NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Overview
Location: Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)
Date/Broadcast: March 1, 2019 at 9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN and Sirius/XM NASCAR 90
What You Need to Know
- At Atlanta Motor Speedway, Todd Gilliland earned his first top-10 of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season, finishing ninth in the Ultimate Tailgating 200. The Sherrill’s Ford, N.C., native started the race in 11th after qualifying was rained out and field was set by the rule book.
- Gilliland has one start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in the fall race last season. He started 10th and finished 27th after being involved in an on-track incident.
- The 18-year-old embarks on his first full time NGOTS season behind the wheel of the No. 4 Toyota Tundra in 2019 with veteran crew chief Marcus Richmond.
- In 27 NGOTS starts for KBM, Gilliland has amassed six top-five finishes, 13 top-10 finishes and one pole position. His average starting position is 7.4 and his average finish is 12.3.
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Todd Gilliland, Driver Q&A
“I think just being patient. Vegas isn’t quite as bad on the tires as Atlanta is, but it still wears them out a lot. We’re expecting a little bit different racing, maybe a little bit closer. Still nonetheless you need to be really easy on your tires, it’s a really bumpy race track, so maneuvering around the bumps and keeping your tires under you all day.”
Do you have anything fun planned away from the track this weekend?
“I think we’re going golfing and maybe to a hockey game. Vegas is such a cool city even just walking down the Strip is really cool for me. Can’t really do much being 18, but a lot of cool buildings and definitely some different people.”
Todd Gilliland Career Highlights
- In 19 NGOTS starts for KBM last season, the Sherrill’s Ford, N.C., native had one pole, four top-five, nine top-10 finishes and led 208 laps. Gilliland earned a career-best second-place finish in the NGOTS at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., on June 23. He led a race-high 62 laps at Texas Motor Speedway in June and another 60 laps in November, including the final lap before running out of fuel on the backstretch coming to the checkered flag.
- Won in two of three starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2018. Once in January at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and 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 Gander Outdoors Truck Series races for KBM in 2017, scoring a career-best third-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.
- 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 Notes of Interest
- KBM drivers have collected two wins (Erik Jones 2014, Kyle Busch 2018, two poles (Kyle Busch 2018, Noah Gragson 2018), six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. They have earned a collective average start of 8.8 and average finish of 13.4 and have led 308 laps.
- In 2018, the No. 4 team had three poles with David Gilliland (Daytona), Kyle Busch (Atlanta) and Todd Gilliland (fall Martinsville), five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes and finished the season ranked 11th in the owner’s championship standings
- KBM holds the NGOTS records for most career wins (69) 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).