Will Gilliland Remain On Top Or
Will Partridge Retake The Championship Lead
|Todd Gilliland lead 116 laps to record the overall win at Iowa
in the combination race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series
(Jonathan Moore/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Todd Gilliland's win at Iowa Speedway, his fourth NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory of the season, allowed him to retake the championship lead from Ryan Partridge as the series heads to the Pacific Northwest this weekend. The win also tied Todd for the #KNWest record of four wins by a rookie in a season, which was set by Lance Hooper in 1996.
It is a pretty sure bet that the youngster will break Hopper's twenty-year-old record before the season's end.
Last race, the 16-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Sherrill's Ford, North Carolina, took the green flag from the second starting position behind NASCAR Next alumnus Kyle Benjamin and swapped the lead with him twice before taking the point from Benjamin heading into the halfway break.
Once the contest restarted, Benjamin grabbed the lead once again on lap eighty-one, but was quickly tracked down by Gilliland two laps later. Then the #16 of Gilliland sped away from Benjamin and the rest of the field. He led the final sixty-eight laps of the race.
After finishing twenty-fourth at Sonoma, Gilliland has picked up two straight wins to erase Partridge's lead. However, only three slim points separate the two.
Partridge finished second to David Mayhew at Evergreen last year. Noah Gragson and defending series champion Chris Eggleston are twenty-four and twenty-five points back, respectively, and both scored top fives in last season's visit to Washington.
The NAPA Auto Parts 150 this Saturday will be the series' 52nd race at Evergreen Speedway, the only NASCAR sanctioned track in the state of Washington. Greg Pursley holds the qualifying record in his Gene Price Ford at 22.831 seconds at 101.862 mph on July 10, 2011.
Evergreen Speedway is a located within the confines of the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington. The stadium can accommodate up to 7500 spectators in the covered grandstand and an additional 5000 in the uncovered modular grandstands.
The layout of the track is unique in that it incorporates a 5/8-mile paved outer oval, a 3/8-mile paved inner oval, a 1/5-mile paved inner oval, a 1/8-mile dragstrip, and a nationally renowned figure-eight track, a 1/5-mile oval and a 3/4-mile road course.
Evergreen Speedway was tabbed the “Super Speedway of the West” by David Pearson on one of his visits to the historic NASCAR track. Evergreen played host to many NASCAR 500 lap events before California and Nevada built their super speedways. Today Evergreen Speedway is home to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, the K&N Pro Series West as well Formula Drift.
SHAPE: Semi-banked oval
LENGTH: .375 Miles & .646 Miles
14405 179th Avenue
Southeast Build 300
Monroe, WA, 98272
- #NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Evergreen Speedway
- Lupton Earns First Career Win
- Thorn Sets Pace Heading Into Second Half Of Season