Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jimmie Johnson - #NASCAR Driver

Jimmie Johnson - #NASCAR Driver

All About My Hometown Driver #Chasing8

Jimmie Johnson is one of the most accomplished professional athletes of his era. The only race car driver in history to be named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year, he is a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, sharing the all-time record with stock car racing icons Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

Johnson’s appeal goes well beyond the racetrack. He was the first athlete ever to co-host ESPN’s flagship news show, “SportsCenter,” and has been a guest on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The Late, Late Show with James Corden,” “LIVE with Kelly,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and “Ellen.” He has appeared as himself numerous times in scripted series, including on Nickelodeon’s animated “Bubble Guppies.” An avid triathlete, Johnson has participated in NBC’s coverage of both the Olympics and Tour de France. In print, he has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated (twice), Men’s Fitness, Parade and TV Guide, among others.



In 2006, Johnson and wife Chandra launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, which is dedicated to helping children, families and communities in need. It focuses on funding K-12 public education, primarily through the Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions Grant program. Grants have been awarded to 94 school projects located in California, Oklahoma and North Carolina, where the Johnsons grew up and currently reside. Grant projects include science and technology, health and fitness programs, trade-based programs, school improvements, language and literary programs, and the arts. The foundation raises funds through an annual golf tournament in San Diego and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Wellness Challenge, a series of events held around Charlotte, North Carolina. To date, more than $8.8 million has been contributed to various organizations.

With the support of his family, Johnson’s racing career started on 50cc motorcycles at age five. Father Gary worked for a tire company while mother Cathy drove a school bus. With Jimmie and younger brothers Jarit and Jessie in tow, the family spent most weekends camping and doing what they loved – racing up and down the West Coast.

Growing up in El Cajon, California, just outside San Diego, Johnson was a motorcycle prodigy. At just 8 years old, he won the 60cc class local track championship despite blowing out his knee with several races remaining and finishing the season in a cast. From motorcycles, Johnson graduated to the Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group Stadium Racing Series, where he had even more success.

A 1993 meeting arranged by Johnson’s mentor, supercross champion Rick Johnson (no relation), proved fortuitous. While racing at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Rick Johnson introduced him to Herb Fishel, the executive director of General Motors Racing. The protégé lived up to his billing, impressing Fishel with driving ability and business acumen. Fishel kept his eye on Johnson that year and later helped him land with an off-road racing team.

Johnson seized the opportunity, spending the next few years driving buggies and trucks in off-road stadium and desert races. He also improved his ability to connect with fans and potential sponsors by reporting for ESPN in the Short Course Off-Road Drivers Association Series (SODA). In 1995, the work paid off in another way as Johnson met future car owners Stan and Randy Herzog while working in the series.

In 1996, Johnson began driving the Herzog brothers’ off-road truck. After two years, he was ready for the next opportunity and crafted a proposal for Fishel, who gave the owners and their ambitious driver a shot. In 1998, Johnson climbed behind the wheel of an American Speed Association (ASA) car for his first taste of pavement racing. His ASA victories opened the door for his move to NASCAR.

Johnson had success in the competitive XFINITY Series, running a full schedule for the Herzog family from 1998-2001. He racked up 24 top-10 finishes and his first career NASCAR win (Chicagoland Speedway) in 2001. But midway through the season he received news that his sponsor would not return and the team would potentially fold. Concerned for his future, Johnson boldly introduced himself to legendary NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon. The conversation would change his life.


Gordon explained Hendrick Motorsports was starting a fourth team, and Johnson was who they wanted to drive. In the following weeks, he had a meeting with NASCAR Hall of Fame team owner Rick Hendrick, Gordon and potential sponsor Lowe’s Home Improvement. He signed with Hendrick Motorsports in September 2000 and began his NASCAR Cup Series career with a three-race schedule in 2001.

In the first race of his 2002 rookie season, Johnson, then 25, won the pole position for NASCAR’s premier event, the Daytona 500. As the full-time driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, he won his first Cup race in his home state of California in just his 13th start. Led by crew chief Chad Knaus, he finished his banner rookie season with three victories, four pole positions and an impressive fifth-place finish in the championship standings.

From 2002-2005, Johnson recorded a series-best 45 wins and an average result of 3.5 in the season-ending standings. In 2003 and 2004, he finished second in the title hunt.

Johnson opened 2006 with a dominating win in the Daytona 500 and didn’t look back. The season brought great success as he won five races, including the Brickyard 400 at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After knocking on the door for four years, Johnson broke through to win his first NASCAR Cup Series championship and the sixth overall for Hendrick Motorsports.


What followed was one of the greatest championship runs in sports history. Johnson dominated the NASCAR circuit, winning five consecutive titles from 2006-10 and becoming the only NASCAR driver to win more than three titles in a row. He is the youngest driver ever to win five championships and accomplished the feat in fewer races (327) than anyone in history.

The 2013 season featured a sixth title run for Johnson, who opened the year with his second career Daytona 500 win. The victory marked the first for a new Chevrolet SS race car and kicked off a season in which Johnson scored six wins and led the standings for 28 of 36 weeks, including the final five.

The 2014 season proved to be a challenge. NASCAR made changes to its playoff format and the team was eliminated from contention after the second round. It was the first time Johnson finished outside the top 10 in the final standings. Despite the disappointing finish and the 11th place in the standings, the No. 48 team recorded four wins including its first win at Michigan International Speedway in 23 attempts. The team rounded out the season with 11 top-five finishes and 20 top-10s.

In 2015, Johnson and the No. 48 team compiled five wins, 14 top-five finishes and 22 top-10s. During NASCAR’s playoffs Johnson suffered a part failure at Dover International Speedway, locking him out of the final two rounds and ending his season in 10th place. That did not sit well with the six-time champions, so the No. 48 team set the bar high for 2016.

The 2016 season was one for the record books. When Johnson won the second race of the year at Atlanta Motor Speedway, he tied Earnhardt for seventh on the all-time wins list. Three races later, he won in California for his 77th career win, and, after a 24-race winless streak, he claimed victories at Charlotte Motor Speedway and then Martinsville Speedway. With the win at Martinsville in the third round, Johnson secured his spot in the finals at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In dramatic fashion, he started last and finished first, winning for the first time at Homestead-Miami and scoring his seventh championship – matching the record held by legends Petty and Earnhardt.

Now in his 16th full season with both crew chief Knaus and full-season primary sponsor Lowe’s Home Improvement, Johnson finds himself seventh on NASCAR’s all-time wins list. He is the all-time winningest Cup driver at California Speedway (six wins), Charlotte Motor Speedway (eight wins), Dover International Speedway (10 wins), Kansas Speedway (three wins, tied with Gordon), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (four wins) and Texas Motor Speedway (six wins). Johnson is the only driver to have qualified for the championship-deciding NASCAR Cup Series playoffs every year since its inception in 2004 and has averaged more than five wins per season throughout his career.

Johnson married Chandra Janway in 2004 and is father to daughters Genevieve and Lydia. Away from the track, he focuses on his rigorous and well-documented fitness regimen. An avid cyclist, runner and swimmer, Johnson has competed in numerous half marathons and triathlons, including a Half Iron Man where he placed 15th overall. He is also an avid snow skier and enjoys spending time in Colorado and New York City.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Service King 300 with New #NASCAR Fans

The Service King 300 with New #NASCAR Fans

Auto Club Speedway’s Two-mile D-shaped Oval
Provides Plenty of Excitement for NASCAR Rookies


The Service King 300 with New #NASCAR Fans


If you know NASCAR Race Mom (NRM), you know that I am a NASCAR Fanatic. Therefore it is hard for me to believe that there are actually Americans out there who do not know about the sport. Saturday, NASCAR Race Mom was privileged for the opportunity to introduce two friends to the joys of NASCAR.

First off, NRM has to tip her hat to the track itself. Auto Club Speedway made obtaining a VIP RV parking spot effortless. Just fill out a form and send it in. You are rewarded with a spot that is easy to maneuver into and offered plenty of room for tailgating luxury. (Thanks Dylan and Jack).



The Service King 300 with New #NASCAR Fans

Additionally, the security personal were all well-trained and extremely polite. A young lady a few row away from us locked her keys in her car. Track AAA personal were there to successfully assist her almost immediately.

After a quick moment for refreshment and relaxation, our group of four headed to the Xfinity garages. As Paul and I conducted our private tour, we explained to Eric and Michelle that not everyone is able to enter the garages. 

The Service King 300 with New #NASCAR Fans

The Service King 300 with New #NASCAR Fans


I was surprised how interested Eric and Michelle were with the ‘behind the scenes’ look despite the fact that the cars were already lined up on the starting grid. We arrive a tad too late to hear revving engines, see hoods raised, and/or watch NASCAR drivers and teams strategize for their upcoming event. (Note to self: Next time come a bit earlier) 


NASCAR Race Mom with #NASCAR Driver Joey Gase


Paul enlightened about all the impressive equipment and about the procedures the teams have to complete before the race. We also got an ‘up and close’ look at the NASCAR templates. I was even fortunate to run into driver Joey Gase and snap a fan photo with him.

Our seats were right before the start finish line under the shade roof. Eric and Michelle were overwhelmed by the noise of the cars, especially on the restarts. Luckily a set of two dollar earplugs soothed that discomfort. 


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We noticed that Auto Club replace seats with tables; giving the fans an appreciated free seating upgrade. We relished the spaciousness and the tables were very convenient for your drinks and snacks. (Not sure if declining attendance was the motivation for this renovation)

From the drop of the green flag, Paul and I were busy explaining what was happening on the track and during pit stops. We groaned together as the #22 of Joey Logano fell off the jack, and again relegated him to the back of the pack.

There were so many of NASCAR nuances to explain including why the front runners were so much
New NASCAR Fans - Eric & Michellefaster than the field, speeding penalties, pitting off sequence, stage points, making your car ‘wide’ . . . Before we knew it the race was stopped by caution with a mere ten laps to go. The perfect ending to a perfect NASCAR day.

The back and forth racing between race winner Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch presented plenty of battling excitement. There were also a few crashes and spins to spice up the one hundred and fifty (150) laps.

Our only disappointment was Larsen’s lack of a victory burnout. NASCAR Race Mom was at the 2014 Fontana Xfinity race when Larsen recorded his first win; the burnout, while holding his steering wheel out the window, was phenomenal. I am sorry that Eric and Michelle missed that victory celebration. Nevertheless, the Auto Club Speedway and the Service King 300 was thoroughly entertaining.

NASCAR Race Mom is of the belief that our Saturday adventure was a huge success as evidenced by a Monday morning communication. “Kyle won again in the big series.” our friends reported enthusiastically. Yup needs a bit more work, but we gave birth to two new NASCAR Fans.


Photos by NASCAR Race Mom

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Monday, March 27, 2017

A Dominant Todd Gilliland Sweeps Doubleheader

A Dominant Todd Gilliland Sweeps Doubleheader

This Hot Shoe Can Boast of Ten Wins in Nineteen K&N Pro Series West Starts

 

Todd Gilliland wins both NAPA Auto Part Twin 100s #NASCAR
Todd Gilliland wins both NAPA Auto Part Twin 100s
(Jonathan Moore/NASCAR via Getty Images)


The Twin NAPA 100s marked the final two of four races in eight days that comprised the ‘NAPA 500 Challenge.’ It was all Todd Gilliland  this weekend. If you have not heard of this newest Gilliland, you are missing out on some great NASCAR Racing – the K&N Pro Series

The 2017 season has been tremendous for the Sherrills Ford, North Carolina native. Todd is the son of NASCAR Driver David Gilliland  who won eleven races at Irwindale Speedway and grandson to former NASCAR Winston Cup Series and Craftsman Truck Series driver from California Butch Gilliland.

Gilliland led a total of 82 laps en route to his third K&N Pro Series West victory of the season. #NASCAR
Gilliland led a total of 82 laps en route to his third K&N Pro Series West
victory of the season.  (Jonathan Moore/NASCAR via Getty Images)


Todd recorded a second-place finish in the K&N Pro Series West season opener at the Tucson Speedway. He then progressed to win the ‘NAPA Auto Parts 150’ at the Kern County Raceway Park, and the NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100 and ‘NAPA Auto Parts T-100’ at the Irwindale Speedway. Amazingly all three wins came from pole.



“The first race, we led a lot of it,” Todd Gilliland detailed of his Irwindale Speedway win. “We knew what we needed to change and my crew chief, Chris Lawson, really stepped up the game the second race and that NAPA Toyota was lightning fast. We were able to lead every lap and get the “W” there.”

BMR Teammate Chris Eggleston won the season opener. He was able to mount a fierce challenge late in the second race with his No. 99 NAPA Filters / H20 Fire Protection Toyota Camry, but Gilliland battled back to lead all 100 laps of that event.

“The last couple of laps I gave it all I could,” Eggleston said. “I came up little short.” Eggleston had tried to dive low, but could not keep ground.

“That’s what you have to do if you’re on the bottom here,” Gilliland said of the move by his teammate. “That’s how you get the lead. He did that and luckily I was able to cross him over there and get back to the lead, and then he did it again. It was fun. That’s the kind of great racing this track produces.

With top-three finishes in all four races of the NAPA 500 Challenge, 2016 Series Champion Gilliland netted a $10,000 bonus. Eggleston – the 2015 series champion from Erie, Colorado – was one of two drivers who each won a $5,000 bonus for finishing in the top five in all four races.

NAPA 500 Challenge Awards

$100,000 Bonus Un-Awarded

$10,000 Award

Top Three Positions in All Four Races - Todd Gilliland

$5,000 award

Top Five Spots in All Four Races
  1. Chris Eggleston
  2. Will Rodgers

$1,000 award

Top 10 Positions in All Four Races
  1. Nicole Behar

The twin NAPA 100s will be televised on NBCSN on April 1 at 4 p.m. PT. The next event on the K&N Pro Series West schedule will be the NAPA 150 at Spokane County Raceway in Washington on May 13.

Race #1 Results

  1. (1) Todd Gilliland, Sherrills Ford, N.C., Toyota, 100 laps.
  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

Fastest Qualifier: Todd Gilliland, Time: 18.054 Seconds

Speed: 99.701 mph

Time of Race: 0 hrs., 41 mins, 11 secs

Average Speed: 72.845 mph

Margin of Victory: 2.398 Seconds

Caution Flags:
  1. 18-21 (19 Spun Turn 2, Free Pass 14)
  2. 50-56 (32 Spun Turn 2, Free Pass 91)
  3. 58-66 (91 & 30 Accident Back St., Free Pass 18)
3 for 20 laps

Lap Leaders:
  1. Todd Gilliland 1-49
  2. Chris Eggleston 50-67
  3. Todd Gilliland 68-100

Total Laps Led:
  1. Todd Gilliland 82
  2. Chris Eggleston 18
2 changes involving 2 drivers

Race #2 Results

  1. (1) Todd Gilliland, Sherrills Ford, N.C., Toyota, 100 laps.
  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

Fastest Qualifier: Todd Gilliland, Time: 18.054 Seconds

Speed: 99.701 mph

Time of Race: 0 hrs., 37 mins, 9 secs

Average Speed: 80.754 mph

Margin of Victory: .415 Seconds

Caution Flags:
  1. 44-49 (Debris - Free Pass 61)
  2. 93-96 (11 Spun Turn 1, Free Pass 13)
2 for 10 laps

Lap Leaders: Todd Gilliland 1-100

Total Laps Led: Todd Gilliland 100. 0 changes involving 1 drivers


Top 10 Driver Points:
  1. Todd Gilliland 186
  2. Chris Eggleston 173
  3. Will Rodgers * 158
  4. Nicole Behar 147
  5. Derek Kraus * 146
  6. Garret Archer * 145
  7. Blaine Perkins 141
  8. Julia Landauer 136
  9. Kody Vanderwal * 130
  10. Matt Levin 127

* - Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Xfinity Schedule for the Service King 300

Xfinity Schedule for the Service King 300

An Owl Halted Practice At The Auto Club Speedway



Saturday, March 25


6:00 AM
Parking Lots Open

8:00 AM
O'Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone Gates Open

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
MENCS Practice

9:30 AM
NXS Qualifying (Two rounds)

9:30 AM
Los Babosas Performance on Fan Zone Main Stage

9:30 AM
Mariachi Los Reyes Performance on Viva La Fiesta Stage

11:00 AM
Karen Waldrup Performance on Fan Zone Main Stage

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
MENCS Practice

12:30 PM
NXS Driver Introductions

1:00 PM
Service King 300 Race (150 laps, 300 miles)

4:00 PM
Los Lobos Post-Race Concert (Immediately following the NXS 300) 





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Friday, March 24, 2017

The K&N Pro Series West 'NAPA 500 Challenge" Produces Two Different Winners

The K&N Pro Series West 'NAPA 500 Challenge" Produces Two Different Winners

Todd Gilliland's Win takes the $100,000 Bonus Money Off Table

 

The K&N West 'NAPA 500 Challenge" Produces Two Different Winners


With the running of the ‘NAPA Auto Parts 150,’ the ‘NAPA 500 Challenge’ is half complete. The second of four races in the challenge was held last night at the Kern County Raceway Park


The K&N West 'NAPA 500 Challenge" Produces Two Different Winners

The race, which included a six-lap overtime, showcased the talent of the sixteen-year-old rising star from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina. Todd Gilliland, piloted his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota to his eighth career ‘21 Means 21 Pole Award’ and then lead seventy-two laps as he captured his eighth series victory.


 

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Todd Gilliland, Time: 18.21 Seconds, Speed: 98.847 mph

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 9 mins, 57 secs

Average Speed: 66.905 mph Margin of Victory: .419 Seconds

Caution Flags: 6 for 25 laps
  1. 28-32 (38 Spun Turn 2, 18 Free Pass)
  2. 62-65 (30 Spun Turn 1&2, Free Pass 38)
  3. 76-79 (Halfway Break, Free Pass 30)
  4. 97-100 (6 & 10 Spun Turn 2, No Free Pass)
  5. 145-147 (30 Spun Back, Free Pass 13)
  6. 149-153 (38 & 14 Made Contact T2, Free Pass 61)

Lap Leaders:
  1. Todd Gilliland 1-10
  2. Michael Self 11-94
  3. Todd Gilliland 95-156

Total Laps Led: 2 changes involving 2 drivers
  1. Michael Self 84
  2. Todd Gilliland 72 

Top 10 Driver Points:
  1. Todd Gilliland 90
  2. Chris Eggleston 88
  3. Derek Kraus * 80
  4. Will Rodgers * 80
  5. Nicole Behar 71
  6. Kody Vanderwal * 71
  7. Blaine Perkins 69
  8. Garret Archer * 67
  9. Julia Landauer 64
  10. Matt Levin 60
* - Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

Next Race: 03/25/2017


NAPA 500 Challenge Standings
after Race Two of Four

$100,000 Bonus

Win All Four Races
No Longer Available

$10,000 Award

Top Three Positions in All Four Races
  1. Todd Gilliland

$5,000 award

Top Five Spots in All Four Races
  1. Chris Eggleston
  2. Todd Gilliland
  3. Will Rodgers

$1,000 award

Top 10 Positions in All Four Races
  1. Chris Eggleston
  2. Todd Gilliland
  3. Will Rodgers
  4. Derek Kraus
  5. Nicole Behar

Drivers were required to pre-register by March 1 to be eligible for the special awards.

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 for the NAPA Twin 100s.


 

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

#NASCAR K&N Pro Series Racing at Kern Today

#NASCAR K&N Pro Series Racing at Kern Today

BMR Teammates Chris Eggleston and Todd Gilliland Are the Drivers to Watch

 

#NASCAR K&N Pro Series Racing at Kern Today


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.

Today, the series will compete at the Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, for the ‘NAPA Auto Parts 150.’

The maximum starting field is twenty-six (26) cars, including provisionals. The first twenty-two (22) cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying process. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

The NAPA Auto Parts 150 will be 150 laps (75 miles) with a five-minute break occurring at or near the conclusion of lap seventy-five.

The two most recent champions in the K&N Pro Series West, Bill McAnally Racing teammates Chris Eggleston and Todd Gilliland, were the class of the field in the season-opening event at Tucson Speedway. 




Eggleston was fastest in practice, Gilliland won the pole and the two drivers started on the front row, led all the laps and were running first and second at the checkered flag. Teammate Derek Kraus finished sixth. As they head into the three events this week, history is also on their side. Of all active drivers in the series, only Eggleston (Kern) and Gilliland (Kern, Irwindale) have wins at either of the two tracks.

Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota)

Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota)
  • Has six career K&N West wins with 20 top fives and 23 top 10s in 32 career starts.
  • Was the 2015 series champion as a rookie for Bill McAnally Racing.
  • Won the season opener at Tucson after leading a race-high 80 laps.
  • Has finished fifth in each of his two career starts at Kern, where he’s never started worse than third.
  • Has one career win at Irwindale in two starts, having finished third at the track last year.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
  • Won six of 14 races last season with 11 top fives and 13 top 10s en route to the K&N West championship, becoming the youngest champion in NASCAR touring series history at 16 years, five months, and joined his grandfather Butch Gilliland as a K&N West champion (1997).
  • Finished second in the season opener at Tucson.
  • Won the pole and the race last season in his only career start at Kern.
  • Also won the pole and the race last season in his only career start at Irwindale.
  • Plans to run both the K&N West and K&N East schedules in 2017.

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NAPA Auto Parts 150

  • PLACE: Kern County Raceway Park, Bakersfield, California
  • DATE: Thursday, March 23
  • TIME: 7:45 p.m. PT/10:45 p.m. ET
  • AIRDATE: Tuesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
  • TRACK LAYOUT: .500-mile banked asphalt oval
  • 2016 WINNER: Todd Gilliland
  • 2016 POLE WINNER: Todd Gilliland

EVENT SCHEDULE

  • Thursday, March 23
  • Garage opens: 11 a.m.
  • Practice: 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Group qualifying: 4 p.m.
  • Driver autograph session: 6:15 p.m.
  • NAPA Auto Parts 150: 7:45 p.m.

Click Here for Entry List


The series will move on to the Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California, for the NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100s on Saturday, March 25.

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Jeffrey Earnhardt Welcomes K1 Speed Karting Partnership

Jeffrey Earnhardt Welcomes K1 Speed Karting Partnership

UPDATE – Two Sponsors Added

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K1 Speed to be Primary for the #33 Chevrolet for Auto Club Speedway

K1 Speed Karting will be joining Jeffrey Earnhardt for this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

Founded in 2003, K1 Speed is the Premier Karting Company in America. Offering highly-advanced and environmentally-friendly electric karts as well as large indoor entertainment venues that feature authentic racing memorabilia, pit cafes, meeting rooms and pool tables, K1 Speed is a great place to visit with family and friends or to host a corporate event or party.




“We are very excited to be working with Jeffrey again at Auto Club Speedway. Southern California is where K1 Speed was established and it’s where the company’s national headquarters is located. So, this weekend is a home track race for all of us. Working with Jeffrey, Mr. Falk, and the entire race team has been an absolute pleasure, and we look forward to seeing the No. 33 Chevrolet take to the track on Sunday,” said Randall Hoppe, Advertising and Band Marketing Manager at K1 Speed.

Jeffrey Earnhardt is the grandson of Seven-Time NASCAR Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt and nephew of this generation’s most popular driver, Dale Jr. He began his race career piloting a silver 4 cylinder Yugo on the dirt tracks of Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia.

Jeffrey Earnhardt Welcomes K1 Speed Karting Partnership #nascar
“I’m looking forward to this Sunday’s Auto Club 400, especially after last week’s unfortunate mechanical failure, Jeffrey reported. We’re so glad to have K1 Speed sponsoring us at Fontana. I love racing karts and always have a good time when I get to do it at K1 Speed.”

This weekend will be Earnhardt’s second start at Auto Club Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. His first was in 2016 with Go Fas Racing. He started thirty-ninth (39) and finished thirty-fourth (34).


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Auto Club 400 (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #5 of 36)

  • Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017 in Fontana, CA
  • TRACK: Auto Club Speedway
  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:50pm/et

Track Specifications:

  • Track/Race Length: 2.0 mile D-shaped oval, 200 laps, 400 miles
  • Superspeedway: 2.0-mile oval 75 feet wide with a 15 foot apron
  • Banking: turns: 14°; front stretch 11°; backstretch 3°
  • Front Stretch: 3,100feet
  • Back Stretch: 2,500feet
  • Pit Road: 2,200 feet long with 44 individual pit stalls
  • Pit Road Speed: 55mph
  • Pace Car Speed: 60mph
  • Approx: 1,800 Infield RV spaces
  • Grandstand seating capacity: 68,000 [was 81,000 & 92,000]
  • Opened: 1997


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