Can Todd Gilliland Make NASCAR
K&N Pro Series History
Are you tired of hearing about how Sprint Cup Champion Kyle Busch is making history? Well, be sure to tune into the K&N Pro Series East Race scheduled for center stage today after the Xfinity events.
Fifteen-year-old, third-generation driver Todd Gilliland has a lot of pressure going into the PittLite125 race. The K&N Pro Series East race is scheduled to take the green at 4:30 pm at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway.
If Todd manages to extend his amazing streak and win this race, he will become the first driver in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West history to win their first five career starts! He’s currently tied for the feat with Dan Gurney after his fourth victory at California’s Kern County Raceway Park earlier this month.
|Race Winner Todd with his father David Gilliland|
(Photo by Sal Sigala Jr.)
This talented youngster is the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran David Gilliland, and Butch Gilliland’s grandson. Butch is the 1997 Winston West (now known as NASCAR K&N Pro Series West) champion.
“My son David Gilliland and now Todd. . . . . I am so proud as a former driver. Most of all I am proud of my whole family as they have always supported our racing and now with Todd growing up we are so happy.” Butch reported.
A field of ambitious racers will all strive to keep Todd from his history making goal. The obstacles include 2015 pole winner Jessie Little; 2015 race winner Kyle Benjamin; and series points leader Spencer Davis.
Todd qualified eight for the race while Harrison Burton, the son of former Sprint Cup Series driver and NBC commentator Jeff Burton took pole. Harrison is looking for his first series win.
The PittLite125 will feature a new qualifying procedure this weekend. Instead of the traditional two-lap time trials, group qualifying similar to road course procedures, will be utilized. Each group will participate in a five-minute session and the fastest single lap speed of each car will determine the first 32 starting positions.
The 125 lap race, spanning 66.625 miles, will be run in two segments with a five minute break at or near the conclusion of Lap 70.
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