126-131; 142-146; 148-157. 7 for 43 laps.
Lap Leaders: Dalton Sargeant * 1-16, David Mayhew 17-101, Dalton Sargeant * 102-160.
Total Laps Led: David Mayhew 85, Dalton Sargeant * 75. 2 changes involving 2 drivers.
Top 10 Driver Points: Dalton Sargeant * 47, David Mayhew 44, Noah Gragson * 41, James Bickford 40, Chris Eggleston 39, Gracin Raz * 38, Jonathan White * 37, Brett Thompson 36, Christian McGhee * 35, Alex Schutte * 34
* Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender