National service center for the trucking industry partners with Todd Gilliland for second consecutive season
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 8, 2021) – Speedco, a national network of service locations for the trucking industry, will rejoin Todd Gilliland for the second consecutive year as a primary partner aboard the No. 38 Ford F-150. Speedco will be the primary partner for a total of eight races throughout the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, while also serving as a season-long associate partner.
The nation’s largest preventive maintenance and total truck care network will be the primary partner for Gilliland in the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener on Feb. 12 at the Daytona International Speedway, as well as for both races at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7 and Sept. 26; the Bristol dirt race on March 28; the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) on May 23; the Bristol night race on Sept. 18; the Talladega Superspeedway race on Oct. 3 and the Martinsville Speedway race on Oct. 31.
The partnership with Front Row Motorsports and Todd Gilliland gives Speedco’s parent company, Love’s Travel Stops, multiple opportunities to capture the checkered flag at the Daytona International Speedway as Love’s will be the primary partner of Michael McDowell and the No. 34 Ford Mustang in the 63rd running of the Daytona 500.
Speedco has been part of the Love’s Family of Companies since 2017. Love’s has over 400 truck service centers, which include Speedco and Love’s Truck Care locations, and provides oil changes, preventive maintenance, inspection services and tire offerings for commercial truck drivers. The network has more than 1,500 maintenance bays and the most comprehensive, roadside coverage in the country.
“In racing, timing is everything,” said Front Row Motorsports Owner, Bob Jenkins. “There’s a profound importance that we put on getting our race haulers to the track on time each week and it’s a big relief to know that the Love’s Truck Care and Speedco roadside technicians are always there to help us out whenever we might need it.”
In 2020, Gilliland secured his first NASCAR Truck Series playoff berth and would go on to close out the season 10th in the overall points standings, with a total of six top-10 and two top-5 finishes.
“It’s really special to be partnered with Speedco for the second year in a row,” said Gilliland. “Last season, we shared success right out of the gate with a top-10 finish in our first race together, before going on to make the Truck Series playoffs. I’m eager to pick up right where we left off and continue to deliver more successful results for Speedco this season.”
The No. 38 Speedco Ford F-150 will first hit the track for practice on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. ET, airing live on FS1. The NextEra Energy 250 is scheduled to run on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. ET and will also air live on FS1.
For more information about Speedco, please visit loves.com. You can also follow Speedco on social media: Twitter at @SpeedcoPM, Facebook at @SpeedcoPM and Instagram at @Speedcopm.
About Love’s Travel Stops and Speedco
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores is the nation's leading travel stop network with more than 540 locations in 41 states. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company remains family-owned and operated and employs more than 29,000 people. Love's provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, fresh coffee, restaurant offerings and more. Love's has over 400 truck service centers, which include Speedco and Love's Truck Care locations. Love's and Speedco combined is the largest oil change, preventive maintenance and total truck care nationwide network. Love's is committed to providing customers with "Clean Places, Friendly Faces" at every stop. To learn more, visit loves.com.
About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) is a winning organization in the NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by successful entrepreneur, Bob Jenkins. FRM fields the No. 34 and the No. 38 NASCAR Cup Series teams along with the No. 38 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team– from its Mooresville, N.C., headquarters. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on social media: Twitter at @Team_FRM, Instagram at @team_frm and Facebook at facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports.
Start: 22nd (based on qualifying formula)
Gilliland on Phoenix: "Tonight's race is a good example of why you never give up. We struggled with the handling throughout the race and never had the track position we wanted. When the last caution came out for the overtime finish, we knew that was the chance we needed to get a better result. We pitted for our last set of sticker tires, so that gave us some speed at the end, especially since some of the leaders stayed out.
"We've had a lot of ups and downs this season, but we always went through it as a team. I couldn't ask for a better group of guys and sponsors. Thanks to Frontline Enterprises and Fire Alarm Systems for being on my truck tonight. We have so many great partners like Speedco, Love's and Black's Tire who have supported us all year. I also have to thank Ford Performance for everything they do for us and our owner, Bob Jenkins."
Track: Phoenix Raceway, one-mile oval
Race: 23 of 23
Event: Lucas Oil 150 (150 miles, 150 laps)
Friday, Nov. 6
8:00 p.m..............Race (FS1)
(all times ET)
Todd Gilliland heads to Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway for the season finale in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Friday night in the No. 38 Frontline Enterprises Ford F-150. In a season of highs and lows for the first-year Front Row Motorsports team, Gilliland hopes to end the season on a high with a win at the one-mile oval.
Gilliland has three prior Truck Series starts at Phoenix with a best finish of fifth in 2017. He does have a win at Phoenix in the former K&N West Series (now ARCA West) in 2015. He led six of the 101 laps to take the checkered flag. He will also compete in the ARCA West race in the No. 54 Frontline Enterprises Ford Fusion for DGR-Crosley on Saturday afternoon.
In 22 Truck Series starts this season, Gilliland has four top-five, nine top-10 finishes and has led 92 laps in the No. 38 Ford F-150 for Front Row Motorsports. He is 10th in the driver point standings.
The Lucas Oil 150 from Phoenix Raceway will be run on Friday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on FS1. The 150-lap race will be broken into three segments with stage-ending cautions on laps 45 and 90.
Number of Truck Series Starts at Phoenix: 3
Best Start: 5th (2017)
Best Finish: 7th (2017)
2020 Driver Point Standings: 10th
Gilliland on Phoenix: "The most fun part about Phoenix is definitely the restarts now that the backstretch and frontstretch are flipped around. You can make up, or lose a lot right there. Racing there is really tough. You have to maintain your track position because of the dirty air. I won my first race at Phoenix (K&N West), but since then I haven't run great, so we're hoping to get back to running well there and end the truck season on a high note."
Start: 20th (based on qualifying formula)
Gilliland on Martinsville: "We started the race so loose and that cost us a lap in the first stage. It was somewhat better after the adjustments we made on the first pit stop, but still didn't have the handling we needed. Just before the second stage ended, I went high to miss a wreck and hit the wall with my right front, which messed up the radiator.
"It was a disappointing night for sure, but I have to thank Black's Tire for being on board with us tonight, as well as Ford Performance and all my Front Row Motorsports guys who work so hard on these trucks. We've got one more race to go and hopefully we can steal a win from the playoff guys at Phoenix next week."
Track: Martinsville Speedway, 0.526-mile oval
Race: 22 of 23
Event: NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 (105.2 miles, 200 laps)
Friday, Oct. 30
8:00 p.m..............Race (FS1)
(all times ET)
Todd Gilliland returns to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, the site of his first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series victory in the fall race last year. He is hoping to defend his race-winning title Friday night in the No. 38 Black's Tire Ford F-150.
Gilliland has a solid record in the Truck Series at the paper clip-shaped oval. In five starts he has one win, two top-five, two top-10 finishes, one pole and has led 51 laps. Last year with 10 laps to go, Gilliland took the lead and never looked back, despite a caution which triggered a green-white-checkered overtime finish. Gilliland earned his first career win in the Truck Series in his 46th start.
In 21 starts this season, Gilliland has four top-five, nine top-10 finishes and has led 92 laps in the No. 38 Ford F-150 for Front Row Motorsports. He is 10th in the driver point standings.
Gilliland's No. 38 Ford F-150 will be sponsored by Black's Tire at Martinsville Friday. With over 50 retail locations and wholesale distribution throughout North and South Carolina and Virginia, their 800-plus employees have kept the Carolina's rolling for the past 90 years.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 from Martinsville Speedway will be run on Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on FS1. The 200-lap race will be broken into three segments with stage-ending cautions on laps 50 and 100.
Number of Truck Series Starts at Martinsville: 5
Best Start: 1st (10/27/18)
Best Finish: 1st (10/26/19)
2020 Driver Point Standings: 10th
Gilliland on Martinsville: "I have had this race circled on my calendar all season. Martinsville will always be special to me since I got my first win there, and hopefully Friday I can get my second win as well. My Front Row Motorsports team is bringing a fast Black's Tire Ford F-150. It's a tough track and hard to get a win there. A lot of things have to go your way, not just a fast truck. Last year I got caught in an accident late in the race, was leaking water and somehow still managed to win in an overtime restart. Patience is key, and a little luck goes a long way too."
Start: 12th (based on qualifying formula)
Gilliland on Texas: "We had a fast Frontline Enterprises Ford F-150 today. It felt good racing our way up toward the front. I'm proud of my team and disappointed for everyone who works so hard. It sucks tearing up a good truck. I have to thank everyone at Frontline Enterprises, Ford Performance, Speedco, Black's Tire and everyone who supports me.
"We'll put this behind us and focus on Martinsville Friday night. I won this race last year and would love to be back in Victory Lane there."
Start: 17th (based on qualifying formula)
Gilliland on Kansas: "The truck was okay, but the speeding penalty hurt us for sure. We were really hoping for a caution during that green-flag pit cycle to help our track position, but it did not work out for us. We've still got three more races left this season at good tracks for us. I love racing at Texas, which is next weekend and I won at Martinsville last year, so we have a lot to look forward to yet this season. I have to thank my Front Row Motorsports guys, Speedco and Ford Performance for their support."
Track: Kansas Speedway, 1.5-mile oval
Race: 20 of 23
Event: Clean Harbors 200 (201 miles, 134 laps)
Saturday, Oct. 17
4:00 p.m..............Race (FOX)
(all times ET)
Although Todd Gilliland was eliminated from the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (NGROTS) playoffs two weeks ago, it has not taken away his determination to win this season. His next chance to do that will be Saturday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in the No. 38 Speedco Ford F-150.
This will be Gilliland's third start at the intermediate track in the NGROTS. He earned his best finish there last year when he crossed the line third. He also finished 10th there in the second race of a doubleheader weekend in July after leading 15 laps.
In 19 starts this season, Gilliland has four top-five, nine top-10 finishes and has led 92 laps in the No. 38 Ford F-150 for Front Row Motorsports. He is 10th in the driver point standings after being eliminated from the playoffs two weeks ago at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway after an engine failure.
Speedco, part of the Love's family of companies, will be back on Gilliland's No. 38 Ford F-150 at Kansas. Love's provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, fresh coffee, restaurant offerings and more. Love's has more than 380 truck service centers, which include on-site and stand-alone Speedco and Love's Truck Care locations. Love's and Speedco combined is the largest oil change, preventive maintenance and total truck care nationwide network. Love's is committed to providing customers with "Clean Places, Friendly Faces" at every stop. To learn more, visit loves.com.
The Clean Harbors 200 from Kansas Speedway will be run on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on FOX. The 134-lap race will be broken into three segments with stage-ending cautions on laps 30 and 60.
Number of Truck Series Starts at Kansas: 3
Best Start: 3rd (July 24, 2020)
Best Finish: 3rd (2019)
2020 Driver Point Standings: 10th
Gilliland on Kansas: "I enjoy racing at Kansas and after already racing there twice this year we have some good notes to work from this weekend. Our first race didn't go how we wanted it to since we gambled on pit strategy and saved our last set of tires hoping for a late caution, which never came. That left us back in 20th place, but we rebounded the next day to finish 10th. We still have four more chances to win this season and we're working hard as a team to make that happen."
Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Speedco Ford F-150
Start: 10th (based on qualifying formula)
Gilliland on Talladega: "Our Speedco Ford was good and we were able to gain stage points in both stages, which we needed. Man I wish we could have finished this race. I'm so thankful for Speedco, Frontline Enterprises, Black's Tire and all our sponsors who supported us this season. It sucks to be out of the playoffs, but we didn't to well this round. We had two bad races to start and a bad race here today. We did our best, but it did not turn out the way he hoped. We still have four more races to try to win this season."