Ryan Partridge

NASCAR

Driver cites drug test issue for not obtaining NASCAR K&N Pro Series West license

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The runner-up of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West last year is not competing in the series after what he said was an issue with his drug test.

Ryan Partridge, who had won four series races in the past two years, wrote on his Facebook page that an “inconclusive’’ drug test prevented him from obtaining a NASCAR license and competing in last weekend’s series opener in Tucson, Arizona.

This is the first year that competitors in the NASCAR Pro Series East and West, NASCAR Whelen Modified and NASCAR Pinty’s Series have been required to pass a drug test as part of the requirements for a NASCAR license. Competitors must renew their NASCAR license each year.

NASCAR stated to NBC Sports that the “necessary paperwork wasn’t received to issue a license” to Partridge.

Partridge stated what happened on his Facebook page:

“This last weekend was the season opener for the K&N Pro West Series at Tucson. There are quite a few requirements to allow one to race including drug test, physical, a pile of paperwork etc. The day before opening night in Tucson I learned that my drug test was inconclusive and they would not allow me to race without another. To clarify, I did not test positive for any banned substances.

“Let me give some insight to the testing process. You first call requesting a test kit, then they call back usually a day later needing information and specifics, then they send you (a) kit, once received, you make (an) appointment with a specified clinic, after (a) sample is given, they package it up and send it back east (sic) again, once they receive it’s a 3 to 4 day testing process, all in all totaling over a week.

“Learning about this on Friday made it impossible to obtain a license, not only for the first race, but most likely the first four, crushing our hopes for a championship or competitive season. I was devastated to say the least. Mostly for the investment and preparation Bob, Maureen and my team have sacrificed on my behalf.’’

The West Series races Thursday at Kern County Raceway Park and has twin races Saturday at Irwindale Speedway. Four of the series’ 14 races will be completed by this weekend.

Partridge went on to write on his Facebook page:

“Just when we think we have things figured out the lord (sic) changes our plans. It’s hard to understand sometimes because we don’t know what his plans are, but I truly feel that he wants me to use this to re-organize and re-prioritize my life.

“Since my father passed away a few years ago, I feel my life has been on hold. While my professional life has been fulfilling and successful, I don’t feel I have made any progress in my personal life and what I want to accomplish as an individual, not a racecar driver.

“It’s easy when we are in pain to use that pain to focus on something like racing and immerse ourselves in something we think is bigger and complex enough that we can get lost in. Racing is a relentless sport that always asks for more, and no matter how much I love racing, racing will never love me back.

“I am blown away at the love and support I have received these last few days from our racing community and family. In the midst of rumors and confusion, these people love, care and worry enough to reach out and make sure I’m doing ok. That is truly what racing is all about. The camaraderie and community of our racing family and friends. I’m not sure what the next step is for me, but I will definitely keep you all posted. Thanks everyone.’’

 and on Facebook

Watch: K&N Pro Series West Napa/Toyota 150 at 7 pm ET on NBCSN

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The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West circuit raced for the 13th time at Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, Colo., this past Saturday, Aug. 22.

The .375-mile paved oval played host to the NAPA/Toyota 150, which can be seen today at 7 pm ET on NBCSN or streamed at NBC Live Extra.

Ryan Partridge started from the pole for the first time this season.

Three more races remain this season. The next event will be Sat., Sept. 5, at Meridian (Idaho) Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 on Sept. 5.

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Eggleston wheels to K&N Pro Series West win at Irwindale; Behar earns highest finish for female in series history

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No matter who is behind the wheel, Bill McAnally Racing seemingly can’t be beat at Irwindale Speedway.

BMR did it again Saturday night when Chris Eggleston passed Ryan Partridge for the lead with six laps left and held on to win the King Taco Catering/NAPA Auto Parts 150.

It was the second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win in just his seventh start in the series for Eggleston, 26, of Erie, Colo. Eggleston’s first career K&N win came at his home track of Colorado National Speedway last July.

It was BMR’s second consecutive win at Irwindale after Patrick Staropoli’s triumph there last year and 10th overall at the progressive-banked half-mile track in Southern California.

Also of note: Sunoco Rookie of the Year prospect Nicole Behar finished second, setting a record for the highest finish for a female in K&N series history. The previous best finish by a female driver were sixth-place runs by Sharon Bishop (Gardena, Calif. – 1979), Sarah Fisher (Kyle, Texas – 2005), and Hannah Newhouse (Albuquerque, N.M. – 2012)

Rookie driver Dalton Sargeant finished third after starting from the pole, followed by fellow rookies Gracin Raz and Partridge.

There were 10 lead changes among four drivers in the 150-lap event. Eggleston dominated by leading a race-high 102 laps.

The race broadcast will air Friday at 1 a.m. on NBCSN.

The next Pro Series West race will be the Wildcat 150 at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway on May 2.

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