AVONDALE, Ariz. -- A one-race deal led to a full-time ride. And resulted in Chris Eggleston celebrating car owner Bill McAnally's sixth NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship Thursday night at Phoenix International Raceway.
Eggleston came home 11th in the No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota in the season-ending Casino Arizona 100 to put the finishing touches on the 2015 title run.
Eggleston made three starts with Bill McAnally Racing last year. His first race came at his home track, Colorado National Speedway, and resulted in his first career NASCAR victory. That led to two more starts -- Iowa and Phoenix -- and the relationship blossomed into a full season schedule in 2015.
Eggleston entered the final with just a four-point lead over Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Noah Gragson, and had another pair of rookies Gracin Raz and Ryan Partridge within 12 points on him. Eggleston was not eligible for the series' rookie of the year honors because he had run six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races between 2010-2014.
But Eggleston did what he needed Thursday: Keep his challengers in the rear-view mirror. After qualifying 15th -- second behind Partridge among contenders -- he passed Partridge before the halfway break and kept his car out of trouble while picking off positions.
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