Sunday, May 8, 2016

Partridge Cruises To Victory Lane (#nascar)

Earns Second K&N Pro West Win At Tucson Speedway

Ryan Partridge celebrates his first win of the season in the NAPA Auto Parts
Wildcat 150 at Tucson Speedway. (Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Ryan Partridge put an end to Todd Gilliland’s three race win streak in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Saturday night at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway.

The 27-year-old from Rancho Cucamonga, California, held off a charging Gilliland on the Green-White-Checkered attempt to cruise to his second series victory after leading 127 laps.

In a similar fashion to his first career win at Colorado National Speedway last season, Partridge earned the Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day before celebrating in the winner’s circle that night.

Gilliland, who leads the K&N Pro Series West standings as well as the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points, settled for second. The 17-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, headed into Tucson on a three race win streak after collecting victories at last year’s season finale at Arizona’s Phoenix International Raceway, California’s Irwindale Speedway in this year’s season opener and most recently, at California’s Kern County Raceway Park.

Chris Eggleston, Gilliland’s Bill McAnally Racing teammate, finished third followed by Partridge’s Sunrise Ford Racing teammate Cole Rouse and Julia Landauer.

Matt Levin, Riley Herbst, Blaine Perkins, last year’s race winner Noah Gragson and Ron Norman completed the top 10. The race was slowed twice by cautions, including the halfway break.

Gilliland maintains a four point lead over Ryan Partridge. While Chris Eggleston, Cole Rouse and Riley Herbst round out the top five in points.

The NAPA Auto Parts WildCat 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action May 21 with the Sunrise Ford 150 at California’s Orange Show Speedway. press release

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