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Drake Gets Season Started With Top-10 Finish At New Smyrna

Drake Gets Season Started With Top-10 Finish At New Smyrna

• Kumpen Turns In Solid Debut In K&N East Season Opener NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2015) – Nick Drake came away with a solid top-10 finish at New Smyrna Speedway on Sunday night to get his second season under way in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Drake finished eighth in the No. 15 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota, as the series kicked off its 2015 season with the Hart To Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150 at the high-banked track in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Drake’s Bill McAnally Racing teammate for the event, Anthony Kumpen, also had a good showing – as the driver from Hasselt, Belgium finished 14th in his first NASCAR race in the United States. Drake, who had set the fast mark in practice earlier in the day, was eighth in qualifying. He faded in the early laps to 12th, where he settled in for the first half of the race. He made the most of the first two cautions, moving up to 10th on the first restart and to ninth on the subsequent restart. Drake gained an addit ... read more

BMR Announces Expansion For 2015 As It Builds On Success

BMR Announces Expansion For 2015 As It Builds On Success

• Team Celebrates 25th Anniversary With NAPA AUTO PARTS ROSEVILLE, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2015) – Bill McAnally Racing has announced plans to expand its lineup for 2015, as it builds on its success in the East and West divisions of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and celebrates a special anniversary. BMR, which scored six wins and five poles last year, is looking to add to that mark in 2015 as the team commemorates the 25th year of its partnership with NAPA AUTO PARTS. “This will be a very special year for everyone at BMR as we honor our 25th anniversary with NAPA AUTO PARTS,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “NAPA has contributed so much and been such a big part of BMR’s success through the years. We want to reward NAPA and all our partners with our best year ever.” As a five-time champion in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, BMR expanded last year into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – becoming the only team to race full time in both the East and West divisions. “We’re loo ... read more

PaHud Scores Win In Series Debut At Roseville

•Four BMR Drivers Finish In Top 10 In K&N West Race
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2014) – Christian PaHud made the most of his debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, winning the Toyota/NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 at All American Speedway on Saturday. PaHud, who also won the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying for the event, became the fourth different driver to win a series race for Bill McAnally Racing this season. The 21-year-old from Dayton, Ohio had earned the opportunity to compete in BMR’s No. 99 PEAK Toyota at Roseville by winning this year’s PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge. “Me and (crew chief) Roger (Bracken) got this thing dialed in last Thursday and Friday and we made a few minor adjustments this morning,” PaHud said of their test sessions at the third-mile track a week before the race. “Come qualifying time, we weren’t really sure we had, because in practice we missed it just a little bit. But we got a good run. I made a few adjustments to help us out in qualify
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Eggleston Wins Colorado With BMR

Eggleston Wins Colorado With BMR

• Local Driver Scores Victory In Just His Second K&N West Race DACONO, Colo. (July 26, 2014) – Chris Eggleston knows his way around Colorado National Speedway. The local driver put that experience to good use on Saturday night in winning the NAPA AUTO PARTS/Toyota 150 in just his second race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The 25-year-old from nearby Erie wheeled his Bill McAnally Racing No. 99 NAPA Filters/H2O Fire Protection Toyota out front early and then chose the outside line on restarts to successfully fend off challenges for the lead. “All the NAPA AUTO PARTS guys and NAPA Filters guys worked so hard,” said Eggleston. “The whole Bill McAnally Racing team gave me a great car for tonight’s 150. It was just stellar. We struggled a little bit in practice on the short runs, but this car was phenomenal on the long runs.” Eggleston, who has competed in Super Late Models and won the Legends division title at the 3/8-mile Colorado track just north of Denver, credi ... read more

Drake Charges To Second-Place Finish At Iowa Speedway

•Rookie Gets Career-Best Mark In K&N Pro Series East-West Combo Race NEWTON, Iowa (May 18, 2014) – Nick Drake drove his No. 15 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota to a career-best second-place finish in the Casey’s General Store 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday. The 18-year-old series rookie from Mooresville, N.C., – making his first start on the .875-mile high-banked oval in Newton, Iowa – charged from 11th on the grid and worked his way through the field to take the runner-up spot behind race winner Ben Rhodes. “Once we got to second, I think we were just as good as him,” said Drake, whose previous best series finish came last month at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, where he was third. “We just never got a caution to get the chance to get around him. Starting that far back and starting on the front row, that’s what the race came down to. We used our stuff up to catch the leaders. We needed a caution there at the end to get caught ... read more

Custer Captures Win At Richmond International Raceway

Custer Captures Win At Richmond International Raceway

• BMR Drivers Custer, Drake Finish First & Third In K&N Pro Series East Action RICHMOND, Va. (April 26, 2014) – Cole Custer took the lead from his Bill McAnally Racing teammate Nick Drake near the midway point of the Blue Ox 100 and pulled away to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Saturday. Drake, who had won his first career pole in qualifying the day before, finished third in the event – which had been postponed from Friday night due to rain. The delay did not slow the two BMR teams, as they ran 1-2 from the drop of the green flag, with Drake out front in the No. 15 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota and Custer close behind in the No. 00 NAPA AUTO PARTS/HAAS Automation entry. Custer worked his way around Drake on the outside, following a restart just before the midway point of the race. He went on to win by a margin of .177 seconds over Ben Rhodes. Drake was close behind in third. “We just road behind Nick for a long time,” sa ... read more

Two BMR Drivers Named To NASCAR Next Program

Two BMR Drivers Named To NASCAR Next Program

•Custer, McReynolds On Program Roster For 2014-2015 ROSEVILLE, Calif. (April 25, 2014) – Bill McAnally Racing drivers Cole Custer and Brandon McReynolds have been named to the NASCAR Next program. They were among 12 drivers NASCAR announced for the program’s 2014-2015 class during a special press conference today at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. NASCAR Next is an industry initiative aimed at spotlighting NASCAR’s rising stars and bolstering fan recognition around talent that will grow into NASCAR Sprint Cup Series mainstays. Drivers in the program will have the opportunity to participate in special media events and promotional activities. Custer – a 16-year-old from Ladera Ranch, Calif. – drives the No. 00 NAPA AUTO PARTS/HAAS Automation entry in select events in the East and West divisions of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series this season and also competes in a limited schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. McReynolds, 22, of Mooresville, N.C., is behi ... read more

Staropoli Returns BMR To Victory Lane At Irwindale Speedway In K&N West Action

BMR Drivers Take Home The Hardware In NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 IRWINDALE, Calif. (March 23, 2014) – Patrick Staropoli scored his first career win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with a victory in the NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway on Saturday night. The win by the 24-year-old driver from Plantation, Fla., marked a return to Irwindale’s Victory Lane for Bill McAnally Racing – which had dominated series competition at the state-of-the-art facility east of Los Angeles between 2001 and 2007. For Staropoli, who started fifth on the grid in the No. 99 PEAK Toyota, the win came in just his third career series start. Like many others in Saturday’s race, he opted to drop back early in the event and save his tires. After fading back as far as 13th, Staropoli eventually began his move to the front. He capitalized on two late-race cautions to charge from fourth to first – taking the lead with 13 laps remaining. He pulled away to win by a margin of 1.551 seconds. “W ... read more

Good Day Sacramento comes to BMR Napa AutoCare for “Daytona Sunday”

Good Day Sacramento’s Nina Hajian visited Bill McAnally Racing and the BMR Napa AutoCare Center in Roseville for Daytona Sunday. The local news program did multiple segments featuring the BMR Napa AutoCare Center in Roseville that is a full service automotive repair facility and home to a seven time championship NASCAR team. The segment included an interview with Bill McAnally about the team’s recent success in Daytona Beach as they begin their quest for championships in both the East and West Coasts for 2014 before Nina took the pit crew tire change challenge against the clock. Earlier the same week, BMR drivers Brandon McReynolds and Nick Drake made a hard charge to the front to finish third and fourth in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition at the UNOH Battle At The Beach in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Tuesday night. McReynolds made the biggest gain in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, rocketing from 19th on the grid to take third – while Drake methodically moved from ... read more

Custer Leads BMR Charge With Win In K&N West Opener At Phoenix

Custer Leads BMR Charge With Win In K&N West Opener At Phoenix

NAPA-Sponsored Team Starts 2014 Strong AVONDALE, Ariz. (Feb. 27, 2014) – Cole Custer led a Bill McAnally Racing charge in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season opener, capturing the win in his No. 00 NAPA AUTO PARTS/Haas Automation entry at Phoenix International Raceway on Thursday. Custer’s teammate, Nick Drake, finished third in the No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota. BMR missed a podium sweep, however, when Brandon McReynolds suffered damage to his No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota in the final laps and faded from second to finish eighth. Custer’s win in the Talking Stick Resort 75 came in just his third series start. The 16-year-old Ladera Ranch, Calif., driver was fast in practice and turned a fast-lap of 131.536 mph in qualifying to win his second straight pole at Phoenix. He went on to lead the most laps in the race and pulled away from the field in a green-white-checkered finish, due to a late-race caution that extended the event distance. “I can’t thank my guys eno ... read more

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