NEWTON, Iowa (July 28, 2017) – Todd Gilliland entered this weekend with eyes set on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West titles. Before Friday night’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Store 150 presented by Vatterott College, Gilliland led the K&N Pro West Series standings by 11 points, but at the same time sat second to Harrison Burton in the East Series by 14 points.
That will change after the NASCAR Next driver captured his seventh win overall on the season and fourth consecutive win for Bill McAnally Racing at Iowa Speedway. NASCAR Next is an overarching industry initiative to help spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars – and bolster fan recognition around talent that will hopefully grow into NASCAR mainstays.
Thanks to a change by NASCAR in how it will score the annual K&N Pro Series combination race at Iowa Speedway, it is now possible for drivers to compete for the NASCAR K&N East and West titles in the same season and Gilliland is taking full advantage.
“Our car was pretty good tonight on restarts especially,” said Gilliland. “This is a special place to Bill McAnally Racing. This helped us catch up to [Harrison] Burton and pull away from [Chris] Eggleston.”
Gilliland held off fellow NASCAR Next driver Chase Purdy on a late race restart en route to Casey’s General Store’s Victory Lane. Chris Eggleston, who trails points leader Gilliland in the West standings, crossed the line in third.
“Hats off to those guys, they work their tails off,” said Purdy. “There at the end it was every man for himself with five to go.”
Last year, Gilliland won handily in his Iowa Speedway debut, taking home a race win for the fourth time in the 2016 season on his way to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 presented by American Ethanol is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, July 29. Fans should plan to arrive at Iowa Speedway early to avoid congestion. Parking lots open at 9:00 a.m. CT with plenty of pre-race entertainment on tap.
Friday Iowa Speedway Notebook
- Ben Kennedy Leads Final NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice
- Driver Autograph Walk / Drivers Meeting
- Annual Post-Race Party on the Frontstretch
SAM HORNISH JR., BEN KENNEDY LEAD NASCAR XFINITY SERIES PRACTICES
There’s something about Iowa Speedway that seems to bring out the best in Sam Hornish Jr.
A two-time winner at The Fastest Track on the Planet, Hornish was fastest in the first of two NASCAR XFINITY Series practice sessions Friday afternoon. Hornish was the quickest of the 40 drivers that took to the track in the session, with a speed of 127.422 mph.
Ben Kennedy was fastest in Friday’s final NASCAR XFINITY Series practice. Kennedy covered the 7/8-mile track with a field-best speed of 129.929 mph late in the session. Ryan Preese continued to have a strong weekend with a second-best speed of 128.977 mph.
The Sukup “First in the Field” award will be given to the fastest driver in NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying. Qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 presented by American Ethanol will begin at 11:05 a.m. CT on Saturday, July 29.
DRIVER AUTOGRAPH WALK / DRIVERS MEETING
Beginning tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. CT, Iowa Speedway will roll out the proverbial red carpet for the stars of the NASCAR XFINITY Series, as they make their way to the Driver’s Meeting in the Infield Fan Walk. Be sure to bring your Sharpie, souvenir program and camera because this is an excellent opportunity to meet and talk to the drivers along the route to the drivers meeting. Race fans who’ve wondered exactly what transpires in a NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers meeting can see for themselves tomorrow.
Please note that Infield Fan Walk access is necessary to attend this autograph session and can be purchased for $10 at Ticket Booths 1 and 2. As a reminder, Season Ticket Holders, Suite Holders, Newton Club Members, RV Hill Campers and Hospitality Guests all have Infield Fan Walk access, for free. Additionally, Infield Fan Walk is complimentary for children 12 and under.
ANNUAL POST-RACE PARTY ON THE FRONTSTRETCH
Iowa Speedway prides itself on improving the fan experience. What started out as an Iowa Speedway original, rooted in fan love, the Post-Race Party on the Frontstretch has been replicated at other tracks across the industry. Following the checkered flag of the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by American Ethanol, Speedway staff will open the catchfence, allowing fans to stream onto the freshly raced track surface.
This year’s entertainment is courtesy of Party! Party! – The Ultimate Karaoke Band putting the night’s soundtrack in the hands of fans. Pork burgers courtesy of the Iowa Pork Producers will be plentiful (have another, one is never enough), accompanied by cold drinks, giveaways and driver appearances to close out the 2017 race season at Iowa Speedway.
About Iowa Speedway
Iowa Speedway, The Fastest Short Track on the Planet, is a state-of-the-art 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located in Newton, Iowa. Our remaining 2017 schedule includes another exciting race weekend: July 28-29 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Store 150 presented by Vatterott College and NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 presented by American Ethanol). For tickets, call 1.866.787.8946. To learn more, visit www.IowaSpeedway.com, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.