MARTINSVILLE, Va. – In an extraordinarily wild NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race that saw four of six Playoff drivers have major issues, 19-year-old Todd Gilliland muscled his way past Ross Chastain on lap 191 and held on to win for the first time in 46 career starts.Continue reading
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Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) made a statement that he will be a threat for the ARCA Menards Series championship with a dominant victory in Friday’s FORTS USA 150 at Pocono Raceway. Eckes took control on lap 35 when the dominant driver in the early stages of the race, General Tire Pole Award winner Todd Gilliland (No. 18 Frontline Enterprises Toyota), was penalized for a blend line violation after his only pit stop of the afternoon.
Eckes led the final 26 laps of the caution-free race to score his second win of the season and fifth overall.
Once Eckes was alerted by his crew that he would be the leader after Gilliland’s penalty, he kept his head in the game to minimize mistakes.
“Once they told me what happened to the 18 it was all about keeping our heads down and not making any mistakes,” Eckes said. “We knew there was a long way to go and we needed to be perfect to close it out.”
Despite winning five NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races in five starts for the owner of Kyle Busch Motorsports, other teams in the KBM stable have underperformed this season, leaving the team owner looking for solutions. The first step to help improve results took place on Wednesday when the team announced crew chief changes at Texas, Iowa, and Gateway for the No. 4 team of Todd Gilliland.Continue reading