Chris Eggleston, Toyota take NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory at Orange Show Speedway

Defending series champion gets first win of 2016

With a late pass at Orange Show Speedway (California), defending series champion Chris Eggleston took his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory of the season in the Sunrise Ford 150 on Saturday night.Eggleston was a late force in the race, as the No. 9 Ford of pole sitter Ryan Partridge dominated for a majority of the event. Partridge led for 140 laps, spinning as he attempted to avoid a lap-down car and handing the No. 50 Toyota of Eggleston the lead with seven laps to go. A late green-white-checkered finish bunched the field back up after Eggleston took the lead and extended the race to 151 laps, but the driver managed to hold off Jefferson Pitts Racing teammates Gracin Raz and Noah Gragson for the victory. Todd Gilliland and Julia Landauer rounded out the top five, and three of the top-five finishers — Gragson, Gilliland and Landauer —  belong to the newest class of the NASCAR Next program.

Partridge ended up in the sixth position after his spin, and he sits in second position in the series standings with 174 points. Gilliland leads with 178 points, and Eggleston holds third with 169 points.