After finishing second in the fourth leg of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in San Bernardnio, Raz left no doubt in Colorado about his determination to overcome the bad luck that hit him earlier in the season. After qualifying P5, Raz worked himself up to P2 where he battled door to door with the No. 50 for the lead. After a yellow with just a few laps to go, Raz dropped back to P3 on the final restart of the race where he continued to contend for the win in one of the most exciting finishes of the series yet.
“Our car needed a bit more drive off tonight, but in the end we are very pleased to land another top three finish,” said Raz. “With some of the issues we faced out of the gates this season with equipment and general bad luck, it is a great feeling to feel like we’re heading in the right direction. The entire team at Jefferson Pitts Racing works really hard and they believe in what we can do together; my job is to ensure we do what we need on track.” Hear Gracin’s Post Race Interview on NBCSN
Off track Raz’s circle of strong partners continued to show their support as more than 25 people from Montana’s No. 1 public university Montana Tech, and the leader in snubbing operations Trinity Energy attended Saturday’s race. Despite a two hour rain delay, several guests elected to wait out the rain to ensure they saw Raz in action. Montana Tech’s mascot Charlie the Oredigger also made a surprise appearance and proved to be a fan favorite. The race will be televised on Thursday, June 16 at 6pm EST on NBCSN.
Raz heads to the first road course race for the west in Sonoma, CA in two weeks, an event that will likely prove to be a game changer in the points series where Raz is currently is sitting fifth and showing no signs of slowing down.