NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overview
Event: Texas Roadhouse 200, Race 20 of 23, 200 Laps – 50/50/100; 105.2 Miles
Location: Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (0.526-mile oval)
Date/Broadcast: Oct. 27, 2018 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
What You Need to Know
- Gilliland has two prior NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts at Martinsville Speedway. He was 14th in the spring race this year and finished fifth in the fall race in 2017.
- Gilliland’s crew chief, Marcus Richmond, has three NCWTS wins at Martinsville. One each with Noah Gragson (2017), Kevin Harvick (2012) and Dennis Setzer (2008).
- With four races remaining, Gilliland is currently second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, 27 points behind first place.
- 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 15 NCWTS starts this season, Gilliland has three top-five, eight top-10 finishes and has led 109 laps. He led a race-high 62 laps at Texas Motor Speedway in June.
Todd Gilliland, Driver Q&A
After going to so many new tracks this year, does it give you more confidence going to Martinsville where you have two starts?
“Yeah, I think it definitely builds a lot of confidence in me, as well as my team. We were really fast there in the springtime and we’re going back with a different motor. I feel like all these race tracks that we’re going back to for the second time, it’s going to be a big advantage for us.”
What is the most challenging aspect of racing at Martinsville?
“I think just staying calm the whole race. At some point you are going to get moved out of the way, and at some point you are going to move someone out of the way, so it’s just about remembering what you just did to someone 10 laps before. You just have to keep your composure the whole race. It goes by pretty fast as the laps click off, but it’s still really long so it’s just about staying calm.”
How is your new puppy, Winston, doing since adopting him during the Talladega weekend and bringing him home?
“He’s really good. He’s just hanging out at our house all the time. He’s been at the shop a few times. He’s playing with our other dog, Bandit. We weren’t sure how they would be together, but they are best buds already.”
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. JBL/SiriusXM Tundra:
KBM-025: The No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM team will race KBM-025, for Saturday’s race at Martinsville. Gilliland raced this Tundra at Martinsville in March where he finished 14th. Noah Gragson won in this Tundra at Martinsville in last year’s fall race.