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Three-time track Late Model champion Trevor Huddleston was one of the favorites to win the ENEOS NAPA Auto 150 at Irwindale Speedway on Saturday night. After an intense fight with former NHRA Pro Stock champion Tanner Gray in the closing laps, Huddleston did just that, giving Sunrise Ford Racing its first win of the season. The fight was so intense that Huddleston cut a tire and smacked the Turn 1 wall after crossing the finish line, leaving him unable to bring the car to victory lane.
Huddleston led just seven laps to Gray’s 52, while third place finisher Derek Kraus led a race-high 91. The top two finishers in the K&N Pro Series West season opener from Las Vegas, Hailie Deegan and Jagger Jones, crossed the line in the opposite order for fourth and fifth on Saturday. Deegan had been the polesitter in Irwindale, but an early spin forced her to claw back through the field just to crack the top five; however, she remains the points leader by two over Huddleston.
The ENEOS NAPA Auto 150 can be seen tonight at 6PM ET/3PM PT on NBCSN.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to action with the Zombie Auto 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday. The second round of the KNPSE season is the series’ first race in nearly two months, as the championship opened at New Smyrna Speedway on February 11 with a 175-lap race won by Derek Kraus.
KNPSE first took to The Last Great Colosseum in 2012, with a race won by former Formula 1 star Nelson Piquet Jr. over current NASCAR Cup Series standout Ryan Blaney. Toyota drivers Chad Finchum, Harrison Burton, and Todd Gilliland have won the last three KNPSE rounds at BMS. Expect a reasonably large field for this weekend’s event, as no fewer than 26 cars have ever entered this event—with a record of 40 drivers signing up in 2013.
Driver Profile: Trevor Huddleston
Huddleston’s victory at Irwindale on Saturday was just his family’s latest triumph at their home track. The Agoura Hills, California native is a second-generation track champion at Irwindale, following in the footsteps of his father Tim, who now co-owns the popular venue and was on hand for his son’s breakthrough victory last weekend.
After his strong Late Model runs at Irwindale, Kern County Raceway Park, and Tucson Speedway earned him third in Whelen All-American Series points in 2017, Trevor Huddleston made the jump to full-time KNSPW competition for Sunrise Ford Racing in 2018. He finished sixth in last year’s points with three top-five finishes, two of which came at Kern County and Tucson. Three years to the weekend after making his KNPSW debut at Irwindale and finishing 10th, Huddleston scored his first career series win.