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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Todd Gilliland will try to make it 3-for-3 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Saturday at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts WildCat 150.
The 15-year-old kicked off his rookie campaign with back-to-back wins at California’s Irwindale Speedway and Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, and sit at the top of the series standings with 95 points.
Gilliland's run for history ended at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway when he finished ninth. He entered the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race attempting to set the record with five consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series victories to start his career.
A win out West won’t come easy to Gilliland as Jefferson Pitts Racing will look to capitalize on their success at the .375-mile oval last season and collect their first win of the season. Last year, Noah Gragson earned his first career series victory in a wild green-white checkered finish with Gracin Raz finishing second.
Ryan Partridge, who sits nine points behind Gilliland in the standings for second, could also be a threat to the Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader. Partridge, who has a pair of runner-up finishes this year, was fourth at the Arizona oval last season.
|RACE:||NAPA Auto Parts Wildcat 150|
|DATE:||Saturday, May 7|
|TIME:||8:30 p.m. PT|
|TV SCHEDULE||NBCSN, Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m. ET|
|TRACK LAYOUT:||.375-mile paved oval|
|2015 WINNER:||Noah Gragson|
|2015 POLE SITTER:||Ron Norman|
|EVENT SCHEDULE:||Garage opens: 10 a.m.; Practice: 1-1:45 p.m.; Final Practice: 2:15-2:55 p.m.; Driver/Crew Chief Meeting: 4:45 p.m.; Qualifying: 5:30 p.m.; Driver Autograph Session: 6:15 p.m.; Driver Introductions: 8 p.m.; NAPA Auto Parts Wildcat 150: 8:30 p.m.|
|TRACK CONTACT:||Tim Rominger, (520) 248-0582, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|NASCAR IMC CONTACT:||Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142, email@example.com|
The Race: The NAPA Auto Parts WildCat 150 is the third race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season. It is the third of 11 oval track events and 14 races overall on the schedule. This is the series’ second visit to the track since March 10, 2001.
The Procedure: The starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 20 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials will the remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps covering 56.25 miles.
The Track: 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.
The Records: The one-lap qualifying record was set by Ron Norman on May 2, 2015 at 15.794 seconds (85.475 mph). The 150 lap race record was established by Noah Gragson at 1 hour and 5 seconds (58.419 mph) on May 2, 2015.