Gilliland Returns To K&N East

Todd Gillliland. (Toyota Racing photo)

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Todd Gilliland will return to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, joining with Bill McAnally Racing for Saturday’s race at Memphis Int’l Raceway.

Gilliland, a two-time champion in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West who now drives for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, will team with BMR regulars Derek Kraus and Brittney Zamora.

Kraus, driver of the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry that Gilliland piloted at BMR, leads the championship standings as the K&N East heads to the three-quarter-mile Tennessee tri-oval for the 150-lap event.

Gilliland will drive BMR’s No. 19 NAPA Power Premium Plus/NGK Toyota Camry at Memphis – filling in for Hailie Deegan, who will be competing in an ARCA Series race over the weekend at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

Gilliland, 19, has 19 career wins in NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition. He won K&N West titles with BMR and NAPA in 2016 and 2017.

He has one previous series start at Memphis. In that event two years ago, he appeared headed for a win; but a flat tire with less than 20 laps to go took him out of contention and left him to finish eighth.

Kraus – a 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Stratford, Wisconsin – has won two of the four K&N East races this year and has a four-point lead in the championship standings. He kicked things off with a victory in the season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway and scored his other win in the second of two races of a doubleheader at South Boston Speedway in Virginia.

Zamora – a 20-year-old series rookie from Kennewick, Washington – drives the No. 99 NAPA Filters/ENEOS Toyota Camry. She also had a big weekend in the K&N West doubleheader at Tucson – winning her first career pole award, leading her first laps of competition in pacing the field for 26 circuits, and finishing third in just her fourth series start.