Gilliland Wins Visit Hampton 150 K&N East Series on Labor Day Weekend; Leaves with Six Point Lead in Championship Hunt – Chris Roberts Wins Thrilling Super Street Feature
Hampton, VA – Todd Gilliland, fresh off a top fifteen finish in the Camping World Truck Series race just yesterday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in a Kyle Bush Motorsports ride, grabbed the 21 Means 21 Pole award earlier in the afternoon with a 16.369 (87.091 MPH) second lap of record. Collin Cabre, Dillon Bassett, Ronnie Bassett and Chase Purdy were the fastest five cars once euro qualifying concluded. Harrison Burton, who entered the weekend as the points leader over Gilliland, would roll off in the sixth position
Gilliland would lead the first sixteen circuits as the field got settled behind him. Dillon Bassett, of Winston-Salem, NC, would have other ideas on how the race should go however. Bassett would take the lead from Gilliland in commanding fashion as the field entered turn one. Applying plenty of pressure to the rear bumper of the No. 16 Napa Toyota, Gilliland was forced to chase his machine up the hill a bit allowing Bassett to get around. Seemed like the clean air was all Bassett needed as he immediately opened up over a three second lead on the field. As Gilliland, Cabre, and Burton faded in his mirror many immediately questioned if he was using too much, too soon. That question was answered in grand fashion just a handful of laps past halfway.
Things seemed to stay pretty calm throughout the middle segment of the race as drivers were all saving their tires for that final laps of the feature. Things started to get real interesting around lap 112 when Gilliland ran down Bassett and set him up coming out of turn two. It was a side-by-side drag race down the very short backstretch with Gilliland on the inside. With the position through turn three Gilliland was able to power off turn four to take the lead back for the final time.
Things went down hill for Dillion Bassett from then on as car after car found their way around the No. 44 machine. We even saw three wide racing out of turn four around this tight .395-mile oval as Dominque Van Weringen made herself know in the the ranks of the K&N East series this weekend. A handful of circuits later the evening went from not so good to extremely horrible for Dillion Bassett, who would bring out the nights fourth and final caution in turn three after racing hard to hang onto his position. He would ultimately lose three laps on the field and finish in the thirteenth position after a dominating performance in the midsection of the event.
Gilliland would handle the final restart of the night with no issues clearing the field at the exit of two bringing Chase Purdy along with him down the backstretch after a brief battle with Collin Cabre. Behind the two, however, was a different story. It was time for drivers to get up on the wheel and no one was hungrier than Weringen who fought tooth and nail – and often on the outside – to a third place finish when the dust settled. Ronnie Basset Jr. and Collin Cabre would round out the top five. Harrison Burton would have to settle for a seventh place finish.
“This NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry was hooked up tonight,” Gilliland said in victory lane. “All these guys behind be from Bill McAnally Racing are the best guys here I feel like. They are always encouraging when we are not the fastest. They are always trying to pick us up and get us there. These guys are never scared to try something new to get better than we are.”
The win was Gilliland’s fourth of the season for the East tour and tenth over all in the K&N Series – six wins on the west circuit. The victory comes after, as we mentioned above a solid top fifteen finish the day before in the Camping World Truck Series.
“It was a long night last night,” Gilliland said about the truck race. “This makes its all worth it, I am very lucky to be racing for the teams I do. We are just trying to do our best at every race and sometimes it works out”
Gilliland will leave Langley Speedway with a six-point advantage over Harrison Burton with just two races left in the 2017 season. The East series will roll in New Jersey in just two weeks on September 16th and finish their season at Dover on September 29th. A complete run down of tonight’s race can be found below.
It was Sammy Gaita who qualified on the pole earlier in the afternoon for the 40-lap Old Skool Video Games Super Street feature. Chris Roberts would start just to his outside with Landon Abbott, Dale Parro and Randy Akers behind them. With the season winding down and only fifteen points separating first to fourth in the standings the outstanding crowd on hand for a Monday afternoon race was in for a treat.
Gaita looked to lead the way early before Chris Roberts turned up the wick and took the lead after just twelve circuits. The two would swap the lead six times throughout the forty lap feature while drivers battled hard behind them for position.
The race saw just two caution periods, the biggest coming on lap thirty-two when the No. 5 of Parro went around in turn three, damaging a few other cars in the process. Roberts, who took the lead back from Gaita, ironically on lap 24, was able to hold off the field on the final restart to earn his first victory in the Super Streets in 2017. Sammy Gaita, Sean Calway, Randy Akers and Landon Abbott rounded out the top five.Racing will return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in two weeks, September 16
Racing will return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in two weeks, September 16th for Twin Late Model features. Modifieds, Grand Stocks, UCAR, Champ Karts and Enduro’s will also be in action.
Super Street Results:
- #11 Chris Roberts; 40
- #24 Sammy Gaita; 40
- #12 Sean Calway; 40
- #21 Randy Akers; 40
- #70 Landon Abbott; 40
- #46 Jason Michaud; 40
- #5 Dale Parro; 40
- #8 Dale Nichols; 40
- #22 Bill Eaker Jr; 40
- #20 Gordon Weeks; 40
- #54 Josh Perry; 40
- #26 Louie Pasderetz; 37
- #54s Billy Newman; 3