Gilliland Leads Flag-to-Flag For K&N West Win At Spokane

Todd Gilliland led all 150 laps en route to his 11th career K&N West Series victory Saturday night at Spokane County Raceway. Photo by Lindsey Wasson/NASCAR via Getty Images

The rain may have tried, but Todd Gilliland owned the night Saturday at Washington’s Spokane County Raceway.

Starting from pole for the sixth consecutive week, Gilliland went on to lead every one of 150 laps to score his 11th career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory as well as his fourth consecutive win.

It was the second straight race the 16-year-old from Ford Sherrills, North Carolina, has led flag-to-flag after a dominating performance last time out at California’s Irwindale Event Center.

His Bill McAnally Racing teammate Derek Kraus was his closest competitor of the night, having multiple runs at the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota after the first half of the 150-lap feature. Despite the potential, the 15-year-old Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate came home second, tying his best career finish in the series.

Though it didn’t affect Gilliland, the weather had quite the impact on the day’s on-track events. Delaying the start of the race by nearly two hours, the race did not go green until the cars turned 102 laps behind the pace truck as a last ditch effort to dry the racing surface.

Stopping for fuel before the green, it was the Gilliland show from there on.

Behind the reigning champion, however, was some close competition and tough breaks for his competitors. A crash on lap 14 with Blaine Perkins and Rich DeLong III brought out the race’s first of two red flag periods. The second was due to a puddle of water dropped by one of the safety trucks during the cleanup.

Following the lengthy rain delay, the race didn’t see the checkered flag until well after midnight on the West Coast.

Chris Eggleston came home third with Michael Self and Nicole Behar, who each battled close for those positions, rounding out the top five.

Matt Levin tied his career-best K&N Pro Series West effort in sixth, with Garret Archer, Owen Riddle, Julia Landauer and Braeden Havens completing the top 10.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action Saturday, May 20 at California’s Orange Show Speedway with the Orange Show 150.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
Spokane County Raceway – Spokane, WA
Race Results – May 13, 2017

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 1 16 Todd Gilliland NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 150 48 5 Running
2 2 19 Derek Kraus * Carlyle Tools Toyota 150 42 Running
3 3 99 Chris Eggleston NAPA Filters Toyota 150 41 Running
4 7 27 Garret Archer * Dirt Fish Ford 150 40 Running
5 6 9 Michael Self Lucas Oil/Eibach/Sunrise Ford Ford 150 39 Running
6 8 33 Nicole Behar Custom Welding & Fabrication/A Pro Auto Body 150 38 Running
7 4 6 Julia Landauer Lucas Oil/Eibach/Sunrise Ford Ford 150 37 Running
8 9 55 Owen Riddle * Don Riddle Excavating Ford 150 36 Running
9 12 61 Braeden Havens Western Rail, Inc. & RTTI Ford 149 35 Running
10 13 32 Kody Vanderwal * Trident Processes/ Billtrite Sign/Becker Safety Ford 149 34 Running
11 10 10 Matt Levin Risk Management Chevrolet 149 33 Running
12 14 13 Todd Souza Central Coast Racing Toyota 149 32 Running
13 16 14 Andrew Engberson * The Patriot Motorsports Group Ford 148 31 Running
14 17 11 Takuma Koga ASHxTHEES CKB-JKR Chevrolet 145 30 Running
15 22 36 Jesse Iwuji Champion Parts/Lights Out/ Bullet Proof Energy 144 29 Running
16 21 30 Stafford Smith * Kart Idaho/Famous Idaho Potatoes/Red List Gr. Ford 143 28 Running
17 20 39 Andrew Tuttle * Derek Cate Music/Mirage Trailers/Price Enterprise 140 27 Running
18 15 21 Blaine Perkins Four Star Fruit Chevrolet 139 26 Running
19 11 7 Will Rodgers * Solvang Brewing Company Ford 139 25 Running
20 5 40 Ron Norman Port of Tucson Chevrolet 123 24 Running
21 18 38 Salvatore Iovino * Salvatore Iovino Chevrolet 73 23 Accident
22 19 84 Rich DeLong III Country Girl Saloon/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet 10 22 Accident

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Todd Gilliland, Time: 18.481 Seconds, Speed: 97.397 mph

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 8 mins, 41 secs Average Speed: 65.518 mph Margin of Victory: 2.360 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 12-33 (21, 84, 36 & 38 Acc T4 – Free Pass 39); 68-74 (38 Spun Back Straight – Free Pass 14); 81-87 (Break – Free Pass 7).  3 for 36 laps.

Lap Leaders: Todd Gilliland 1-150.

Total Laps Led: Todd Gilliland 150.  0 changes involving 1 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Chris Eggleston 214, Todd Gilliland 191, Derek Kraus * 188, Garret Archer * 185, Nicole Behar 185, Will Rodgers * 183, Julia Landauer 173, Blaine Perkins 167, Kody Vanderwal * 164, Matt Levin 160

* Denotes a Sunoco Rookie Driver

 

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