Todd Gilliland won the pole and finished second to his Bill McAnally Racing teammate, Chris Eggleston, in the NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season opener in Arizona at Tucson Raceway on Saturday.
Gilliland, the defending series champion, won his seventh career series pole in qualifying and set the pace through the first half of the race – leading the most laps of the event in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry.
The 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina slipped from the lead on Lap 93 and then managed to come home in second, despite battling an electrical issue.
The Tucson race marked the first of four races in eight days that make up the biggest season kickoff in the history of the series. The NAPA 500 Challenge features 500 laps of competition in those four races at three tracks – Tucson Speedway; Kern County Raceway Park near Bakersfield, California; and Southern California’s Irwindale Speedway.
Start / Finish: 1/2
Points Earned: 43
Points Standing / Total: 2/43
Next Race: Kern County Raceway Park, Bakersfield, CA, March 23
How to Watch or Listen: NBCSN (tape delay)
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.