11:37 PM OMST
DOVER, Del. -- Todd Gilliland has won 12 K&N Pro Series races and an ARCA race, so he knows something about taking advantage of opportunities.
His next opportunity comes Friday as he makes his Camping World Truck Series debut (5:30 p.m. ET, FS1) for Kyle Busch Motorsports when he drives the No. 46 truck at Dover International Speedway.
The 17-year-old has six truck races scheduled this year and won't be able to run full-time in the series until he turns 18 next May.
If anyone should know about striking when the iron is hot, it's Gilliland, whose father David parlayed a 2006 Xfinity Series win at Kentucky into a NASCAR Cup ride the next year at Robert Yates Racing.
"You never know who's watching -- all these little [track] K&N races, you don't know who is watching," Todd Gilliland said.
Gilliland currently leads the K&N Pro Series West standings thanks to four wins in the first six races as he attempts to defend his title. He also is driving in the K&N East Series, where he's second in the standings. The program is a partnership of Bill McAnally Racing and the Gilliland family team, giving them a West Coast base (McAnally) as well as a Carolina base (Gilliland).
"In Late Models, we weren't overly successful but once we got in the K&N cars, it just clicked," Gilliland said. "At almost every race, we've been in contention to win. You really learn a ton when you're in contention to win every week."
In a connection with his father, Gilliland will have sponsorship from Pedigree this weekend, a deal brokered by Kyle Busch through his Cup sponsor, Mars (the parent brand of Pedigree). David Gilliland had that sponsorship at Yates and also drove a Pedigree car.
"Todd Gilliland is an exceptional young talent and I expect great things from him," Busch said.