NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overview
Event: Gander Outdoors 150, Race 14 of 23, 150 Laps – 15/15/30; 150 Miles
Location: Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. (2.5-mile tri-oval)
Date/Broadcast: July 28, 2018 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
What You Need to Know
- Gilliland has no prior starts at Pocono. He will do double duty this weekend racing in the ARCA Racing Series event on Friday afternoon in addition to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).
- Veteran crew chief Marcus Richmond has one top-five and three top-10 finishes in seven starts atop the pit box at the Tricky Triangle.
- 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 nine NCWTS starts this season, Gilliland has one top-five, five top-10 finishes and has led 65 laps. He led a race-high 62 laps at Texas Motor Speedway. Despite only competing in nine of the 13 races due to age restrictions, he currently ranks 13h in the Truck Series championship standings.
Todd Gilliland, Driver Q&A
Are you looking forward to getting back to pavement racing this weekend?
“Dirt was fun up until the race, but I’m definitely ready to get back on asphalt where I actually know what I’m doing. I can get the truck better from the time we get there to when we race instead of just making more and more laps. I’m definitely ready to get back on asphalt.”
You will be doing double duty running the ACRA and NCWTS races. How much does the extra track time help running two series?
“I think the extra track time will definitely help. If anything, it will just give me a little bit more confidence to say the truck or the ARCA car is a little bit better and give me something else to compare it to. So that will be the biggest thing I think.”
Will it help having your owner, Kyle Busch, in the race to get his feedback after practices?
“Yes, it definitely will. Having a guy like Kyle in there – I don’t think people realize how much he is always thinking about different things. Just to be involved with that this week is going to be a lot of fun.”
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. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra:
KBM-052: The No. 4 Mobil 1 team will race KBM-052, for Saturday’s race at Pocono. This Tundra was raced three times in 2018. Once by Kyle Busch at Kansas and twice by Gilliland at Texas and Chicago. Gilliland led 62 laps at Texas in this Tundra.
KBM Notes of Interest
- KBM drivers have collected three wins, 166 laps led, seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.4 across 17 starts at Pocono
- Kyle Busch led 53 of 69 laps to collect his team’s first-ever victory at the 2.5-mile tri-oval in 2015, William Byron made it back-to-back wins leading 44 of 60 laps in 2016 and Christopher Bell made it a three-peat winning last year.
- After Eldora, the No. 4 team has two poles with David Gilliland (Daytona) and Kyle Busch (Atlanta), two top-five and six top-10 finishes and is ranked seventh in the owner’s championship standings
- KBM holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (67) 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).