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K&N Pro West Stat Advance: Kern

K&N Pro West Stat Advance: Kern

Analyzing the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, for the final race of the season, the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts on Saturday, November 4. Below is a look at the final race of the season and some of the selected participants.

West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 Race Setup: 
Defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, has an 11-point lead over Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston entering the finale.
The NASCAR Next driver can clinch his second consecutive championship by finishing seventh or better at Kern.
Michael Self has been the hottest driver in the series recently, having won each of the last two races on the schedule, including the most recent event at All-American Speedway.

At Kern County Raceway Park:
History
• Kern County opened in 2013 with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event.
• The track held one K&N Pro Series West race each year since its opening, with the lone exception being the 2014 season, prior to this season.
Greg Pursley and Todd Gilliland are the only two repeat winners at Kern.
Todd Gilliland won in March at Kern.

Notebook
• This is the series’ seventh event at Kern.
• Four different drivers have won at Kern, with Greg Pursley and Todd Gilliland winning twice.
Four different drivers have won the pole at Kern, led by two each for Greg Pursley and Todd Gilliland, and four times the race has been won from the pole.
Gilliland won at Kern in March, leading 72 laps after winning the pole for the second straight time at the track.

Kern Data:
Race:#14 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, November 4, 8 p.m. PT
Airdate: NBCSN, Friday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Track Layout: .500-mile asphalt oval
Race Length: 150 laps (75 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: N/A
2016 Pole Sitter: N/A
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Gray Gaulding, 17.908 seconds, 100.514 mph, Oct. 26, 2013.
150 Lap Race Record: Todd Gilliland, 66.905 mph (1 hour, 9 minutes, 57 seconds), March 2016.

Kern County Leaders:
Wins
Greg Pursley. … 2
Todd Gilliland … 2
Dylan Lupton … 1
Dalton Sargeant … 1

Poles
Greg Pursley … 2
Todd Gilliland … 2
Gray Gaulding … 1
Dalton Sargeant … 1

Laps Completed
David Mayhew … 920
Johnny Borneman III … 616
John Wood … 494
Chris Eggleston … 466
James Bickford … 465

Laps Led
Greg Pursley … 338
David Mayhew … 146
Todd Gilliland … 126
Dalton Sargeant … 75
Gray Gaulding … 59
Ryan Partridge … 45

Selected Driver Highlights:
Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota)
Sits second in the overall West standings, 11 points behind leader Todd Gilliland, with four wins, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s in 13 races.
Has nine career K&N Pro Series West wins with 30 top fives and 35 top 10s in 44 career starts.
Was the 2015 series champion in his first full season of competition with Bill McAnally Racing.
Is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in every race this season and has wins at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway, California’s Orange Show Speedway, Colorado National Speedway and Washington’s Evergreen Speedway.
Finished fourth at Kern in March and has finished in the top five in all three of his career starts at the track.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
Has six wins, 10 top fives and 12 top 10s in 13 races this season to lead the series standings.
Won at Oregon’s Douglas County Speedway in August for his series-leading sixth win of the season.
Won four of the first five K&N Pro Series West races this season and owns 13 career K&N Pro Series West wins.
Won the first five pole awards of the season and four straight races — Kern, California’s Irwindale Event Center (twice) and Washington’s Spokane County Raceway.
Has won the pole and the race in each of his two career starts at Kern, including the race in March.
Finished second this season in the final K&N Pro Series East standings.

Derek Kraus (No. 19 Carlyle Tools Toyota)
Sits third in the current West standings with eight top fives and nine top 10s through 13 races.
Leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by six points over Will Rodgers headed into this weekend’s finale.
Finished a career-best second at Kern in March and equaled the effort at Spokane and Colorado.
Won his first series career pole at Iowa Speedway, and finished fourth in the most recent event at California’s All American Speedway.

Julia Landauer (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
Sits seventh in the overall standings with one top five and seven top 10s in 13 starts this season.
Finished fourth in the K&N Pro Series West standings in 2016, the highest finish for a woman in the series’ history.
Posted a season-high finish of fifth at Douglas County in August and enters the weekend with three straight top 10s.
Has one top 10 in two career starts at Kern, having finished 12th there in March.

Michael Self (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
Despite missing the season opener, is fifth in the standings with six top fives and 12 top 10s in 12 starts.
Has won each of the last two series races, at Idaho’s Meridian Speedway and All American, and now has eight career K&N West wins.
The win at Meridian was his first K&N Pro Series win since 2013.
Finished sixth at Kern in March, where he has one top five in two career starts.

Todd Souza (No. 13 Central Coast Cabinets Toyota)
Ranks a career-high sixth in the overall standings with two top fives and eight top 10s in 13 starts this season.
Finished fourth at Meridian, giving him six top 10s in the last eight races entering the season finale.
Won his only career race at Utah Motorsports Campus in 2008.
Finished 10th in March in his only career start at Kern.

Will Rodgers (No. 7 Kelly Benefit Strategies Ford)
• Ranks fourth in the West standings with nine top fives and 11 top 10s in 13 races this year.
• Competed in six races a year ago and is running for K&N West Rookie of the Year this season, where he trails Derek Kraus by six points with one race remaining.
Finished fifth in the most recent event at All American, giving him four straight top-five finishes and five in the last six races, entering the season finale.
Has two career K&N Pro Series wins, both in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, at New York’s Watkins Glen International and New Jersey Motorsports Park this season.
Finished third in March in his only career start at Kern.

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the 64th for the K&N Pro Series West.
• The 2017 schedule features 14 races at 12 different tracks.
• Point leader Todd Gilliland, who won the first five poles of the season, swept the Twin 100s at Irwindale in March as part of a stretch of four straight wins.
• Gilliland won at Iowa Speedway and Douglas County for his fifth and sixth wins of the season.
• Chris Eggleston won the season opener at Tucson and then two straight events at Orange Show and Colorado National.
• Eggleston won at Evergreen for his fourth win of the season.
• Michael Self won at Meridian for his first win in the series since 2013 and then won the most recent event at All-American.

K&N Pro West Stat Advance: Kern

K&N Pro West Stat Advance: Kern

Analyzing the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, for the final race of the season, the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts on Saturday, November 4. Below is a look at the final race of the season and some of the selected participants.

West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 Race Setup: 
Defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, has an 11-point lead over Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston entering the finale.
The NASCAR Next driver can clinch his second consecutive championship by finishing seventh or better at Kern.
Michael Self has been the hottest driver in the series recently, having won each of the last two races on the schedule, including the most recent event at All-American Speedway.

At Kern County Raceway Park:
History
• Kern County opened in 2013 with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event.
• The track held one K&N Pro Series West race each year since its opening, with the lone exception being the 2014 season, prior to this season.
Greg Pursley and Todd Gilliland are the only two repeat winners at Kern.
Todd Gilliland won in March at Kern.

Notebook
• This is the series’ seventh event at Kern.
• Four different drivers have won at Kern, with Greg Pursley and Todd Gilliland winning twice.
Four different drivers have won the pole at Kern, led by two each for Greg Pursley and Todd Gilliland, and four times the race has been won from the pole.
Gilliland won at Kern in March, leading 72 laps after winning the pole for the second straight time at the track.

Kern Data:
Race:#14 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, November 4, 8 p.m. PT
Airdate: NBCSN, Friday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Track Layout: .500-mile asphalt oval
Race Length: 150 laps (75 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: N/A
2016 Pole Sitter: N/A
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Gray Gaulding, 17.908 seconds, 100.514 mph, Oct. 26, 2013.
150 Lap Race Record: Todd Gilliland, 66.905 mph (1 hour, 9 minutes, 57 seconds), March 2016.

Kern County Leaders:
Wins
Greg Pursley. … 2
Todd Gilliland … 2
Dylan Lupton … 1
Dalton Sargeant … 1

Poles
Greg Pursley … 2
Todd Gilliland … 2
Gray Gaulding … 1
Dalton Sargeant … 1

Laps Completed
David Mayhew … 920
Johnny Borneman III … 616
John Wood … 494
Chris Eggleston … 466
James Bickford … 465

Laps Led
Greg Pursley … 338
David Mayhew … 146
Todd Gilliland … 126
Dalton Sargeant … 75
Gray Gaulding … 59
Ryan Partridge … 45

Selected Driver Highlights:
Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota)
Sits second in the overall West standings, 11 points behind leader Todd Gilliland, with four wins, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s in 13 races.
Has nine career K&N Pro Series West wins with 30 top fives and 35 top 10s in 44 career starts.
Was the 2015 series champion in his first full season of competition with Bill McAnally Racing.
Is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in every race this season and has wins at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway, California’s Orange Show Speedway, Colorado National Speedway and Washington’s Evergreen Speedway.
Finished fourth at Kern in March and has finished in the top five in all three of his career starts at the track.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
Has six wins, 10 top fives and 12 top 10s in 13 races this season to lead the series standings.
Won at Oregon’s Douglas County Speedway in August for his series-leading sixth win of the season.
Won four of the first five K&N Pro Series West races this season and owns 13 career K&N Pro Series West wins.
Won the first five pole awards of the season and four straight races — Kern, California’s Irwindale Event Center (twice) and Washington’s Spokane County Raceway.
Has won the pole and the race in each of his two career starts at Kern, including the race in March.
Finished second this season in the final K&N Pro Series East standings.

Derek Kraus (No. 19 Carlyle Tools Toyota)
Sits third in the current West standings with eight top fives and nine top 10s through 13 races.
Leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by six points over Will Rodgers headed into this weekend’s finale.
Finished a career-best second at Kern in March and equaled the effort at Spokane and Colorado.
Won his first series career pole at Iowa Speedway, and finished fourth in the most recent event at California’s All American Speedway.

Julia Landauer (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
Sits seventh in the overall standings with one top five and seven top 10s in 13 starts this season.
Finished fourth in the K&N Pro Series West standings in 2016, the highest finish for a woman in the series’ history.
Posted a season-high finish of fifth at Douglas County in August and enters the weekend with three straight top 10s.
Has one top 10 in two career starts at Kern, having finished 12th there in March.

Michael Self (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
Despite missing the season opener, is fifth in the standings with six top fives and 12 top 10s in 12 starts.
Has won each of the last two series races, at Idaho’s Meridian Speedway and All American, and now has eight career K&N West wins.
The win at Meridian was his first K&N Pro Series win since 2013.
Finished sixth at Kern in March, where he has one top five in two career starts.

Todd Souza (No. 13 Central Coast Cabinets Toyota)
Ranks a career-high sixth in the overall standings with two top fives and eight top 10s in 13 starts this season.
Finished fourth at Meridian, giving him six top 10s in the last eight races entering the season finale.
Won his only career race at Utah Motorsports Campus in 2008.
Finished 10th in March in his only career start at Kern.

Will Rodgers (No. 7 Kelly Benefit Strategies Ford)
• Ranks fourth in the West standings with nine top fives and 11 top 10s in 13 races this year.
• Competed in six races a year ago and is running for K&N West Rookie of the Year this season, where he trails Derek Kraus by six points with one race remaining.
Finished fifth in the most recent event at All American, giving him four straight top-five finishes and five in the last six races, entering the season finale.
Has two career K&N Pro Series wins, both in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, at New York’s Watkins Glen International and New Jersey Motorsports Park this season.
Finished third in March in his only career start at Kern.

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the 64th for the K&N Pro Series West.
• The 2017 schedule features 14 races at 12 different tracks.
• Point leader Todd Gilliland, who won the first five poles of the season, swept the Twin 100s at Irwindale in March as part of a stretch of four straight wins.
• Gilliland won at Iowa Speedway and Douglas County for his fifth and sixth wins of the season.
• Chris Eggleston won the season opener at Tucson and then two straight events at Orange Show and Colorado National.
• Eggleston won at Evergreen for his fourth win of the season.
• Michael Self won at Meridian for his first win in the series since 2013 and then won the most recent event at All-American.

K&N Pro West News & Notes: Kern

K&N Pro West News & Notes: Kern

Gilliland, Eggleston Title Battle Down to the Checkered Flag

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West concludes its 2017 season, and the battle for the championship, with the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts on Saturday, November 4, at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California.

Defending champion Todd Gilliland and his Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston have accounted for wins in 10 of the 13 races to date this season, with Gilliland holding an 11-point lead over Eggleston heading into the final race of the year. Gilliland can win his second consecutive championship by finishing seventh or better at Kern, regardless of where Eggleston finishes.

CLINCH SCENARIOS

Eggleston, the 2015 K&N Pro Series West champion, has four wins this season and is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 13 races to date. Gilliland, meanwhile, has six wins and has finished on the podium an impressive 10 times this year.

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: ENTRY LIST & EVENT SCHEDULE

FAST FACTS:

The Race: The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts will be the final race of the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season.

The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 22 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying process. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (75 miles) with a five-minute break occurring at or near the conclusion of lap 75.

 The Track: Kern County Raceway Park sits on 120 acres and opened on May 18, 2013 with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event. It’s a half-mile oval with progressive banking of 12 to 14 degrees in turns and eight degrees on the front and backstretches. The facility also hosts a dirt track and a Moto-X layout.

Race Winners: There have been four different winners in the six previous K&N Pro Series West races at Kern. Todd Gilliland and Greg Pursley are the only repeat winners at the track, with Pursley having won the first two races held there and Gilliland having won the two most recent events at the track, including one earlier this season.

Track Records: There have been four different pole winners in the five previous races at Kern, with Greg Pursley winning two of them. Pursley holds the track qualifying record of 100.514 mph, set in the inaugural event in 2013. In March, Gilliland set the 150-lap race record of 66.905 mph (1 hour, 9 minutes, 57 seconds).

WEST COAST STOCK CAR HALL OF FAME CHAMPIONSHIP 150 NOTES: 

Two Times: Kern is the only track the K&N Pro Series West visits twice this season on different dates. Todd Gilliland won from the pole at the track in March, while his closest championship pursuer, Chris Eggleston, finished fourth after starting on the outside of the front row.

Their Bill McAnally Racing teammate Derek Kraus, who currently leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, finished second at Kern in March for his best career finish. A mark he equaled on two other occasions this summer (Washington’s Spokane County Raceway and Colorado National Speedway).

The only other track to host the series twice this season was California’s Irwindale Event Center, which ran Twin 100s in March.

Strong Finish: No driver enters the season finale with more momentum than Michael Self.

Self, of Park City, Utah, has won each of the last two events on the schedule. He won the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 for his first series win since 2013, following that effort with a dominating win from the pole in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at California’s All American Speedway.

After missing the season opener, Self has vaulted himself into the top five in the overall standings with his recent performances. Along with his two victories, he has six top fives and has finished in the top 10 in all 12 of his starts this season.

Eastern Invaders: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Dillon Bassett are both entered in the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150.

Ronnie Bassett finished third in the K&N Pro Series East standings, with one win, eight top fives and 11 top 10s in 14 races. Statistically, it was the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, driver’s best season in the series. He has one career K&N Pro Series West start, finishing 10th at Arizona’s Phoenix International Raceway in 2015.

Dillon Bassett finished eighth in the final K&N Pro Series East standings for his first series career points finish inside the top 10. He posted two top fives and seven top 10s in 14 races.

Standings Battle: The battle for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship isn’t the only one taking place in the standings at Kern.

The third- through fifth-place drivers are separated by only four points, with Derek Kraus (486), Will Rodgers (484) and Self (482) all within sight of finishing in third. 

Kraus has a six-point lead over Rodgers in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings as both rookies try to finish 2017 with their first career K&N Pro Series West victory.

K&N Pro West Stat Advance: Kern

K&N Pro West Stat Advance: Kern

Analyzing the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, for the final race of the season, the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts on Saturday, November 4. Below is a look at the final race of the season and some of the selected participants.

West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 Race Setup: 
Defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, has an 11-point lead over Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston entering the finale.
The NASCAR Next driver can clinch his second consecutive championship by finishing seventh or better at Kern.
Michael Self has been the hottest driver in the series recently, having won each of the last two races on the schedule, including the most recent event at All-American Speedway.

At Kern County Raceway Park:
History
• Kern County opened in 2013 with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event.
• The track held one K&N Pro Series West race each year since its opening, with the lone exception being the 2014 season, prior to this season.
Greg Pursley and Todd Gilliland are the only two repeat winners at Kern.
Todd Gilliland won in March at Kern.

Notebook
• This is the series’ seventh event at Kern.
• Four different drivers have won at Kern, with Greg Pursley and Todd Gilliland winning twice.
Four different drivers have won the pole at Kern, led by two each for Greg Pursley and Todd Gilliland, and four times the race has been won from the pole.
Gilliland won at Kern in March, leading 72 laps after winning the pole for the second straight time at the track.

Kern Data:
Race:#14 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, November 4, 8 p.m. PT
Airdate: NBCSN, Friday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Track Layout: .500-mile asphalt oval
Race Length: 150 laps (75 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: N/A
2016 Pole Sitter: N/A
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Gray Gaulding, 17.908 seconds, 100.514 mph, Oct. 26, 2013.
150 Lap Race Record: Todd Gilliland, 66.905 mph (1 hour, 9 minutes, 57 seconds), March 2016.

Kern County Leaders:
Wins
Greg Pursley. … 2
Todd Gilliland … 2
Dylan Lupton … 1
Dalton Sargeant … 1

Poles
Greg Pursley … 2
Todd Gilliland … 2
Gray Gaulding … 1
Dalton Sargeant … 1

Laps Completed
David Mayhew … 920
Johnny Borneman III … 616
John Wood … 494
Chris Eggleston … 466
James Bickford … 465

Laps Led
Greg Pursley … 338
David Mayhew … 146
Todd Gilliland … 126
Dalton Sargeant … 75
Gray Gaulding … 59
Ryan Partridge … 45

Selected Driver Highlights:
Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota)
Sits second in the overall West standings, 11 points behind leader Todd Gilliland, with four wins, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s in 13 races.
Has nine career K&N Pro Series West wins with 30 top fives and 35 top 10s in 44 career starts.
Was the 2015 series champion in his first full season of competition with Bill McAnally Racing.
Is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in every race this season and has wins at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway, California’s Orange Show Speedway, Colorado National Speedway and Washington’s Evergreen Speedway.
Finished fourth at Kern in March and has finished in the top five in all three of his career starts at the track.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
Has six wins, 10 top fives and 12 top 10s in 13 races this season to lead the series standings.
Won at Oregon’s Douglas County Speedway in August for his series-leading sixth win of the season.
Won four of the first five K&N Pro Series West races this season and owns 13 career K&N Pro Series West wins.
Won the first five pole awards of the season and four straight races — Kern, California’s Irwindale Event Center (twice) and Washington’s Spokane County Raceway.
Has won the pole and the race in each of his two career starts at Kern, including the race in March.
Finished second this season in the final K&N Pro Series East standings.

Derek Kraus (No. 19 Carlyle Tools Toyota)
Sits third in the current West standings with eight top fives and nine top 10s through 13 races.
Leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by six points over Will Rodgers headed into this weekend’s finale.
Finished a career-best second at Kern in March and equaled the effort at Spokane and Colorado.
Won his first series career pole at Iowa Speedway, and finished fourth in the most recent event at California’s All American Speedway.

Julia Landauer (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
Sits seventh in the overall standings with one top five and seven top 10s in 13 starts this season.
Finished fourth in the K&N Pro Series West standings in 2016, the highest finish for a woman in the series’ history.
Posted a season-high finish of fifth at Douglas County in August and enters the weekend with three straight top 10s.
Has one top 10 in two career starts at Kern, having finished 12th there in March.

Michael Self (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
Despite missing the season opener, is fifth in the standings with six top fives and 12 top 10s in 12 starts.
Has won each of the last two series races, at Idaho’s Meridian Speedway and All American, and now has eight career K&N West wins.
The win at Meridian was his first K&N Pro Series win since 2013.
Finished sixth at Kern in March, where he has one top five in two career starts.

Todd Souza (No. 13 Central Coast Cabinets Toyota)
Ranks a career-high sixth in the overall standings with two top fives and eight top 10s in 13 starts this season.
Finished fourth at Meridian, giving him six top 10s in the last eight races entering the season finale.
Won his only career race at Utah Motorsports Campus in 2008.
Finished 10th in March in his only career start at Kern.

Will Rodgers (No. 7 Kelly Benefit Strategies Ford)
• Ranks fourth in the West standings with nine top fives and 11 top 10s in 13 races this year.
• Competed in six races a year ago and is running for K&N West Rookie of the Year this season, where he trails Derek Kraus by six points with one race remaining.
Finished fifth in the most recent event at All American, giving him four straight top-five finishes and five in the last six races, entering the season finale.
Has two career K&N Pro Series wins, both in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, at New York’s Watkins Glen International and New Jersey Motorsports Park this season.
Finished third in March in his only career start at Kern.

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the 64th for the K&N Pro Series West.
• The 2017 schedule features 14 races at 12 different tracks.
• Point leader Todd Gilliland, who won the first five poles of the season, swept the Twin 100s at Irwindale in March as part of a stretch of four straight wins.
• Gilliland won at Iowa Speedway and Douglas County for his fifth and sixth wins of the season.
• Chris Eggleston won the season opener at Tucson and then two straight events at Orange Show and Colorado National.
• Eggleston won at Evergreen for his fourth win of the season.
• Michael Self won at Meridian for his first win in the series since 2013 and then won the most recent event at All-American.

K&N Pro West News & Notes: Kern

K&N Pro West News & Notes: Kern

Gilliland, Eggleston Title Battle Down to the Checkered Flag

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West concludes its 2017 season, and the battle for the championship, with the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts on Saturday, November 4, at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California.

Defending champion Todd Gilliland and his Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston have accounted for wins in 10 of the 13 races to date this season, with Gilliland holding an 11-point lead over Eggleston heading into the final race of the year. Gilliland can win his second consecutive championship by finishing seventh or better at Kern, regardless of where Eggleston finishes.

CLINCH SCENARIOS

Eggleston, the 2015 K&N Pro Series West champion, has four wins this season and is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 13 races to date. Gilliland, meanwhile, has six wins and has finished on the podium an impressive 10 times this year.

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: ENTRY LIST & EVENT SCHEDULE

FAST FACTS:

The Race: The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts will be the final race of the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season.

The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 22 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying process. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (75 miles) with a five-minute break occurring at or near the conclusion of lap 75.

 The Track: Kern County Raceway Park sits on 120 acres and opened on May 18, 2013 with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event. It’s a half-mile oval with progressive banking of 12 to 14 degrees in turns and eight degrees on the front and backstretches. The facility also hosts a dirt track and a Moto-X layout.

Race Winners: There have been four different winners in the six previous K&N Pro Series West races at Kern. Todd Gilliland and Greg Pursley are the only repeat winners at the track, with Pursley having won the first two races held there and Gilliland having won the two most recent events at the track, including one earlier this season.

Track Records: There have been four different pole winners in the five previous races at Kern, with Greg Pursley winning two of them. Pursley holds the track qualifying record of 100.514 mph, set in the inaugural event in 2013. In March, Gilliland set the 150-lap race record of 66.905 mph (1 hour, 9 minutes, 57 seconds).

WEST COAST STOCK CAR HALL OF FAME CHAMPIONSHIP 150 NOTES: 

Two Times: Kern is the only track the K&N Pro Series West visits twice this season on different dates. Todd Gilliland won from the pole at the track in March, while his closest championship pursuer, Chris Eggleston, finished fourth after starting on the outside of the front row.

Their Bill McAnally Racing teammate Derek Kraus, who currently leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, finished second at Kern in March for his best career finish. A mark he equaled on two other occasions this summer (Washington’s Spokane County Raceway and Colorado National Speedway).

The only other track to host the series twice this season was California’s Irwindale Event Center, which ran Twin 100s in March.

Strong Finish: No driver enters the season finale with more momentum than Michael Self.

Self, of Park City, Utah, has won each of the last two events on the schedule. He won the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 for his first series win since 2013, following that effort with a dominating win from the pole in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at California’s All American Speedway.

After missing the season opener, Self has vaulted himself into the top five in the overall standings with his recent performances. Along with his two victories, he has six top fives and has finished in the top 10 in all 12 of his starts this season.

Eastern Invaders: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Dillon Bassett are both entered in the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150.

Ronnie Bassett finished third in the K&N Pro Series East standings, with one win, eight top fives and 11 top 10s in 14 races. Statistically, it was the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, driver’s best season in the series. He has one career K&N Pro Series West start, finishing 10th at Arizona’s Phoenix International Raceway in 2015.

Dillon Bassett finished eighth in the final K&N Pro Series East standings for his first series career points finish inside the top 10. He posted two top fives and seven top 10s in 14 races.

Standings Battle: The battle for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship isn’t the only one taking place in the standings at Kern.

The third- through fifth-place drivers are separated by only four points, with Derek Kraus (486), Will Rodgers (484) and Self (482) all within sight of finishing in third. 

Kraus has a six-point lead over Rodgers in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings as both rookies try to finish 2017 with their first career K&N Pro Series West victory.

K&N Pro West Stat Advance: Kern

K&N Pro West Stat Advance: Kern

Analyzing the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, for the final race of the season, the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts on Saturday, November 4. Below is a look at the final race of the season and some of the selected participants.

West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 Race Setup: 
Defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, has an 11-point lead over Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston entering the finale.
The NASCAR Next driver can clinch his second consecutive championship by finishing seventh or better at Kern.
Michael Self has been the hottest driver in the series recently, having won each of the last two races on the schedule, including the most recent event at All-American Speedway.

At Kern County Raceway Park:
History
• Kern County opened in 2013 with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event.
• The track held one K&N Pro Series West race each year since its opening, with the lone exception being the 2014 season, prior to this season.
Greg Pursley and Todd Gilliland are the only two repeat winners at Kern.
Todd Gilliland won in March at Kern.

Notebook
• This is the series’ seventh event at Kern.
• Four different drivers have won at Kern, with Greg Pursley and Todd Gilliland winning twice.
Four different drivers have won the pole at Kern, led by two each for Greg Pursley and Todd Gilliland, and four times the race has been won from the pole.
Gilliland won at Kern in March, leading 72 laps after winning the pole for the second straight time at the track.

Kern Data:
Race:#14 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, November 4, 8 p.m. PT
Airdate: NBCSN, Friday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Track Layout: .500-mile asphalt oval
Race Length: 150 laps (75 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: N/A
2016 Pole Sitter: N/A
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Gray Gaulding, 17.908 seconds, 100.514 mph, Oct. 26, 2013.
150 Lap Race Record: Todd Gilliland, 66.905 mph (1 hour, 9 minutes, 57 seconds), March 2016.

Kern County Leaders:
Wins
Greg Pursley. … 2
Todd Gilliland … 2
Dylan Lupton … 1
Dalton Sargeant … 1

Poles
Greg Pursley … 2
Todd Gilliland … 2
Gray Gaulding … 1
Dalton Sargeant … 1

Laps Completed
David Mayhew … 920
Johnny Borneman III … 616
John Wood … 494
Chris Eggleston … 466
James Bickford … 465

Laps Led
Greg Pursley … 338
David Mayhew … 146
Todd Gilliland … 126
Dalton Sargeant … 75
Gray Gaulding … 59
Ryan Partridge … 45

Selected Driver Highlights:
Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota)
Sits second in the overall West standings, 11 points behind leader Todd Gilliland, with four wins, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s in 13 races.
Has nine career K&N Pro Series West wins with 30 top fives and 35 top 10s in 44 career starts.
Was the 2015 series champion in his first full season of competition with Bill McAnally Racing.
Is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in every race this season and has wins at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway, California’s Orange Show Speedway, Colorado National Speedway and Washington’s Evergreen Speedway.
Finished fourth at Kern in March and has finished in the top five in all three of his career starts at the track.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
Has six wins, 10 top fives and 12 top 10s in 13 races this season to lead the series standings.
Won at Oregon’s Douglas County Speedway in August for his series-leading sixth win of the season.
Won four of the first five K&N Pro Series West races this season and owns 13 career K&N Pro Series West wins.
Won the first five pole awards of the season and four straight races — Kern, California’s Irwindale Event Center (twice) and Washington’s Spokane County Raceway.
Has won the pole and the race in each of his two career starts at Kern, including the race in March.
Finished second this season in the final K&N Pro Series East standings.

Derek Kraus (No. 19 Carlyle Tools Toyota)
Sits third in the current West standings with eight top fives and nine top 10s through 13 races.
Leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by six points over Will Rodgers headed into this weekend’s finale.
Finished a career-best second at Kern in March and equaled the effort at Spokane and Colorado.
Won his first series career pole at Iowa Speedway, and finished fourth in the most recent event at California’s All American Speedway.

Julia Landauer (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
Sits seventh in the overall standings with one top five and seven top 10s in 13 starts this season.
Finished fourth in the K&N Pro Series West standings in 2016, the highest finish for a woman in the series’ history.
Posted a season-high finish of fifth at Douglas County in August and enters the weekend with three straight top 10s.
Has one top 10 in two career starts at Kern, having finished 12th there in March.

Michael Self (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
Despite missing the season opener, is fifth in the standings with six top fives and 12 top 10s in 12 starts.
Has won each of the last two series races, at Idaho’s Meridian Speedway and All American, and now has eight career K&N West wins.
The win at Meridian was his first K&N Pro Series win since 2013.
Finished sixth at Kern in March, where he has one top five in two career starts.

Todd Souza (No. 13 Central Coast Cabinets Toyota)
Ranks a career-high sixth in the overall standings with two top fives and eight top 10s in 13 starts this season.
Finished fourth at Meridian, giving him six top 10s in the last eight races entering the season finale.
Won his only career race at Utah Motorsports Campus in 2008.
Finished 10th in March in his only career start at Kern.

Will Rodgers (No. 7 Kelly Benefit Strategies Ford)
• Ranks fourth in the West standings with nine top fives and 11 top 10s in 13 races this year.
• Competed in six races a year ago and is running for K&N West Rookie of the Year this season, where he trails Derek Kraus by six points with one race remaining.
Finished fifth in the most recent event at All American, giving him four straight top-five finishes and five in the last six races, entering the season finale.
Has two career K&N Pro Series wins, both in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, at New York’s Watkins Glen International and New Jersey Motorsports Park this season.
Finished third in March in his only career start at Kern.

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the 64th for the K&N Pro Series West.
• The 2017 schedule features 14 races at 12 different tracks.
• Point leader Todd Gilliland, who won the first five poles of the season, swept the Twin 100s at Irwindale in March as part of a stretch of four straight wins.
• Gilliland won at Iowa Speedway and Douglas County for his fifth and sixth wins of the season.
• Chris Eggleston won the season opener at Tucson and then two straight events at Orange Show and Colorado National.
• Eggleston won at Evergreen for his fourth win of the season.
• Michael Self won at Meridian for his first win in the series since 2013 and then won the most recent event at All-American.

K&N Pro West News & Notes: Kern

K&N Pro West News & Notes: Kern

Gilliland, Eggleston Title Battle Down to the Checkered Flag

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West concludes its 2017 season, and the battle for the championship, with the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts on Saturday, November 4, at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California.

Defending champion Todd Gilliland and his Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston have accounted for wins in 10 of the 13 races to date this season, with Gilliland holding an 11-point lead over Eggleston heading into the final race of the year. Gilliland can win his second consecutive championship by finishing seventh or better at Kern, regardless of where Eggleston finishes.

CLINCH SCENARIOS

Eggleston, the 2015 K&N Pro Series West champion, has four wins this season and is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 13 races to date. Gilliland, meanwhile, has six wins and has finished on the podium an impressive 10 times this year.

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: ENTRY LIST & EVENT SCHEDULE

FAST FACTS:

The Race: The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts will be the final race of the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season.

The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 22 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying process. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (75 miles) with a five-minute break occurring at or near the conclusion of lap 75.

 The Track: Kern County Raceway Park sits on 120 acres and opened on May 18, 2013 with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event. It’s a half-mile oval with progressive banking of 12 to 14 degrees in turns and eight degrees on the front and backstretches. The facility also hosts a dirt track and a Moto-X layout.

Race Winners: There have been four different winners in the six previous K&N Pro Series West races at Kern. Todd Gilliland and Greg Pursley are the only repeat winners at the track, with Pursley having won the first two races held there and Gilliland having won the two most recent events at the track, including one earlier this season.

Track Records: There have been four different pole winners in the five previous races at Kern, with Greg Pursley winning two of them. Pursley holds the track qualifying record of 100.514 mph, set in the inaugural event in 2013. In March, Gilliland set the 150-lap race record of 66.905 mph (1 hour, 9 minutes, 57 seconds).

WEST COAST STOCK CAR HALL OF FAME CHAMPIONSHIP 150 NOTES: 

Two Times: Kern is the only track the K&N Pro Series West visits twice this season on different dates. Todd Gilliland won from the pole at the track in March, while his closest championship pursuer, Chris Eggleston, finished fourth after starting on the outside of the front row.

Their Bill McAnally Racing teammate Derek Kraus, who currently leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, finished second at Kern in March for his best career finish. A mark he equaled on two other occasions this summer (Washington’s Spokane County Raceway and Colorado National Speedway).

The only other track to host the series twice this season was California’s Irwindale Event Center, which ran Twin 100s in March.

Strong Finish: No driver enters the season finale with more momentum than Michael Self.

Self, of Park City, Utah, has won each of the last two events on the schedule. He won the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 for his first series win since 2013, following that effort with a dominating win from the pole in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at California’s All American Speedway.

After missing the season opener, Self has vaulted himself into the top five in the overall standings with his recent performances. Along with his two victories, he has six top fives and has finished in the top 10 in all 12 of his starts this season.

Eastern Invaders: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Dillon Bassett are both entered in the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150.

Ronnie Bassett finished third in the K&N Pro Series East standings, with one win, eight top fives and 11 top 10s in 14 races. Statistically, it was the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, driver’s best season in the series. He has one career K&N Pro Series West start, finishing 10th at Arizona’s Phoenix International Raceway in 2015.

Dillon Bassett finished eighth in the final K&N Pro Series East standings for his first series career points finish inside the top 10. He posted two top fives and seven top 10s in 14 races.

Standings Battle: The battle for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship isn’t the only one taking place in the standings at Kern.

The third- through fifth-place drivers are separated by only four points, with Derek Kraus (486), Will Rodgers (484) and Self (482) all within sight of finishing in third. 

Kraus has a six-point lead over Rodgers in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings as both rookies try to finish 2017 with their first career K&N Pro Series West victory.

K&N Pro West News & Notes: Kern

K&N Pro West News & Notes: Kern

Gilliland, Eggleston Title Battle Down to the Checkered Flag

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West concludes its 2017 season, and the battle for the championship, with the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts on Saturday, November 4, at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California.

Defending champion Todd Gilliland and his Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston have accounted for wins in 10 of the 13 races to date this season, with Gilliland holding an 11-point lead over Eggleston heading into the final race of the year. Gilliland can win his second consecutive championship by finishing seventh or better at Kern, regardless of where Eggleston finishes.

CLINCH SCENARIOS

Eggleston, the 2015 K&N Pro Series West champion, has four wins this season and is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 13 races to date. Gilliland, meanwhile, has six wins and has finished on the podium an impressive 10 times this year.

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: ENTRY LIST & EVENT SCHEDULE

FAST FACTS:

The Race: The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts will be the final race of the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season.

The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 22 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying process. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (75 miles) with a five-minute break occurring at or near the conclusion of lap 75.

 The Track: Kern County Raceway Park sits on 120 acres and opened on May 18, 2013 with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event. It’s a half-mile oval with progressive banking of 12 to 14 degrees in turns and eight degrees on the front and backstretches. The facility also hosts a dirt track and a Moto-X layout.

Race Winners: There have been four different winners in the six previous K&N Pro Series West races at Kern. Todd Gilliland and Greg Pursley are the only repeat winners at the track, with Pursley having won the first two races held there and Gilliland having won the two most recent events at the track, including one earlier this season.

Track Records: There have been four different pole winners in the five previous races at Kern, with Greg Pursley winning two of them. Pursley holds the track qualifying record of 100.514 mph, set in the inaugural event in 2013. In March, Gilliland set the 150-lap race record of 66.905 mph (1 hour, 9 minutes, 57 seconds).

WEST COAST STOCK CAR HALL OF FAME CHAMPIONSHIP 150 NOTES: 

Two Times: Kern is the only track the K&N Pro Series West visits twice this season on different dates. Todd Gilliland won from the pole at the track in March, while his closest championship pursuer, Chris Eggleston, finished fourth after starting on the outside of the front row.

Their Bill McAnally Racing teammate Derek Kraus, who currently leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, finished second at Kern in March for his best career finish. A mark he equaled on two other occasions this summer (Washington’s Spokane County Raceway and Colorado National Speedway).

The only other track to host the series twice this season was California’s Irwindale Event Center, which ran Twin 100s in March.

Strong Finish: No driver enters the season finale with more momentum than Michael Self.

Self, of Park City, Utah, has won each of the last two events on the schedule. He won the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 for his first series win since 2013, following that effort with a dominating win from the pole in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at California’s All American Speedway.

After missing the season opener, Self has vaulted himself into the top five in the overall standings with his recent performances. Along with his two victories, he has six top fives and has finished in the top 10 in all 12 of his starts this season.

Eastern Invaders: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Dillon Bassett are both entered in the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150.

Ronnie Bassett finished third in the K&N Pro Series East standings, with one win, eight top fives and 11 top 10s in 14 races. Statistically, it was the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, driver’s best season in the series. He has one career K&N Pro Series West start, finishing 10th at Arizona’s Phoenix International Raceway in 2015.

Dillon Bassett finished eighth in the final K&N Pro Series East standings for his first series career points finish inside the top 10. He posted two top fives and seven top 10s in 14 races.

Standings Battle: The battle for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship isn’t the only one taking place in the standings at Kern.

The third- through fifth-place drivers are separated by only four points, with Derek Kraus (486), Will Rodgers (484) and Self (482) all within sight of finishing in third. 

Kraus has a six-point lead over Rodgers in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings as both rookies try to finish 2017 with their first career K&N Pro Series West victory.

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Launches Unprecedented Drivers Recruitment Program

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Launches Unprecedented Drivers Recruitment Program

Free Tests And Financial Support Available For New Drivers To Join The 2018 Season

With 28 cars and over 60 top level drivers to represent 21 different countries, racing on some of the best European tracks, the official European NASCAR Series is already one of the most successful touring car championships in motorsports, but is far from having reached its maximum potential.

To further build on the series popularity among fans and competitors and strong of its unparalleled mix of on-track action, international exposure and affordable costs, NWES is launching for 2018 a sequence of innovations and initiatives, starting with an unprecedented Drivers Recruitment Program aimed at offering racers from all over the world the best opportunity to race NASCAR in Europe.

With its 400 HP thunderous V8, absolutely no electronic aids and a driving experience that fascinated some of the brightest stars in motorsports from NWES events to the Race Of Champions, the Euro NASCAR car has quickly become an ultimate challenge and a must drive for any kind of driver coming from diverse disciplines and chasing different goals: competing in one of the best series in Europe, building themselves a professional career in the USA or simply enjoying the unfiltered Pure Racing experience of driving a NWES car in spectacular American-themed events in front of thousands of fans.

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and its partners will offer to selected prospects an invitation to participate in a free test during one of the recruitment test days that will be held in Europe between November and March. Following these tests, the best drivers will receive special help on the budget to support their 2018 season in NWES.

The Program is open to every kind of driver:

– Top drivers ambitioning to make history and enter the NASCAR Hall Of Fame

– Young talents willing to build themselves a NASCAR career

– Female drivers eager to battle for the title and the Lady Cup

– Drivers wanting to compete at high level and have great fun at affordable cost

– Special development program for Karting drivers without car-racing experience 

Drivers from all over the world and with any sorts of experience can apply by sending their racing resume to info@euronascar.com.

The first two recruitment test sessions will take place at the NWES Test Track in Fontenay Le Comte, France and at the Autodromo di Franciacorta, located near Milan in Italy, with the following schedule:

– November 29-30 – Fontenay Le Comte, France

– December 4-5 – Autodromo Franciacorta, Italy

More dates and countries will be announced in the upcoming weeks.


Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

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