Chris Eggleston capped off his 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season with an impressive runner-up finish in the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at All American Speedway (CA).
With qualifying rained out, the starting field was set by points, and with more rain in the forecast, the Colorado driver wasn’t sure how to approach the 150-lap event. However, Eggleston’s No. 50 machine was stout and he was able to contend for a win.
“I didn’t really know how hard to go, not knowing if we were racing to the halfway mark before the rain started again, or if we were going all the way to lap 150,” Eggleston said. “However, our car fired off pretty good and went from seventh to third before the first caution flew around lap 25 or so. The race went into a green-white-checkered scenario, where we got a really good restart, as well as the 9 car had a little trouble getting up to speed. We almost cleared the 9 car getting into turn 1 for the lead. However, the 9 car drove us up the race track pretty bad almost causing us to fall back to third. We tried everything we could and got back to the rear bumper of the 9, but was about one lap short from being able to get back around him for a shot at the win.”
Eggleston, who won the 2015 K&N Pro Series West title, finished sixth in points this year, picking up two wins, eight top-five finishes and ten top-10 finishes. The 27-year-old driver ran into a string of races where he encountered bad luck, which took him out of the championship hunt, however it was another strong season.
“I want to thank everyone at Napa Filters and Napa Auto Parts for their amazing and ongoing support for the past two and a half years with myself over at Bill McAnally Racing,” said Eggleston. “With five wins over the last two and a half years and one championship, we have a lot to be proud of. I want to thank everyone over at Bill McAnally racing, and the guys that work so hard every week to prepare fast and competitive racecars everywhere we go.”
Eggleston is unsure of his 2017 plans, but says he will be pursuing available opportunities.