Phoenix Weekend Recap: Sam Mayer

(Photo: GMS Racing)

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

Start: 1st
Finish: 2nd


– Mayer was quick out of the gate with his Manpower Chevrolet. The K&N East Champion was first in practice and qualified on pole for Saturday night’s event.

– The early stages of the race were calm with Mayer leading every lap until the caution flew for the scheduled break on Lap 53 of the 100-lap event. The No. 21 pitted during the break for four tires and fuel, making no other adjustments.

– The last half of the race was chaos in comparison to Mayer’s comfortable lead during the opening laps. Mayer lost the lead on a restart after the first red flag of the evening had been lifted. The caution quickly flew again and Mayer made the most of the next restart, he regained the lead and began to pull away. The caution flew again several laps later and Mayer lost the lead on the restart after getting pushed up the track and into the No. 2, causing moderate damage to the door of his No. 21. Mayer chased the leader in the closing laps but ultimately finished a few car lengths short of being able to retake his lead.


“I learned a lot this weekend. We had some highs and lows. Our car was very good today on the long runs, the restarts and short runs were a bit more of a challenge for me. My guys worked hard with me all season long. We’ll keep digging and I’m looking forward to getting back here next year to compete for an ARCA championship.”

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series

Start: 21st
Finish: 19th


– Mayer started 21st and steadily climbed up in the field in the opening laps. Mayer pitted under the second caution of the night to address the handling of his Silverado and to get off strategy from some of the leaders. Mayer stayed out during the first stage break and started Stage Two in fourth.

– Mayer continued to battle the balance of his Manpower Chevrolet throughout the night and ended Stage Two in 13th. Mayer was involved in an incident in Turn 3 on Lap 101 that resulted in some minor rear end damage for the No. 21. Mayer finished the race in the 19th position.


“Tonight was tough. We struggled to find overall balance and speed all night. We were involved in that wreck with the 8 and that made it worse. I just had to hang on to it and try to keep it together until the end of the race. We have another shot at Phoenix with the K&N West race Saturday night so hopefully that’ll go better for our team.”