The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returned to Phoenix International Raceway for the Casino Arizona 125 series finale race.
After successfully capturing top ten finishes at Miller Motorsports Parks in Utah and Infineon Raceway in Northern California, World Stage Racing and driver Brian Wong looked to continue another solid finish in the K&N Pro Series at Phoenix International Raceway. The new surface and banking definitely posed to be a challenge, leveling the playing field for the K&N Pro Series. During the only practice of the weekend was held for a solid three hours Friday morning. Brian Wong in the #89 World Stage Racing/KevJumba/Privy.net Toyota was consistently in the top fifteen fastest. Still looking for more speed, crew chief, Dave McCarty was focusing on the set up for the race. Qualifying for the Casino Arizona 125 came early Saturday morning, just a few hours from the green flag. Brian Wong qualified the #89 World Stage Racing/ KevJumba/Privy.net Toyota just outside the top fifteen, putting them in a prime position for the long race. Prior to qualifying, a mechanical issue was found, needing to be replaced. The mechanical change is a rule violation in NASCAR, which exempts the #89 World Stage Racing/KevJumba/Privy.net Toyota from starting in the qualified position, but instead starting from the back of the field.
The start of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Casino Arizona 125 followed the NASCAR Nationwide Series race event. Coming to the green flag, the double filed, forty-car field stacked up in the back, causing minor front-end damage to the #89 World Stage Racing/KevJumba/Privy.net Toyota. The early damage sustained proved to have a major impact on the car. Driver, Brian Wong, struggled with the car in turns three and four, making contact with the wall a few times. The contact with the wall proved to cause more damage than suspected, breaking the track-bar, a vital part of the handling capability of the car. Just twenty laps in the race, Brian Wong brought the #89 World Stage Racing/KevJumba/Privy.net Toyota into the pits to fix the track-bar. After successfully repairing the damages, the #89 World Stage Racing/KevJumba/Privy.net Toyota back out on track but a few laps down from the leaders. The laps down didn’t affect the World Stage Racing crew, as a number of cautions followed, allowing the #89 World Stage Racing/KevJumba/Privy.net racecar to gain a few laps and also positions. Steering clear of any potential wreck, Brian Wong drove to the top fifteen, looking to make a comeback from an early race mishap. But luck just wasn’t there at the end, with twenty laps remaining; the engine literally blew up, leaving a trail of oil on the new track surface, parking the #89 World Stage Racing/KevJumba/Privy.net Toyota for the final time of the weekend. It was an upsetting start and early finish at Phoenix International Raceway but the World Stage Racing crew and driver Brian Wong proved they could rally from an early deficit.