Todd Gilliland Prevails For K&N Pro Series Win At Iowa

Todd Gilliland celebrates in victory lane after winning Friday night’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at Iowa Speedway. Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images for NASCAR

Todd Gilliland only had one true challenge. And even that went away quickly.

The 17 year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, had a dominant run in Friday’s Casey’s General Stores 150 at Iowa Speedway, leading all but the first two laps of the 150-lap race.

It was his second consecutive win in the event, an annual combination race with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West. The NASCAR Next driver has seven wins between the two series this season.

The victory allowed Gilliland to pad his K&N Pro Series West lead while closing the gap on Harrison Burton in the East.

“This was a big win for us,” Gilliland said.

Gilliland, driving the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, was fast all day — he had the best lap in the first practice session, and was second-fastest in the second run.

Gilliland, though, started fourth after qualifying, but took the lead from polesitter and Bill McAnally Racing teammate Derek Kraus on the third lap and never lost it other than a brief moment to Ben Kennedy late in the race.

Kennedy, 25, from Daytona Beach, Florida, provided the biggest threat, actually getting around Gilliland with 34 laps left, but Gilliland was able to get the lead back before the start-finish line.

Gilliland then survived two caution flags, pulling away on the final restart.

“Those late-race restarts are always nerve-wracking,” Gilliland said.

Kennedy had mechanical issues after a red flag was thrown with 10 laps left to set the lineup during the final caution. He couldn’t get the car refired, and once he got going was moved to the end of the lead-lap cars for not maintaining pace.

Chase Purdy, who started 11th, roared to a second place finish. Chris Eggleston, who started on the outside of the front row, finished third.

“He was obviously the class of the field,” said Eggleston of Gilliland, his teammate at Bill McAnally Racing.

“Everybody was chasing him,” Purdy said.

It was the fourth consecutive win at Iowa Speedway for Bill McAnally Racing.

Burton finished fourth, while Chase Cabre was fifth.

Michael Self, Kennedy, Will Rodgers, Ronnie Bassett and Jesse Little rounded out the top 10.

With his win, Gilliland now holds an 18 point lead over Eggleston in the K&N Pro Series West standings and trails Burton by only six points in the K&N Pro Series East.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will compete next weekend in the Finger Lakes Wine Country 100 at Watkins Glen International, while the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to action in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Evergreen Speedway at Monroe, Washington, Saturday, Aug. 12.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West
Iowa Speedway – Newton, Iowa
Casey’s General Stores 150 – July 28, 2017

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 4 16 Todd Gilliland NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 150 48 5 Running
2 11 17 Chase Purdy * Bama Buggies/Textron Off Road Toyota 150 42 Running
3 2 99 Chris Eggleston NAPA Filters Toyota 150 41 Running
4 9 12 Harrison Burton DEX Imaging Toyota 150 40 Running
5 8 4 Chase Cabre * Max Siegel Inc. Toyota 150 39 Running
6 14 9 Micahel Self Sinclair Lubricants/Sunrise Ford 150 38 Running
7 5 1 Ben Kennedy Menards Toyota 150 38 1 Running
8 18 27 Will Rodgers * Solvang Brewing Company Ford 150 36 Running
9 12 04 Ronnie Bassett Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet 150 35 Running
10 10 01 Jesse Little Yazaki/Toyota College Toyota 150 34 Running
11 1 19 Derek Kraus * Central Iowa Architectural/Carlyle Tools Toyota 150 34 1 Running
12 3 6 Ruben Garcia, Jr UTI/NTI Toyota 150 32 Running
13 7 30 Tyler Dippel Tycar Ford 150 31 Running
14 6 2 Collin Cabre UTI/NTI Toyota 150 30 Running
15 20 66 Reid Wilson * Tru North Warranty Chevrolet 150 29 Running
16 21 42 Jay Beasley Castle Power Toyota 150 28 Running
17 29 22 Julia Landauer Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Braille Batteries Ford 149 27 Running
18 23 3 Todd Souza Central Coast Racing Toyota 149 26 Running
19 25 10 Matt Levin Port of Tucson Chevrolet 149 25 Running
20 13 44 Dillon Bassett Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet 149 24 Running
21 24 21 Blaine Perkins Four Star Fruit Chevrolet 149 23 Running
22 16 13 Jeff Green Reynolds Wrap Toyota 149 22 Running
23 27 40 Ron Norman Port of Tucson Chevrolet 148 21 Running
24 31 39 Stafford Smith Stoney’s Rockin’ Country/Wahl Traction/JFW Apparel 148 20 Running
25 22 51 Brandon Oakley * Oakley Blacktop Ford 148 19 Running
26 19 41 Vinnie Miller * Master Manufacturing, Inc. Toyota 148 18 Running
27 17 33 Nicole Behar * Custom Welding & Fabrication, Inc. Toyota 147 17 Running
28 34 18 Bill Kann Kevin Grover Buick GMC Chevrolet 146 16 Running
29 30 11 Takuma Koga UBC/CKB/JKR Chevrolet 144 15 Running
30 15 14 Trey Hutchens, III E3 Spark Plugs Chevrolet 140 14 Mechanical
31 32 36 Jesse Iwuji The Red List Group/Lights Out Chevrolet 133 13 Running
32 33 38 John Wood The Patriot Motorsports Group Chevrolet 131 12 Running
33 28 34 Bryant Barnhill * Barnhill Realty Ford 107 11 Fuel Pump
34 26 32 Kody Vanderwal * Trident/Biltrite Signs/General Air Ford 69 10 Overheating

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Derek Kraus *, Time: 24.532 Seconds, Speed: 128.404 mph

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 27 mins, 40 secs Average Speed: 89.829 mph Margin of Victory: 2.174 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 7-10 (#32, #33 Sprin Turn 3 – FP # 36); 45-49 (Debris Turn 2 – FP # 10); 76-79 (Break – FP # 21); 128-133 (Debris Turn 3 – FP # 30); 137-142 (Multiple Cars Turn 1 Sin & Continue – FP # 42).  5 for 25 laps.

Lap Leaders: Derek Kraus * 1-2, Todd Gilliland 3-115, Ben Kennedy 116, Todd Gilliland 117-150.

Total Laps Led: Todd Gilliland 147, Derek Kraus * 2, Ben Kennedy 1.  3 changes involving 3 drivers.

* – Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

 

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