Todd Gilliland Makes His Homestead Debut

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Event:                          NCWTS 200, Race 23 of 23, 134 Laps – 30/30/74; 201 Miles
Location:                     Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Date/Broadcast:          Nov. 16, 2018 at 8 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 Homestead, but spent two days testing there in August.
  • Gilliland’s crew chief, Marcus Richmond, has a best finish of third at Homestead with Timothy Peters in 2014. He has two top-five and three top-10 finishes in 11 starts at the south-Florida oval.
  • 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 18 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 two weeks ago, 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

 

What did you learn when you tested at Homestead?
“I think we learned a lot about set-up stuff, what to do and what not to do. Also, for me feeling out the race track and watching all the race tape you can. You know the top has more grip, but once you go there and feel it, it definitely gives you a different perspective of how to prepare for this race. I’m looking forward to it.”
How would you rate your 2018 season?
“It’s so hard to go off results. We’ve had a really up-and-down season I feel like. One weekend we are competing for a win and the next weekend we’re 10th place. It’s just about being more consistent and having the bad days be a top-three or top-five truck. Obviously, it could have gone better, but it definitely could have been worse too.”
 
What are your plans for the off season?
“We’ve been talking about maybe going down to the Snowball Derby and just hanging out. We aren’t going to race it this year. I’m sure everyone here at KBM is going to bring some fast Toyota Camrys down there, so I may just go hang out and have a little fun with them.”
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-045: The No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM team will race KBM-045, for Friday’s race at Homestead. Gilliland has not finished outside of the top 10 with this truck in four starts this season. He nearly won with it at Texas two weeks ago when he ran out of fuel while leading the final lap.
KBM-045 Performance Profile
Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
9
1
6.4
7.9
235
KBM Notes of Interest
  • KBM drivers have collected four wins, 257 laps led, eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.8 across 20 starts at Homestead
  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch scored wins for KBM in 2010 & 2013, Darrell Wallace Jr., won in 2014 and William Byron in 2016
  • Noah Gragson will be contending for KBM’s third Driver’s championship
  • After Phoenix, 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
11/9
Phoenix
Todd Gilliland
10
17
150/150
0
Running
720/11th

 

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