ROSEVILLE, Calif. (June 13, 2016) – Todd Gilliland returns to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this week to race on the half-mile track at Connecticut’s historic Stafford Motor Speedway.
The Stafford 150 on Friday will mark Gilliland’s third event in the K&N East, as he competes in his rookie season.
The driver of the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry is running the full schedule in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West this year, while also competing in select K&N East races. He won the K&N East season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway in February and finished ninth at Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway in April.
Gilliland, 16, of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina is a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights NASCAR’s rising stars. He leads the championship standings of the K&N West, and also leads in rookie points on that circuit – with two wins and five top-five finishes in the first five races.
The K&N East schedule at Stafford includes an optional test time from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. A final practice session is slated from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, with qualifying set to get underway at 6 p.m. The race is scheduled to go green at approximately 9:15 p.m.
The Stafford 150, which will be televised on NBCSN on June 23 at 2 p.m. ET, is the seventh event on a 14-race schedule this year for the K&N East. Stafford Motor Speedway has hosted 29 series events, dating back to 1987. When the circuit last visited there in 2008, Peyton Sellers took the win – followed by Trevor Bayne in second and Austin Dillon in fourth.
The K&N East race at Stafford is the second of six consecutive weekends of competition for Gilliland and his BMR team. His schedule includes three K&N East races: at Stafford, at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway on July 2, and New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16; and three K&N West races: Colorado National Speedway on June 11; Sonoma (California) Raceway on June 25; and Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho on July 9.
In addition, Gilliland is also slated to compete this year in K&N East races at Watkins Glen (New York) International on Aug. 5, and Dover (Delaware) International Speedway on Sept. 30.
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 Austin Herzog. The team has amassed a record 106 wins and 11 championships, with six of those titles earned in the last seven years.