Philpott finished sixth in a field of 20 drivers in the Evergreen 200 at Evergreen Speedway. It’s his first top-10 finish in the series and his third race of the season in the Philpotts’ K&N Pro Series Toyota Camry.
Philpott, who usually races in Western Late Model events, said that the experience of racing in a heavier car in a more competitive division in Roseville in April and Las Vegas in June prepared him to do well Sunday. He added that the five-eighths-mile oval at Evergreen reminded him of the half-mile track at Altamont Raceway Park.
“We were standing at the same speed and were able to pass people,” he said, adding that the car also was in ideal condition and responded well, especially toward the end of the race. “The car really came to life at laps 140 to 200. I couldn’t ask for a better car.
“To finish sixth feels like winning, this series is so tough.”
His cousin Ryan Philpott finished in 13th place Sunday at Evergreen Speedway, which keeps him in the top 10 in the K&N Pro Series West points standings. Winner of the race was Greg Pursley of Newhall. He is the series leader with six wins in eight races.
Justin Philpott isn’t going after points this year, but he said he hopes to be able to make the last couple of races of the series — in Roseville on Oct. 15 and Phoenix on Nov. 12 — depending on sponsorships and finances.