Rookie Todd Gilliland brought home a hard-fought 11th-place finish in Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the No. 51 PEDIGREE® Toyota Tundra. This was Gilliland’s career-best finish in the Truck Series in only his third start of the 2017 season for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM).
Date: September 3, 2017
Event: NCWTS 250 (Race 15 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Location: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2.459-mile, 10-turn road course)
Format: Three Stages; 20 laps/20 laps/24 laps
Start/Finish: 13th/11th (Running, completed 64 of 64 laps)
Winner: Austin Cindric of Brad Keselowski Racing (Ford)
Stage One Recap:
- Gilliland took the green from the 13th position to start his first road-course race in the NCWTS. By the end of Lap 1, the No. 51 PEDIGREE® Tundra had already made its way into the top 10. The rookie handled a loose truck for the remainder of Stage One, but when the caution flew to end the stage he was running ninth.
Stage Two Recap:
- After a four-tire stop on pit road, Gilliland restarted from the 18th position because of various pit strategies on the track. By Lap 30 the 17-year-old was back inside the top 10, still dealing with a free Tundra. Gilliland used the rest of the stage to find his groove on the track and maintain his running position. When Stage Two ended he was scored 10th.
Stage Three Recap:
- Gilliland started Stage Three by not making a trip down pit road when the lead trucks on the track did. With only 20 to go in the race, Gilliland took the restart on the front row in the second position. He was shuffled back on the restart, but when the next caution flag flew he was seventh in line. After an aggressive four-wide restart, Gilliland settled down in 10th. On Lap 54 the No. 51 Toyota Racing team made the call to put four fresh tires on the Tundra during a caution. Gilliland then raced his way through the field and when the checkered flag flew he crossed the finish line 11th.
Todd Gilliland, driver of the No. 51 PEDIGREE® Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
How was your first road-course race in the Truck Series?
“It was a pretty eventful race. This is a tough road course, it’s very physical racing out there. We started off 13thand got up to 10th on the initial start – I rode there as long as I could. From there I raced really hard and was up to second at one point, – that was fun, for sure. I can’t thank my No. 51 PEDIGREE® team enough – all the guys at KBM worked really hard and brought me a fast truck. I learned a lot and am looking forward to New Hampshire.”
NCWTS 250 Recap:
- Austin Cindric won the race, followed by Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala, Justin Haley and Ryan Truex rounded out the top-five finishers
- The race featured five cautions for a total of 14 laps. There were five lead changes among five drivers.
How Gilliland’s KBM Teammates Fared:
- Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished second
- Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 26th
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
The No. 51 Toyota Racing team is now seventh in the Truck Series Owner Championship Standings.
Myatt Snider will pilot the No. 51 Toyota Tundra when the Truck Series returns on Friday, September 15, at Chicagoland Speedway. Live coverage of the race begins with the NCWTS Setup Show at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.