Eggleston wheels to K&N Pro Series West win at Irwindale; Behar earns highest finish for female in series history

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No matter who is behind the wheel, Bill McAnally Racing seemingly can’t be beat at Irwindale Speedway.

BMR did it again Saturday night when Chris Eggleston passed Ryan Partridge for the lead with six laps left and held on to win the King Taco Catering/NAPA Auto Parts 150.

It was the second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win in just his seventh start in the series for Eggleston, 26, of Erie, Colo. Eggleston’s first career K&N win came at his home track of Colorado National Speedway last July.

It was BMR’s second consecutive win at Irwindale after Patrick Staropoli’s triumph there last year and 10th overall at the progressive-banked half-mile track in Southern California.

Also of note: Sunoco Rookie of the Year prospect Nicole Behar finished second, setting a record for the highest finish for a female in K&N series history. The previous best finish by a female driver were sixth-place runs by Sharon Bishop (Gardena, Calif. – 1979), Sarah Fisher (Kyle, Texas – 2005), and Hannah Newhouse (Albuquerque, N.M. – 2012)

Rookie driver Dalton Sargeant finished third after starting from the pole, followed by fellow rookies Gracin Raz and Partridge.

There were 10 lead changes among four drivers in the 150-lap event. Eggleston dominated by leading a race-high 102 laps.

The race broadcast will air Friday at 1 a.m. on NBCSN.

The next Pro Series West race will be the Wildcat 150 at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway on May 2.

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