KBM expands Todd Gilliland's Truck schedule, adds his father David
Todd Gilliland will run an expanded Camping World Truck Series schedule this year with Kyle Busch Motorsports and get an assist from his father, David Gilliland.
Todd, who won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title the past two seasons, can’t run the full Truck schedule because he doesn’t turn 18 until May 15.
He will make his 2018 debut in the No. 4 Toyota March 24 at Martinsville, Va., and then race at Dover, Del., on May 4 before taking over for the remainder of the season beginning with the Charlotte race on May 15.
NASCAR veteran David Gilliland will compete in the No. 4 for KBM in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 16. Team owner Kyle Busch and another driver to be announced later will compete in the schedule’s remaining three races in the No. 4.
“I’m super excited be continuing my development within the Toyota Racing family and look forward to being behind the wheel of KBM's No. 4 Tundra this season – especially after my 18th birthday when I can run all of the races,” Todd said in a statement.
“I’ll still be at the track for the early races when I don’t get to compete so that I can learn as much as I can from being around the guys on the team and watching my dad and Kyle before my first 1.5-mile race at Charlotte.”
Todd Gilliland made his Truck Series debut for KBM at Dover last June. He posted an average finish of 5.0 across his final three races of his six-race Truck schedule in 2017, including a career-best third at New Hampshire.
“With back-to-back championships in the K&N West Series the last two seasons and a runner-up finish in the East Series this year, Todd’s proven that he knows how to win races and compete for championships,” Kyle Busch said.
“He showed improvement over the course of his six-race schedule last year and after he turns 18 in May and is able to get behind the wheel on a regular basis, we expect that he will continue to improve, start competing for wins and be a strong contender for rookie of the year.”
David Gilliland has 332 career starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 56 in Xfinity and 10 in Trucks. His lone national series win came in the 2006 Xfinity event at Kentucky Speedway.
“To drive for KBM with all the success they have had over the years is a fantastic opportunity,” David Gilliland said. “Kyle is a great guy and I'm sure that he can teach both Todd and I. We can't wait to get to the race track.”
Sponsors and a crew chief for the No.4 team will be announced at a later date.
Cody Coughlin joins GMS Racing for full-time Truck campaign
A "humbled" Ron Hornaday will join NASCAR Hall of Fame