Gillliland Clinches Second Straight K&N Pro Series West Championship Title
Todd Gilliland clinched his second consecutive championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West on Saturday night at Kern County Raceway Park, while his Bill McAnally Racing teammate Derek Kraus captured his first career series win with a victory in the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 presented by NAPA AUTO PARTS.
The title caps off a dominant season by BMR’s drivers, as they finished first, second, and third in the standings; after winning 11 of 14 races this year.
Gilliland, who drove the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry to a second-place finish behind Kraus on Saturday, led BMR’s sweep of the top three positions in points; finishing 29 markers ahead of Chris Eggleston in the No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry. Kraus finished third in points in the No. 19 Carlyle Tools Toyota Camry.
This marks a record eighth series championship for BMR and third straight title, matching the three consecutive championships in 1999, 2000, and 2001 that began the team’s championship run 18 years ago. BMR’s other two titles came in 2008 and 2010.
“It was a great year,” said Gilliland. “We finished in the top 10 in all but one race, and in that one we had a flat tire. This BMR team is what makes this go. I can’t thank them enough for the fast NAPA Toyotas they gave me all season.”
Gilliland is the first driver to win back-to-back championships in the series since 2005.
Start / Finish: 1 / 2
Points Earned: 43
Points Standing / Total: 1 / 610