Todd Gilliland Is Excited To Return To Texas

Todd Gilliland

Event:                          JAG Metals 350, Race 21 of 23, 147 Laps – 35/35/74; 220.5 Miles
Location:                     Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth (1.5-mile oval)
Date/Broadcast:          Nov. 2, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
 
What You Need to Know
 
  • Gilliland has one prior NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts at Texas Motor Speedway. In his first start on an intermediate track, he qualified second, led 62 laps and finished sixth at Texas.
  • Gilliland’s crew chief, Marcus Richmond, has one NCWTS win at Texas. He visited Victory Lane in 2013 with Ty Dillon. He also won the pole with KBM’s Noah Gragson in June of 2017.
  •  With three races remaining, Gilliland is currently second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, 29 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 16 NCWTS starts this season, Gilliland has one pole, three top-five, eight top-10 finishes and has led 148 laps. He led a race-high 62 laps at Texas Motor Speedway in June.
Todd Gilliland, Driver Q&A
 
Todd Gilliland | 2018 Texas Preview
Driver Q&A: Todd Gilliland

 

You had a strong run at Texas in June. Are you looking forward to getting back there?
“Absolutely – we’re taking a little bit different package and a different truck, but we’re always trying to get better. We finished sixth that day and we led a lot of laps. I feel like we can get a little better this time and hopefully take home the win.”
Now that you have more mile-and-a-half experience, how does Texas compare to the other intermediate tracks?
“Texas was one of my first ones, so I’m really excited to go back there and kind of learn some stuff about moving around and racing around people. I’m hoping that I’ll be a little better on my side of it also, hopefully, give better feedback and just make better moves throughout the race.”
 
What are your goals for the final three races this season?
“My goals are just to run good. We’ve wrecked a lot of stuff lately, so it’s just going to be about being consistent and being smooth. I feel like we have good speed at one point or another throughout the race, it’s just about putting it all together at the end.”
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. JBL/SiriusXM Tundra:
 
KBM-045: The No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM team will race KBM-045, for Friday’s race at Texas. Gilliland has scored top-10 finishes with this Tundra this year at Charlotte, Kentucky and Michigan.
KBM-045 Performance Profile
Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
8
1
5.8
8.4
175
KBM Notes of Interest
  • KBM drivers have collected five wins, two poles, 654 laps led, 11 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.9 across 38 starts in the Lone Star state
  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch has collected two of his team’s wins (2010 & 2014), Erik Jones earned the victory in November 2015, William Byron took the checkered flag in June 2016 and Christopher Bell went to Victory Lane in June 2017
  • After Martinsville, the No. 4 team has three poles with David Gilliland (Daytona), Kyle Busch (Atlanta) and Todd Gilliland (fall Martinsville), four top-five and nine 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

 

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