Sunday, March 19, 2017

Eggleston Has $100,000 In His Sights with His #NASCAR #KNWest Win

Eggleston Has $100,000 In His Sights with His #NASCAR #KNWest Win

#KN West Series Opener Introduced the Exciting New NAPA 500 Challenge

Veteran Driver Edges BMR Teammate For The Victory

Eggleston Has $100,000 In His Sights with His #NASCAR #KNWest Win

NAPA AUTO PARTS  sponsored the biggest kickoff in the history of the series – featuring four races in eight days and more than $400,000 in posted awards, plus giant bonuses that include $100,000 to any driver who can win all four events. The NAPA 500 Challenge will present 500 laps of competition at three tracks. 

Eggleston Has $100,000 In His Sights with His #NASCAR #KNWest Win

“We look forward to a tremendous week of competition as NAPA AUTO PARTS sponsors the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in its launch of the 2017 season,” said Bill McAnally, president of Bill McAnally Racing Promotions. “These three tracks – Tucson Speedway, Kern County Raceway Park, and Irwindale Speedway – have come together with NASCAR to provide a great package of four events in eight days.

2015 Series Champion Chris Eggleston's victory at the Tucson Speedway, puts him in position to win $100,000 in the NAPA 500 Challenge.

“Everybody on this NAPA Filters Toyota did a heck of a job,” Eggleston detailed. “With the guys missing their flight Friday, due to weather, everybody rebounded so nicely. We had a well-balanced race car yesterday in testing. We fine-tuned on it. And even though we were good in practice, we just kept trying to find speed.”

“I wouldn’t say we had the fastest car that first segment,” Eggleston said of the first half of the race. “Todd had us covered. Our crew made the right adjustments at the midway break and this NAPA Filters Toyota was digging. The last few restarts had me on my toes, I was nervous restarting on the top lane, but it was rolling really good. Overall, it was a great night for this Bill McAnally Racing organization.”

In addition to the $100,000 bonus, other big awards are also at stake as part of the NAPA 500 Challenge. A $10,000 award is available to drivers who finish in the top three positions in all four races.

Drivers who finish in the top five spots in all four events could take home a $5,000 award.

And a $1,000 award is available to drivers who finish in the top 10 positions in all four races.

Eggleston Has $100,000 In His Sights with His #NASCAR #KNWest Win

Standings after Race One of Four in the NAPA 500 Challenge

$100,000 Bonus

  1. Chris Eggleston

$10,000 Award

  1. Chris Eggleston
  2. Todd Gilliland

$5,000 award

  1. Chris Eggleston
  2. Todd Gilliland
  3. Will Rodgers

$1,000 award

  1. Chris Eggleston
  2. Todd Gilliland
  3. Will Rodgers
  4. Derek Kraus
  5. Riley Herbst
  6. Nicole Behar

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

Eggleston Has $100,000 In His Sights with His #NASCAR #KNWest Win

The next event on the K&N Pro Series West schedule will be the NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 at Kern County Raceway Park near Bakersfield, California on Thursday, March 23, followed by twin NAPA 100s in a doubleheader at Irwindale Speedway on Saturday, March 25.


Fastest Qualifier: Todd Gilliland, Time: 16.064 Seconds, Speed: 84.039 mph

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 1 mins, 26 secs Average Speed: 54.938 mph Margin of Victory: .684 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 19-22 (Car 36 Spun Turn 1); 26-29 (38 Spun Turn 3 & 4); 76-78 (Halfway Break); 81-87 (Car 84 Spun Turn 4); 121-126 (54 Spun Turn 3 &4); 131-134 (38 Spun Turn 1 & 2). 6 for 28 laps.

Lap Leaders: Todd Gilliland 1-4, Chris Eggleston 5-24, Todd Gilliland 25-30, Chris Eggleston 31, Todd Gilliland 32-91, Chris Eggleston 92-150.

Total Laps Led: Chris Eggleston 80, Todd Gilliland 70. 5 changes involving 2 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points:
  1. Chris Eggleston 48
  2. Todd Gilliland 43
  3. Garret Archer * 41
  4. Zane Smith * 40
  5. Will Rodgers * 39
  6. Derek Kraus * 38
  7. Brandon Schilling * 37
  8. Kody Vanderwal * 36
  9. Riley Herbst 35
  10. Nicole Behar 34

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