Todd Gilliland, driver of the No. 16 NAPA Toyota Camry for Bill McAnally Racing in the K&N West Pro Series, is proving yet again he can run up front.
Gilliland, the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Sunoco Rookie of the Year, had a phenomenal 2016 season. He claimed six wins, six poles and became the youngest NASCAR, national or touring champion, in history winning the K&N Pro Series West Championship.
Saturday night marked the first race of the 2017 K&N Pro Series West season. The series opened season at Tucson Speedway in Tucson, Arizona with the NAPA 150.
It wasnít much of a surprise to anyone who saw Gilliland race in 2016 to find out he captured the pole for the NAPA 150 with a speed of 16.064. The pole marked the seventh of his K&N West career, but his first at Tucson Speedway.
Gilliland led from the pole for most of the race, leading 70 of 150 laps. Adjustments made at the half way point didnít do what they were suppose too. Ultimately, Gilliland finished the race in the second position behind teammate Chris Eggleston.
Man,lead almost the whole 1st half just made the wrong ajustments at half way p2 is still good and we will race again Thursday @KernRaceway
— Todd Gilliland (@ToddGilliland_) March 19, 2017
Gilliland will look to win Thursday at Kern Raceway in Bakersfield, California for the second year in a row. In 2016 his victory at Kern Raceway marked his fourth win in four K&N Series starts which tied the record set by Dan Gurney fifty years earlier.
ďEvery win tops the next and itís just such an honor to tie a record from 50 years ago,Ē Gilliland said in victory lane at Kern last season.
Gilliland will look to capture his second pole of the 2017 season and his first win of the season on Thursday in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by KGET.