When NASCAR fans think about drivers from the Northwest, names like Greg Biffle and Kacey Kahne
are often what come to mind as both hail from the State of Washington. Oregonians now have their own driver to root for; he is 19-year old Gracin Raz from Lake Oswego and on August 27, Raz will race in his home state at the Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg.
Raz began racing the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2015 and is the youngest driver from the State of Oregon to win a race in this series. After mechanical issues challenged the start of his season, Raz has been on an aggressive path forward and finished inside the top five the last six races.
As a first generation race car driver, Raz got his start in racing with the Portland Quarter Midget Racing Association in Portland where he took his first lap in a race car the month before he turned 6 years old. He has not raced in Oregon since 2012 and is excited NASCAR chose to bring the series back to the Douglas County Speedway this year; the first time since 2010.
“Being able to race in my home state has been one of the things I’ve felt most excited about this season,” said Raz. “The west series is deep with talented drivers and not only will Oregonians get to experience an amazing race, I personally can’t wait to race in front of what I am sure will be packed grandstands.”
Raz, backed by Montana Tech and Trinity Energy, will be driving the No. 27 Montana Tech Ford with Jefferson Pitts Racing; racing activities at the Douglas County Speedway are expected to begin at 5pm PST.