Gilliland: Phoenix Is A Really Fun Track

Todd Gilliland

 
Event:                          Lucas Oil 150, Race 22 of 23, 150 Laps – 45/45/60; 150 Miles
Location:                     ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (one-mile oval)
Date/Broadcast:          Nov. 9, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
 
What You Need to Know
 
  • Todd Gilliland has one prior NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts at ISM Raceway. He started fifth and finished seventh in last year’s race. He also won the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at the one-mile track.
  • Gilliland’s crew chief, Marcus Richmond, has one NCWTS win at Phoenix. He visited Victory Lane in 2015 with Timothy Peters. He has one win, three top-five and six top-10 finishes in 12 starts there.
  • With two races remaining, Gilliland is currently second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, 27 points behind 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 17 NCWTS starts this season, Gilliland has one pole, four top-five, nine top-10 finishes and has led 208 laps. He led a race-high 62 laps at Texas Motor Speedway in June and another 60 laps there last weekend, including the final lap before running out of fuel on the backstretch coming to the checkered flag.
Todd Gilliland, Driver Q&A
 
Driver Q&A: Todd Gilliland
Driver Q&A: Todd Gilliland

 

How do you move past last weekend’s heartbreak at Texas?
“I think you just need to take the positives away from it and put the negative stuff behind you. It happened, it sucked, but it’s done now and there’s a ton of positives we can take away from it. That’s what it’s going to be all about is moving on to the next race.”
Do you feel like you have to lose a couple close ones before you get your first win?
“I wish not, but I think this is definitely just building our momentum. We’ve got two more races left, so that’s what we’re going to focus on now – getting those last two wins. There is nothing else we can do.”
 
Since you ran the NCWTS race at Phoenix last year, what is it like to compete there?
“Phoenix is a really fun race track. I made my first K&N start there as well as one of my first truck starts. I really like the race track. KBM stuff always seems to be really fast there, so hopefully, we can back that up this year. A lot of people have got their first wins there so hopefully, we can add to that list.”
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 PEDIGREE® Tundra:
 
KBM-041: The No. 4 PEDIGREE® team will race KBM-041, for Friday’s race in Phoenix. Gilliland has raced this Tundra three times this season at Dover, Iowa and the second Las Vegas race.
KBM-041 Performance Profile
Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
9
1
5.7
15.9
100
KBM Notes of Interest
  • KBM drivers have collected five wins, four poles, 787 laps led, seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.8 across 20 starts in the desert
  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch collected the team’s first win at the one-mile track in 2011, Brian Scott claimed the win in 2012, Erik Jones won two consecutive races in 2013 & 2014 and Daniel Suarez went to Victory Lane in November 2016
  • After Texas, the No. 4 team has three poles with David Gilliland (Daytona), Kyle Busch (Atlanta) and Todd Gilliland (fall Martinsville), five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes and is ranked 11th in the owner’s championship standings
  • 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
9/14
Las Vegas
Todd Gilliland
10
27
86/144
5
Accident
600/11th
10/13
Talladega
Todd Gilliland
6
20
82/94
13
Accident
632/11th
10/27
Martinsville
Todd Gilliland
1
12
200/200
39
Running
664/11th
11/2
Texas
Todd Gilliland
12
4
147/147
60
Running
700/11th

 

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