Chris Eggleston had Saturday, June 10 circled on his calendar since the beginning of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season, and on Saturday night he showed why. The Colorado native waited out an extended rain delay before driving to Victory Lane at Colorado National Speedway. The win was his second K&N West Series win in a row and his second career series win at his home track.
“It feels awesome and really cool to share this experience with all the Colorado fans and friends,” said Eggleston. “Colorado fans are the best there is and means the world to have their support.”
The Erie, Colorado driver qualified second for the Toyota/NAPA Autoparts 150 and then waited out a two-hour rain delay on lap 7 before going green for the final 143 laps. Eggleston used the high side to grab the lead early in the race and went on to pace the field for 102 of 150 laps.
“We had a really fast and well balanced NAPA Filters Toyota all day in practice,” said the 26-year-old racer. “Missed the pole by a couple thousands to our teammate (Todd Gilliland). After the rain came, I was skeptical what the track was going to be like but once we got rolling, we were able to roll by Todd on the top side and pull away and still maintain tires throughout the race.”
While Eggleston was able to ride up front for much of the Toyota/NAPA Autoparts 150, the road to victory wasn’t quite that easy. Eggleston got shuffled back to second on a late-race restart and was forced to make a last-lap pass to take the checkered flag.
“It got really crazy when Todd (Gilliland) beat me back to the line by an inch on a restart and went yellow a foot after the finish line and restarted second,” said Eggleston. “I got the lead back but he nearly wrecked us without about four to go and fell to second with two to go and got back by him for the win.”
Eggleston now sits second in K&N West Pro Series points, just four point behind leader Gilliland. He stays home again next weekend and will race both his Super Late Model and Legends car at Colorado National Speedway before heading to Sonoma Raceway (CA) for the K&N West race on Saturday, June 25.
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