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Todd Gillland Wins K&N East at New Smyrna Amid Controversy

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The JET Tools 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season-opener at New Smyrna Speedway should have ended on lap 150 with Todd Gilliland flagged the winner, but the leaders were never shown the white flag and the race continued on for an extra lap.

During the course of this extra lap, third-place driver Ronnie Bassett Jr. took Gilliland and Spencer Davis three-wide. The resulting contact sent Davis crashing into the Turn 4 wall and Bassett crossed the line as the announced initial winner. But realizing they made a critical mistake, NASCAR reverted to the previous lap, which was the intended final lap and Gilliland was declared the winner.

During the post-race press conference, Gilliland fielded questions from the media about the circumstances surrounding his victory but was instructed by a NASCAR representative to only speak about his accomplishment.

The official statement from NASCAR reads as follows.

As tonight’s K&N Pro Series East race neared the conclusion of the advertised distance, there was a delay in the appropriate flags being displayed to the field.  As a result, the race continued for an additional lap beyond the scheduled 150 laps, during which a wreck occurred involving cars at the front of the field.  Per the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rule Book Section 10-2.11.B, the official results of the race reverted to the running order at the completion of lap 150, the advertised distance. NASCAR will review the circumstances surrounding the finish and take steps to avoid a recurrence.

Once everything had been settled, Davis was reinserted as the second-place driver, despite a trashed race car with Bassett in third. Kyle Benjamin and Justin Haley completed the top-5, followed by Noah Gragson, Ryan Preece, Tyler Dippel, Riley Herbst and Dominique Van Wieringen.

Gilliland has now won in his four most-recent tour debuts, including last March in the CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour at Southern National Motorsports Park, in May in the ARCA Racing Series event at Toldeo Speedway and in November in the K&N Pro West Series at Phoenix International Raceway.

The complete results from the JET Tools 150 can be found below.

1. Todd Gilliland *
2. Spencer Davis *
3. Ronnie Bassett, Jr.
4. Kyle Benjamin
5. Justin Haley
6. Noah Gragson
7. Ryan Preece
8. Tyler Dippel *
9. Riley Herbst *
10. Dominique Van Wieringen *
11. Collin Cabre
12. Gracin Raz
13. Harrison Burton *
14. Trey Hutchens
15. Kaz Grala
16. David Calabrese *
17. Reid Wilson *
18. John Holleman, IV *
19. Codie Rohrbaugh
20. Ali Kern *
21. Ruben Garcia Jr. *
22. Sarah Cornett-Ching *
23. Jairo Avila Jr. *
24. Austin Theriault
25. Clayton Green *
26. Christian Celaya
27. Dillon Bassett
28. Ulysse Delsaux *
29. Hunter Baize *

Matt Weaver is the Executive Editor of POPULAR SPEED. He has covered NASCAR since 2011 and full-time since 2013. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He has been published all across the country and routinely makes radio appearances on Sirius XM Satellite radio and NBC Sports Radio Network.