PIT BOX: BMR & Bruncati Bring Their Battle To Rocky Mountains

The BMR versus Bruncati battle heads to the Rocky Mountains.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will make its 12th straight trip — and 16th overall — to the Colorado National Speedway, located just outside of Denver. Colorado, which has been a staple of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, will host the NAPA Auto Parts 175 Saturday evening.


NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

Colorado National has hosted the series every year since 2007, and in that time, Bill McAnally Racing drivers have won six times. Their rivals for the 2018 West title — the Bob Bruncati Racing contingent of Derek Thorn and Ryan Partridge have wins in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

Expect more of the same Saturday.

The No. 99 for BMR that Chris Eggleston drove to wins at Colorado in three of the last four years is now piloted by NASCAR Next driver Cole Rouse. Rouse is fourth in the championship standings, two points behind Derek Kraus and 12 out of the lead held by Partridge. And it’s Partridge who holds a slim three-point advantage over Thorn.

Last year, BMR swept the top 3 spots at Colorado, and the top two positions the year before.

This has been the year of surprises, though, as Kody Vanderwal has used a pair of wins at Tucson Speedway to remain in title contention. And don’t count out the third cars from BMR and Bruncati. BMR’s Hailie Deegan is coming off a strong showing in the East race at Memphis International Raceway, where she led laps for the first time, while Trevor Huddleston is quietly putting together an impressive Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidacy with three top 10s in four starts.

RACING-REFERENCE:  Previous K&N Pro Series West races at Colorado | K&N Pro Series West drivers’ career stats at Colorado