Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Black's Tire & Auto Service Ford F-150 Start: 11th (random drawing) Finish: 37th
Stage One: 7th
Stage Two: 8th
After a 13-week hiatus, Todd Gilliland started the No. 38 Black's Tire & Auto Service Ford F-150 11th based on a random drawing. With no practice or qualifying, Gilliland spent the first 30-lap stage figuring out what his truck needed to help the handling. He was up to seventh by the end of the stage and pitted for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment to help the rotation of the truck.
Gilliland restarted Stage Two in 10th place. The truck had more grip early in the run, but got a little tighter as the laps continued. He was eighth when the second stage ended on lap 60. Crew chief Chris Lawson called him to pit road for four tires and another chassis adjustment.
He was fifth when the final stage began, but incurred damage to the left-front fender when Ben Rhodes drove him up toward the outside wall. Luckily he was able to continue with a slight tire rub until a caution enabled him to come to pit road for repairs. Once the fender was patched, his laps times were the fastest they had been all night. Gilliland was fourth on lap 100, but was hit from behind by John Hunter Nemechek, which sent him into the wall. The Black's Tire & Auto Service Ford suffered heavy damage and could not continue. Gilliland was evaluated and released from the infield care center, and credited with a 37th-place finish.
Gilliland on Charlotte: "We were running inside the top 10 most of the night. We worked on the truck during every pit stop and got a lot better with more grip every single time. We just fired off too tight and couldn't really go. On my last restart I got stuck behind the 26 (Tyler Ankrum) and spun the tires super bad, which put us in a bad situation. Then the 8 (Nemechek) just shipped us into turn three and wrecked us. I've got to thank Black's Tire, Ford, my Front Row Motorsports team and Bob Jenkins. My guys worked so hard, I hate that the truck is killed. We've got a week and a half until Atlanta, and we'll come back strong there."