Todd Gilliland Makes His First Start At LVMS

Todd Gilliland

Event:                          World of Westgate 200, Race 18 of 23, 134 Laps – 30/30/74; 201 Miles
Location:                      Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. (1.5-mile oval)
Date/Broadcast:           Sept. 14, 2018 at 9 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
 
What You Need to Know
 
  • Todd Gilliland has no prior NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was unable to compete in the race there in March due to age restrictions. In his four starts on 1.5-mile tracks since he turned 18 in May, he has three top-10 finishes. His best finish is sixth at Texas Motor Speedway in June.
  • After capturing Rookie of the Race honors at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Gilliland moved up to second place in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. He is currently only one point out of first place.
  • Gilliland earned his best career finish in the NCWTS at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., on June 23 when he jumped up to second place during a two-lap shootout on the final restart.
  • In 13 NCWTS starts this season, Gilliland has three top-five, eight top-10 finishes and has led 91 laps. He led a race-high 62 laps at Texas Motor Speedway in June.
Todd Gilliland, Driver Q&A
 
Driver Q&A: Todd Gilliland
Driver Q&A: Todd Gilliland

 

Are you getting more comfortable racing on the intermediate tracks?
“Yes, for sure. I think a good run at Michigan a few weeks ago kind of really started our momentum. After that we’ve had really great runs at Bristol, a short track, and even up on the road course in Canada. I feel like our team can be good at any type of race track and I think the Vegas race is kind of similar to Michigan. That’s what people have told me. Hopefully we can be just as fast as we were there.”
Now that you are within a point of the Rookie of the Year lead, what would it mean to you to win that award?
“It would mean the world. It’s all we can focus on right now since we’re out of the playoffs, so we don’t have a chance at a championship, but we’ve made up a lot of points on the guys in front of me and being within one point with six races left I really believe we’ll have a really good shot at it. It’s just going to be about staying consistent. We can’t have finishes back in the pack. That’s what it’s going to take.”
 
Will you get to do anything fun while you are in Las Vegas?
“No, not really. We get into these race tracks so soon and leave right after the race. We’re going to try and hit the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at the Vegas dirt track. I think that will be a cool event – their first time on dirt. I definitely won’t want to miss that one.”
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 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra:
 
KBM-041: The No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM team will race KBM-041, for Friday’s race at Las Vegas. Gilliland has raced this Tundra twice this year at Dover International Speedway (finished 10th) and Iowa Speedway (finished 29th after an accident).
KBM-041 Performance Profile
Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
8
1
5.1
14.5
95
KBM Notes of Interest
  • KBM drivers have collected two wins, six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.1 across 20 starts at Las Vegas
  • Erik Jones took the checkered flag for KBM in 2014 and owner-driver Kyle Busch won the spring race earlier this season
  • After Canada, the No. 4 team has two poles with David Gilliland (Daytona) and Kyle Busch (Atlanta), four top-five and nine top-10 finishes and is ranked 10th in the owner’s championship standings after the playoff points reset.
  • KBM holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (68) 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
2
7
150/150
1
Running
422/5th
7/18
Eldora
Todd Gilliland
2
22
153/153
0
Running
442/7th
7/28
Pocono
Todd Gilliland
2
7
60/60
7
Running
482/7th
8/11
Michigan
Todd Gilliland
2
5
100/100
8
Running
525/7th
8/16
Bristol
Todd Gilliland
8
5
200/200
0
Running
557/10th
8/26
Canadian Tire
Todd Gilliland
15
11
65/65
11
Running
583/10th

 

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