Now 3 for 3 with Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 Win
Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR
March 20, 2016 - 12:58am
IRWINDALE, Calif. - Todd Gilliland is making it look easy to compete and win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West.
Gilliland started from the pole and took the lead back from Ryan Partridge on Lap 123 to win the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at California's Irwindale Speedway. His victory was his second consecutive victory in his second straight start in the West.
More impressively, the third-generation driver from Sherrills Ford, N.C., now joins the history books as a driver to earn three wins in his first three career starts in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West.
The 15-year-old collected his first two victories in his debuts at Arizona's Phoenix International Raceway in November during the West finale and in February at Florida's New Smyrna Speedway at the East opener.
Gilliland took the lead on Lap 1 and remained out front until he was passed for the lead by Gracin Raz on Lap 4.
Despite falling from the top spot, Gilliland remained in the top 10 throughout the race and worked his way back into second halfway through the race. He was able to pass Partridge on Lap 123 to kick start his trip to Victory Lane.
Gilliland withstood a challenge by Partridge on a restart on Lap 135 after the seventh and final caution flag was thrown to go on to win by nearly two seconds.
Defending series champion Chris Eggelston finished third with Noah Gragson and Johnny Borneman completing the top five.
Riley Herbst was sixth with Hannah Newhouse, Julia Landauer, Cole Rouse and Trevor Huddleston rounding out the top 10.
The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 will be broadcast on NBCSN on Friday, March 25 at 9 p.m. ET.