Cole Rouse is our guest on Fan4Racing NASCAR & Race Talk, Monday, October 15, 2018, at 8:40 pm ET. Call 929-477-1790 or tweet @Fan4RacingSite with any questions or comments during our LIVE broadcast.
Scores First NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Victory
ROSEVILLE, Calif — All season long Cole Rouse has been close.
Last time out, Rouse took the white flag and was leading before losing the race to Bill McAnally Racing teammate Hailie Deegan. It is more than safe to say Rouse wanted this win bad.
Rouse finally got his elusive first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win Saturday by winning the NAPA AutoCare/Roseville Toyota 200 presented by TriCo Welding Supplies & the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at All American Speedway.
Rouse’s No.99 NAPA Belts and Hoses Toyota Camry won the pole earlier in the day and battled hard at the front of the field with the likes of Ryan Partridge and Chris Eggleston. Taking the lead on an aggressive pass during the lap 189 restart it almost seemed like smooth sailing until a late race caution set up a four-lap dash to the finish.
This time Rouse got his redemption.
The 21-year-old driver from Fort Smith, Arkansas held off a pair of Bob Bruncati Racing entries and came home 0.506 seconds ahead of the Partridge to claim his first win in his 27th series start. Rouse entered the event with ten career top-fives, including runner-up finishes in three of his previous four races.
RACING-REFERENCE: Cole Rouse
Partridge’s No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach/Lucas Oil/Braille Ford seemed to be the car to beat before being passed by Rouse in the penultimate restart. Partridge, the 2016 winner at All American, would settle for his 11th top-five of 2018.
Championship leader Derek Thorn lost a lap early after contact from Derek Kraus led to a spin. He fought hard to get his lap back and battled back to finish third for his 12th top-five of the season.
Nick Joanides came home fourth, scoring his best career finish and first top-five of his career. Travis Milburn fought has way back after multiple spins to complete the top-five.
Matt Levin, Hailie Deegan, Taylor Canfield, Rich Delong III and Takuma Koga completing the top-ten.
Thorn leads Rouse by 26 and Partridge by 29 heading into the season finale at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, on Saturday, Oct. 27, for the NAPA Auto Parts 175 presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.
NAPA AutoCare/Roseville Toyota 200 presented by TriCo Welding Supplies & the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame will on NBCSN Thursday, October 18, 6 p.m. ET.
NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-NAPA Autocare/Roseville Toyota 200 Results
At All American Speedway
lap length: 0.333 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
- (1) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Toyota, 200 laps, 57.732 mph.
- (3) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 200.
- (5) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, Calif., Ford, 200.
- (9) Nick Joanides, Woodland Hills, Calif., Toyota, 200.
- (10) Travis Milburn, Eagle, Id., Chevrolet, 200.
- (8) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 200.
- (2) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, Calif., Toyota, 200.
- (15) Taylor Canfield, San Diego, Calif., Toyota, 198.
- (14) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 196.
- (12) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 194.
- (11) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 178, accident.
- (4) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 149, accident.
- (6) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 117, drive line.
- (13) Rudy Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 102, brakes.
- (7) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 92.
- (16) David Hibbard, Medford, Ore., Chevrolet, 0, mechanical.
Time of Race: 1 hour 9 minutes 13 seconds
The Margin of Victory: 0.506 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: C.Rouse (86.388 mph, 13.877 seconds)
Caution Flags: Eight for 47 laps.
Lead Changes: Six among three drivers.
lap Leaders: C. Rouse 1-31; R. Partridge 32-123; C. Eggleston 124-140; R. Partridge 141-148; C. Eggleston 149; R. Partridge 150-173; C. Rouse 174-200.
Standings: 1. D. Thorn, 546; 2. C. Rouse, 520; 3. R. Partridge, 517; 4. D. Kraus, 495; 5. H. Deegan, 475; 6. T. Huddleston, 463; 7. K. Vanderwal, 443; 8. M. Levin, 392; 9. T. Koga, 367; 10. T. Souza, 237.