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Huddleston Wins Thriller in Irwindale

Trevor Huddleston

Irwindale, CA (April 3, 2019) – Trevor Huddleston would claim his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win in dramatic fashion after out dueling series rookie Tanner Gray at Irwindale Speedway to win the NAPA Auto 150 in the closest NASCAR K&N Pro Series West finish in Irwindale Speedway history.

Huddleston started the No. 9 Lucas Oil/Sunrise Ford Fusion in the 4th position and would methodically move towards the front while dealing with adversity. As the trio of Derek Kraus, Gray and polesitter Hailie Deegan would engage in a three driver battle for the lead in the first half of the race, Huddleston was experiencing a transmission problem that meant he had to drive the majority of the race with one hand holding his shifter to keep it in 4th gear.

Undeterred, Huddleston would show his true pace in the second half of the race and quickly move into the second position before making the winning pass on Kraus with seven laps to go. While the three-time Irwindale track champion would lead the remainder of the race, a bobble on the last lap gave Gray a chance to steal the win and set up the incredible finish. The pair would race door to door to the line with Huddleston using the high line to edge Gray by just .030 seconds. As the pair crossed the line, incidental contact was made which sent Huddleston spinning before hitting the retaining wall.

While this resulted in Huddleston walking to the victory lane that he is very familiar with instead of driving, it did not damper his emotion as he was overwhelmed with the significance of his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory at his home track. "Wow! This is unbelievable and I still am in shock," said Huddleston. "This is truly a dream come true. We battled hard for the win and came out on top. I have so many people to thank including Bob and Maureen Bruncati, my entire #9 crew, all the shop guys and all those who have supported me this far. It’s gonna be one heck of a year!"

Trevor Huddleston

Teammate Jagger Jones would also have a strong race in the #6 Sunrise Ford/XYO Fusion. Jones began the day qualifying 5th and ran in the top-5 the entire race before coming home in 4th. It was a solid follow up to his series debut one month prior in Las Vegas. "It was a good run in my first K&N race on pavement," said Jones. "If we can just make some small improvements then I know we will be fighting for wins at the double header race next month in Tucson. I can’t wait to race in my home state again!"

With the win, Huddleston is now only two points out of the points lead in the second position while Jones is tied for third, just one point behind Huddleston. The next two races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship will be on May 11 when Tucson Speedway hosts the Port of Tucson Twin 100's doubleheader event. For more information visit hometracks.nascar.com and tucsonspeedway.com.