Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 1.5-mile oval
Race: 18 of 23
Event: World of Westgate 200 (201 miles, 134 laps)
Friday, Sept. 25
9:00 p.m..............Race (FS1)
(all times ET)
Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Pneumatech Ford F-150
Friday night's NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (NGROTS) race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway will be the second race in the Round of 10 playoffs. After a tough night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway last week, Todd Gilliland finds himself 10th, eight points below the cutline with two races remaining in this round. A solid run, or better yet a win at Vegas will be just what the 20-year-old needs to stay alive for the next round.
This will be Gilliland's fifth start at Las Vegas. He earned his best start and finish there in the fall race last year, starting third and finishing fifth. He finished seventh there in February in only the second race of the season with his new team, Front Row Motorsports. Gilliland feels confident the team can get a better finish this time around.
In 17 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 FRM. He is 10th in the Round of 10, eight points below the cutoff which will happen in two weeks at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Oct. 3.
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The World of Westgate 200 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be run on Friday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on FS1. 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 Las Vegas: 4
Best Start: 3rd (Sept. 2019)
Best Finish: 5th (Sept. 2019)
2020 Driver Point Standings: 10th in the Round of 10 Playoffs (-8 from eighth place)
Gilliland on Las Vegas: "Our first race there this year we were bad in practice, but we were able to actually have a good race. It feels good to be going back to the same track we've already been to this year. We have some notes and are expecting to be better than we were in February and contend for a win.
"Since that was only the second race of the year, I feel like our Ford F-150s have gotten a lot better and we've got a lot more notes, despite not having practice. We have to be more on it with the set-ups, but I feel like we're in a much better place as a team than we were the first time we went to Vegas."
Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Speedco Ford F-150
Start: 11th (based on qualifying formula)
Gilliland on Bristol: "That was definitely not how we wanted to start the playoffs, but now we'll just have to work even harder at Las Vegas next week. The truck was so loose at the start of the race. We thought it was just because of the green track from the rain, but it did not get any better until we were able to pit for adjustments at the end of Stage One. We got better throughout the race, but it took so long to get our lap back that there wasn't much time left to gain track position. We'll have to put this behind us and focus on the Vegas race next Friday. Several playoff trucks also had a tough race so it would have been nice to capitalize on that, but we did what we could with what we had tonight. I have to thank Speedco, Delo and Ford Performance for their support tonight."
Track: Bristol Motor Speedway, 0.533-mile oval
Race: 17 of 23
Event: UNOH 200 (106.6 miles, 200 laps)
Thursday, Sept. 17
7:30 p.m ET.............Race (FS1)
Thursday night's NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (NGROTS) race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway kicks off the 2020 Playoffs Round of 10. For the first time in his Truck Series career, Todd Gilliland is one of the 10 drivers qualified to compete for the championship. He is seeded ninth, 23 points behind first place and one point above 10th. Making the playoffs is also special since Front Row Motorsports (FRM) is new to the Truck Series and made the Round of 10 in its first attempt with Gilliland in the No. 38 Ford F-150.
Gilliland is happy to have Bristol as the first race of the playoffs. He used to not enjoy racing there, but since winning a NASCAR K&N East (now ARCA East) race there in 2018, it pumped up his confidence at the half-mile oval. Since then has has one top-five and two top-10 finishes in his two NGROTS starts there.
In 16 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 FRM. This Thursday, Speedco will be back as the primary sponsor for Gilliland.
Speedco, part of the Love's family of companies, will be back on Gilliland's No. 38 Ford F-150 at Bristol. 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 UNOH 200 from Bristol Motor Speedway will be run on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 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 55 and 110.
Number of Truck Series Starts at Bristol: 2
Best Start: 8th (2018)
Best Finish: 5th (2018)
2020 Driver Point Standings: 9th in the Round of 10 Playoffs
Gilliland on Bristol: "I'm really excited about going back to Bristol. I won a K&N race there a couple years back. I never really had good runs there before that, so it gave me a lot of confidence walking into the gate there. It's a very intimidating race track. You are going super fast on the banking and things feel like they happen twice as fast. You really have to be on top of things all night long and if you lose focus for one second, which is really easy there, you can get yourself in a lot of trouble. We're looking for a solid night there to gain maximum points."
Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Frontline Enterprises Ford F-150
Start: 8th (based on qualifying formula)
Gilliland on Richmond: "If I was telling you I wasn't nervous earlier today I'd be lying. I have confidence in my team. It's crazy we were fourth lining up on the last restart and I ended up getting lapped. This place is tough. We're going to try and put this one behind us so we can reset and work towards Bristol. We'll take it race by race and focus out front, that's what it's all about.
"I'm super proud to have Frontline Enterprises on board, along with Black's Tire, Speedco, Love's, Bob Jenkins and everyone at Front Row Motorsports and Ford. It's so cool to be a part of the playoffs. It's my first time in three years, so to me that's a big accomplishment. We'll reset and go forward."
Track: Richmond Raceway, 0.75-mile oval
Race: 16 of 23
Event: NGROTS 250 (187.5 miles, 250 laps)
Thursday, Sept. 10
8:00 p.m.............Race (FS1)
(all times ET)
Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Frontline Enterprises Ford F-150
Thursday night's NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (NGROTS) race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway is the last chance for Todd Gilliland to secure his place in the 2020 playoffs. Richmond, which was not originally on the NGROTS schedule before the Covid-19 pandemic, is now the regular-season finale. Gilliland sits on the bubble in 10th place with a 10-point lead over 11th-place driver Derek Kraus, and is only four points behind ninth place Tyler Ankrum.
Although Gilliland has no prior experience at Richmond, neither do the two drivers he is competing against for the final two spots up for grabs in the playoffs. Gilliland was only five years old the last time the Truck Series raced at Richmond in 2005, but he has watched a lot of film of recent races and spent time on the Ford Performance simulator to prepare for the 250-lap race.
In 15 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 (FRM). He did not make the playoffs last year in his first full season in the NGROTS, so clinching one of the 10 playoff spots would be a first for him and FRM in the Truck Series. Frontline Enterprises will be the primary sponsor on the No. 38 Ford F-150 Thursday night at Richmond.
The NGROTS 250 from Richmond Raceway will be run on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on FS1. The 250-lap race will be broken into three segments with stage-ending cautions on laps 70 and 140.
Number of Truck Series Starts at Richmond Raceway: 0
2020 Driver Point Standings: 10th (+10 above playoff cut line)
Gilliland on Richmond: "Before this year we'd be nervous about going to a track we've never been to, but really we've gotten used to dealing with stuff we've never done before. The biggest thing is just getting our setup right for Richmond. We're trying to base it off races in the past like we have been all season. I think our Frontline Enterprises Ford F-150 will be good and hopefully I can get more laps on the Ford simulator to be as prepared as I can. We need to run the best race we can as a team and I think if we do that we should be able to stay above the cut line and focus on the playoffs."
Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Black's Tire Ford F-150
Start: 15th (based on qualifying formula)
Gilliland on Darlington: "I'm happy we are on the plus side of the cut line at least. We pretty much have 10 spots to give up to the 19 (Derek Kraus) and I really believe we can outrun them and even contend for a win at Richmond. We're really confident in what we've got going there. This was not the race we really wanted today. We just started on the splitter insanely hard. We'd be okay on the long run, but just give up so much. It wasn't the day we wanted, but we really didn't lose massive points to the cut line and we've got one more race to make it all happen.
"I have to thank Ricky Benton and Black's Tire, Front Row Motorsports, Ford and all our sponsors throughout the season. We're going to give it our all at Richmond and hopefully go run for a championship."
Track: Darlington Raceway, 1.366-mile oval
Race: 15 of 23
Event: S.C. Education Lottery 200 (200 miles, 147 laps)
Sunday, Sept. 6
2:00 p.m ET.............Race (FS1)
Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Black's Tire Ford F-150
Coming off a heart-breaking finish at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill., last weekend, Todd Gilliland has his sights set on the "Track Too Tough to Tame," Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Last Sunday Gilliland had a dominate Front Row Motorsports Ford F-150, winning the first two stages and leading the most laps. With 40 laps to go, he was hit by another truck attempting to pass him for the lead, which sent him into the outside wall, resulting in a 24th-place finish instead of a trip to Victory Lane.
Although Gilliland has no prior experience at Darlington, he has been watching past races there in other NASCAR Series and getting advice from as many NASCAR veterans as possible. With two races remaining before the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series playoffs begin, Gilliland remains in 10th place in the point standings, 13 points above the cut line.
Gilliland's No. 38 Ford F-150 will be sponsored by Black's Tire at Darlington Sunday. 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 South Carolina Education Lottery 200 from Darlington Raceway will be run on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on FS1. The 147-lap race will be broken into three segments with stage-ending cautions on laps 45 and 90.
Number of Truck Series Starts at Darlington Raceway: 0
2020 Driver Point Standings: 10th (+13 above playoff cut line)
Gilliland on Darlington: "I have no experience at Darlington, but I went to one Xfinity race there last year. I had never been and wanted to check it out, so now I'm really glad I have at least seen a race there. I'm kind of nervous and I feel for the guys who have been going to all these race tracks for the first time without even seeing them. Darlington is a tough place. I'm going to be leaning on David Ragan a lot, who is going to run a second DGR-Crosley truck. Just talking to him and talking to my Dad (David Gilliland) who have experience and just watching races there. You can't take yourself out of it by getting into the wall. I'd say most drivers will be taking it pretty easy during the first stage, but I definitely wish I had experience there.
"We'll have Black's Tire on board and it's all but a home race for them with locations all over that area. It's super cool to have them back with us."
Gilliland Leads the Most Laps & Wins Two Stages Before Getting Pushed Up into the Wall While Leading at WWT Raceway
Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Crosley Brands Ford F-150
Start: 6th (based on qualifying formula)
Gilliland on WWT Raceway: "I think he (Sheldon Creed) knows what happened and I think I know what happened. He just drove in there over his head and it got us. That's racing, but I just hate it. My guys work day and night for me and it was so cool to have Crosley Brands on board. The hit probably wasn't hard enough for me to hit the wall, just got me out of shape there. Man, we just had such a good truck from the beginning going from sixth to first under green and to win both stages. Gosh it was such a good day. I feel like this has been one of the more dominate truck races I've ever run. We just need to keep this up. The guys we are racing for points sucked today and man we needed those points. It's just all we could do. I have to thank Crosley Brands, Ford, Front Row Motorsports and Bob Jenkins. I hope they were all proud watching us and we're going to do the same thing at Darlington next Sunday."
Todd Gilliland, No. 38 The Pete Store Ford F-150
Start: 17th (based on qualifying formula)
Gilliland on Dover: "It was really cool to have The Pete Store on our truck and get a top-five finish. We're right on the bubble and we need to have these good days, but the guys around us are stepping up too, so we just have to maximize every race. I'm really proud of this Front Row Motorsports team and the race we ran today. We needed that as a team. We're pretty close and getting closer. I can't wait to get to Gateway next week."