Gander Outdoor Truck Series

NGOTS: Todd Gilliland Leaves Charlotte with a Top-10 – “It’s All About Communication.”


Todd Gilliland entered Friday evening’s North Carolina Lottery 200 from Charlotte Motor Speedway with momentum coming off a third-place run at Kansas Speedway.

Gilliland who showed great speed out of the gate this weekend, finished second and third respectively in both practice sessions and qualified his No. 4 Mobil 1 Toyota to a solid third-place starting spot.

Charlotte was certainly a better race for the 19-year old, Friday evening’s event was only Gilliland’s 4th top-10 finish of the season and just his second in a row since finishing 7th at Las Vegas earlier in the year.

It was a clean race for Gilliland who finished Stage 1 in 2nd and Stage 2 in the 10th position.

I spoke to Gilliland post race about his finish and if it was what him and the team needed.

“I mean I was better then I was running there at the end. It was good to come in and get a little bit better tires, and make up a little bit at the end. At the beginning of the race I thought we were going to be decent, nothing like clean air though. We made the call there trying to win that stage and I finished second, so got some okay points there and mainly I just killed our track position for the rest of the night. I’d just get super tight at the end of the runs, and nothing I could do to make it wrap the corners. Part of it I think is we were really tight in practice and just go pay more attention in practice going forward to the race. I mean it’s all about communication”, Gilliland said.

The next race for the Truck Series is the 400 from Texas Motor Speedway on June 7th. In three previous starts at the track, all driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, Gilliland has 1 top-5 and 2 top-10 finishes, led 122 laps and has a best finish of 2nd which came in the June race back in 2018.

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah is going into her third year covering NASCAR for Rubbings Racing as well as helping run their Social Media platforms. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah is an avid racing fan as well as a fan of the major New England sports teams. She is currently studying Public Relations and Marketing at SNHU with plans to move to North Carolina after graduation. Sarah also enjoys visiting her home track of NHMS each year, reading, running and photography.

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