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.