Braeden Havens has had success when debuting on a new series including a top-5 finish in his late model debut. This start will be different as the college freshman will face as many as three past NASCAR Northwest Touring champions (Ron Eaton, Garrett Evans and Gary Lewis) along with what is considered the strongest fields of late model talent to race in the region in many years.
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SPOKANE, Washington —Braeden Havens has made starts on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, the ARCA West series, NASCAR's Whelen All-American Series, is a champion on the Inland Northwest Super Stock Association and made his late model debut on the ICAR series and this weekend will add the Pro All-Star Series (PASS) to his resume as he makes the trek to Wenatchee Valley's Super Oval for a start in the Apple Blossom 200.
Havens has had success when debuting on a new series including a top-5 finish in his late model debut. This start will be different as the college freshman will face as many as three past NASCAR Northwest Touring champions (Ron Eaton, Garrett Evans and Gary Lewis) along with what is considered the strongest fields of late model talent to race in the region in many years.
"We've run the Montana 200 and last year had a car capable of winning the Idaho 200 (a race won by Evans) but this field for the Apple Blossom 200 will be one of the toughest I've raced against in a late model. To make the field will be awesome and knowing we're going into the race with a new car that has tested well all spring is a boost of confidence as we're going out to Wenatchee trying to win this inaugural PASS race," Havens said. "Our team has really come together well this spring and we're clicking each time out in testing. I'm eager to see what this new Port City chassis can do in a race now after turing laps by myself."
With only one afternoon of practice at WVSO prior to this weekend's race, Havens knows there's plenty to work on to dial his Western Rail Chevrolet into a strong car that can qualify well and challenge for a strong finish, he added.
"We ran some laps in Wenatchee last weekend and had a car that turned well through the corners, had good speed on exit and was so smooth lap after lap. The team and I were happy with the times we put up for our first visit but we know it's going to take more to be there in qualifying and in the race itself. Having gained so much experience last year on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in the ways to approach a race and a short amount of time to practice and dial the car in, I know we can gain more on this new Chevrolet SS to run with Garrett, Gary Lewis and the rest of the field."
Using a set-up provided by Chuck Carruthers has proven to valuable in preparing of the Apple Blossom 200, Havens noted. Having a Port City chassis that has Carruthers input in nearly every facet has proven to bring a comfort zone to Havens and his crew.
"There's no doubt Chuck builds great race cars. We know that our approach to the new car, based on the things he's helped with, will give us something to work with this weekend and into the new season. Our last car built by Chuck won races for our team and was one of the best cars I've ever drove. This one is even better so while we're trying to be patient for the weekend, we know this car wants to go when I ask it to and that should make the night a whole lot of fun for the team and the race fans who come out to support the Apple Blossom 200."
The PASS debut in the Northwest is set for Saturday, April 27. Teams arrive to Wenatchee Valley Super Oval on Friday afternoon for practice with time trials and racing set for the following evening.
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