Todd Gilliland had a big night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series PPG 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. While the rookie didn’t come away with the win, he did lead a race-high 62 laps in just his fourth start of the season. Entering Friday night’s race, Gilliland had led just one lap in the series.
The sixth-place finish was the best of his rookie season so far in the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota and his third straight top-10 finish in the series.
“We had such a strong Mobil 1 Toyota Tundra tonight and that’s what it’s about — bringing fast trucks out here, giving me the opportunity,” Gilliland said after the race.
“We put on two tires there and we just got them so tight behind — I don’t know if it’s traffic or tires or what, but still very very proud of everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports. They gave me the truck I needed and now we just need to keep working together.”
The 18-year-old NASCAR Next alum and son of NASCAR driver David Gilliland also received his high school diploma in a pre-race ceremony with track president Eddie Gossage and his family. The ceremony has become a bit of a tradition before the June race at the track known for “No Limits.” Rising talents Erik Jones (2014), Cole Custer (2016) and Noah Gragson (2017) have also taken part in it.
“It’s a very special event to be out here in front of all these people and honestly, just doing what I love — racing,” Gilliland said in a track release. “I was wearing the cap and gown up on the stage, so a very special moment for me and my family because we missed out on a lot of other high school experiences.”