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Gilliland Wins Second Straight Pole At Kern

Zach Catanzareti, NASCARHomeTracks.com

Bakerfield, Calif. - 2017 just keeps getting better for Todd Gilliland.

After leading the lone practice session, Gilliland backed the result up with the pole position during group qualifying at Kern County Raceway Park.

With an 18.210-second lap, the reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion scorched the field by beating second-place Chris Eggleston by 0.215 seconds.

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Gilliland Leads Field at Kern County

Zach Catanzareti, NASCARHomeTracks.com

Bakersfield, Calif. - It may be early, but the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season has been strong for Todd Gilliland.

Less than a week after winning the pole and finishing second at the season-opener at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway, the reigning West champion and track winner led the way in the lone practice session at California's Kern County Raceway Park on Thursday.

The No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota sped around the half-mile in 18.508 seconds [97.255 mph], beating second-place Matt Levin by only 0.018 seconds.

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K&N West Stat Advance: Kern & Irwindale

Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will hold three races in three days with the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, on Thursday, March 23, and the NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100s at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California, on Saturday, March 25. Below is a look at the three events and some of the selected participants.

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K&N West News & Notes: Kern & Irwindale

Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Just five days after kicking off the 2017 season at Tucson Speedway, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West teams will be put to the test with three races in a three-day span to close out the NAPA 500 Challenge series.

The series heads to Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, for the NAPA Auto Parts 150 on Thursday, March 23, before rolling to Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California, for the NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100s on Saturday, March 25. The Twin 100s will stand as two separate points-paying events.

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Eggleston Victorious At Tucson Speedway

Zach Catanzareti, NASCARHomeTracks.com

Tucson, Ariz. - 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.

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Qualifying: Gilliland Wins Pole At Tucson

Zach Catanzareti, NASCARHomeTracks.com

Tucson, Ariz - Todd Gilliland wins the pole for Saturday's NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Tucson Speedway.

The pole is the seventh of his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West career and first at Tucson.

However, judging from practice speeds, you can call this a surprise result.

Sweeping both practice sessions, Chris Eggleston was out-paced by the reigning West Series champion, who turned the quickest time of the day at 16.064 seconds [84.039 mph]. Eggleston could only manage a 16.136, which lines him up second for the race.

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PRACTICE: Eggleston Paces Tucson Practice

Zach Catanzareti, NASCARHomeTracks.com

Tucson, Ariz. - Chris Eggleston set the pace for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Tucson Speedway, as he led the way in both practice sessions.

Setting a 16.157-second time in the second session, the 28-year-old Eggleston edged reigning West Series champion Todd Gilliland by 0.075 seconds. Eggleston, who hit 83.555 mph, improved by 0.252 seconds from the first session.

Derek Kraus turned the third quickest time at a 16.317 while Riley Herbst and Zane Smith, who is filling in for 2016 Tucson winner Ryan Partridge, in the fifth spot.

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K&N Pro Series West Stat Advance: Tucson

Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West begins with the NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150 at Arizona's Tucson Speedway on Saturday, March 18. Below is a look at the NAPA Auto Parts 150 and some of the selected participants.

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K&N Pro West News & Notes: Tucson

Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

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. > More

Rodgers Joins Jefferson Pitts Racing

Official Release

Naches, Wash. - Will Rodgers, sponsored in part by his own start-up company Craft Beer Racing, has signed with Jefferson Pitts Racing to pilot the No. 7 car for the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season. Rodgers, the 2016 dark horse K&N West racer, has teamed up with the team prime for a championship in 2017.

Having never raced stock cars before 2016, The twenty-two-year-old made his stock car racing debut qualifying 9th place at Sonoma last year. He proceeded to earn four top ten finishes in his first six races.

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