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Gilliland Earns Top-Five Finish in First Race at Michigan
August 11, 2018

Gilliland Earns Top-Five Finish in First Race at Michigan

Contact: Lori Halbeisen

Kyle Busch Motorsports

(704) 906-5781 or Lori.Halbeisen@KyleBusch.com

 

 

Date:                            August 11, 2018

Event:                          Corrigan Oil 200 (Race 15 of 23)

Series:                          NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Location:                     Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (two-mile oval)

Format:                       Three Segments; 20 laps/20 laps/60 laps

Start/Finish:                2nd / 5th (running, completed 100 of 100 laps)

Winner:                       Brett Moffitt of Hattori Racing Enterprises (Toyota)

 

Although there are no restrictor plates used at Michigan International Speedway, drafting plays a huge role throughout the 100-lap race. Rookie Todd Gilliland used every lap of practice, qualifying and the race to learn the fastest way around the two-mile oval. He learned quickly and brought his No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra home in fifth place and was the highest finishing rookie of the race.

  

Stage One Recap:

• Gilliland started second after missing the pole by just a fraction of a second. It was the fourth race in a row he started from the outside of the front row. 

• He took the lead from his KBM teammate Noah Gragson on lap seven and led for five laps before John Hunter Nemechek got by him.

• When the stage ended on lap 20, Gilliland was third. He pitted on lap 23 for fuel only.

 

Stage Two Recap:

• He started the second 20-lap stage from second place, but fell back to eighth on the restart.

• A caution just a few laps before the end of the stage brought Gilliland to pit road for four tires so he could capitalize on track position by staying out when the stage ended.

• He was eighth at the end of Stage Two on lap 41.

 

Stage Three Recap:

• After staying out during the stage break, Gilliland restarted the final 60-lap stage in fourth.

• He said his Mobil 1 Tundra was tight, but remained in the top five.

• Since nobody could make it to the end of the race on fuel, Gilliland pitted under green on lap 74 for right-side tires and a track bar adjustment to free up his Tundra.

• Luckily, he was on the lead lap when a caution came on lap 79 and the trucks who had not stopped under green came to pit road.

• Gilliland was second when the race resumed on lap 84 and took the lead for another three laps until Johnny Sauter passed him.

• While working on his racing line, he held on to finish the race fifth.

 

Todd Gilliland, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:

Talk about how your race went today?

"We had a really fast Mobil 1 Toyota Tundra today and we just needed something, a little bit more to compete with those guys - (Johnny) Sauter and (Brett) Moffitt this weekend. We're getting there every week for sure, but it kind of hurts to be that close. I felt like we were one adjustment away and in these races, you get like one-and-a-half chances at it. That's just something I'm not used to and I need to get a little better."

 

Corrigan Oil 200 Recap:

 

• Brett Moffitt won race followed by Johnny Sauter, John Hunter Nemechek, KBM's Noah Gragson and Gilliland rounded out the top-five finishers. 

 

• The race featured five cautions for a total of 22 laps. There were 16 lead changes among nine drivers. Gilliland led eight laps while Gragson led 18 laps.

 

How Gilliland's KBM Teammates Fared:

Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 4th       

Spencer Davis, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 22nd   

     

NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:

The No. 4 team remains seventh in the Truck Series Owner's Championship Standings, while Gilliland remains 12th in the Driver Championship Standings.

 

Next Race:

 

The Truck Series returns to action next week on Thursday, Aug. 16 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Live coverage of the race begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

 

 

 

-KBM-