Date: July 12, 2018
Event: Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 (Race 12 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Location: Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (1.5-mile oval)
Format: Three Segments; 35 laps/35 laps/80 laps
Start/Finish: 2nd / 7th (running, completed 150 of 150 laps)
Winner: Ben Rhodes of ThorSport Racing (Ford)
Despite never having raced at Kentucky Speedway until today, Todd Gilliland qualified second, completed all the laps and brought his No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra home in seventh place. He narrowly missed winning his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole, but was beat by his KBM teammate, Noah Gragson so the duo started the race on the front row.
Stage One Recap:
Stage Two Recap:
Stage Three Recap:
Todd Gilliland, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
Was this a frustrating race?
"It was a tough one for sure. We just - we lost spots on pit road and we lost spots on every restart and just not my best race by far as far as everything I'd say. I didn't get in the pit box good. You know, just overall, but we've got a clean Mobil 1 Tundra and so we can kind of go back now I guess and kind of regroup and see what we've got now. It sucks to run like this, but we had a pretty good run in the first stage there, so I guess you can just look at the positives and you've just got to be the guy that's there at the end, not the beginning."
Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 Recap:
How Gilliland's KBM Teammates Fared:
Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 8th
Brandon Jones, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 4th
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
The No. 4 team remains fifth in the Truck Series Owner's Championship Standings, 111 points out of first. Gilliland is 13th in the Driver Championship Standings, 125 points out of eighth place which is the final cutoff for the playoffs.
The Truck Series returns to action Wednesday, July 18 for the only dirt-track race of the season at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Live coverage of the race begins at 9 p.m. ET on FS1.