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Just one week after Trevor Huddleston scored his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory at Irwindale Speedway, Sam Mayer pulled off the same feat in the East division in the Zombie Auto 150 from Bristol Motor Speedway. The GMS Racing driver, in his first full KNPSE season after starting six races last year, posted a perfect weekend: he led both practice sessions, set a track record in qualifying, and led every lap of the race.
A first-lap incident cut short the days of Riley Herbst, Ruben Garcia Jr., and Natalie Decker, while Hailie Deegan had to retire early as well after an incident of her own. That left Chase Cabre and Brandon McReynolds to score second and third, respectively. Mayer now holds the points lead by three over New Smyrna winner Derek Kraus, who finished sixth in Bristol but will focus on the West division for Bill McAnally Racing this year.
The ENEOS NAPA Auto 150 can be seen tomorrow at 4PM ET/1PM PT on NBCSN.
Salem Speedway hosts two rounds of action every ARCA Menards Series season, and the first of them—the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200—comes along this weekend. The half-mile paved oval has hosted more than 100 ARCA races in its existence, with the legendary Frank Kimmel topping the all-time win chart with nine. Current series points leader Chandler Smith and his Venturini Motorsports teammate Chandler Smith were last year’s Salem winners, and both will be back this weekend.
Other ARCA regulars on the entry list include Travis Braden and Bret Holmes, who sit second and third in points, and Michael Self, who won the series’ most recent race at Five Flags Speedway. In addition, a number of drivers who just competed in Bristol will battle it out in Salem on Saturday. Mayer will look to make it two wins in two weeks, while Tanner Gray will aim for his third top-10 in as many weeks after finishing second in Irwindale and 10th in Bristol.
Driver Profile: Sam Mayer
The son of former IndyCar and Grand-Am racer Scott Mayer, 15-year-old Sam Mayer chose to focus on stock cars instead of following directly in his father’s footsteps. Mayer immediately took to the discipline, scoring numerous Legends victories before moving up to Limited Late Model and Midwest Truck Series opportunities; he’d take immediate victories in both of those classes, too.
Mayer landed a ride with JR Motorsports on the CARS Late Model tour in 2018 and finished fifth in points with one win. He also made nine starts across ARCA, KNPSE, and KNPSW, earning two top-fives and five top-10s, before making the move up to full-time KNPSE competition in 2019. Mayer’s win from Bristol also marked the first time he led laps in any of those three series. In total, Mayer’s 2019 schedule with GMS includes all 13 KNPSE races, seven ARCA rounds, and four Gander Outdoors Truck Series events.