After fighting back from a mid-race spin and surviving a frantic late-race overtime finish, Will Rodgers wound up leaving Meridian Speedway with a podium finish.
Saturday started off with a pair of practice sessions, in which Will and the Jefferson Pitts Racing team searched hard for the right handling on the No.7 machine. After some tweaks and changes, they felt they had the car right for qualifying. Will went out in one of the later groups and posted a solid lap time, earning the seventh starting position for the event.
The green flag for Saturday evening’s K&N Pro Series West race dropped just shortly after 8:30PM. Will spent a majority of the first part of the race battling around sixth and seventh position. But as the race continued on, Will began to find more speed. He worked his way up to fourth on a restart, and seemed to have his eyes set on the race leaders. But a few laps later, Will got loose entering Turn 3 underneath another car and spun out. Will managed not to hit anything as the caution quickly came out.
The spin forced Will to go to the back of the field, and getting back towards the front wouldn’t be an easy task. But Will proved that it could be done, as he quickly and swiftly worked his way back into the Top-5.
As the conclusion of the race neared, Will continued to gain spots. With just under 10 laps to go, Will found himself racing up in the third position. A late race caution came out with 5 laps to go, setting up an opportunity for Will to get another shot at the leaders. But on the overtime finish, Will found himself in a frantic battle for the top spots. After two contact-filled laps, the checkered flag flew and Will crossed the finish line fourth. However, due to a post-race penalty for one of the other competitors, Will’s finish position was moved up to P3 - a podium finish.
The P3 finish was Will’s tenth top-10 finish and eighth top-5 finish in the NASCAR K&N West Series this season. Will remained fourth in the championship standings, but he is now only one point behind third place.