Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Analyzing the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by TriCo Welding Supply

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to All American Speedway in Roseville, California, for the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by TriCo Welding Supply on Saturday, October 14. Below is a look at the race itself and some of the selected participants.

Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 Race Setup:
• Park City, Utah’s Michael Self returned to Victory Lane for the first time since 2013, winning last time out at Meridian Speedway.
• The win was just the second this season by a driver not named Todd Gilliland or Chris Eggleston.
• Gilliland, of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, has six wins this season and owns an 11-point lead atop the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings over teammate Eggleston, himself a four-time winner in 2017, with two races remaining.

At All American Speedway:
• This is the series 19th visit to All American Speedway. The track hosted five events between 1977 and 1982 when it was a quarter-mile oval and 13 races since 2008, after it was renovated and became a third-mile track.
• The series visited Roseville twice each year from 2008-2011 and once each year since 2012.
• All American Speedway is located at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville, California. It began as a dirt oval in 1955 and was known as Placer County Speedway. It was paved in 1972.

• The 18 series races at All American Speedway have produced 14 different winners. Eric Holmes, with four wins, and Paulie Harraka, with two wins, are the only multiple winners.
• Fourteen different drivers have qualified on the pole in series competition at Roseville. Harraka has the most poles, with three.
• Holmes has the most top-five and top-10 finishes at Roseville, with seven and eight, respectively.
• Holmes has the most series starts at All American Speedway, taking the green flag 10 times.
• Toyota leads manufacturer with seven victories at All American.
• Nine of the last 10 races at All American have been won by a driver starting on the front row. Only one driver — Jason Fensler in 2011 — has started worse than eighth and won at the track. Fensler started 15th that year.

All American Data:
Race: #13 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, October 14, 7 p.m. PT
Track Layout: .333-mile asphalt oval
Race Length: 150 laps (50 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: Ryan Partridge
2016 Pole Sitter: Todd Gilliland
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Jason Bowles, 13.589 seconds (88.218 mph), April 2009.
150 Lap Race Record: Eric Holmes, 44 minutes 21 seconds (67.576 mph), April 2009.

All American Leaders:
Eric Holmes … 4
Paulie Harraka … 2
Several others tied with … 1

Paulie Harraka … 3
Jason Bowles … 2
Several others tied with … 1

Top Fives
Eric Holmes … 7
David Mayhew … 6
Greg Pursley … 5
Paulie Harraka … 4
Moses Smith … 4

Top 10s
Eric Holmes … 8
David Mayhew … 8
Moses Smith … 7
Greg Pursley … 7
Paulie Harraka … 5

Laps Led
Eric Holmes … 661
Paulie Harraka … 314
Ryan Partridge … 191
Derek Thorn … 173
Jim Robinson … 150
Greg Pursley … 146
Alex Schutte … 104

Selected Driver Highlights:
Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota)
• Sits second in the overall West standings, 11 points behind leader Todd Gilliland, with four wins, 10 top fives and 12 top 10s in 12 races.
• Has nine career K&N West wins with 29 top fives and 34 top 10s in 43 career starts.
• Was the 2015 series champion in his first full season of competition with Bill McAnally Racing.
• Is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in every race this season and has wins at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway, California’s Orange Show Speedway, Colorado National Speedway and Washington’s Evergreen Speedway.
• Finished second last season at All American, where he has an average finish of 2.5 in two K&N Pro Series West career starts.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Has six wins, nine top fives and 11 top 10s in 12 West races this season to lead the series standings by 11 points over Chris Eggleston.
• Won at Oregon’s Douglas County for his series-leading sixth win of the season.
• Won four of the first five K&N Pro Series West races this season and owns 13 career K&N Pro Series West wins.
• Won the first five pole awards of the season and four straight races — California’s Kern County Raceway Park, California’s Irwindale Event Center (twice) and Spokane (Wash.) Raceway.
• Finished second this season in the final K&N Pro Series East standings.
• Won the pole and finished eighth last season at All American in his only K&N Pro Series West career start at the track.

Derek Kraus (No. 19 Carlyle Tools Toyota)
• Sits third in the current West standings with seven top fives and eight top 10s through 12 races.
• Leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by five points over Will Rodgers with two races remaining.
• Finished a career-best second at Kern County in March and equaled the effort at Spokane and Colorado.
• Won his first career pole at Iowa Speedway, and finished fifth in the most recent event at Idaho’s Meridian Speedway.
• Made his K&N Pro Series debut with the East at New Smyrna this season and finished third.
• Has never competed with the series at All American.

Julia Landauer (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Braille Batteries/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Sits seventh in the overall standings with one top five and seven top 10s in 12 starts this season.
• Finished fourth in the K&N Pro Series West standings in 2016, the highest finish for a woman in the series’ history.
• Posted a season-high finish of fifth at Douglas County two races ago and enters the weekend with three straight top 10s.
• Finished third last season in her only series career start at All American.

Michael Self (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Braille Batteries/Sinclair Ford)
• Despite missing the season opener, is fifth in the standings with five top fives and 11 top 10s in 11 starts.
• Has seven career K&N West wins, including the most recent event at Meridian, his first win since 2013.
• Has one top five in six series career starts at All American.

Todd Souza (No. 13 Central Coast Cabinets Toyota)
• Ranks a career-high sixth in the overall standings with two top fives and eight top 10s in 12 starts this season.
• Finished fourth in the most recent event at Meridian, giving him six top 10s in the last seven races.
• Won his only career race at Utah Motorsports Campus in 2008.
• Has an average career finish of 11.7, including a fourth in 2008, in three career K&N Pro Series West starts at All American.

Will Rodgers (No. 7 Solvang Brewing Company Ford)
• Ranks fourth in the West standings with eight top fives and 10 top 10s in 11 races this year.
• Competed in six races a year ago and is running for K&N West Rookie of the Year this season.
• Finished third in the most recent event at Meridian, giving him three straight top-five finishes and four in the last five races.
• Has two career K&N Pro Series East wins at New York’s Watkins Glen International and New Jersey Motorsports Park this season.
• Has never competed with the series at All American Speedway.

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the 64th for the K&N Pro Series West.
• The 2017 schedule features 14 races at 12 different tracks.
• Point leader Todd Gilliland, who won the first five poles of the season, swept the Twin 100s at Irwindale in March as part of a stretch of four straight wins.
• Gilliland won at Iowa Speedway and Douglas County for his fifth and sixth wins of the season.
• Chris Eggleston won the season opener at Tucson and then two straight events at Orange Show and Colorado National.
• Eggleston won at Evergreen for his fourth win of the season.
• Michael Self won at Meridian for his first win in the series since 2013.