Matt Tifft Heads West For NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
With a two-week break in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition, rising rookie Matt Tifft embraced some much needed rest and relaxation to enjoy one of the final weeks of summer. This weekend, Tifft heads back to the race track, but on different turf.
For the first time in his young racing career, Tifft will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW), driving for his family-owned team, TEI Motorsports. The ninth race of the year steers the circuit to Evergreen Speedway for the running of the NAPA Auto Parts / Evergreen 150 presented by Toyota.
Armed for a typical Saturday night showdown, the Hinckley, Ohio native is excited about the opportunity to compete with his No. 89 DOC 360 Chevrolet Impala.
“This is a great opportunity for myself and I’m looking forward to this weekend,” said Tifft, a development driver for Win-Tron Racing. “With another off-weekend on the East tour, I was getting antsy. But, thanks to DOC 360 and my crew chief Rob Dixon, I’ll be making my NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut.”
While Tifft doesn’t have a lot of experience racing around some of his fellow competitors on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West tour, the teenager does have a mind set of what to expect on Saturday night.
“I’ve had the opportunity to race with some of these guys with our combination events, so that’s a comforting feeling for me, by not being completely blind. I plan to race these guys with respect and hope that they will give it back. I think we’ll have a competitive No. 89 DOC 360 Chevrolet Impala and with a little luck, we should be contending for a strong finish.”
On Thursday, Tifft will test with his team in Spokane, Washington to shake down his automobile and work on his communication with Dixon.
“I don’t have a lot of time working with Rob, so we’re utilizing the test to not only make sure the car is in good shape, but for us to get a good feel of each other,” Tifft explained.
With no points on the line Saturday night, the Buckeye native is eyeing a win, but undoubtedly is realizing that he’ll embrace a lot more if his first-career NASCAR victory doesn’t come to fruition.
“It’s important to stay in the seat as much as possible,” Tifft sounded strattera for depression. “With every lap, I’m learning not only about the car, but as myself as a racer. Even if we don’t leave Evergreen Speedway with the win, it will be a satisfying weekend nonetheless to know that I gained more experience in these K&N cars. Hopefully, I’ll be able to transition that back to the East side and help us for the remaining races this year.”
In the most recent NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event, Tifft and his Win-Tron Racing team made the return to Iowa Speedway, where in June, the team began to roar to life.
While, Tifft showcased a strong No. 89 DOC 360 Chevrolet Impala in the Pork Be Inspired 150, the team was sidelined by engine failure, which resulted in a place finish.
“Iowa was a disappointment, but you’ll have that in racing, I guess,” Tifft said. “We ran well, so that’s encouraging, we just need to rebound next weekend. Hopefully, we can use the momentum from Saturday night’s race to put us back in the top-10.”
The NAPA Auto Parts / Evergreen 150 presented by Toyota is set for Saturday night, August 17, The 150-lap feature will lift off shortly after 8:00 p.m. (Central). The race will be tape-delayed on FOX Sports 1 with an air date of Sunday, September 8 at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern)