MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 30, 2018) – Todd Gilliland made his second ARCA Racing Series start of the season on Thursday night in the Scott 150 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. He went on to earn a third-place finish after a late race caution spoiled his near six-second lead.
When Gilliland took to the track Thursday afternoon for the lone practice session, the No. 54 Frontline Enterprises Toyota Camry was extremely loose resulting in a fourth-place finish in the lone practice session. When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver climbed out of his truck and into his ARCA Racing Series car for qualifying, he was still fighting a loose race car. Gilliland laid down a lap time of 31.193 seconds, securing an eighth-place starting position.
When the Scott 150 went green, Gilliland and the No. 54 team had 100 laps to make adjustments to the car and work their way to the front of the field. It didn’t take the 18-year-old driver long to start gaining track position. By lap five, Gilliland had already worked himself up to fourth-place. A caution on lap 32 allowed the crew to go to work on the car and improve the loose driving condition. The changes proved to be positive – Gilliland restarted the Scott 150 from fifth and had worked his way up to second in less than ten laps of green flag racing. The No. 54 continued to be the fastest car in the field. On lap 70, Gilliland made a pass on Michael Self to become the race leader. He continued to separated himself from the field and carried a big lead until a caution came out for a single car spin with six laps remaining. The No. 54 team opted to take two tires, while most of the field took four. Gilliland ended up with a third-place finish in his second ARCA Racing series start this season.
“The DGR-Crosley guys gave me such a fast Frontline Enterprises Toyota Camry,” said Gilliland. “We had the dominant car and it was a lot of fun racing out there. We were in the perfect position at the end – I hate that the caution came out, but there’s not much you can do about that. I thought we were in trouble when we took two tires, but I don’t think we would have been if I would have had a better restart and held the bottom a little bit better. But we didn’t, and I just have to learn how to get a little better on restarts. Thanks to Crosley Brands and Frontline Enterprises for all the support. It was a fun night and I learned a lot.”