Gilliland Scores Stage Win & Top-10 Finish at the Tricky Triangle
Date: July 28, 2018
Event: Gander Outdoors 150 (Race 14 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Location: Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. (2.5-mile tri-oval)
Format: Three Segments; 15 laps/15 laps/30 laps
Start/Finish: 2nd / 7th (running, completed 60 of 60 laps)
Winner: Kyle Busch of Kyle Busch Motorsports (Toyota)
Todd Gilliland learned a lot Saturday during the Gander Outdoors 150 at Pocono Raceway. Taking what he learned during truck practice and competing in the rain-shortened ARCA Racing Series event on Friday, Gilliland led laps, got his first stage win and scored his sixth top-10 finish of the season.
Stage One Recap:
- Gilliland started second after getting outrun for the pole by his boss, owner Kyle Busch.
- He led the first lap before Busch took the lead.
- He resumed the lead when Busch pitted on lap 12 and claimed his first stage win as Stage One ended on lap 15.
- The KBM team brought him to pit road for right-side tires when the pits opened on a lap 16.
Stage Two Recap:
- When the race resumed on lap 21, Gilliland was in fourth.
- Only taking two tires made the Mobil 1 Tundra too tight, so they decided to pit before the stage ended for four tires on lap 27.
Stage Three Recap:
- After staying out during the stage break, Gilliland restarted the final 30-lap stage in eighth.
- He fell back to 11th on the restart, but worked his way back up to ninth place with 10 laps to go.
- Gilliland kept fighting and was eighth with five to go and finished the race in seventh place.
Todd Gilliland, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
Talk about how your race went today?
"It went okay. I think anytime you can take away the positives is good and we definitely had some of those. Our finish was not what we wanted. I had a really bad restart for the final stage. A lot of things came together, but we didn't get the finish we needed. We're getting closer and closer and had a very fast Mobil 1 Toyota Tundra and hopefully we can bring this chemistry back in Michigan in two weeks."
Gander Outdoors 150 Recap:
- Kyle Busch won race followed by Erik Jones who was a substitute driver for KBM's Noah Gragson who was ill, Dalton Sargent, Stewart Friesen and Justin Haley rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured two cautions for a total of eight laps. There were nine lead changes among six drivers. Busch led 43 laps while Gilliland led seven and Erik Jones led one.
How Gilliland's KBM Teammates Fared:
Erik Jones, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 2nd
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 1st
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
The No. 4 team remains seventh in the Truck Series Owner's Championship Standings. Gilliland moved up one position to 12th in the Driver Championship Standings, 128 points out of eighth place which is the final cutoff for the playoffs.
The Truck Series returns to action in two weeks on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Live coverage of the race begins at 1 p.m. ET on FS1.