Gilliland Is Hoping His Mojo Will Follow Him To Kentucky

Todd Gilliland

Event:                          Buckle Up in Your Truck 225, Race 12 of 23, 150 Laps – 35/35/80; 225 Miles
Location:                     Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (1.5-mile oval)
Date/Broadcast:          July 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
 
What You Need to Know
 
  • This will be Gilliland’s fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race on a mile-and-a-half track since turning 18 in May. He finished  10that Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, sixth at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and 16th at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
  • Earned his best career finish in the NCWTS at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., when he jumped up to second place during a two-lap shootout on the final restart.
  • In seven NCWTS starts this season, Gilliland has one top-five, four top-10 finishes and has led 64 laps. He led a race-high 62 laps at Texas Motor Speedway. Despite only competing in seven of the 11 races due to age restrictions, he currently ranks 13h in the Truck Series championship standings and is 124 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.
Todd Gilliland, Driver Q&A
Driver Q&A: Todd Gilliland
Driver Q&A: Todd Gilliland
This will be your fourth Truck Series race on an intermediate track. How are you adjusting to them?
“I think they are a lot of fun. You definitely have to race them a little bit different, but I think I’m getting a lot more experience. At Charlotte, I kind of ran in the back all night, and after Texas getting to run in the lead a lot and Chicago being around the top five, I think that was definitely a lot to learn. Hopefully, we can just keep building on it and I think our truck is going to be fast this weekend.”
What have you heard about Kentucky from the other drivers?
“It’s all about watching film and watching in-car cameras from years past. I was also able to go to a test there with the trucks just to watch, but it’s still always a good thing just to be around the race track. I think it’s just going to be like another 1.5-mile track.”
 
How do you handle this hot stretch of races in the summer months?
“I think the first few were really difficult, but we’ve done a few different things inside the truck to really make it a lot better, a lot cooler to keep us focused throughout the entire race. I think it won’t be an issue. If anything, just the temperature swing from day to night.”
Todd Gilliland Career Highlights
  • Won this year’s season-opening NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race in January at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and won again at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in April
  • Won a second consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship in 2017 after recording six wins, seven poles, 937 laps led, 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes across 14 starts
  • Ran six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races for KBM in 2017, scoring a career-best third-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon
  • Crowned the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion after collecting six wins, six poles, 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes, making him the youngest champion in the history of any NASCAR national or touring series
Todd Gilliland’s No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra:
 
KBM-045: The No. 4 Mobil 1 team will race KBM-045, for Thursday’s race at Kentucky. Gilliland raced this Tundra at Charlotte earlier this year where he finished 10th. Kyle Busch raced this truck at Atlanta in February when he won the pole and led 67 laps.
KBM-045 Performance Profile
Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
6
1
7.0
9.2
166
KBM Notes of Interest
  • KBM drivers have collected four wins, 672 laps led, 12 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 9.4 across 22 starts at Kentucky
  • Driver-owner Kyle Busch claimed two of KBM’s victories in the Bluegrass state (2011 and 2014) along with William Byron (2016) and Christopher Bell (2017)
  • After Chicago, the No. 4 team has two poles with David Gilliland (Daytona) and Kyle Busch (Atlanta), two top-five and five top-10 finishes and is ranked fifth in the owner’s championship standings
  • KBM holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (67) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). In addition to collecting a series-record six Owner’s Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers; Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).
Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Toyota Tundra 2018 NCWTS Box Score:

 

Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
Owner Pts./Pos.
2/16
Daytona
David Gilliland
1
21
95/100
30
Running
34/6th
2/24
Atlanta
Kyle Busch
1
21
133/134
67
Running
60/4th
3/2
Las Vegas
Spencer Davis
4
13
134/134
0
Running
102/7th
3/24
Martinsville
Todd Gilliland
23
14
250/250
1
Running
134/7th
5/4
Dover
Todd Gilliland
3
10
209/210
0
Running
173/7th
5/11
Kansas
Kyle Busch
6
2
167/167
1
Running
225/3rd
5/18
Charlotte
Todd Gilliland
3
10
134/134
0
Running
262/5th
6/8
Texas
Todd Gilliland
2
6
167/167
62
Running
301/4th
6/16
Iowa
Todd Gilliland
4
29
102/200
0
Accident
309/5th
6/23
Gateway
Todd Gilliland
8
2
160/160
1
Running
352/5th
6/29
Chicago
Todd Gilliland
4
16
148/150
0
Running
379/5th
7/12
Kentucky
Todd Gilliland
 
 
 
 
 
 
7/18
Eldora
Todd Gilliland
7/28
Pocono
Todd Gilliland
8/11
Michigan
Todd Gilliland
8/16
Bristol
Todd Gilliland
8/26
Canadian Tire
Todd Gilliland
 
 
 
 
 
 
9/14
Las Vegas
Todd Gilliland
10/13
Talladega
Todd Gilliland
10/27
Martinsville
Todd Gilliland
11/2
Texas
Todd Gilliland
11/9
Phoenix
Todd Gilliland
 
11/16
Homestead
Todd Gilliland
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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