In the final leg of a jam-packed start to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season, Todd Gilliland swept a pair of 100-lap races at Irwindale Speedway (CA) Saturday night.

 

Gilliland captured the first win in a fashionable style as he led over three-quarters of the laps in the first feature.  The North Carolina driver was only challenged on one rare occasion by teammate Chris Eggleston, who led a few laps himself.

 

300x250_PPVThe Gilliland name is a household name among fans and frequent-goers at Irwindale Speedway as Todd’s father, David Gilliland, and grandfather, Butch Gilliland, cut their teeth at the wide and fast California half-mile.

 

Young Todd said it was “special” for him to be able to win at a track that has so much history in his family.

 

Gilliland wasted no time in the second 100-lap feature and jumped right to the front. He stayed there for all but a handful of laps as Eggleston was hungry for that second win of the season.

 

Eggleston fell just short of the win and would come home second again behind Gilliland.

 

Gilliland’s wins are a little sweeter as he will also take an extra $10,000 home as part of the NAPA Challenge that awarded the highest finishing driver at Tucson Speedway (AZ), Kern County Raceway Park (CA), and Irwindale (CA). Gilliland’s victories at Kern County and Irwindale (2) secured him the extra pay check.

 

Eggleston, Self, Kraus, and Rodgers rounded out the top five in the second feature.

 

Saturday’s twin features at Irwindale wrapped up a stretch of four races in seven days to kick off the K&N West season.  The series returns to action May 13 at Washington’s Spokane County Raceway.

 

On-demand Trackside Now coverage of Saturday’s racing can be found by clicking here.

 

-Story by Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

 

Race #1 Unofficial Results

  1. (1) Todd Gilliland, Sherrills Ford, N.C., Toyota, 100 laps, 72.845 mph.
  2. (2) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 100.
  3. (5) Garret Archer, Maple Valley, Wash, Ford, 100.
  4. (21) Nicole Behar, Spokane, WA, Toyota, 100.
  5. (8) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 100.
  6. (3) Michael Self, Park City, UT, Ford, 100.
  7. (11) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 100.
  8. (10) Johnny Borneman, Ramona, CA, Ford, 100.
  9. (7) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 100.
  10. (4) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Ford, 100.
  11. (12) Todd Souza, Watsonville, Calif., Toyota, 99.
  12. (9) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 99.
  13. (14) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Toyota, 99.
  14. (19) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 98.
  15. (15) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 98.
  16. (16) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 97.
  17. (17) Dan Phillippi, Los Angeles, Calif., Ford, 94.
  18. (6) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 91.
  19. (18) Stafford Smith, Eagle, Idaho., Ford, 58, accident.
  20. (13) Dan O’Donnell, Oak Hills, Calif., Ford, 57, accident.
  21. (20) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 25, engine.

Race #2 Unofficial Results

  1. (1) Todd Gilliland, Sherrills Ford, N.C., Toyota, 100 laps, 80.754 mph.
  2. (2) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 100.
  3. (7) Michael Self, Park City, UT, Ford, 100.
  4. (6) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 100.
  5. (10) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 100.
  6. (4) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Ford, 100.
  7. (5) Garret Archer, Maple Valley, Wash, Ford, 100.
  8. (13) Nicole Behar, Spokane, WA, Toyota, 100.
  9. (12) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 100.
  10. (11) Todd Souza, Watsonville, Calif., Toyota, 100.
  11. (9) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 99.
  12. (3) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 99.
  13. (8) Johnny Borneman, Ramona, CA, Ford, 99.
  14. (14) Brandon Schilling, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Ford, 98.
  15. (16) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 98.
  16. (15) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 98.
  17. (18) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Toyota, 97.
  18. (17) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 97.
  19. (19) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 95.
  20. (20) Dan Phillippi, Los Angeles, Calif., Ford, 94.

Gilliland Doubles Down, Pockets Extra $10,000 at Irwindale