Showing posts with label Todd Gilliland. Show all posts
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Dreams Realized For Champions From Across The Globe



CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For a 17-year-old, Todd Gilliland was in a familiar situation when he took the stage at the Charlotte Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday night.

He had, after all, done this all before. Just one year ago.

"Ever since I was little, all I wanted to do was drive a race car," said Gilliland. "When I got that chance to do that for Bill McAnally Racing, I really wanted to win him a championship. And now I'm here giving my speech for my second year in a row; 2017 has been a dream season."

Gilliland wasn’t the only familiar face honored at the NASCAR Home Tracks Awards, officially receiving their NASCAR championship rings and trophies. Doug Coby received the hardware for his fifth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, Lee Pulliam picked up his fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship trophy, and Mexico’s Abraham Calderón took home his second NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series title trophy.

They were joined by first-time champions Harrison Burton (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East), Alon Day (NASCAR Whelen Euro Series) and Alex Labbe (NASCAR Pinty’s Series).

Whether they came from Israel and Quebec or North Carolina and Virginia, there was a common theme that was echoed throughout the night of celebration.

Dreams realized. And the support behind chasing the drivers chasing them.

“This season has created so many memories that will stay with me my whole life,” said Burton. “So much has gone into winning this championship, and it’s awesome to just slow down and celebrate it with my team, friends and family.”

"What a journey," said Day. "To end up here tonight as a NASCAR champion. Who would have thought an unknown driver from a small country in the Middle East would one day wind up being a NASCAR champion. That achievement never would have been reached without the help of so many people."

It was a night that celebrated the future of NASCAR and toasted the historic achievements of NASCAR veterans.

A year after becoming the youngest champion in NASCAR touring or national series history, Gilliland became the first driver to win back-to-back NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championships since Mike Duncan in 2004-05. He nearly became the first driver to sweep the K&N Pro Series East and West titles, but Burton overcame an eight-point gap by winning the East season finale. In the process, he broke Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano’s record as the youngest champion in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East history.

Both Gilliland and Burton also ran several NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2017 as they look to move up the racing ladder.

Canadian Labbe is also eying a move up, but first he had unfinished business in Canada. After a disappointing end to 2016, the 24-year-old bounced back with a decisive 2017 campaign that saw him finish sixth or better in all but the finale en route to the Pinty’s Series title – the national stock car racing championship in Canada.

"It means a lot -- I've been working on it for a long, long time," said Labbe. "To finally get that championship, to get the trophy at the end of the year: It's a dream. It's something that I'm going to have with me all my life."

Likewise, Calderón took home his country’s stock car national championship. While he won his first title in 2014 without winning a race, he had a series-high five victories this year, including four in a six-race summer stretch to take command of the series lead.

"For me and my team, it's something huge -- it means a lot -- to be here celebrating our second NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series championship. It's something we'll never forget," said Calderón. "I remember the last race in Mexico City, it was a stunning event. I'd like to explain with words what it felt like crossing the finish line but I cannot. It's something that just flows through your body and makes you feel alive. It was just really, really amazing."

Day finished second in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2015 and third in 2016 before a magical run in 2017. He made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup debut at Sonoma, and then won three of the final four races of the Whelen Euro season to edge two-time champion Anthony Kumpen.

For Coby, though, the year started like a nightmare. He was involved in wrecks in his first two races, and four races into the season he was still 51 points out of the championship lead. The Milford, Connecticut, driver didn’t mind that everybody was looking to knock him off the perch.

“I’d rather be the guy with the bull’s eye on his back than the one swinging at it,” said Coby, who scored top fives in 10 of the last 12 races to earn his fourth straight title and fifth in the last six years.

Coby joined NASCAR Hall of Famers Jerry Cook and Richie Evans, NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Mike Stefanik along with Tony Hirschman Jr., as the only drivers in NASCAR Modified history with five or more titles.

"I'm just racing against who I'm racing against and doing thing best I can do in this era,” Coby said.

"It's a testament to what you’ve done in the sport,” Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, told Coby. “When you look back at the series and who can represent the sport the best, (the Modifieds are) where legends are made. You’ve heard Doug talk about just concentrating on the present. But it’s fitting we're here in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. With five championships, you're well on your way to an historic career."

Likewise, Pulliam moved closer to one of short track’s indelible records.

Piling up 155 Late Model wins in 290 starts since 2011, the North Carolina native tied Philip Morris for second most national titles. He’s one behind NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee, the late Larry Phillips. Phillips won five titles between 1989-96.

"Before you become legendary, you've got to be successful," Helton told Pulliam. "I think you've laid the foundation on becoming one of the legends in NASCAR."

Pulliam won 14 times at Myrtle Beach Speedway on his way to the track and South Carolina titles. He finished with 19 wins, 36 top fives and 43 top 10s in 45 starts at eight different tracks across the southeast.

"You'd think I'd be used to it by now, but it gets me every time," said Pulliam. "I told my wife in 2017, I was going as hard as I can to win national championship number four. As Michelangelo once said, the greatest danger for most of us is not from setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and hitting our mark.

"Chasing a national championship requires help and sacrifice from so many people. Many nights we saw the sun come up, with no sleep. My guys never gave up. We fought, clawed and battled as a team to accomplish this. This championship was won by people banding together and not stopping until the goal was accomplished."

Pulliam noted that at 29 years old, he feels he has plenty of racing left.

"And I think I've got more titles in me," said Pulliam.

The championship car owners and crew chiefs were also recognized Friday night.

There were plenty of other trophies handed out, too.

Missouri’s Cody Jolly (Division II), Ontario's Eric Yorke (Division III), Michigan's Cole Roelofs (Division IV) and Iowa's Dustin Thompson (Division V) joined Pulliam in receiving their NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national titles. The night got underway with the awarding of 34 U.S. state and Canadian province championships, along with 59 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I track champion trophies.

In addition to the championship awards, each series rookie of the year was honored. Calvin Carroll (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), Derek Kraus (NASCAR K&N Pro Series West) and Chase Purdy (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East) were the Sunoco Rookies of the Year in their respective series; Adam Martin (NASCAR Pinty's Series) and Mitch Keeter (NASCAR Whelen All-American Series) received their Josten’s Rookie of the Year for their series; and Stienes Longin was awarded the Junior "Jerome Sarran" Trophy by the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series as the series' top young driver. Enrique Baca was the top rookie in the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series.

Ryan Vargas, another rising star who is moving from Late Models in California to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East next year as part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity and Rev Racing, won the Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award for the second straight year. The award is given to the top performing minority or female driver in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Contact:
Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6094
jchristley@nascar.com

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Gilliland Goes Back-to-Back



BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- On a night where one Bill McAnally Racing teenager earned his first career win, another earned his second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship.

Derek Kraus won the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts at Kern County Raceway Park for his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory while Todd Gilliland won the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title.

The night belonged to NASCAR Next driver Todd Gilliland. He brought his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota home in second-place, but it was more than enough to clinch his second straight championship.

"It feels great," the 17-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, said, soaked after a Victory Lane celebration. "All this hard work and dedication these guys put in, and it all comes down to this. To be able to get it done is very special."

Coming into Kern, Gilliland needed to finish seventh or better, regardless of what teammate and championship rival Chris Eggleston did. Unfortunately for Eggleston, a flat tire on lap 65 forced him to go behind the wall for repairs and fall multiple laps down. He wound up finishing in 20th, three laps down.

"I was pretty confident," Gilliland said of his mindset throughout the evening. "With the speed we had and the position we were able to ride in, I thought we were going to have a really good shot at the win. Always a little disappointed in that, but I'm very proud of our effort all season long. To be able to come home the 2017 champion two years in a row is really surreal, and we just have to take it all in."

The title is the eighth in Bill McAnally Racing history and third consecutive (Eggleston in 2015, Gilliland in 2016 and 2017). The last time BMR won three titles in a row was from 1999-2001, when Sean Woodside and Brendan Gaughan (twice) brought home the hardware.

Kraus, Gilliland's teammate, stopped Gilliland from winning his third consecutive race at Kern. The 16-year-old rookie from Stratford, Wisconsin, took the lead with 44 laps to go and didn't look back. Kraus' first career K&N Pro Series West win has been a longtime coming, he earned three runner-up finishes this season and had a win in his grasp multiple throughout the year. Most recently at Idaho's Meridian Speedway, he had the lead on the final overtime restart, but it slipped away.

"That Meridian race was actually going through my mind those last 30 laps," Kraus said in Victory Lane next to his No. 19 Carlyle Tools Toyota. "But it's been a really good night with getting Rookie of the Year and getting a race win, my first race win. That's really great for me and my career, and will help boost me into next season."

The win allowed Kraus to clinch the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award over Will Rodgers, who he'd been battling with down the stretch. Kraus finishes the 2017 season with nine top fives, 10 top 10s, one pole and one victory.

Riley Herbst continued the BMR podium sweep finishing third while Michael Self and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East regular Dillon Bassett rounded out the top five.

Derek Thorn, Buddy Shepherd, Will Rodgers, Max Tullman and Nicole Behar completed the top 10.

The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 is scheduled to air on NBCSN Friday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET.


Contact:
Brooke Franceschini
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(704) 720-3178
bfranceschini@nascar.com

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-WEST COAST STOCK CAR HALL OF FAME 150 presented by NAPA AUTO
PARTS Results
Saturday
At Kern County Raceway Park
Bakersfield
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 150 laps, 68.948 mph.
2. (1) Todd Gilliland, Sherrils Ford, N.C., Toyota, 150.
3. (3) Riley Herbst, Las Vegas, Nev., Toyota, 150.
4. (8) Michael Self, Park City, UT, Ford, 149.
5. (6) Dillon Bassett, Winston-Salem, NC, Toyota, 149.
6. (9) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, CA, Ford, 149.
7. (7) Buddy Shepherd, Bakersfield, CA, Ford, 149.
8. (12) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 149.
9. (16) Max Tullman, Chester Springs, PA, Ford, 149.
10. (11) Nicole Behar, Spokane, WA, Toyota, 149.
11. (19) Rod Johnson, Jr., Canyon Country, CA, Ford, 149.
12. (10) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Ford, 148.
13. (17) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 148.
14. (24) Stafford Smith, Eagle, Idaho., Ford, 148.
15. (20) Davey Hamilton, Boise, ID, Ford, 148.
16. (22) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 148.
17. (21) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 148.
18. (23) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 148.
19. (15) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 148.
20. (5) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 147.
21. (26) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 147.
22. (25) Jerry DeWeert, Aartselaar, Belgiuim, Ford, 129.
23. (4) Ronnie Bassett, Jr, Winston-Salem, N.C., Toyota, 110, brakes.
24. (14) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 103.
25. (18) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 73, electrical.
26. (13) Trevor Cristiani, Boise, Idaho, Chevrolet, 33, engine.
27. (27) Jonas Fors, Stockholm, Sweden, Toyota, 1, vibration.
Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 5 minutes 16 seconds
Margin of Victory: .549 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T.Gilliland (0.000 mph, 18.2 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 22 laps.
Lead Changes: 5 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Gilliland 1-2; D. Kraus 3-5; D. Bassett 6-23; C. Eggleston 24-59; D. Bassett 60-105; D. Kraus 106-150.
Standings: 1. T. Gilliland, 610; 2. C. Eggleston, 581; 3. D. Kraus, 533; 4. M. Self, 522; 5. W. Rodgers, 520; 6. T. Souza, 468; 7. J. Landauer, 451; 8. N. Behar, 444; 9. K. Vanderwal, 440; 10. B. Perkins, 436.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Gilliland Edges Eggleston For Roseburg Win



Via NASCAR PR

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Whatever he lacks in experience, Todd Gilliland makes up for in moxie.

The 17-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, won a fiercely contested Clint Newell Toyota 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts Saturday night at Douglas County Speedway.

Gilliland fought off runner-up Chris Eggleston in a side-by-side battle for the lead, in which sparks literally flew off the fenders and bumpers of both cars as they nipped each other’s heels on the .375-mile semi-banked oval. It was the NASCAR Next driver's sixth NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory of the season, with a final margin of victory of .155 seconds.

In just his 26th K&N Pro Series West career race, Gilliland picked up his 13th victory.

His Bill McAnally Racing teammate, 28-year-old Chris Eggleston from Erie, Colorado, won the Coors Light Pole earlier in the day. It was his fourth pole of the season and unlike tonight, he went on to pick up the win in three of those races after starting in the top spot.

The teammates swapped the lead nine times, including four times in the closing 25 laps.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Derek Kraus completed a BMR sweep of the podium with his third-place run, while fellow rookie Will Rodgers finished fourth.

Julia Landauer rounded out the top five.

Buddy Shepherd, Michael Self, Todd Souza, Trevor Cristiani and Matt Levin completed the top 10.

With the win, Gilliland pushed his points lead to five over Eggleston. Kraus is third in the standings, two ahead of Rodgers, while Self completes the top five.

The Clint Newell Toyota 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts will air on NBCSN, Saturday, Sept. 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action in the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 at Meridian Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Contact:
Brooke Franceschini
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 631-6142
bfranceschini@nascar.com


NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Clint Newell Toyota 150 Results
Saturday
At Douglas County Speedway
Roseburg, OR
Lap length: 0.375 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (3) Todd Gilliland, Sherrils Ford, N.C., Toyota, 150 laps.
2. (1) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 150.
3. (2) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 150.
4. (5) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 150.
5. (6) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Ford, 150.
6. (9) Buddy Shepherd, Bakersfield, CA, Ford, 150.
7. (7) Michael Self, Park City, UT, Ford, 150.
8. (13) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 149.
9. (10) Trevor Cristiani, Boise, Idaho, Chevrolet, 149.
10. (12) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 149.
11. (15) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 148.
12. (8) Nicole Behar, Spokane, WA, Toyota, 148.
13. (19) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 148.
14. (17) Stafford Smith, Eagle, Idaho., Ford, 147.
15. (14) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 147.
16. (18) Dan Phillippi, Los Angeles, Calif., Chevrolet, 144.
17. (11) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 143.
18. (4) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 120.
19. (16) Andrew Engberson, Copper Canyon, TX, Ford, 114, brakes.
20. (20) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Chevrolet, 100, brakes.
21. (21) Zachary St. Onge, Upland, CA, Chevrolet, 46, electrical.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 0 hours 49 minutes 55 seconds
Margin of Victory: .155 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: C.Eggleston (89.588 mph, 15.069 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 24 laps.
Lead Changes: 9 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: C. Eggleston 1-72; T. Gilliland 73-75; C. Eggleston 76-78; T. Gilliland 79-81; C. Eggleston 82; T. Gilliland 83-131; C. Eggleston 132-135; T. Gilliland 136-138; C. Eggleston 139-148; T. Gilliland 149-150.
Standings: 1. T. Gilliland, 481; 2. C. Eggleston, 476; 3. D. Kraus, 406; 4. W. Rodgers, 404; 5. M. Self, 387; 6. T. Souza, 364; 7. J. Landauer, 361; 8. M. Levin, 354; 9. N. Behar, 348; 10. K. Vanderwal, 341.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Gilliland Prevails At Iowa Speedway



Via NASCAR PR

NEWTON, Iowa — Todd Gilliland only had one true challenge. And even that went away quickly.

The 17 year-old from Sherrills Ford, N.C., had a dominant run in Friday’s Casey’s General Stores 150 presented by Vatterott College at Iowa Speedway, leading all but the first two laps of the 150-lap race.

It was his second consecutive win in the event, an annual combination race with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West. The NASCAR Next driver has seven wins between the two series this season.

The victory allowed Gilliland to pad his K&N Pro Series West lead while closing the gap on Harrison Burton in the East.

“This was a big win for us,” Gilliland said.

Gilliland, driving the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, was fast all day — he had the best lap in the first practice session, and was second-fastest in the second run.

Gilliland, though, started fourth after qualifying, but took the lead from pole-sitter and Bill McAnally Racing teammate Derek Kraus on the third lap and never lost it other than a brief moment to Ben Kennedy late in the race.

Kennedy, 25, from Daytona Beach, Fla., provided the biggest threat, actually getting around Gilliland with 34 laps left, but Gilliland was able to get the lead back before the start-finish line.

Gilliland then survived two caution flags, pulling away on the final restart.

“Those late-race restarts are always nerve-wracking,” Gilliland said.

Kennedy had mechanical issues after a red flag was thrown with 10 laps left to set the lineup during the final caution field. He couldn’t get the car refired, and once he got going was moved to the end of the lead-lap cars for not maintaining pace.

Chase Purdy, who started 11th, roared to a second-place finish. Chris Eggleston, who started on the outside of the front row, finished third.

“He was obviously the class of the field,” said Eggleston of Gilliland, his teammate at Bill McAnally Racing.

“Everybody was chasing him,” Purdy said.

It was the fourth consecutive win at Iowa Speedway for Bill McAnally Racing.

Burton finished fourth, while Chase Cabre was fifth. Michael Self finished sixth. Kennedy was seventh. Will Rodgers, Ronnie Bassett and Jesse Little rounded out the top 10.

Kraus faded after the early start and finished 11th.

With his win, Gilliland now holds an 18 point lead over Eggleston in the K&N Pro Series West standings and trails Burton by only six points in the K&N Pro Series East.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will compete next weekend in the Finger Lakes Wine Country 100 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, while the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to action in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Evergreen Speedway at Monroe, Washington, Saturday, Aug. 12.

The Casey's General Store 150 presented by Vatterott College will air on NBCSN on Thursday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. ET.

Contact:
Brooke Franceschini
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 631-6142
bfranceschini@nascar.com



NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST-Casey's General Stores 150 Results
Friday
At Iowa Speedway, Newton, IA
Lap length: 0.875 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Todd Gilliland, Sherrills Ford, N.C., Toyota, 150 laps, 89.829 mph.
2. (9) Chase Purdy, Meridian, Miss., Toyota, 150.
3. (7) Harrison Burton, Huntersville, N.C., Toyota, 150.
4. (6) Chase Cabre, Tampa, Fla., Toyota, 150.
5. (3) Ben Kennedy, Daytona Beach, FLA, Toyota, 150.
6. (10) Ronnie Bassett, Jr., Winston-Salem, NC, Chevrolet, 150.
7. (8) Jesse Little, Sherrills Ford, N.C., Toyota, 150.
8. (1) Ruben Garcia Jr., Mexico City, Mexico, Toyota, 150.
9. (5) Tyler Dippel, Wallkill, N.Y., Ford, 150.
10. (4) Collin Cabre, Tampa, FL, Toyota, 150.
11. (15) Reid Wilson, Huntersville, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.
12. (16) Jay Beasley, Las Vegas, Nev., Toyota, 150.
13. (11) Dillon Bassett, Winston-Salem, N.C., Ford, 149.
14. (13) Jeff Green, Owensboro, KY, Toyota, 149.
15. (17) Brandon Oakley, Beavercreek, Ohio, Chevrolet, 148.
16. (14) Vinnie Miller, Metamora, Mich., Toyota, 148.
17. (12) Trey Hutchens, Lexington, NC, Chevrolet, 140, mechanical.
18. (18) Jesse Iwuji, Carrollton, TX, Chevrolet, 133.
19. (19) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Chevrolet, 131.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 27 minutes 40 seconds
Margin of Victory:
Fastest Qualifier: . ( mph, seconds)
Caution Flags: 0 for 0 laps.
Lead Changes: 0 among 0 drivers.
Lap Leaders:
Standings: 1. H. Burton, 427; 2. T. Gilliland, 421; 3. C. Purdy, 377; 4. R. Bassett, Jr., 366; 5. R. Garcia Jr., 353; 6. C. Cabre, 351; 7. J. Beasley, 328; 8. D. Bassett, 315; 9. T. Dippel, 314; 10. C. Cabre, 310.

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Casey's General Stores 150 Results
Friday
At Iowa Speedway,
Newton, IA
Lap length: 0.875 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (3) Todd Gilliland, Sherrills Ford, N.C., Toyota, 150 laps, 89.829 mph.
2. (2) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 150.
3. (4) Michael Self, Park City, UT, Ford, 150.
4. (6) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 150.
5. (1) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 150.
6. (13) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Ford, 149.
7. (7) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 149.
8. (9) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 149.
9. (8) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 149.
10. (11) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 148.
11. (15) Stafford Smith, Eagle, Idaho., Ford, 148.
12. (5) Nicole Behar, Spokane, WA, Toyota, 147.
13. (18) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 146.
14. (14) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 144.
15. (16) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 133.
16. (17) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Chevrolet, 131.
17. (12) Bryant Barnhill, Myrtle Beach, SC, Ford, 107, fuel pump.
18. (10) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 69, overheating.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 27 minutes 40 seconds
Margin of Victory:
Fastest Qualifier: . ( mph, seconds)
Caution Flags: 0 for 0 laps.
Lead Changes: 0 among 0 drivers.
Lap Leaders:
Standings: 1. T. Gilliland, 402; 2. C. Eggleston, 384; 3. D. Kraus, 332; 4. W. Rodgers, 322; 5. M. Self, 310; 6. T. Souza, 292; 7. J. Landauer, 284; 8. B. Perkins, 284; 9. M. Levin, 283; 10. K. Vanderwal, 282.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Monster Energy Series Stars Return to Their Roots This Weekend at Sonoma Raceway



Via NASCAR Media

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — All roads eventually wind their way back home.

For three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers this weekend, it’s a road course that turns back towards where it all began: the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. NASCAR’s top developmental series heads to Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California, for the Carneros 200 on Saturday.

The 1998 K&N Pro Series West champion, Kevin Harvick, will join recent first-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner Ryan Blaney and current Monster Energy Series rookie Daniel Suarez in the field for the Carneros 200. All three drivers began their respective NASCAR careers at the K&N Pro Series level.

Harvick, the 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, won at Sonoma during his K&N Pro Series West title-winning season. Suarez, a NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Mexico Series champion, has three career K&N Pro Series East wins to his credit, while Blaney — who recently won at Pocono — won his only career K&N Pro Series West start at Arizona’s Phoenix International Raceway in 2011.

“I’m going to be the old guy that shows up,” Harvick said recently. “I have fun when I go do those events… It’s a series that gave me several breaks and several opportunities to showcase what I did as a kid.”

Others to showcase their abilities on Saturday, includes current series points leader Todd Gilliland and his Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston, who sits second in the standings. Gilliland and Eggleston have combined to win all seven of the series’ races this season and both will be looking to redeem themselves after a rough 2016 Carneros 200 showing. Heading into Sonoma, Eggleston has won two straight races to close his deficit in the championship standings to just seven points at the midway point of the season.

RACE: Carneros 200
PLACE: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California
DATE: Saturday, June 24
TIME: 1:30 p.m., PT
TRACK LAYOUT: 1.99-mile, 12-turn road course
2016 WINNER: Chase Elliott
2016 POLE WINNER: Chase Elliott
EVENT SCHEDULE: Friday, June 23 – Garage opens: 10:45 a.m.; Practice: 2-3:20 p.m.; Driver Autograph Session: 4-4:45 p.m. Saturday, June 24 — Qualifying: 10:15 a.m.; Carneros 200: 1:30 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Diana Brennan, (707) 334-9822, DBrennan@sonomaraceway.com
TWITTER: @RaceSonoma
EVENT HASHTAG: #Carneros200
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142, bfranceschini@nascar.com

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS:
The Race: The Carneros 200 will be the eighth of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 40 cars. The first 36 starting positions will be set by NASCAR Road Race-style group qualifying and the final four positions will be determined by the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 64 laps (204.966 kilometers/127.36 miles) and will have a five-minute midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 40.

The Track: A 1.99-mile, 12-turn road course, Sonoma Raceway opened in 1968 as Sears Point International Raceway on 720 acres that was a dairy farm in the early 1900s. Since then then the facility has grown to 1,600 acres and hosts 340 days of racing activity each year.

The Records: The series’ qualifying record was established on June 21, 2014 by Kyle Larson at 92.794 mph (77.203 seconds). The 64-lap race record was set on June 19, 2010 by Andrew Ranger at 69.155 mph (1 hour, 50 minutes, 30 seconds).

Race Winners: There have been 18 different winners in the 38 races held all-time at Sonoma. Hershel McGriff (1983, 1985, 1987), Jim Insolo (1978, 1979, 1980) and Bill Schmitt (1981, 1988, 1989) lead the category with three wins each. Insolo is the only driver in series history to have won three straight races at Sonoma.

Pole Winners: A total of 20 drivers have qualified on the pole at Sonoma. McGriff leads with three poles at Sonoma, while Butch Gilliland, Jim Bown, Roy Smith and Tim Williamson each have two poles at the road course.

CARNEROS 200 NOTES:
Cup Runneth Over: Non-series regulars have enjoyed success at Sonoma in recent history. Four of the last six winners at Sonoma have been scored by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers, including Chase Elliott in last year’s event. Kyle Larson won the race in 2014, and Joey Logano and David Gilliland went back-to-back in 2011 and 2012.

In 2010, Andrew Ranger won for the first time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West competition at Sonoma. A multi-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion, Ranger also won a series road course race at Utah in 2013.

Familiar Turf: Will Rodgers could be primed for a breakthrough performance at Sonoma this weekend.

The driver who comes from a road racing background sits fifth in the current K&N Pro Series West standings with four top fives in seven races this season. He made his series debut at Sonoma in this race last year, and his best finishes in 2016 came in consecutive races at Utah Motorsports Campus where he finished seventh, twice.

Rodgers is a four-time Pirelli World Challenge Series winner and has several wins in Mazda spec automobiles.

One And Done: Of the 14 races on the 2017 schedule, Sonoma marks the only road course race of the season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. No current full-time driver in the series has won at Sonoma. The last to do so was David Mayhew in 2015.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

NASCAR Unveils 2017-18 NASCAR Next Class



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 16, 2017) – Forty wins and 124 top-10s in 148 NASCAR starts during their 2016 and 2017 seasons, to date. … Three series champions, two of whom are the youngest in their respective NASCAR touring series. … The 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year and the 2015 Snowball Derby runner-up.

These are just a few of the accomplishments already earned by the nine drivers in this year’s NASCAR Next class, and they’re just getting started.

Now in its seventh year, the industry initiative spotlights the best and brightest young stars in racing. Alumni of the program include current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suárez, Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney.

“The NASCAR Next program identifies emerging talent in our sport,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “Drivers in this year’s class have already achieved success on the track or shown potential, and this program will help them further develop their skills. We look forward to watching these young stars connect with our fans and continue their climb up the NASCAR ladder.”

The NASCAR Next selection process includes input from industry executives, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers Council and media members. Drivers must be between the ages of 15-25, aspire to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and show potential – on and off the track – to reach that goal.

The following drivers have been chosen for the 2017-18 NASCAR Next class:

Harrison Burton (@HBurtonRacing) – In his second year competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the 16-year-old from Huntersville, North Carolina, has earned wins at Bristol Motor Speedway and Virginia’s South Boston Speedway. The son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver and current NBCSN analyst Jeff Burton also took home the pole award at Bristol for the second consecutive year.

Chase Cabre (@CabreChase) – In his rookie season driving for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the 20-year-old Tampa, Florida, native captured his first two pole awards in the twin features at South Boston and earned his best career finish (fourth) at the Virginia short track.

Hailie Deegan (@HailieDeegan) – The 15-year-old Temecula, California, native has made a name for herself in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series. Last year the daughter of FMX legend Brian Deegan became the first female to reach the podium in the series’ history, was the 2016 Modified Kart champion in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and was named the Lucas Oil Off Road Driver of the Year.

Todd Gilliland (@ToddGilliland_) – The son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver David Gilliland has made quite a name for himself in the sport’s history books. The 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, already has 12 wins in 30 K&N Pro Series starts and became the youngest champion in NASCAR national or touring series history last year when he took home the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship.

Riley Herbst (@rileyherbst) – The 18-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada, driver is coming off a successful rookie season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. In 14 starts last year, he compiled seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.

Cayden Lapcevich (@CaydenLapcevich) – Only the third Canadian-born driver to be chosen for the program, the 17-year-old from Grimsby, Ontario, won three times in 2016 en route to becoming the youngest NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion, and briefly held the title as the youngest NASCAR champion before being dethroned by Gilliland. Lapcevich is the first driver in Pinty’s Series history to earn both the Josten Rookie of the Year honor and the series title in the same year.

Ty Majeski (@TyMajeski) – A Roush Fenway development driver and one of the country’s top Super Late Model drivers, the 22-year-old Seymour, Wisconsin native kicked off his 2016 winning the Super Late Model championship at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway. He continued his NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season with a third-place finish in the national standings on the strength of 14 wins and 21 top-fives in 26 starts. He will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut at Iowa Speedway on June 24.

Chase Purdy (@chasepurdy12) – The 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year made a splash last year when he took home both the rookie of the year and track championship at South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway in NASCAR’s weekly series. The 17-year-old from Meridian, Mississippi is chasing another rookie title this year, competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Zane Smith (@zanesmith77) – Smith, 17, from Huntington Beach, California, broke onto the national scene in 2015 when he won the Super Late Model championship at New Smyrna’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. He capped the season with a runner-up finish to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver and NASCAR Next alumnus Chase Elliott in the Snowball Derby.

Since its inception in 2011, 36 of the 46 drivers who have been selected for the program have progressed to compete in one of NASCAR’s three national series, while more than a quarter have gone on to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Twelve NASCAR Next drivers have won a NASCAR national series race.

The last three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookies of the Year are NASCAR Next alumni, as are four of the top-five contenders for the award this year: Daniel Suárez, Erik Jones, Corey LaJoie and Gray Gaulding. The last four Sunoco Rookies of the Year in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are also alumni of the NASCAR Next program.

For more information, visit next.NASCAR.com and make sure to follow the drivers on Twitter and on the track. Join the social conversation by using #NASCARNext.


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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Gilliland Leads Flag-to-Flag at Spokane County Raceway



SPOKANE, Wash. -- The rain may have tried, but Todd Gilliland owned the night at Spokane County Raceway.

Starting from pole for the sixth consecutive week, Gilliland went on to lead every one of 150 laps to score his 11th career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory as well as his fourth consecutive win.

It was the second straight race the 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, has led flag-to-flag after a dominating performance last time out at California's Irwindale Event Center.

His Bill McAnally Racing teammate Derek Kraus was his closest competitor of the night, having multiple runs at the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota after the first half of the 150-lap feature. Despite the potential, the 15-year-old Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate came home second, tying his best career finish in the series.

Though it didn't affect Gilliland, the weather had quite the impact on the day's on-track events. Delaying the start of the race by nearly two hours, the race did not go green until the cars turned 102 laps behind the pace truck as a last ditch effort to dry the racing surface.

Stopping for fuel before the green, it was the Gilliland show from there on.

Behind the reigning champion, however, was some close competition and tough breaks for his competitors. A crash on Lap 14 with Blaine Perkins and Rich DeLong III brought out the race's first of two red flag periods. The second was due to a puddle of water dropped by one of the safety trucks during the cleanup.

Following the lengthy rain delay, the race didn't see the checkered flag until well after midnight on the West Coast.

Chris Eggleston came home third with Michael Self and Nicole Behar, who each battled close for those positions, rounding out the top five.

Matt Levin ties his career-best K&N Pro Series West effort in sixth followed by Garret Archer, Owen Riddle, Julia Landauer and Braeden Havens completing the top 10.

The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 from Spokane County Raceway will air on NBCSN Thursday, May 18 at 10 p.m. PT.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action Saturday, May 20 at California's Orange Show Speedway with the Orange Show 150. The green flag is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. PT.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

No Signs of Gilliland Slowing Down in Title Defense



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Every driver in every car not lettered with the No. 16 on the side will be out to stop the momentum of reigning series champion Todd Gilliland when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to action in the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Spokane County Raceway in Washington on Saturday, May 13. The race marks the series’ first visit to Spokane since 2013.

A member of the 2016-2017 NASCAR NEXT class, Gilliland has won three of the first four races of the season, giving him nine wins over the last 15 months, and his sweep of the NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100s at California’s Irwindale Event Center in late March built him a 13-point cushion over teammate Chris Eggleston atop the standings a quarter of the way through the schedule. Eggleston, who won the season opener at Arizona's Tucson Speedway, has been the only driver to slow the 16-year-old Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, teen’s march toward a second consecutive championship.

Gilliland became the youngest NASCAR champion, national or touring, in history by winning the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title.

While the two Bill McAnally Racing drivers have combined to win the first four races of the 2017 season and sits one-two atop the standings, they aren’t the only drivers off to a hot start. Rookie Will Rodgers is the only other driver to finish in the top five in every single race to date. Rodgers, 22, finished a career-best third at California’s Kern County Raceway Park before posting back-to-back fifth-place finishes in the twin features at Irwindale.

Part of Gilliland’s success this season, without question, has been his ability to start up front. He’s won all four pole positions this season and hasn’t finished worse than second. In his young K&N Pro Series West career, Gilliland has 10 wins, 10 poles, 16 top fives and 18 top 10s in just 19 starts. He’s only finished outside the top 10 once — at California’s Sonoma Raceway last June, a 24th-place finish that he followed by winning the next three consecutive races. That streak matches his current career-best three-race winning streak.

RACE: NAPA 150
PLACE: Spokane County Raceway, Spokane, Washington
DATE: Saturday, May 13
TIME: 8:15 p.m., PT
AIRDATE: NBCSN, Friday, May 13 at 10 p.m. PT
TRACK LAYOUT: .500-mile asphalt oval
2016 WINNER: N/A
2016 POLE WINNER: N/A
EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday, May 13 – Garage opens: 11 a.m.; Practice: 3-3:45 p.m., 4-4:45 p.m.; Group qualifying: 5:15 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 6:25 p.m.; NAPA 150: 8:15 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Germane Smith, (916) 676-0010 or gsmith@billmcanallyracing.com
TWITTER: @spokaneraceway
EVENT HASHTAG: #NAPA150
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142), bfranceschini@nascar.com

FAST FACTS:
The Race: Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 will be the fifth of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 20 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying process. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (75 miles) with a five-minute break occurring at or near the conclusion of lap 75.

The Track: A .500-mile asphalt oval, Spokane County Raceway is a multi-use venue that includes a paved oval for stock car racing, a 2.3-mile road course and a full quarter-mile drag strip.

Race Winners: There have been two different winners in the two previous K&N Pro Series West races held at Spokane. Eric Holmes won the inaugural series race at the track in 2011, while Greg Pursley won the most recent event held there in 2013.

Pole Winners: In the two previous events at Spokane, there have also been two different pole winners. Dylan Kwasniewski won the pole in 2011, while Cameron Hayley was the pole winner for the 2013 event.

Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 Notes:
Home Track Advantage: When Spokane’s Nicole Behar finished second at California’s Irwindale Event Center in 2015, she posted the highest race finish in series history by a woman. Behar, returning to full-time K&N Pro Series West competition this season, is hoping that her first series visit to her home track will provide her first career win.

Behar sits fourth in the current standings with four straight top-10 finishes to begin the season, equaling a career-best stretch she first accomplished from July to August in 2015. The 19-year old driver has proven an ability to drive through the field — improving better than 10 spots each race from her average starting position of 17.2.

Return Engagement: Park City, Utah, driver Michael Self has made an impressive return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West this season.
After missing the season opener, Self has aligned with longtime series owner Bob Bruncati to drive the No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford, and he’s been off to a strong start with his new ride. In his first start in the series since the 2013 season finale, Self finished sixth at California’s Kern County Raceway Park and then went on to post finishes of sixth and third, respectively, in the NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100s at Irwindale two days later.

Self won six races from 2012-2013 in the series and finished a career-high of fourth in the final standings in 2013. He never finished outside the top 10 in the standings in any of the four full seasons he competed in from 2010-2013.

Rookie Crop: A total of four rookies sit in the top nine positions in the K&N Pro Series West standings heading into Spokane. Will Rodgers ranks third overall with top-five finishes in all four races to start the season, while Derek Kraus and Garrett Archer are fifth and sixth, respectively. Both Kraus and Archer have three top 10s already this season. Kody Vanderwal is ninth in the standings with a pair of top-10 finishes.

Championship Pedigree: While no champion’s title run contained a win at Spokane during the 2011 and 2013 campaigns, two of the most accomplished drivers in K&N Pro Series West history earned wins in the only two races held at the half-mile track. Three-time series champion Eric Holmes won the inaugural K&N West race at Spokane in 2011, leading 95 of the 200 laps, while two-time champion Greg Pursley won the most recent event at the track in 2013.

Qualifying also provided a glimpse into the NASCAR future, with Dylan Kwasniewski — a future series champion and NASCAR XFINITY Series driver — won the pole for in 2011 and Cameron Hayley sitting on in 2013. Hayley spent three seasons in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and finished a career best of sixth in the final 2015 standings.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gilliland Doubles Up At Irwindale Event Center



IRWINDALE, Calif. (March 25, 2017) - It was a clean night at Irwindale Event Center. And that's just how Todd Gilliland wanted it.

Leading the field from pole, and hot off a win in the first NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100 feature, the 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, held off a hard-charging Chris Eggleston to win for the third time in 2017 and 10th time in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West career.

The victory, his second at Irwindale, also awards him a $10,000 prize for finishing in the top-three spots in the four-race NAPA 500 Challenge Series.

The NASCAR Next driver's win also marked Bill McAnally Racing's 14th victory at the California short-track.

With only one caution in the opening 92 laps, it looked as though it would come easy to the reigning K&N Pro Series West champion. However, a spin from Takuma Koga set up a mad dash to the checkered with four laps to go.

Eggleston, diving his No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota into Turn 1, grabbed the race lead for the first time of the night from Gilliland... for about 40 feet.

A swift over-under maneuver from Gilliland and his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota quickly gave him the lead back by the time they reached Turn 3.

Repeating the show with two laps to go, Eggleston was unable to make the move work for the win. A second-place finish marks the fourth straight top-five finish for the 28-year-old Erie, Colorado, native.

Michael Self, 26, from Park City, Utah, was the only other man to win anything Saturday at Irwindale, as he took the top spot in final practice in his No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford. In the race, Self grabbed a third-place finish followed by Derek Kraus and Will Rodgers, who earns a fourth straight top five, in fifth.

Julia Landauer finished sixth with Garrett Archer, who rebounded from a start-line violation, Nicole Behar, Blaine Perkins and Todd Souza completing the top 10.

The NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100s will air on NBCSN, Saturday, April 1 7p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action May 13 at Washington's Spokane County Raceway.

Contact:
Brooke Franceschini
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 631-6142
bfranceschini@nascar.com


NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100s - Race 2 Results
Saturday
At Irwindale (CA) Event Center
Irwindale
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Todd Gilliland, Sherrills Ford, N.C., Toyota, 100 laps, 80.754 mph.
2. (2) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 100.
3. (7) Michael Self, Park City, UT, Ford, 100.
4. (6) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 100.
5. (10) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 100.
6. (4) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Ford, 100.
7. (5) Garret Archer, Maple Valley, Wash, Ford, 100.
8. (13) Nicole Behar, Spokane, WA, Toyota, 100.
9. (12) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 100.
10. (11) Todd Souza, Watsonville, Calif., Toyota, 100.
11. (9) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 99.
12. (3) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 99.
13. (8) Johnny Borneman, Ramona, CA, Ford, 99.
14. (14) Brandon Schilling, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Ford, 98.
15. (16) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 98.
16. (15) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 98.
17. (18) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Toyota, 97.
18. (17) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 97.
19. (19) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 95.
20. (20) Dan Phillippi, Los Angeles, Calif., Ford, 94.
Race Statistics
Time of Race: 0 hours 37 minutes 9 seconds
Margin of Victory: .415 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T.Gilliland (99.701 mph, 18.054 seconds)
Caution Flags: 2 for 10 laps.
Lead Changes: 0 among 1 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Gilliland 1-100.
Standings: 1. C. Eggleston, 173; 2. W. Rodgers, 158; 3. N. Behar, 147; 4. D. Kraus, 146;
5. G. Archer, 145; 6. T. Gilliland, 143; 7. B. Perkins, 141; 8. J. Landauer, 136; 9. K.
Vanderwal, 130; 10. M. Levin, 127.

Gilliland Wins First NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100



IRWINDALE, Calif. (March 25, 2017) - Todd Gilliland had them covered in the NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100 at Irwindale Speedway.

Winning a third straight pole in his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, Gilliland swept the show with the race to win the first twin event of the night. The victory stands as the 16-year-old's ninth NASCAR K&N Pro Series career victory and the Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, native's second of 2017 and second at Irwindale overall.

Finishing 2.4 seconds in rears of the defending champion, Chris Eggleston put up a fight in his No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota. Taking the lead on Lap 50, Eggleston lost the top spot to Gilliland with 33 laps to go. Still, the Tucson winner grabbed his fourth straight top-five finish with a second-place finish.

Garrett Archer came home third while Nicole Behar, who started from the rear, rallied back to finish fourth. The 19-year-old was followed by Will Rodgers, Solvang, California, native earned a third straight top-five finish in fifth.

The 100-lapper wasn't as easy for some competitors, however. Derek Kraus, who finished second to teammate Gilliland last time out at California's Kern County Raceway Park, cut a tire and crashed on Lap 17. The 15-year-old, Wisconsin, native finished 18th, nine laps down.

Jesse Iwuji retired due to engine failure while a two-car crash on Lap 58 collected Dan O'Donnell and Stafford Smith. Rookie Kody Vanderwal also spun in Turn 2, suffering no damage.

Michael Self, who won practice, finished sixth with Blaine Perkins, Johnny Borneman III, Matt Levin and Julia Landauer completing the top 10.

The NAPA Twin 100 will air on NBCSN Saturday, April 1 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action March 25, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. PT for the NAPA Auto Parts T-100, the second feature event of the night at Irwindale Event Center.

Contact:
Brooke Franceschini
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 631-6142
bfranceschini@nascar.com

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100s Race 1 Results
Saturday
At Irwindale (CA) Event Center
Irwindale
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Todd Gilliland, Sherrills Ford, N.C., Toyota, 100 laps, 72.845 mph.
2. (2) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 100.
3. (5) Garret Archer, Maple Valley, Wash, Ford, 100.
4. (21) Nicole Behar, Spokane, WA, Toyota, 100.
5. (8) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 100.
6. (3) Michael Self, Park City, UT, Ford, 100.
7. (11) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 100.
8. (10) Johnny Borneman, Ramona, CA, Ford, 100.
9. (7) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 100.
10. (4) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Ford, 100.
11. (12) Todd Souza, Watsonville, Calif., Toyota, 99.
12. (9) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 99.
13. (14) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Toyota, 99.
14. (19) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 98.
15. (15) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 98.
16. (16) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 97.
17. (17) Dan Phillippi, Los Angeles, Calif., Ford, 94.
18. (6) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 91.
19. (18) Stafford Smith, Eagle, Idaho., Ford, 58, accident.
20. (13) Dan O'Donnell, Oak Hills, Calif., Ford, 57, accident.
21. (20) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 25, engine.
Race Statistics
Time of Race: 0 hours 41 minutes 11 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.398 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T.Gilliland (99.701 mph, 18.054 seconds)
Caution Flags: 3 for 20 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Gilliland 1-49; C. Eggleston 50-67; T. Gilliland 68-100.
Standings: 1. C. Eggleston, 131; 2. W. Rodgers, 119; 3. N. Behar, 111; 4. G. Archer, 108;
5. D. Kraus, 106; 6. B. Perkins, 106; 7. K. Vanderwal, 101; 8. J. Landauer, 98; 9. T.
Gilliland, 95; 10. M. Levin, 95.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Gilliland Goes Back-to-Back at Kern County



Bakersfield, Calif. (March 23, 2017) - It wasn't easy, but Thursday was Todd Gilliland's day at Kern County Raceway Park.

After winning the only practice of the day at the California track, the 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, piloted his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota to his eighth career 21 Means 21 Pole Award in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. He then backed it all up with the victory in the NAPA Auto Parts 150.

The win, his eighth in the series, keeps his chances alive to compete for a $10,000 prize in the NAPA 500 Challenge. He must finish in the top three in the next two races at California's Irwindale Event Center to win the bonus money.

Going into overtime after multiple late-race cautions, the 156-lapper came down to Billy McAnally Racing teammates Gilliland and Derek Kraus. Though 15-year-old Kraus made some gutsy moves to get his No. 19 Carlyle Tools Toyota alongside Gilliland in the closing stages, the Stratford, Wisconsin, driver came up short, finishing second in only his second K&N Pro Series West start.

Kraus was not the only one to contend with Gilliland, however, as Michael Self was the top driver for the first half of the race in his No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford. Leading 84 laps, the early pace soon atrophied for the 26-year-old from Park City, Utah, as he lost the lead to Gilliland on Lap 95 and fell outside the top three. Shortly after, the six-time K&N Pro Series West race winner battled with Chris Eggleston and Will Rodgers to come home in sixth.

The night went much worse for a few other series talents, as Brandon Schilling brought out two cautions throughout the night after losing his No. 30 Family Air/Tucson Speedway Ford in Turn 2. Julia Landauer, who qualified seventh, ran as high as second in her No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford. The run came to an end on Lap 97 when she crashed with Matt Levin, later ending her night in the 12th spot.

Rounding out the top-five behind Rodgers and Eggleston was 10-time series race winner, David Mayhew. He was followed by Nicole Behar, who rallied from the rear of the field after an unapproved adjustment, in seventh with Blaine Perkins, Kody Vanderwal and Todd Souza completing the top-10.

The NAPA 150 from Kern County Raceway Park will air on NBCSN Tuesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action Saturday at Irwindale Events Center for the NAPA Twin 100s.

Contact:
Brooke Franceschini
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 631-6142
bfranceschini@nascar.com


NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-NAPA Auto Parts "150" Results
Thursday
At Kern County Raceway Park
Bakersfield
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Todd Gilliland, Sherrills Ford, N.C., Toyota, 156 laps, 66.905 mph.
2. (6) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 156.
3. (3) Will Rodgers, Murrieta, Calif., Ford, 156.
4. (2) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 156.
5. (9) David Mayhew, Atascadero, CA, Chevrolet, 156.
6. (5) Michael Self, Park City, UT, Ford, 156.
7. (23) Nicole Behar, Spokane, WA, Toyota, 156.
8. (8) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 156.
9. (12) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 156.
10. (11) Todd Souza, Watsonville, Calif., Toyota, 156.
11. (13) Johnny Borneman, Ramona, CA, Ford, 156.
12. (7) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Ford, 155.
13. (16) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 155.
14. (14) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 155.
15. (4) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 154.
16. (20) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 154.
17. (19) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Toyota, 154.
18. (10) Garret Archer, Maple Valley, Wash, Ford, 154.
19. (21) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 153.
20. (17) Salvatore Iovino, Los Angeles, Calif., Chevrolet, 150.
21. (18) Dan Phillippi, Los Angeles, Calif., Ford, 145.
22. (15) Brandon Schilling, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Ford, 142, accident.
23. (22) Justin Funkhouser, Paradise, CA, Chevrolet, 73, overheating.
Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 9 minutes 57 seconds
Margin of Victory: .419 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T. Gilliland (98.847 mph, 18.21 seconds)
Caution Flags: 6 for 25 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Gilliland 1-10; M. Self 11-94; T. Gilliland 95-156.
Standings: 1. T. Gilliland, 90; 2. C. Eggleston, 88; 3. D. Kraus, 80; 4. W. Rodgers, 80;
5. N. Behar, 71; 6. K. Vanderwal, 71; 7. B. Perkins, 69; 8. G. Archer, 67; 9. J.
Landauer, 64; 10. M. Levin, 60.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Eggleston Victorious At Tucson Speedway



Tucson, Ariz. (March 18, 2017) - It was a back-and-forth battle all day, but Chris Eggleston came out on top at Tucson Speedway.

Leading 80 of 150 laps in the NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150, Eggleston beat pole-sitter and defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, Todd Gilliland, to the line to take his sixth career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory with his No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota.

The 27-year-old from Erie, Colorado native, said he stepped up his game for the second half of the event and is grateful to start the 2017 season off in Victory Lane after a doubtful off-season.

In a way, the same can be said for second-place finisher Gilliland. Leading the most laps of the night, the 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, and his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota held off the pack on numerous late restarts to bring it home in the runner-up position for the second straight year at Tucson. The result also continues a streak of nine consecutive top-10 finishes for the NASCAR Next driver.

One of the drivers Gilliland had to hold off was 20-year-old Garrett Archer. In only his second K&N West start, the Maple Valley, Washington, driver jumped his No. 27 Recruit 4 Business Ford to the outside lane on the final restart, advancing from sixth to second until Gilliland re-passed him for the spot. Still, a third-place result is a positive way to kick off the year, he says.

In what was a relatively clean night of racing, there were still a handful of single-car spins that halted the action. Salvatore Iovino, who spun in final practice earlier in the day, continued to struggle with the car's handling, losing his No. 38 Infinite Wireless Chevrolet on three occasions in the 150-lapper.

He was not the only one, as Riley Herbst and Rich DeLong III also lost their cars on each end of the track.

On the positive end, Zane Smith came home with a top-five finish in fourth followed by Will Rodgers in fifth, while Derek Kraus, Brandon Schilling, Kody Vanderwal and Nicole Behar rounded out top 10.

Eggleston's victory at Tucson, also put him in the position to win $100,000. As a part of the NAPA 500 Challenge, should a driver win all four races, they will take home the steep money bonus.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action for race two of the NAPA 500 Challenge Thursday, March 23 at California's Kern County Raceway Park.

Contact:
Brooke Franceschini
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 631-6142
bfranceschini@nascar.com


NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-NAPA "150" Results
Saturday
At Tucson Speedway
Tucson, Ariz.
Lap length: 0.375 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 150 laps, 54.938 mph.
2. (1) Todd Gilliland, Sherrils Ford, N.C., Toyota, 150.
3. (16) Garret Archer, Maple Valey, Wash, Ford, 150.
4. (4) Zane Smith, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford, 150.
5. (8) Will Rodgers, Murrieta, Calif., Ford, 150.
6. (3) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 150.
7. (14) Brandon Schilling, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Ford, 150.
8. (15) Kody Vanderwal, Ford, 150.
9. (6) Riley Herbst, Las Vegas, Nev., Toyota, 150.
10. (12) Nicole Behar, Spokane, WA, Toyota, 150.
11. (10) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 150.
12. (7) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Ford, 150.
13. (9) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 150.
14. (5) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 150.
15. (13) Trevor Cristiani, Ukiah, Calif., Chevrolet, 149.
16. (18) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 148.
17. (20) Dan Phillippi, Los Angeles, Calif., Ford, 148.
18. (19) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Toyota, 147.
19. (23) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 145.
20. (21) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 145.
21. (22) Salvatore Iovino, Los Angeles, Calif., Chevrolet, 138.
22. (11) Todd Souza, Watsonville, Calif., Toyota, 111.
23. (24) Bobby Hillis, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 15, brakes.
24. (17) Justin Funkhouser, Paradise, CA, Chevrolet, 1, brakes.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 1 minute 26 seconds
Margin of Victory: .684 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T.Gilliland (84.039 mph, 16.064 seconds)
Caution Flags: 6 for 28 laps.
Lead Changes: 5 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Gilliland 1-4; C. Eggleston 5-24; T. Gilliland 25-30; C. Eggleston 31; T.
Gilliland 32-91; C. Eggleston 92-150.
Standings: 1. C. Eggleston, 48; 2. T. Gilliland, 43; 3. G. Archer, 41; 4. Z. Smith, 40;
5. W. Rodgers, 39; 6. D. Kraus, 38; 7. B. Schilling, 37; 8. K. Vanderwal, 36; 9. R.
Herbst, 35; 10. N. Behar, 34.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West News & Notes: Tucson



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Third-generation racer Todd Gilliland leads another talented field in his quest to repeat as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion when the 2017 season takes the green flag in the NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150 at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway on Saturday, March 18. Gilliland, who won six races a year ago and finished in the top 10 in 13 of 14 starts, will try to become the first repeat K&N Pro Series West champion since Mike Duncan went back-to-back in 2004-2005.

Gilliland will have his work cut out for him. 2015 series champion and Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston is also back this year to pursue the title, as is Ryan Partridge for car owner Bob Bruncati. Partridge finished just 13 points behind Gilliland in the overall standings last season, one year after finishing 13 points behind Eggleston for the championship, and won the Tucson event last year from the pole. In each of the two previous seasons, Partridge held the points lead late in the season before being chased down.

And while those three drivers have combined to win 11 races over the last two seasons, they are hardly the only ones who have hopes of holding the title trophy following the season finale in November.

Julia Landauer, who was the highest finishing female driver in West history a year ago, has joined forces with Partridge in the Bruncati camp. Nicole Behar is back to full-time competition this year following a year spent racing select events elsewhere in 2016, and Derek Kraus will compete out of the BMR stable following an impressive third-place finish in his debut with the K&N Pro Series East at New Smyrna Speedway last month.

RACE: NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by Interstate Batteries
PLACE: Tucson Speedway, Tucson, Arizona
DATE: Saturday, March 18
TIME: 8:30 p.m. MT
AIRDATE: Friday, March 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT
TRACK LAYOUT: .375-mile asphalt oval
2016 WINNER: Ryan Partridge
2016 POLE WINNER: Ryan Partridge
EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday, March 18 – Garage opens: 11:30 a.m.; Practice: 3-3:45 p.m.; Final practice: 4:15-5 p.m.; Group qualifying: 5:30 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 6 p.m.; NAPA Auto Parts 150: 8:30 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Tim Rominger, (520) 248-0582, tim@tucsonspeedway.com
TWITTER: @TucsonSpeedway
EVENT HASHTAG: #NAPA150
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142), bfranceschini@nascar.com.
RACE CENTRAL LIVE: ENTRY LIST & EVENT SCHEDULE

FAST FACTS:
The Race: NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150 presented will be the first of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 20 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying process. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (56.25 miles) with a five-minute break occurring at or near the conclusion of lap 75.

NAPA 500 Challenge: The NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150 is the first race in a four-race “NAPA 500 Challenge Series.” With the K&N West competing in four events over an eight-day stretch to begin the season, NAPA is offering a $100,000 bonus to any driver to win all four races. $10,000 will be given to any driver who can finish in the top 3 in all four events; $5,000 to any driver finishing in the top 5 in all four; and $1,000 to a driver who finishes in the top 10 in all of them.

The Track: A semi-banked .375-mile asphalt oval, Tucson Speedway was known as Tucson Raceway Park until 1993 and was named Raven Speedway from 1968-93. The track was built in 1968 and originally has a clay surface. The track was closed in 2010 and was re-opened in 2013. Tucson re-joined the NACAR Whelen All-American Series in 2014.

Race Winners: There have been 13 different winners in the 14 previous K&N West races at Tucson. Ron Hornaday Jr., with two wins, is the only repeat winner at the track, while Ryan Partridge is the only active driver to have previously won there.

Pole Winners: In the 14 previous events, there have been 10 different pole winners. Butch Gilliland owns four poles at Tucson, including the inaugural pole for the K&N West in 1993, while Ron Hornaday Jr. won two poles at the track. No other driver has more than one pole at Tucson.

NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150 Notes:
Three-Car Team: Jefferson Pitts Racing will field three cars in the NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150 on Saturday, including a familiar face in a new seat. After running six races a year ago for car owner Dave Hanson, Will Rodgers will compete for the Rookie of the Year honors in the No. 7 for JPR. The former road racing specialist Rodgers, of Murrieta, California, finished seventh in two races at Utah Motorsports Campus last season. Vanessa Robinson, who competed at Tucson in the Whelen All-American Series the past two years and was the 2015 Arizona state Rookie of the Year with five top 10s in eight Super Late Model starts, will pilot the No. 55 for Jefferson Pitts. JPR also plans to field a Garrett Archer in the No. 27 this weekend.

Well Represented: Robinson is one of three women among the 26 drivers entered in the NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150. Nicole Behar returns to full-time K&N Pro Series West competition this season for her family-owned team out of Spokane, Washington, while New York state driver Julia Landauer is slated to drive the No. 6 for Bob Bruncati for the first time. Landauer finished fourth in the final series standings in 2016, making her the highest-finishing female driver in series history.

Experience On The Box: Steve Portenga is the owner and crew chief for second-year driver Blaine Perkins and the No. 21 Four Star Fruit Chevrolet. And while the driver is still searching for his first win this season, Portenga has plenty of experience getting cars to Victory Lane. Portenga has won eight races as a crew chief and has three times led his cars to the top five in the final K&N West standings. He won three races with David Mayhew as his driver in 2014 en route to a third-place finish in the standings, having won a total of five races with Michael Self behind the wheel the previous two seasons.

First Time: Former National Football League linebacker Shawne Merriman, who played with both the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills, will be a car owner for the first time this season. Merriman is the owner of the No. 36 that will be driven by Jesse Iwuji. Nicknamed “Lights Out” as a player, Merriman was a three-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection during his eight-year playing career.

Heading West: The first third of the K&N Pro Series West schedule coincides with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and its “NASCAR Goes West” swing, which continues through Phoenix and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Four of the top six drivers in the Cup Series standings have won K&N West races in their careers — Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney — while Kevin Harvick (who is eighth in the current standings) was the 1998 series champion. Both Blaney and Logano won their first career NASCAR races in K&N West competition.

New Rules: Two new race and qualifying procedures will make their K&N Pro Series West debuts at Tucson. Qualifying times will be recorded through the group qualifying process, with NASCAR determining the number of groups that will run in five-minute segments. Drivers may run as many laps as they wish during their five-minute session, with their fastest posted lap counting for their qualifying time. The green-white-checkered finish is gone this season, too, replaced by the overtime line currently used in NASCAR’s national series. Once the field reaches the designated overtime line on the track, the race will be deemed official in case of a late caution flag.

NASCAR Home Tracks: Tucson Speedway is home to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing for a fourth consecutive season, including Super Late Model, Late Model and Modified divisions. The Super Late Models will compete in Saturday’s program along with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Diverse Paths Lead Six Drivers To Top Honor



CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 10, 2016) – It was the fourth time Doug Coby took the stage to accept a NASCAR championship ring. As the elder statesman on the stage, the Milford, Connecticut, driver took a moment to reflect.

“It seems like just yesterday I was standing right here giving a speech for my first championship and now here I am for number four,” said 37-year-old from Milford, Connecticut. “But a lot has changed in the five years since my first championship, and in fact it has been a great five years for all of the series champions.”

Coby was one of six drivers on stage Saturday night at the Charlotte Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame who received their NASCAR championship rings and trophies, culminating a memorable and exciting 2016 season.

Todd Gilliland (NASCAR K&N Pro Series West) and Cayden Lapcevich (NASCAR Pinty’s Series) are the two youngest champions in the history of NASCAR’s touring or national series. Burt Myers (NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour) and Anthony Kumpen (NASCAR Whelen Euro Series) each collected their second NASCAR touring titles. And Justin Haley (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East) will look to follow in former teammate William Byron’s path of going from touring champion to being a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship contender.

Together, they represented six different paths – from around the world – taken to reach the North Carolina stage and accept one of the sport’s greatest honors. Family was a common theme throughout the nights.

“Winning a championship is a hard and long battle and you need a family that supports you,” said Kumpen, who also won the Whelen Euro title in 2014. The 38-years-old from Hasselt, Belgium, won a series-high five races, and he clinched his championship in front of his home crowd at Circuit Zolder and in front of his racing idol, Jeff Gordon.

A 16-years-old from Grimsby, Ontario, Lapcevich won the first three races of his career and was the only driver to finish in the top 10 in ever NASCAR Pinty’s Series race this season.

“Originally we weren’t supposed to run a whole year,” said Lapcevich. “Just me and my dad and a couple crew members. Our thinking was, ‘Let’s try and play this out.’ There’s so much great talent in Canada. When you’re up against the best, it really teaches you to dig deep and bring your best. After that, every weekend I wanted to race for the championship. So thankful I can live out my dream racing every week.”

Gilliland, the 16-years-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, joined his grandfather Butch as a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion. His six victories matched the mark as the most in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West since Jimmy Insolo won nine in 1978.

And Burt Myers continued his family’s long history of success at North Carolina’s historic Bowman Gray Stadium with an eighth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship. The 40-year-old from Walnut Cove, North Carolina, led the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour points the entire season en route to his second championship.

Coby became the first driver in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s modern era to win three straight titles, and he became just the fifth driver in NASCAR’s oldest division to win four or more titles. On the other end of the spectrum, Haley, a 17-years-old from Winamac, Indiana, broke through with his first championship season. He won twice to became the fourth consecutive driver for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title. He’s also became the eighth straight teenager to win the K&N Pro Series East crown.

“Tonight is a celebration of remarkable achievements, and magical moments that occurred during the 2016 season but just as importantly, it’s also about the future of our sport,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series. “Daniel Suarez crossed this stage a few short years ago. Today, he’s the NASCAR XFINITY Series champion. He’s a hero in his home country and a great ambassador of the sport. But Dani is not an anomaly. These series routinely feature men and women, from many diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, who are not just competing but competing for wins.”

The championship car owners and crew chiefs were also recognized Saturday night.

There were plenty of other trophies handed out, too.

In addition to the championship awards, each series rookie of the year was honored. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award winners were Gilliland in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and Hunter Baize in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Matt Swanson in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Kyle Bonsignore in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Lapcevich earned the Josten's Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Pinty's Series, and Alon Day was awarded the Junior "Jerome Sarran" Trophy by the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series as the series' top young driver.

The Most Popular Driver Awards for each series were also presented during the ceremony. The seven drivers honored with the award, which was voted on by the fans through NASCAR.com, were Austin Theriault (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East), Salvatore Iovino (NASCAR K&N Pro Series West), Melissa Fifield (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), Trey Hutchens (NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour), Jason Hathaway (NASCAR Pinty’s Series), and Day.

The top-10 drivers and car owners from each of NASCAR's touring series also were recognized during the gala.

The awards ceremony was streamed live online at NASCARHomeTracks.com – the official online home of NASCAR’s touring series – in English, French and Spanish.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Gilliland Wraps Up Historic Season



ROSEVILLE, Calif. - Todd Gilliland started the season with a historic winning streak. Wrapping it up Saturday night, an eighth-place finish was more than enough for the teenager to add to the record books.

The 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, clinched the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship with his 13th top 10 in 14 races. Ryan Partridge outlasted defending series champion Chris Eggleston and NASCAR Next driver Julia Landauer in a green-white-checkered finish to the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by TriCo Welding Supplies at All American Speedway.

Partridge's third win of the season in the No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford wasn't enough to catch Gilliland, who won the crown by 13 points over the veteran driver from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

In the process, Gilliland became the youngest champion in the history of the NASCAR national or touring series at 16 years, 5 months.

Gilliland breaks the record set last month when Cayden Lapcevich won the NASCAR Pinty's Series championship in Canada at 16 years, 10 months, 16 days. They both eclipsed the previous mark by 2015 Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano (Logano was 17 years, 3 months, 28 days when he won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title in 2007).

It was just the latest NASCAR historic mark Gilliland matched or eclipsed in his first full season.

Gilliland’s six victories matched the win total posted by Greg Pursley (2011), Brendan Gaughan (2001) and Doug George (1995) as the most in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West since Jimmy Insolo won nine in 1978.

Gilliland joins Scott Lynch (2003) and Lance Hooper (1996) as the only drivers to win both the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title and the championship in the same year.

The NASCAR Next driver’s championship title also marks the second consecutive title for owner, Bill McAnally. It's also Bill McAnally Racing’s seventh NASCAR K&N Pro West championship, as Gilliland joined Eric Holmes (2 titles), Brendan Gaughan (2), Sean Woodside (1) and Eggleston (1) as NASCAR K&N Pro West champions for BMR.

Gilliland lost the championship points lead to Partridge halfway through the season after being caught up in a first-lap wreck at Sonoma Raceway and finishing 24th. But he reeled off three straight wins to take the top spot back and he never relinquished it down the stretch.

Partridge was fastest in both practices Saturday morning at All American, and started on the front row after rain washed out qualifying. He dominated the evening's race, which was delayed several hours because of the weather.

Noah Gragson finished fourth and Nicole Behar fifth.

Cole Rouse, Cole Moore, Gilliland, Blaine Perkins and Dan Phillippi completed the top 10.

Gilliland opened the season with a win at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. His seven total wins surpasses the mark set by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano (2007) and Dylan Kwasniewski (2014) of six NASCAR K&N Pro Series wins in a season since the East and West went to a unified rulebook in 2003. Gilliland started his winning ways in the 2015 K&N Pro Series West finale at Phoenix International Raceway, and in winning his first four career NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts, he matched the record set by International Motorsports Hall of Famer Dan Gurney. Gurney won the first four NASCAR Pacific Coast Late Model Series races he entered. The Pacific Coast Late Model, which began in 1954, has evolved into the current NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

And Gilliland joined his grandfather as a NASCAR champion. Butch Gilliland won the 1997 West crown, while Todd's father David had his best series points finish of third in 2009.

Gilliland, Partridge and other top performers from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be honored on Saturday, Dec. 10 in Charlotte for the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards celebration. The event will be held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame at the Charlotte Convention Center for the seventh consecutive year.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gilliland Clinches Sunoco Rookie Title



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Todd Gilliland proved he was the driver to beat this season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, and he's already started collecting the trophies.

In addition to his series-high six wins, the 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, has already clinched the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award with a race remaining.

The Bill McAnally Racing driver becomes the 45th Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and joins his father David Gilliland, who won the award in 2004, on the prestigious list of winners. With the finale at California’s All American Speedway quickly approaching, Gilliland will look to join Lance Hooper (1996) and Scott Lynch (2003) on the list of drivers to win both the championship and rookie honors in the same year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

“We didn’t have too high of expectations at the start of the year,” Gilliland said. “My team and I just wanted to win one to three races. To have the season I’ve had so far is mind-blowing and to have locked the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title up with one race left in the season is crazy.”

The 2016 season has seen 29 talented rookie drivers vying for top honors in the K&N Pro West, including Gilliland’s Bill McAnally Racing teammates Julia Landauer and Riley Herbst. Heading into the season finale at All American Speedway in Roseville, California, on Oct. 15, Gilliland leads Landauer 119-100, while Herbst is third with 95 points. The highest finishing rookie in a race receives 10 points, second receives nine, third gets eight and so on.

“There was a lot of great rookie talent in the series this year,” Gilliland said. “It was fun racing against such strong competitors this year, especially my BMR teammates.”

Gilliland carried over his momentum from winning his series debut at the 2015 finale at Arizona’s Phoenix International Raceway and then winning in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opener in February at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway.

He won the first two West races of the year to equal Dan Gurney’s 50-year record as the only driver to win his first four K&N Pro starts.

The victories didn’t stop there, as the NASCAR Next driver has picked up six wins, 11 top fives and 12 top 10s in 13 starts.

While excited and honored to win the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year trophy, Gilliland still has a lot of work ahead.

“We still have one more race,” the current championship points leader said. “Winning this title gives me some more confidence headed into the finale. But we can still lose the championship, so I have to keep my head down and keep doing what we’ve been doing all year.”

Gilliland will be formally recognized as the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Gilliland Wins Big At Meridian Speedway



MERIDIAN, Idaho – Todd Gilliland capitalized on a mistake made by Ryan Partridge late in the NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 to take home his sixth NASCAR K&N Pro Series West trophy of the year.

Gilliland, 16, a Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, native started the race fifth and picked his way through the field to move into second behind Partridge, who had led a total of 121 laps before being overtaken by the NASCAR Next driver.

Partridge, 28, from Rancho Cucamonga, California, held off a charging Gilliland until late in the race when the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender slipped past him for the lead with 73 laps remaining. This started the back and forth lead change between the two championship contenders for the duration of the 208-lap event.

With five laps remaining at Meridian (Idaho) Speedway, a multi-car wreck occurred to force the field to a stop on a red flag. When the race resumed ten laps later, it was for a green-white-checkered attempt. Gilliland and Partridge were battling side-by-side, when Partridge made a costly mistake that caused him to spin and Gilliland cruised to his sixth Victory Lane celebration of the year.

The rookie will head into the season finale with a 25-point lead over Partridge (558-533).

Gilliland’s fellow Bill McAnally Racing teammate and NASCAR Next classmate, Julia Landauer, finished second to tie the record for the highest finishing female in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West as well as earn her best career finish.

NASCAR Next alumna Nicole Behar finished third, while Cole Rouse and Gracin Raz rounded out the top five.

Noah Gragson, Stafford Smith, Rich DeLong III, Chris Eggleston and Blaine Perkins completed the top 10.

The NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 will air on NBCSN, Friday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. MT.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action on Saturday, October 15 for the season finale at California’s All American Speedway.

Contact:
Brooke Franceschini
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 631-6142
bfranceschini@nascar.com

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-NAPA Auto Parts / Idaho "208" Results
Saturday
At Meridian Speedway
Meridian, Idaho
Lap length: 0.25 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (5) Todd Gilliland, Sherrils Ford, N.C., Toyota, 216 laps, 36.756 mph.
2. (8) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Toyota, 216.
3. (9) Nicole Behar, Spokane, WA, Toyota, 216.
4. (6) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Ford, 216.
5. (7) Gracin Raz, Lake Oswego, Ore., Ford, 216.
6. (4) Noah Gragson, Las Vegas, NV, Ford, 216.
7. (18) Stafford Smith, Eagle, Idaho., Toyota, 216.
8. (14) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 216.
9. (2) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 216.
10. (10) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 216.
11. (1) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 216.
12. (11) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Ford, 216.
13. (12) Colton Nelson, Meridian, Idaho, Ford, 215.
14. (15) Sting Ray Robb, Payette, Idaho, Chevrolet, 215.
15. (16) Larry Hull, Boise, Idaho, Ford, 215.
16. (13) Hannah Newhouse, Twin Falls, Idaho, Ford, 214.
17. (17) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Chevrolet, 212.
18. (19) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 210.
19. (3) Riley Herbst, Las Vegas, Nev., Toyota, 209.
20. (21) Dan Phillippi, Los Angeles, Calif., Toyota, 198, oil leak.
21. (20) Salvatore Iovino, Los Angeles, Calif., Toyota, 188, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 28 minutes 9 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.00 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: R.Partridge (69.003 mph, 13.043 seconds)
Caution Flags: 13 for 92 laps.
Lead Changes: 5 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: R. Partridge 1-60; C. Eggleston 61-72; R. Partridge 73-134; T. Gilliland 135-163; R. Partridge 164-214; T. Gilliland 215-216.
Standings: 1. T. Gilliland, 558; 2. R. Partridge, 533; 3. N. Gragson, 512; 4. G. Raz, 498; 5. J. Landauer, 487; 6. R. Herbst, 478; 7. C. Eggleston, 475; 8. C. Rouse, 471; 9. B. Perkins, 440; 10. J. Iwuji, 376.