Todd Gilliland appeared headed for a repeat win in the season opening NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway on Sunday.
Gilliland had the Bill McAnally Racing No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry out front with less than 50 laps to go when an apparent piece of debris cut his right front tire. Despite losing a lap and falling back to 23rd after a pit stop for another tire, Gilliland charged back through the field to finish ninth.
“Everyone on the NAPA team worked hard all day,” he said. “They gave me a really good car. We blew a right front while we were leading. From there, we were just trying to get as many positions as we could.”
Gilliland’s BMR teammate, Derek Kraus, notched a third-place finish in the No. 99 Carlyle Tools Toyota Camry at New Smyrna, in making his series debut.
|Points standing/points total||9th/36|
Next Race: Tucson (Arizona) Speedway, March 18
How to Watch: NBCSN (tape-delay)
Based in Roseville, California, Bill McAnally Racing fields multiple teams in the ACRA Menards Series (formally NASCAR K&N Pro Series), including the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driven by Gio Scelzi. The team has amassed a record 99 wins and nine championships, with four of those titles earned in the last five years.