Q and A with Devon Amos
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Devon Amos sits in his racecar at Langley Speedway in October 2013.
Rio Rancho, New Mexico’s Devon Amos will complete his rookie season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Friday at Dover International Speedway.
Amos currently sits 14th in driver standings, 43 points back of the top-ten. In 13 starts, Amos has picked up one top-ten finish, a season and career-high at Bowman Gray Stadium in May.
Amos recently spoke with The Racing Experts about his 2015 campaign.
Talk a little bit about your racing background and your rookie season.
“Without the [Drive for Diversity] program, I would never make it to NASCAR, or the level I’m at. Coming from New Mexico, there’s not a lot of NASCAR out there…there’s not much racing out there.
“It’s been a great experience, just been learning. I’ve had a lot of fun driving the cars. This year’s been a tough one for sure; we haven’t had the results we’ve wanted, but we’ve had a lot of speed and we’re trying to build away and get better and better each week.”
What does it mean to you to be one of the few drivers from New Mexico?
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Devon Amos' No. 6 Toyota Camry sits on pit road at Richmond International Raceway in September.
“There are not too many drivers from down there, [but] there are a lot of great drivers in New Mexico, and it’s great to see them get a chance to show what they have. I just love racing, so I love that I can get out there and race in different states.
“That’s been one of the coolest parts; to come from New Mexico, where [the state] doesn’t have a lot of racing, and get to go race at all these tracks that I’ve watched on TV for almost 15 years.”
What has been your toughest track this season?
“Columbus… For whatever reason, I couldn’t get my line right; it took me a while to get used to it.”
You’re trying to fundraise for the K&N Pro Series West race at Phoenix International Raceway in November. Talk about how the deal came together and how the fundraising is going.
“The K&N race in Phoenix is a huge race. All three touring series are out there and the K&N Series is with them. We’re trying to get the funds together to run that race. It’s something I’d like to add to my resume.
“We set up a Go Fund Me page that fans can chip in, and help be involved in it. Hopefully we can get all the funds together and make the race.”
What are some of your short-term goals this season?
“I would really like to get a top-five. We’ve been close, our highest finish this year is sixth, and like I said, we’ve had the speed, we’ve just had a lot of unfortunate things happen.”
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Devon Amos leads a group of cars at Richmond International Raceway in September 2015.
What can you tell us about your 2016 racing plans?
“I hope I’m racing something. I really can’t tell you anything right now.”
Hypothetical situation; if a team in any of the top-three touring series called you up to run or start-and-park one of their rides, how likely would you take that chance?
“I’d really have to evaluate all of the options.
“I’m really happy with Rev and what they’ve done with the diversity program and the opportunity they’ve given me. Obviously, one of the top-three series is the goal, but I just want to make sure it’s the right step.
“If there’s an opportunity, it’s definitely going to be looked at.”