Friday, June 29, 2018

Todd Gilliland - Driver to Watch / #NASCAR Trucks on Track Tonight at Chicagoland Speedway

Todd Gilliland - Driver to Watch / #NASCAR Trucks on Track Tonight at Chicagoland Speedway

First Timers at Chicagoland Speedway / Gilliland Strong Contender

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
  • Next Race: Overton’s 225
  • The Place: Chicagoland Speedway
  • The Date: Friday, June 29
  • The Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
  • TV: FS1, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • Distance: 225 miles (150 laps)
    • Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 35)
    • Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 70)
    • Final Stage (Ends on Lap 150)

Of the thirty-three (33) drivers entered in the Overton’s 225 at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend so far, eight of them are making their track debut. They are:
  1. Austin Hill
  2. Todd Gilliland
  3. Robby Lyons
  4. Brett Moffitt
  5. Dalton Sargeant
  6. Stewart Friesen
  7. Bo LeMastus
  8. Bayley Currey

Todd Gilliland proves to be a strong contender each week in his young NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career. He has started in twelve (12) career races and has posted three top-fives and seven top-tens.

Gilliland finished in second place behind Justin Haley at Gateway Motorsports Park posting his career-best finish. This was a great comeback for him as he crashed the weekend before at Iowa Speedway and was unable to finish the race.

Tonight, on his first visit to Chicagoland; will he be able to join John Hunter Nemechek and Kyle Busch on the list of those who grabbed a win at his track debut? (Nemechek in 2015 and Busch in 2009) 

Todd Gilliland, along with Johnny Sauter, led Thursday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practices at Chicagoland Speedway, preparing for Friday night’s Overton’s 225.

Further, Gilliland appeared headed for victory Thursday night having built up a huge lead but a caution was displayed with five laps remaining after a spin by Leilani Munter. Michael Self went from third to first on a restart with two of 100 laps remaining for the win; Todd had to settle for third.

Driver Q&A: Todd Gilliland

You earned your best career Truck Series finish at Gateway last weekend. Do you feel like your first win is getting closer?
"Yeah, I think anytime that you can run upfront and be in the top three all night that builds confidence in me and the team, so that's what it's about. Just being consistent and getting better every week, and I think we are definitely getting closer."

How will running the ARCA race Thursday help you prepare for Friday's NCWTS race?
"I think at this point it's all about getting mile-and-half experience. It's been a really great stretch here in the summer months to just race every weekend, so we're keeping that up this weekend racing twice and hopefully we can just learn a little something new in the ARCA race that helps me in the truck race."

Since you have never raced at Chicago, what have you been told about what to expect?
"I've heard some things that a lot of mile-and-half tracks aren't real racy and you get kind of stuck behind people. I've heard Chicago is a really racy race track, so I think you will see a lot of grooves moving around. I guess we'll see when we get there."

Gilliland has proven that he will be a driver to watch!



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