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Raz Delivers Strong Performance in First K&N Pro Series West Race

LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon (August 17, 2014).

Gracin Raz stepped in to the No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota for the first time on August 14 for a test run with his crew led by Duane Knorr. By the end of qualifying at the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150, Raz came in fifth fastest and earned the top spot for all rookies competing.

“I came into this event with the goal of running upfront and learning as much as I could,” said Raz. “I knew Bill McAnally Racing/NAPA AutoCare Centers had provided me with great equipment and a great crew to work with. While I will always look to achieve more, I am pretty happy about the results we achieved for my first run.”

What was not a first for Raz during this event was his commitment to making a difference in the life of a child. Through his work with the Get UP! Foundation, Raz identifies a local child at each event he competes to help lift their hearts by spending time with the child personally when possible, and donating 10% of any earnings he achieves to the child’s family. For the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150, Raz raced for 10-year old Kristen Downey currently battling Rhabdomyosarcoma.

Raz will return to the Evergreen Speedway on September 13 in his No. 15 super late model and is expected to race at least one more event for Bill McAnally Racing/NAPA AutoCare Centers prior to the end of the year.

First Generation Race Car Driver Gracin Raz to Make Debut in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon (July 30, 2014).

nascar-photo17-year old Gracin Raz from Lake Oswego, Oregon has signed an agreement with Bill McAnally Racing/NAPA AutoCare Centers to drive the No.99 NAPA Filters Toyota at the Evergreen Speedway on August 16 where he will race alongside some of NASCAR’s most promising drivers.

After catching the eye of veteran driver and K&N West Crew Chief Jeff Jefferson, Jefferson facilitated the deal between Raz and McAnally Racing. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Gracin on a few occasions, and personally crewed him at the Montana Gold 212,” said Jefferson. “The Gold was just his second super late model race, yet he more than exceeded my expectations after he qualified third out of a seasoned group of drivers and led the main show before experiencing electrical issues. Gracin is adaptable, naturally talented, and has the potential to go as far as he wants in racing.”

To add to his list of accomplishments, Raz is a first generation race car driver, one of the youngest drivers from the State of Oregon to race a K&N West event, and he has no plans to slow down. “I have known since I was three years old that racing is what I wanted to do,” said Raz. “When we began our season this year, I had hoped we might have an opportunity to make an appearance at a K&N West event in 2015.   Mr. Jefferson has personally invested a lot of time with me and my late model crew, and shown the type of faith in my ability that has helped me develop more than he may realize. I am more than excited – and humbled – to have this opportunity surface so soon and know how rare this opportunity is. I look forward to working with Mr. McAnally and his team!”

In addition to capturing the attention of his seasoned competitors and building a strong fan base, Gracin has leveraged his racing program to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2013, Gracin teamed up with the Get UP! Foundation, a foundation dedicated to lifting the hearts of children facing adversity, where he contributed close to $1000 to two families by donating some of his race earnings and collecting private contributions. In 2014, Gracin created the Get UP! Driver’s Program – a program where his younger brother Kole and four of his closest friends that race a variety of series across the Northwest have committed to helping children facing adversity. Raz most recently donated 10% of his earnings from the Montana 200 after qualifying second to a 15-year old Montana girl fighting bone cancer. “Knowing what I do on the track has the chance to touch the life of a child going through a hard time makes every lap that much more important to me,” said Gracin. “This opportunity helps keep things in perspective and takes my racing program to a completely different level.”

NEXT RACE

Fall Classic

October 4-5, 2014 at the Yakima Speedway
Yakima, Washington
Super Late Model Event

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Roseville Summary:

After starting P9 among an amazing group of programs, I fell back to P14 and was able to work up to P5 before finishing P7 - our second top 10 finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West!

I came in to Roseville with just 7 starts in a bigger car under my belt. While my team and I believe we had a top 3 car, it was an amazing feeling to race alongside such great, experienced programs, and know we were right in the mix at the end.

My BMR Team led by Crew Chief Duane Knorr gave me an awesome car, and included my SLM Tire Specialist Chris Wood and Spotter Patrick Hillyer. These guys never stop working and I wanted to podium for them more than they know.

I also want to reiterate my appreciation to Bill McAnally for giving me the opportunities he has. While I don't think I will make him a Seahawk fan!, I do hope he will know how much I appreciate the doors he has opened for me.

My team and I now turn our attention to 2015 where we are already developing our schedule. I can't wait to see what next year will bring our way after achieving more than I could have imagined in 2014.

Stay tuned for more to come and thanks to each of you for the support you have extended to me and my team as we have raced forward.

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Qualified P9 in a very tight field. Main event scheduled to start at 8:30 PST! ... See MoreSee Less

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Final tuning before we head out for our fist round of testing! ... See MoreSee Less

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BMR hosted an amazing kick off reception this evening. So grateful for this opportunity. Qualifying starts at 5:30pm tomorrow! (7 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Now we're talkin'! The No. 7 NAPA Filters Toyota is already doing great things! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Fall Classic was not meant to be for our team as we were taken out just 7 laps in to the event. While we were frustrated with how things played out, we are also very proud of how we handled ourselves in a difficult moment that is unfortunately part of racing. We left the Fall Classic as a team that only became more determined, closer with each other, and ambitious for what we believe will be our year in 20”15”!

While we give our No. 15 a rest for a few months, I could not be more ready to re-join Bill McAnally’s Team this weekend for my second NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event. We head to Roseville on Friday where the majority of Team GDR will be traveling with me and work either on my team, or be in the pits or stands cheering me on. I will do my best to close this year out strong for each person that has worked so hard to support me!
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Yesterday’s group qualifying did not end with the results we anticipated based on our strong practice times. Today we start P20 with full confidence that we will be comin’ fast!

Today we will also be working hard for 5 year old Jayden and 3 year old Nathan, who lost their mom to cervical cancer just a couple of months ago. Jayden and Nathan are expected to be at the race track today and I can’t wait to meet them. We will donate 10% of any earnings from our finish today to help support these two little guys and I know that no team will work harder to get up front.

Let’s do this Team GDR!
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Just about ready to wrap up practice in the No. 7 NAPA Filters Toyota before heading to Yakima, WA for the Fall Classic this weekend! ... See MoreSee Less

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One week from today I’ll be heading to Roseville, CA to practice the No. 7 NAPA Filters Toyota with Bill McAnally Racing! I will race the same car I raced at the Evergreen Speedway last month, however I was able to choose my own number this time and wanted to share with you why the number 7 is so special to me and to my family.

My Grandpa and Grandma Harmon lost a child named Graydon when he was 7 years old due to a heart condition. The number 7 is a sign of strength to my family because of who Graydon was – and he is why the Get UP! Foundation exists today to help lift the hearts of children facing challenges.

I am proud to race for the Get UP! Foundation and can’t wait to have my Uncle Graydon on board with me for my next K&N Pro Series race! (2 photos)
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I am excited to share that on October 10-11, I will re-join Bill McAnally’s Team at the All American Speedway for the Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 150 in Roseville, CA! At this NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event I will team up with several great drivers, including Brandon McReynolds and Michael Waltrip. Making this event even more special to me personally is knowing that my No. 15 crew member Chris Wood will be part of my team at Roseville. How awesome is that?!

I will be driving the same car I raced at the Evergreen Speedway last month, but with a new number that I am excited to share with you soon. Until then, I want to thank Rene'a Bracken, Jeff Jefferson, and Bill McAnally for the opportunity to race with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series this year, and to my No. 15 Team for working so hard to help us drive forward.

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Our final results fell short tonight after our sway bar came loose and we had a tire go flat. Despite our challenges we still finished, learned something, and know we will see the results we believe are within our reach very soon.

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P2 for our qualifying run; will be a great race! ... See MoreSee Less

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The No. 15 is strong and Team GDR is ready! Qualifying begins at approximately 4pm at the Evergreen Speedway. ... See MoreSee Less

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Getting ready to put the No. 15 back on the track - next race for Team GDR will be September 13 at the Evergreen Speedway! ... See MoreSee Less

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Here are a few photos from last weekend's NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at the Evergreen Speedway. We will be back at Evergreen on September 13 with our No. 15 super late model! (6 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Today my team and I will race for 10 year old Kristen Downey who is fighting hard to beat cancer. Kristen, we will give everything we've got for you!!!! (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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I'm ready to make my NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut tomorrow in the Napa Auto Parts/Toyota 150 at Evergreen Speedway! Qualifying starts at 4:15 pm PST ... See MoreSee Less

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VIDEO: Gracin Raz Racing – Never Doubt!

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VIDEO: Gracin Raz Racing – Never Doubt!

by Team GDR in News, Team GDR, Videos

First generation driver Gracin Raz leans in to every lap with his team at his side to advance their shared vision of success.  The “Never Doubt” video captures images and video footage from the team’s 2014 season, and showcases their passion, unity, and commitment to keep digging.

My Vision

Consistently build success, earn respect, and become a NASCAR driver. Racing will be my living - I’d go out every single weekend or day if I could.

Gracin Dean Raz - March 2014
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