AUDIO/FEATURE: Nicole Behar Sets K&N West Mark for Female Racers; Impresses With Second-Place Effort at Irwindale

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Audio and story by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell – Nicole Behar Racing photo –

Nicole Behar has plenty of reason to smile this week.

Following a second place finish in last weekend’s King Taco/Napa Auto Parts 150 at Irwindale Speedway for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, the rookie posted the highest finish for a female competitor in K&N Pro Series West history.

“There were tears of joy (following the race),” Behar told Race Chaser Online in an exclusive interview this week. “It was like a win for us. It was just absolutely amazing. We will take (second) and go for the win next time.”

Behar, to set the record, topped fellow competitor Hannah Newhouse, Verizon IndyCar Series team owner Sarah Fisher and her own mark of sixth place.

“I think (to hold that record) is absolutely amazing,” Behar expressed. “I wanna be the best out there – whether it’s a female or male driver.”

After the run, social media was set on fire.

Personalities such as Fisher, NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Dylan Lupton, and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver Kenzie Ruston all took to Twitter and congratulated Behar on the impressive showing.

“It is amazing how many people are following me in my racing career,” Behar said. “It was breathtaking to see how many people are commenting on (my racing). It’s (cool) to see how many people there actually is (following me).”

Despite a crash in the opening race at Kern County Raceway Park, the 18-year-old has now raised her expectations as she seeks both the season championship and Rookie of The Year honors this season.

“The expectations are to be a contender for the championship and Rookie of The Year,” Behar explained. “We can (accomplish that) with some good finishes. We just wanna get as many wins as we can.”

“We are hoping to come right out of the gate and get some wins. But it is all a learning curve and just taking each step (carefully).”

Aside from being a contender for both those honors, the main challenge for Behar this season is breaking into the winners circle – and if she can accomplish that, she would become the first female driver to ever win in the K&N Pro Series.

“(A win) has been our biggest goal for this season,” Behar said. “I am really hoping that we can pick up that first win this season. It would absolutely mean the world to me – it would show that we can go out there and compete with (the top teams).”

But for now, the Spokane, Wa. native is just loving life and basking in the spotlight.

“I think we have set ourselves (as a championship threat),” Behar expressed. “I don’t think the one bad finish at Kern (County) can justify us not being a contender in the end for the championship.”

Behar will return to the racetrack on May 11 at Tucson Speedway — a day she hopes to capture that elusive first win.

Listen in to an extended cut of Race Chaser Online’s interview with Behar by clicking on the player below:

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