NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overview
Event: Corrigan Oil 200, Race 15 of 23, 100 Laps – 20/20/60; 200 Miles
Location: Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (2.0-mile oval)
Date/Broadcast: Aug. 11, 2018 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
What You Need to Know
- Gilliland has no prior starts at Michigan. With only two races remaining in the regular season, Gilliland must win at Michigan, or next week at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway to make the playoffs.
- Veteran crew chief Marcus Richmond has one top-five and six top-10 finishes in 10 starts atop the pit box at MIS. His best finish was third with Ty Dillon in 2013.
- 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 10 NCWTS starts this season, Gilliland has one top-five, six top-10 finishes and has led 72 laps. He led a race-high 62 laps at Texas Motor Speedway. Despite only competing in 10 of the 14 races due to age restrictions, he currently ranks 12th in the Truck Series championship standings.
Todd Gilliland, Driver Q&A
What have you been told about racing at Michigan?
“It’s a really fast two-mile race track, so in the trucks it should be pretty much wide open the whole race. It’s just going to be about building a lot of speed into the truck and putting yourself in good aero positions the whole race.”
Is there added pressure knowing you need to win one of the next two races to make the playoffs?
“I’d say we just go out there and do our best every weekend. Trying harder isn’t going to do any good, so we just need to go out there and do what we know we can do and I think we’ll be just fine.”
What would it mean to you to make the playoffs as a rookie after missing four races due to age restrictions?
“It would mean a lot. I feel like we’ve been competitive enough to make it, it’s just about putting the whole race together. We’ve been at the front at one point or another, but it’s about being there at the end. I think we’re going to have the truck to do it this weekend and hopefully everything else can follow.”
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 Mobil 1 Tundra:
KBM-045: The No. 4 Mobil 1 team will race KBM-045, for Saturday’s race at Michigan. This Tundra has been raced three times in 2018. Once by Kyle Busch at Atlanta (21st) and twice by Gilliland at Charlotte (10th) and Kentucky (7th).
KBM Notes of Interest
- KBM drivers have collected one win, 300 laps led, eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.2 across 17 starts at Michigan
- Driver-owner Kyle Busch claimed KBM’s lone victory in the Irish Hills in 2015
- After Pocono, the No. 4 team has two poles with David Gilliland (Daytona) and Kyle Busch (Atlanta), two top-five and seven top-10 finishes and is ranked seventh 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).