Todd Gilliland ran his career-best NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at the "Magic Mile" to capture a third-place finish in his No. 51 PEDIGREE® Toyota Tundra. The UNOH 175 was only Gilliland's fourth of six starts for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the 2017 season.
Stage One Recap:
- Gilliland started the day with a great qualifying effort, lining his No. 51 PEDIGREE® Tundra in the third position to take the green flag. He kept his position inside the top 10 for the duration of Stage One. Gilliland said his Tundra was loose in the corners and tight on exit, but handled the track well for the 55-lap stage. When the caution flag flew to end the stage he was in the eighth place.
Stage Two Recap:
- Stage Two started with a trip down pit road for a two-tire stop, but after a penalty Gilliland brought his Tundra back to the No. 51 Toyota Racing team for two more tires. When the race restarted, he was in the 15th position. Halfway through the stage, owner Kyle Busch joined in on his radio to help coach the rookie. Gilliland listened closely and cracked back into the top 10 on Lap 91. When the stage ended he was eighth.
Stage Three Recap:
- Gilliland brought his No. 51 PEDIGREE® Tundra in for a four-tire stop to start the last stage of the race. When he took the restart he was the first car with four fresh tires and moved up to the seventh position during the start. Gilliland then set out to pass more trucks and by Lap 122 he was battling for the third position with KBM teammate Christopher Bell. The 17-year-old took his time and was very careful for the rest of the stage. When the checkered flag waved, Gilliland brought home a third-place finish, his NCWTS career-best finish.