Todd Gilliland

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Todd Gilliland
Todd Gilliland at Martinsville Speedway 2019.jpeg
Gilliland at Martinsville Speedway in 2019
BornTodd J. Gilliland
(2000-05-15) May 15, 2000 (age 19)
Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
Achievements2016, 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Champion
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
45 races run over 3 years
Truck no., teamNo. 4 (Kyle Busch Motorsports)
2018 position10th
Best finish10th (2018)
First race2017 Bar Harbor 200 (Dover)
Last race2019 Sugarlands Shine 250 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 24 2
Statistics current as of October 12, 2019.

Todd J. Gilliland[1] (born May 15, 2000) is an American professional stock car racing driver. The son of NASCAR driver David Gilliland, he currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 4 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports and part-time in the ARCA Menards Series, driving the No. 4 Toyota Camry for DGR-Crosley. He also drives in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour.

Racing career[edit]

Gilliland first started driving when he was three years old; his parents purchased a pink (later repainted to black) Barbie corvette with modified pedals and an additional battery to increase its speed.[2] Afterwards, he began driving a quarter midget on a neighborhood dirt track. Two years later, he started racing competitively,[3] but stopped for two years at the decision of his father. In 2012, he won championships in the North Carolina Quarter Midget Association, USAC World Formula National Quarter Midget Championship and on the West Coast; he concluded his quarter midget career with 34 wins. The following year, he started limited late model racing, running three races. In 2014, he won his first limited late model race from the pole position at Ace Speedway.[4] Later in the year, he won his first late model race at Southern National Motorsports Park.[5]

On May 17, two days after his fifteenth birthday, Gilliland became the youngest driver to compete in the ARCA Racing Series when he made his debut at Toledo Speedway with Venturini Motorsports.[6] After leading the race weekend's practice session and qualifying fifth, he held off Tom Hessert and Josh Williams to win, becoming the youngest winner in ARCA series history.[7]

On November 12, Gilliland ran his first race in the K&N Pro Series West for Frontline Enterprises and Bill McAnally Racing[8] at Phoenix International Raceway, taking the lead with five laps to go after J. J. Haley's tire went down and defeated William Byron on the green–white–checker finish to win.[9] The win made Gilliland the youngest race winner in track history.[10] In postrace inspection, Gilliland's car was found to have the lubrication oil reservoir tank cover bolted improperly. As a result, his team received a P5 penalty (the second-worst in NASCAR) and was docked thirty points, although Gilliland was allowed to keep the victory.[9] On January 29, 2016, Gilliland joined Kyle Busch Motorsports' Super Late Model team.[11]

Gilliland's No. 16 at Sonoma Raceway in 2017

On February 4, 2016, McAnally announced that Gilliland would compete full-time in the series, driving the No. 16 Toyota Camry.[12] Gilliland also made a start in the K&N Pro Series East at New Smyrna Speedway. After winning the pole,[13] he won the race in controversial fashion, as Ronnie Bassett Jr. was originally declared the winner since the flagman failed to wave the white flag in time after lap 150 and unintentionally extended the race by a lap.[14] The race was subsequently declared official after 150 laps.[13] On March 19, 2016, Gilliland went on to win his second Pro Series West race and his third Pro Touring series race at Irwindale Speedway.[15] After winning at Kern County Raceway Park, the victory marked his fourth K&N Series win in four starts, tying the record set by Dan Gurney 50 years earlier.[16] In May, he was named a member of the 2016–17 NASCAR Next program.[17] Gilliland clinched the Pro Series West championship on October 15.[18]

In December 2016, Gilliland signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports to run four Camping World Truck Series races in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra in 2017.[19] In May 2017, KBM announced plans for Gilliland to make his Truck Series debut at Dover International Speedway in the No. 46 truck, followed by stints in the No. 51 at Gateway Motorsports Park, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and New Hampshire Motor Speedway before returning to the No. 46 at Martinsville Speedway. On November 4, Gilliland won the Pro Series West championship for the second consecutive season.[20] For his final Truck race of the year, he would drive the No. 51 at Phoenix International Raceway.[21]

Gilliland on pit road at Dover International Speedway in 2018

On January 17, 2018 KBM announced that Gilliland would compete for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year in 2018, driving the No. 4 Toyota Tundra beginning at Martinsville Speedway, and most of the races following that.[22] The series did grant Gilliland a waiver to become eligible for the NASCAR playoffs with a win, as usually drivers have to start every race to make the playoffs.[23] Gilliland started the 2018 season by holding off Harrison Burton to win the K&N Pro Series East season opener at New Smyrna Speedway, leading the most laps and winning on a last lap pass.[24] He also won the second K&N East race of the season, triumphing at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 20th overall win in K&N Pro Series competition, also having won races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Gilliland's father David competed in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. His grandfather Butch, the 1997 NASCAR Winston West Series champion,[26] formerly competed in the Cup Series and Craftsman Truck Series.[27]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Gander Outdoors Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NGOTC Pts Ref
2017 Kyle Busch Motorsports 46 Toyota DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV
20
TEX MAR
5
TEX 27th 178 [28]
51 GTW
21
IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP
11
CHI NHA
3
LVS TAL PHO
7
HOM
2018 4 DAY ATL LVS MAR
14
DOV
10
KAN CLT
10
TEX
6*
IOW
29
GTW
2
CHI
16
KEN
7
ELD
22
POC
7
MCH
5
BRI
5
MSP
11
LVS
27
TAL
20
MAR
12
TEX
4*
PHO
17
HOM
13
10th 590 [29]
2019 DAY
19
ATL
9
LVS
7
MAR
15
TEX
14
DOV
15
KAN
3
CLT
7
TEX
27
IOW
10
GTW
2
CHI
6
KEN
17
POC
7
ELD
5
MCH
24
BRI
9
MSP
18
LVS
5
TAL
2
MAR PHO HOM -* -* [30]

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2016 Bill McAnally Racing 16 Toyota NSM
1*
MOB GRE BRI
9
VIR DOM STA
5
COL
7
NHA
2
IOW GLN GRE NJM DOV 20th 202 [31]
2017 NSM
9
GRE
3
BRI
8
SBO
3
SBO
2
MEM
8
BLN
1
THO
2*
NHA
1*
IOW
1*
GLN
2
LGY
1
NJM
2
DOV
13
2nd 585 [32]
2018 DGR-Crosley 54 Toyota NSM
1*
DOV
14
22nd 127 [33]
98 BRI
1*
LGY SBO SBO MEM NJM THO NHA IOW GLN GTW NHA
2019 Bill McAnally Racing 19 Toyota NSM BRI SBO SBO MEM
8
NHA IOW GLN BRI GTW NHA 23rd 77 [34]
DGR-Crosley 54 Toyota DOV
3

K&N Pro Series West[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSWC Pts Ref
2015 Bill McAnally Racing 16 Toyota KCR IRW TUS IOW SHA SON SLS IOW EVG CNS MER AAS PHO
1
70th 17 [35]
2016 IRW
1
KCR
1*
TUS
2
OSS
4
CNS
2
SON
24
SLS
1
IOW
1*
EVG
1*
DCS
6*
UMC
2
UMC
2
MER
1
AAS
8
1st 594 [36]
2017 TUS
2
KCR
1
IRW
1*
IRW
1*
SPO
1*
OSS
6
CNS
3*
SON
6
IOW
1*
EVG
8
DCS
1
MER
2*
AAS
2
KCR
2
1st 610 [37]

ARCA Menards Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Menards Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 AMSC Pts Ref
2015 Venturini Motorsports 55 Toyota DAY MOB NSH SLM TAL TOL
1
NJE POC MCH CHI WIN IOW
9
IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM KEN KAN 53rd 420 [38]
2018 DGR-Crosley 54 Toyota DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL CLT
4*
POC MCH MAD GTW CHI
3
IOW ELK POC
6
ISF BLN DSF SLM IRP KAN
22
25th 830 [39]
2019 4 DAY
2
FIF SLM TAL
1
NSH TOL CLT POC MCH MAD GTW CHI ELK IOW -* -* [40]
Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Toyota POC
2*
ISF DSF SLM IRP KAN

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team Event Rosters – Bristol Motor Speedway – Thursday, August 15, 2019" (PDF). NASCAR. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "Like Father, Like Son – The Gillilands". Motor Racing Network. April 8, 2015. Archived from the original on December 28, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  3. ^ "Todd Gilliland To Make NASCAR K&N Pro Series Debut At Phoenix". Bill McAnally Racing. November 8, 2015. Archived from the original on December 15, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  4. ^ Williams, Deb (May 13, 2014). "Todd Gilliland already finding late model success". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
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  22. ^ McFadin, Daniel (2018-01-17). "Todd Gilliland to drive No. 4 for Kyle Busch Motorsports; father to fill-in at Daytona". NASCAR Talk. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chris Eggleston
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Champion
2016–2017
Succeeded by
Derek Thorn
Achievements
Preceded by
Noah Gragson
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Rookie of the Year
2016
Succeeded by
Derek Kraus