Date: August 11, 2018
Event: Corrigan Oil 200 (Race 15 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Location: Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (two-mile oval)
Format: Three Segments; 20 laps/20 laps/60 laps
Start/Finish: 2nd / 5th (running, completed 100 of 100 laps)
Winner: Brett Moffitt of Hattori Racing Enterprises (Toyota)
Although there are no restrictor plates used at Michigan International Speedway, drafting plays a huge role throughout the 100-lap race. Rookie Todd Gilliland used every lap of practice, qualifying and the race to learn the fastest way around the two-mile oval. He learned quickly and brought his No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra home in fifth place and was the highest finishing rookie of the race.
Stage One Recap:
- Gilliland started second after missing the pole by just a fraction of a second. It was the fourth race in a row he started from the outside of the front row.
- He took the lead from his KBM teammate Noah Gragson on lap seven and led for five laps before John Hunter Nemechek got by him.
- When the stage ended on lap 20, Gilliland was third. He pitted on lap 23 for fuel only.
Stage Two Recap:
- He started the second 20-lap stage from second place, but fell back to eighth on the restart.
- A caution just a few laps before the end of the stage brought Gilliland to pit road for four tires so he could capitalize on track position by staying out when the stage ended.
- He was eighth at the end of Stage Two on lap 41.
Stage Three Recap:
- After staying out during the stage break, Gilliland restarted the final 60-lap stage in fourth.
- He said his Mobil 1 Tundra was tight, but remained in the top five.
- Since nobody could make it to the end of the race on fuel, Gilliland pitted under green on lap 74 for right-side tires and a track bar adjustment to free up his Tundra.
- Luckily, he was on the lead lap when a caution came on lap 79 and the trucks who had not stopped under green came to pit road.
- Gilliland was second when the race resumed on lap 84 and took the lead for another three laps until Johnny Sauter passed him.
- While working on his racing line, he held on to finish the race fifth.
Todd Gilliland, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
Talk about how your race went today?
“We had a really fast Mobil 1 Toyota Tundra today and we just needed something, a little bit more to compete with those guys – (Johnny) Sauter and (Brett) Moffitt this weekend. We’re getting there every week for sure, but it kind of hurts to be that close. I felt like we were one adjustment away and in these races, you get like one-and-a-half chances at it. That’s just something I’m not used to and I need to get a little better.”
Corrigan Oil 200 Recap:
- Brett Moffitt won race followed by Johnny Sauter, John Hunter Nemechek, KBM’s Noah Gragson and Gilliland rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured five cautions for a total of 22 laps. There were 16 lead changes among nine drivers. Gilliland led eight laps while Gragson led 18 laps.
How Gilliland’s KBM Teammates Fared:
- Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 4th
- Spencer Davis, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 22nd
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
The No. 4 team remains seventh in the Truck Series Owner’s Championship Standings, while Gilliland remains 12th in the Driver Championship Standings.
The Truck Series returns to action next week on Thursday, Aug. 16 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Live coverage of the race begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX.