Jonathon Gomez, driver of the Heritage Cattle Co./Century Boatland Chevrolet, makes his return to the driver’s seat this weekend as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series returns to action at Spokane (WA) County Raceway this Saturday night. Gomez has five starts this season but has not been in his race car since June in Las Vegas.
Instead, Gomez has spent time logging laps in the driver’s seat of both his trucking operation in North Dakota and farm equipment in Idaho. The second generation entrepreneur made the difficult decision to step away from racing for the summer and concentrate on the family’s growing business operations. But now that the late summer harvests are well under way, he will return to the track for the first of two races to close out the 2011 campaign.
What makes his return special this weekend is that his dad, John Gomez, grew up south of the Spokane area and was stationed at Fairchild AFB (less than two miles from SCR) while serving in the United States Air Force. The Gomez’ have a lot of family and friends from the area that will be in attendance Saturday night when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series returns to the fast half-mile for the first time since 1979 (The series did contest a race through the streets of Spokane in 1986).
The hiatus from the race track allowed crew chief Craig Raudman and car chief Blaine Bergen to go through all of the cars front to back restoring them to like brand new. The crew is often forgotten in the headlines, but John Gomez has assembled a top notch crew headed by crew chief Craig Raudman. Raudman has won as a driver and crew chief and is as gifted as anyone in the series. The team will have to rely upon Raudman’s experience this weekend as Gomez will visit SCR for the first time.
“I am excited to get back to the track,” Gomez said. “I know a lot of family and friends will be there and I know Craig and the team have prepared a car that can win.”
Part of the winning combination may well come from Gomez’ spotter Dave Reed. Reed, a NASCAR championship winning car owner (with Craig Raudman behind the wheel) has also been a spotter for much of the last 15 years. “Jonathon’s a great driver with really good instincts,” Reed offered. “I just try to keep him pumped up and let him know what is going one around him. He can absolutely drive the wheels off the car.”
The race on Saturday night is scheduled for 200-laps and while 200-laps can give a driver some time to make a move to the front, starting up front is key in the series. “We have been pretty good qualifying the last couple of years,” Gomez said. “Qualifying is important but having a car at the end is most important and we feel pretty good about our car.”
Jonathon Gomez is supported by Heritage Cattle Company, Century Boatland, J&C Custom Harvesting, United Oil, Modern Machinery, DJ Safety, and Gomez Farms. Jonathon Gomez is the 2010 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Champion. Gomez is also a winner on the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series and in the Mustang Challenge Series at Miller Motorsports Park. Gomez has 25 career NASCAR K7N Pro Series starts with five top five and 11 top ten performance with a career best finish of second. For more information on Jonathon Gomez, please log onto his website at http://jonathongomez.com or NASCAR Hometracks. You can also follow all of the best in West coast racing action by visiting www.racingwest.com.
Race: This event is the 12th of 14 events on the 2011 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
Procedure: The starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 20 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 200 laps (100 miles).
Track: Spokane County Raceway is a .5-mile track. The series previously visited the track in 1979.
Records: Qualifying: Roy Smith, Aug. 31, 1979, 93.244 mph, 19.304 seconds; Race: To be established at this distance.
Race: Spokane “200”
Place: Spokane County Raceway
Date: Saturday, Sept. 3 Time: 8:30 p.m. PT
TV Schedule: SPEED, Sept. 8, 6 p.m. ET
Radio Schedule: NASCARHomeTracks.com Radio, Live
Track Layout: .5-mile paved oval
2010 Winner: Event not held
2010 Polesitter: Event not held Event
Schedule: Saturday: Practice 12-12:45 p.m., 1:15–2 p.m., Qualifying 4:15 p.m.
Track PR Contact: Cindy Gibbs (509) 244-6983 [email protected] Twitter: @racespokane
NASCAR IMC Contact: Kevin W. Green (661) 392-8543 [email protected]
Visit NASCAR HomeTracks for complete event information.
Marketing partnerships and sponsorship opportunities for the 2012 racing season are still available with Heritage Motor Sports and rising star Jonathon Gomez. For a custom proposal and additional information please contact John Gomez at 208/731-1288 or Derrick Shannon at 208/870-8066.
Race Car Rental Opportunity
Heritage Motor Sports can put you in first-class competitive race car! Heritage Motor Sports offers an exclusive race rental program for fully-funded driver’s wishing to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series for the remainder of the full 2012 campaign.
Heritage Motor Sports is owned by John Gomez, a successful business entrepreneur and race team owner who has fielded a first class race team in the NASCAR K& N Pro Series for the last two seasons for championship contender Jonathon Gomez. The team has scored five top five and eleven top ten finishes the last two seasons, and with NASCAR champion driver and race winning crew chief Craig Raudman leading the experienced team, you not only have the best equipment, but the best crew.
Opportunities exist to rent this first-class race team for all upcoming NASCAR K&N Pro Series events this season. This program offers funded driver’s a complete fully-operational competitive race team for a one-race or multi-race deal including a Featherlite transporter, all race equipment, experienced crew, and race preparation and set-up. The Heritage Motor Sports team will also provide marketing and PR support as well create media opportunities.
Whether you are interested in road-racing or circle track racing, the Heritage Motor Sports team can put you in Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) purposely built NASCAR K&N Pro Series cars. These chassis’ have all the latest components specifically designed for road racing and circle track racing giving you a competitive edge on track.
For complete details and information on this exclusive rental program please call Dave Reed at 949/633-6600 or email at [email protected]