Sunday, August 27, 2017

Todd Gilliland Edges Chris Eggleston For Roseburg Win

Gilliland Edges Eggleston For Roseburg Win

Scores K&N Pro West Victory With Late Pass On BMR Teammate

Todd Gilliland edged his Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston to win the Clint Newell Toyota 150 Presented by NAPA AUTO PARTS at Douglas County Speedway on Saturday.

Todd Gilliland edged his Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston to win the Clint Newell Toyota 150 Presented by NAPA AUTO PARTS - #NASCAR #KNWest

The pair waged a fierce side-by-side battle around the tight 3/8-mile track, thrilling fans that packed the fairgrounds venue in Roseburg, Oregon for the annual NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event.

Gilliland, the defending series champion, pulled ahead coming to the checkered flag in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry – to capture his sixth victory of the season and his 13th career series win. He and Eggleston, the 2015 series champion who drives the No. 99 NAPA Belts & Hoses / NAPA Filters Toyota Camry, have won 10 of the 11 series races so far this season.

Their teammate Derek Kraus finished third in the No. 19 Carlyle Tools / NAPA Belts & Hoses Toyota Camry, to give BMR its third 1-2-3 finish of the season.

“That was tough racing right there with Chris Eggleston,” said Gilliland, a 17-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina. “We both had pretty evenly matched cars tonight. It showed when we could race side by side for a really long time.

“It was pretty nerve wracking, but we’re out here for the win and the 16 team got it tonight,” he said. “I want to thank NAPA, Toyota TRD, Frontline Enterprises, and everyone who gets us to the race track.”

Gilliland, who started third on the grid, acknowledged how tough it was to run so many laps side by side.

“It’s really flat,” he said. “The second groove usually doesn’t come in too much. Tonight, we were stuck on the bottom a lot. You just have to be really patient and stay really calm when you’re side by side like that for so many laps.”

Chris Eggleston won his fourth pole of the year in qualifying. #NASCAR #KNWest

Eggleston, who won his fourth pole of the year in qualifying, talked about the battle in which the pair traded the lead back-and-forth nine times.

“It seemed like we got off to a really good start and had a very, very well balanced race car there at the beginning,” said the series veteran from Erie, Colorado. “Even though the 16 and 19 fell way back, I felt we did a good job of conserving our tires, getting only quarter-throttle down the straight away.

“The 16 was probably a little better than us midway through the race,” Eggleston said. “He kind of used us up quite a bit here and there. We did everything we could to keep our composure and keep pace with him. He made a few mistakes in lapped traffic and we were able to get back by him. He used us up, again, and we were able to get back by him cleanly. And he used us up, again.

“I hope the fans liked it, because that was really exciting,” Eggleston said. “I wish we had been on the other side of the fence, obviously – sitting in the winner’s circle. But it was a good 1-2-3 finish for BMR.”

In last year’s Roseburg race, Gilliland and Eggleston tangled while racing for the lead and were knocked out of contention for the win.

Gilliland, a NASCAR Next driver, extended his lead in the championship standings to five points over Eggleston. Gilliland has six wins, eight top-five, and 10 top-10 finishes in 11 starts this season.

Eggleston has four wins, 10 top-five, and 11 top-10 finishes.

Kraus – a 15-year-old from Stratford, Wisconsin – leads the rookie points and is third in the overall standings. He has six top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

Saturday’s win by Gilliland marked the eighth win by BMR in the past 11 series races at the Roseburg track.

The event had a variety of special activities with sponsors, including a Fan Appreciation Gala on Friday evening. Activities on Saturday featured a big Toyota Let’s Go Places VIP Hospitality Corral and a VIP pit tour.

The race, which was the 14th series event at Douglas County Speedway, is scheduled to be televised on NBCSN on Sept. 2 at 5:30 p.m. PT.

Todd Gilliland Edges Chris Eggleston For Roseburg Win - #NASCAR #KNWest

Three races remain on this year’s series schedule, with the next stop being at Idaho’s Meridian Speedway on Sept. 30.

Clint Newell Toyota 150
Race Results 

Fin Str Car Driver Laps
1 3 16 Todd Gilliland 150
2 1 99 Chris Eggleston 150
3 2 19 Derek Kraus * 150
4 5 7 Will Rodgers * 150
5 6 6 Julia Landauer 150
6 9 27 Buddy Shepherd * 150
7 7 9 Michael Self 150
8 13 13 Todd Souza 149
9 10 90 Trevor Cristiani * 149
10 12 10 Matt Levin 149
11 15 11 Takuma Koga 148
12 8 33 Nicole Behar 148
13 19 36 Jesse Iwuji 148
14 17 30 Stafford Smith 147
15 14 32 Kody Vanderwal * 147
16 18 39 Dan Phillippi * 144
17 11 21 Blaine Perkins 143
18 4 40 Ron Norman 120
19 16 14 Andrew Engberson * 114
20 20 38 John Wood 100
21 21 42 Zachary St. Onge 46

* Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender


Fastest Qualifier: Chris Eggleston, 
  • Time: 15.069 Seconds, 
  • Speed: 89.588 mph

Time of Race: 0 hrs., 49 mins, 55 secs
Average Speed: 67.613 mph
Margin of Victory: .155 Seconds

Caution Flags: 
  • Laps 34-42 (14 Spin T4 FP32); 
  • Laps 44-49 (42 Stalled Frontstretch FP30); 
  • Laps 62-66 (40 Spun Backstretch FP36); 
  • Laps 68-71 (21 Spun Frontstretch No FP). 
  • 4 for 24 laps.

Lap Leaders: 
  • Chris Eggleston 1-72, 
  • Todd Gilliland 73-75, 
  • Chris Eggleston 76-78, 
  • Todd Gilliland 79-81, 
  • Chris Eggleston 82, 
  • Todd Gilliland 83-131, 
  • ChrisEggleston 132-135, 
  • Todd Gilliland 136-138, 
  • Chris Eggleston 139-148, 
  • Todd Gilliland 149-150.

Total Laps Led: 
  • Chris Eggleston 90
  • Todd Gilliland 60
  • 9 changes involving 2 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: 
  1. Todd Gilliland 481
  2. Chris Eggleston 476
  3. Derek Kraus * 406
  4. Will Rodgers * 404
  5. Michael Self 387
  6. Todd Souza 364
  7. Julia Landauer 361
  8. Matt Levin 354
  9. Nicole Behar 348
  10. Kody Vanderwal * 341

Next Race: Meridian, Idaho

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