Date: May 4, 2018
Event: JEGS 200 (Race 5 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Location: Dover (Del.) International Speedway (one-mile oval)
Format: Three Segments; 45 laps/45 laps/110 laps
Start/Finish: 3rd / 10th (running, completed 209 of 210 laps)
Winner: Johnny Sauter of GMS Racing (Chevrolet)
Todd Gilliland had a fast PEDIGREE® Tundra all weekend at Dover International Speedway. He qualified third and ran up front, but a few obstacles slowed his progress throughout the race. Gilliland overcame a pit road speeding penalty, having to replace the battery and was still able to finish 10th.
Stage One Recap:
- Gilliland started third and quickly moved up to second place.
- He was able to maintain second for most of the first stage and finished the first 45-lap stage there.
- He came to pit road for four tires and a wedge adjustment on lap 48, but was penalized by NASCAR for speeding while exiting the pits. That forced Gilliland to restart at the end of the lead-lap trucks.
Stage Two Recap:
- Gilliland restarted back in 19th after the penalty, but he did not stay there for long. Within 15 laps he was up to 12th and was back in the top 10 after a few more laps.
- He was in eighth when a caution came on lap 88, which ended the stage two laps early. Gilliland brought his Tundra to pit road on lap 93 for four tires and no adjustments.
Stage Three Recap:
- He started the final 110-lap stage in ninth.
- By lap 150 he was still ninth and told the team he felt like he was losing power and the voltage was not where it should be.
- He pitted under caution on lap 158 for four fresh tires and a track bar adjustment to finish the race. He was fourth for the restart on lap 163.
- Gilliland was running third when a caution came out on lap 181. As he rolled down the backstretch, he lost all power and had to be pushed to pit road by a tow truck. The team had a new battery ready to go and was able to swap it out under caution only losing one lap.
- He was 13th and one lap down when the race resumed with 13 to go.
- A caution on lap 199 forced the race into overtime. Gilliland was 10th for the green-white-checkered restart and finished the race there.
Todd Gilliland, driver of the No. 4 PEDIGREE® Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
Talk about your race:
“We definitely had a really fast PEDIGREE® Toyota Tundra today. That’s what it’s all about – bringing fast trucks to the race track every week. We’ve been doing that and that’s what makes these issues even more frustrating. Once we get some luck on our side and can put the whole race together we’ll be good. Anytime you can come away with a top 10 is good. That was this team’s best finish of the season since we’ve had so much bad luck. It’s all about teamwork. We’ll stick together and be there at the end.”
JEGS 200 Recap:
- Johnny Sauter won the race, followed by Matt Crafton, Justin Haley, David Gilliland and KBM’s Harrison Burton rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured seven cautions for a total of 46 laps. There were eight lead changes among four drivers. KBM’s Noah Gragson led 60 laps.
How Gilliland’s KBM Teammates Fared:
Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 20th
Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 5th
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
The No. 4 team leaves Dover ranked seventh in the Truck Series Owner’s Championship Standings, 65 points out of first.
Kyle Busch will compete in the No. 4 Cessna Tundra when the Truck Series returns to action next Friday, May 11 at Kansas Speedway. Live coverage of the race begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1. Gilliland will run the No. 4 full time starting in two weeks at Charlotte Motor Speedway after his 18th birthday.