Gilliland Notches Fifth K&N Pro Win
Dominates The Field At Iowa Speedway In Combo Event
NEWTON, Iowa – Todd Gilliland has shown he can win in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West.
Friday night in the Casey’s General Store 150, Gilliland top the best drivers from both series en route to the win in the combination race at Iowa Speedway. He led 116 laps for his fourth West win of the season.
It was the fifth victory of the season for the 6-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Sherrill’s Ford, North Carolina, who earlier in the year picked up an East win at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway.
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 81, but was quickly tracked down by Gilliland two go-arounds later. Gilliland sped away from Benjamin and the rest of the field, leading the final 68 laps of the race.
Benjamin finished second and was credited with an East win as the top finisher in the series. Earlier in the day, Benjamin won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light.
Austin Theriault finished third, followed by Rev Racing and NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver Collin Cabre, and Ryan Partridge.
With his seventh top five in eight NASCAR K&N Pro West starts, Gilliland also retook the West championship points lead by three over Partridge with five races remaining.
Benjamin was able to cut into the points lead in the East of Justin Haley. Haley, who finished seventh overall, leads by 32 points with four races left.
It was the third race in a row at Iowa that Bill McAnally Racing claimed the overall win. Gilliland’s BMR teammate Riley Herbst finished sixth overall Friday night, followed by Haley, Hunter Baize, Gracin Raz and John Holleman IV.
The Casey’s General Store 250 from Iowa Speedway will air on NBCSN Friday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. ET.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be back in action at Watkins Glen International Friday, Aug. 5, while the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West takes the track next at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington, Saturday, Aug. 13.
Todd Gilliland lead 116 laps to record the overall win at Iowa Speedway in the combination race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Friday night. Jonathan Moore/NASCAR via Getty Images