BMR Keeps Eggleston, Adds Gilliland, Herbst

Todd Gilliland will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut this week at Phoenix Int'l Raceway. (ARCA Photo)
Todd Gilliland will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut this week at Phoenix Int'l Raceway. (ARCA Photo)
Todd Gilliland will race for BMR next season. (ARCA Photo)

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Chris Eggleston, Todd Gilliland and Riley Herbst will drive for Bill McAnally Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series for 2016.

Plans call for all three drivers to run the full schedule in the K&N Pro Series West, with select events in the K&N Pro Series East worked into the schedule.

Eggleston returns for a second year after capturing the 2015 championship in the K&N Pro Series West in his first full season in the series.  Gilliland, the 15-year-old son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran driver David Gilliland, is coming off a win at Phoenix in his series debut – becoming the youngest winner in the series. Herbst, who comes from a racing family well known in off-road competition, is coming off an outstanding season where he won a championship as a rookie at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. The 16-year-old will be making his debut in the K&N Pro Series West.

“We’re excited to announce this portion of our program for the K&N Pro Series in 2016,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “It’s great to have Chris return to defend his title and to have such talented young drivers as Todd and Riley join the team. We have high expectations, based on what we have seen from all three of them.”

The team is focused on building on its performance from this past season, McAnally said.

“We finished the year strong, with Chris clinching the championship at Phoenix and Todd scoring the win in his series debut,” he said. “We plan to work hard in the off-season to carry that momentum forward into next season.”

Eggleston won his first race with BMR in 2014 and that led to him running the full season and capturing the title in 2015. The 26-year-old hails from Erie, Colorado and is a graduate of Colorado State University. He has accumulated three wins, 11 top-five, and 12 top-10 finishes in 17 career starts in the K&N Pro Series West.

“Chris took the opportunity he had in 2014 and responded with a win,” McAnally said. “And with the opportunity to run a full season in 2015, he responded with a championship. We’re looking forward to continued success with him.”

Eggleston honed his talent competing at his home track of Colorado National Speedway, a 3/8-mile short track just north of Denver. It was the site of his first career series win in 2014.

“I am very excited and fortunate to have the opportunity to join forces again with Bill McAnally Racing for the 2016 season,” Eggleston said. “I am really looking forward to building on the success that we had this year and have high hopes to defend our championship.

“Bill has a lot of great guys that work very hard week in and week out to prepare fast race cars, and I’m honored that he has invited me back to be part of his team again,” he said. “Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without all the great people at NAPA AUTO PARTS, NAPA Filters, NAPA Belts & Hoses, and Toyota.”

Gilliland captured the spotlight at Phoenix, going to Victory Lane in his first race in the K&N Pro Series West and winning at a track where his father won in 2005. The teenager from Sherrils Ford, N.C. has quickly added to a driver resume that also includes being the youngest winner in the history of the ARCA racing series, capturing a victory just two days after his 15th birthday in May.

“It’s great to have Todd join the ranks of the K&N Pro Series West as part of the BMR team,” said McAnally. “I continue to be amazed by his accomplishments and want to help him fulfill his potential in this series.”