BMR Drivers Delight Crowd in K&N West Competition at Irwindale
Bill McAnally Racing drivers delivered a strong performance over the weekend, winning the pole position, taking both front-row spots on the grid and leading the most laps in Saturday’s NAPA/ENEOS 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Irwindale Speedway. The sold out event marked the 20th anniversary of the track’s opening on March 30, 1999.
Bill McAnally Racing teammates Deegan and Kraus started Saturday’s NAPA/ENEOS NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event from the front row, making it the third-consecutive time BMR drivers have had the front row at the half-mile banked Irwindale Speedway.
Kraus spent the most time in front, leading the most laps in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, and finishing third. Deegan earned her third career series pole position and finished fifth in the No. 19 Monster Energy/NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry and Brittney Zamora took eighth in the No. 99 ENEOS/NAPA Filters Toyota Camry.
Kraus jumped into the early lead and paced the field for the first 25 laps, with Deegan running close behind. Zamora made a quick charge to fifth in the early going. Kraus appeared content to slip back a few spots in the first half of the race, but then charged from third to first on the restart following the midway break. Deegan spun a few laps later while battling for second and spent the second half of the race working her way back to the front. Kraus seemed headed for victory, but came up short with brake issues just seven laps from the finish.
Start / Finish: 2 / 3
Points Earned: 43
Points Standing / Total: 4th / 83 pts.
Start / Finish: 1 / 5
Points Earned: 39
Points Standing / Total: 1st / 86 pts.
Start / Finish: 11 / 8
Points Earned: 36
Points Standing / Total: 8th / 69 pts.
Next Race: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Bristol Motor Speedway, April 6
How to Watch or Listen: NBCSN on April 8 at 8 p.m. ET
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Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) holds the ARCA Menards Series West record with 11 championships and eclipsed the 100-win mark in 2022. The team has piled on six titles in the last eight seasons with four different drivers since 2015. Second-year driver Tanner Reif takes control of the No. 16 NAPA Auto Care Chevrolet for the 12-race campaign in 2023 and looks to improve on his runner-up finish in the 2022 drivers’ standings to build on BMR’s west coast legacy.
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