Gilliland Finishes 10th in Intermediate-Track Debut

Gilliland Finishes 10th in Intermediate-Track Debut Getty Images for NASCAR
Todd Gilliland celebrated his 18th birthday on Tuesday, which made him eligible to compete on every track on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. He kicked-off his full-time campaign with his first start on a mile-and-a-half track at Charlotte. Gilliland learned with every lap and brought his No. 4 PEDIGREE® Tundra home for a 10th-place finish.
Stage One Recap:
  • Gilliland started third based on owner's points since qualifying was canceled due to rain.
  • He pitted under caution just before the first stage ended on lap 23 for four tires and a chassis adjustment to help the handling.
  • When the stage ended Gilliland was 14th.
Stage Two Recap:
  • Since Gilliland was able to stay out during the stage break, he restarted sixth on lap 39.
  • He told the team his PEDIGREE® Tundra turned much better and got freer the longer he ran.
  • He was fourth when the stage ended on lap 60. He pitted for four tires and returned to the race in fifth.
Stage Three Recap:
  • Gilliland said his truck was "super tight" early in the final stage, but got better as he ran.
  • Since teams could not run the 74-lap stage without stopping for fuel, he pitted for the final time under caution on lap 83 and was 10th when the race resumed.
  • There was some hard racing in the closing laps, but Gilliland held on to finish 10th. It was his second top-10 finish of the season and he was also the highest finishing rookie.


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