MOORESVILLE N.C. (May 26, 2018) – Todd Gilliland and the No. 54 DGR-Crosley team finished fourth in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards General Tire 150 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Gilliland set the precedence on Thursday afternoon during the lone ARCA Racing Series practice session, laying down lap times of 29.408 seconds – almost three miles per hour quicker than most of the 30-car field. Gilliland and the No. 54 Frontline Enterprises Toyota Camry carried that momentum into qualifying where they were fastest in the newly introduced Timed Session Qualifying, winning the General Tire Pole Award. This marked Gilliland’s first ARCA Racing Series Pole Award in only his third career race within the series.
“I’m super proud of everyone at DGR-Crosley,” said Gilliland. “To be able to come here with a brand new ARCA car and have this much speed is impressive. It all comes down to preparation. The guys put in so much time and effort into preparing these cars and that really shows on track.”
When the General Tire 150 went green for 100 laps under the lights at the one-and-a-half-mile track in Charlotte, the No. 54 pulled away on the initial start. Putting a 6-second gap between himself and the rest of the field, Gilliland began lapping cars on lap 9. He continued to maintain his lead through multiple cautions and restarts for the first 56 laps of the General Tire 150. After an incident with a slowed lapped car, the No. 54 Frontline Enterprises Toyota suffered front end damage. The damage resulted in a very tight race car, proving to be a handful for Gilliland in the second half of the race. The damage ultimately relegated Gilliland to the fourth-place finish.
“I had a super-fast Frontline Enterprises Toyota Camry tonight,” Gilliland said after the race. “I got into a lapped car and tore a huge hole in the front and we struggled for the rest of the race. The damage made the car way, way tight and that’s when I started falling back. We are here to win, and the fourth-place finish definitely isn’t what we wanted, but all we can do is learn from it and prepare for the next one.”
DGR-Crosley will return to the ARCA Racing Series next weekend, June 1, at Pocono Raceway (Long Pond, Pa.) with driver Noah Gragson behind the wheel.