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Todd Gilliland lands six-race sponsorship with Pedigree in Truck Series

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Todd Gilliland‘s Camping World Truck Series debut and five more races this year will be sponsored by Pedigree.

The son of former NASCAR Cup driver David Gilliland, the 17-year-old Gilliland will make his Truck debut on June 2 at Dover International Speedway in the No. 46 Toyota owned by Kyle Busch Motorsports.

The 2016 K&N Pro Series West champion will also drive the No. 46 at Martinsville Speedway (Oct. 28.)

Pedigree will also sponsor Gilliland in four races in the No. 51 Toyota. After Dover, Gilliland will race at Gateway Motorsports Park (June 17),  Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Sept. 3), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sept. 23) and Phoenix Raceway (Nov. 10).

“I’m proud to have a sponsor as well-known as Pedigree join us at Kyle Busch Motorsports this season,” Gilliland said in a press release. “There’s a family connection with Pedigree, as they were the sponsor on my Dad’s car in 2006. It’s a great feeling to know that they have confidence in me and this race team. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to get behind the wheel, earn solid finishes and hopefully get Pedigree to Victory Lane this season.”

Through five races in the K&N West season this year, Gilliland has won every pole and won four races. He has 11 wins in 20 starts dating back to 2015.

Kyle Busch Motorsports also announced the addition of two Truck races to Busch’s schedule. He will drive the No. 46 at Kentucky Speedway (July 6) and Bristol Motor Speedway (Aug.16). He will be sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospital.

 

NASCAR Next Class for 2017-18 chosen

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Nine drivers have been selected to the 2017-18 NASCAR Next Class.

The latest class includes three series champions and the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-America Series Rookie of the Year.

Alumni of the program, which is in its seventh year, include Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson and Daniel Suarez.

The selection process includes input from industry executives, NASCAR Cup Drivers Council and media members. Drivers must be between the ages of 15-25 and show potential on and off the track to reach the Cup Series.

Of the nine selected, Harrison Burton, Ty Majeski and Todd Gilliland were also members of the 2016-17 class.

The 2017-18 class includes:

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Harrison Burton – In his second year competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the 16-year-old from Huntersville, North Carolina, has earned wins at Bristol Motor Speedway and Virginia’s South Boston Speedway. The son of former NASCAR Cup Series driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton also took home the pole award at Bristol for the second consecutive year.

Hailie Deegan – The 15-year-old Temecula, California, native has made a name for herself in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series. Last year the daughter of FMX legend Brian Deegan became the first female to reach the podium in the series’ history, was the 2016 Modified Kart champion in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and was named the Lucas Oil Off Road Driver of the Year.

Todd Gilliland – The son of former NASCAR Cup Series driver David Gilliland has made quite a name for himself in the sport’s history books. The 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, has 12 wins in 30 K&N Pro Series starts and became the youngest champion in NASCAR national or touring series history last year when he took home the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship.

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Chase Cabre – In his rookie season competing for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the 20-year-old Tampa, Florida, native captured his first two pole awards in the twin features at South Boston Speedway and also earned his best career finish (fourth) at the Virginia short track.

Riley HerbstThe 18-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada, driver is coming off a successful rookie season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. In 14 starts last year, he compiled seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.

Cayden LapcevichOnly the third Canadian-born driver to be chosen for the program, the 17-year-old from Grimsby, Ontario, won three times in 2016 en route to becoming the youngest NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion, and briefly held the title as the youngest NASCAR champion before being dethroned by Gilliland. Lapcevich is the first driver in Pinty’s Series history to earn both the Josten Rookie of the Year honor and the series title in the same year. 

Ty Majeski – A Roush Fenway development driver and one of the country’s top Super Late Model drivers, the 22-year-old Seymour, Wisconsin native kicked off his 2016 winning the Super Late Model championship at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway. He continued his NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season with a third-place finish in the national standings on the strength of 14 wins and 21 top-fives in 26 starts. He will make his Xfinity Series debut June 24 at Iowa Speedway.

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Chase Purdy – The 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year made a splash last year when he took home both the rookie of the year and track championship at South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway in NASCAR’s weekly series. The 17-year-old from Meridian, Mississippi, is chasing another rookie title this year, competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Zane SmithSmith, 17, from Huntington Beach, California, broke onto the national scene in 2015 when he won the Super Late Model championship at New Smyrna’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. He capped the season with a runner-up finish to Cup Series driver Chase Elliott in the Snowball Derby. 

Todd Gilliland to drive 4 Truck races for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2017

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Todd Gilliland just keeps getting busier.

The 16-year-old K&N Pro Series West champion (youngest in NASCAR history) announced last week he’ll defend his Ptitle while also racing full-time in the Pro Series East class, as well.

Wednesday, it was announced that the son of NASCAR driver David Gilliland will add four Camping World Truck Series events to his plate. Gilliland will drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

The Trucks deal is a continuation of the relationship Gilliland has with KBM, for whom he competed in seven Super Late Model races in 2016.

“We liked what we saw with his competitive nature and strong work ethic, so we are looking forward to seeing him move up to the Truck Series program for 2017 and getting behind the wheel of our Tundras for four races,” Kyle Busch said. “He has the talent to succeed in bigger stock cars and he deserves a chance to compete at higher levels next season.”

Gilliland will make his Truck Series debut in a Toyota Tundra on June 17 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.

Other Truck races that Gilliland will compete in will be Sept. 3 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ont.; Sept. 23 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon and Nov. 10 at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway.

“Moving up into the top levels of NASCAR is going to be a learning experience,” Gilliland said. “But I know that I’m getting behind the wheel of fast Tundras and with the staff that they have in place at KBM and the knowledge that Kyle can pass along I’m going to learn a lot and continue to grow as a driver.”

Gilliland won six races in the K&N PSW this past season (tying a series record for most wins in a single season), as well as earning 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes, along with six poles.

In addition to Gilliland’s four scheduled Truck races, Busch will drive in five Truck races, as well. Other drivers have yet to be named for the remaining races in the No. 51 Tundra.

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Front Row Motorsports surprises owner with car from 2013 Talladega win

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The best Christmas gifts are the ones that surprise you.

Bob Jenkins, the owner of Front Row Motorsports, got a big surprise Monday at his shop. The team, which will field Landon Cassill and David Ragan in 2017, presented Jenkins with the car Ragan drove to FRM’s first Cup Series win in 2013.

On Twitter, the team said Jenkins thought the car had long ago been scrapped at the “crusher.” But the No. 34 Ford Ragan drove to a surprise win at Talladega Superspeedway has been rebuilt by the team. Ragan, who is returning to FRM after driving for the team from 2012 – 2015, was on hand to make the presentation.

On May 5, 2013, Ragan led a FRM sweep of the top two spots with teammate David Gilliland finishing second. Ragan took the lead going into Turn 3 on the final lap with a push from Gilliland after a restart with two laps to go.

It was Ragan’s second Cup Series win and the first for Jenkins, who has been an owner in NASCAR’s Premier Series since 2005.

Chris Buescher gave the team its second Cup win earlier this year when he won the August Pocono race, which was shortened due to fog.


After winning one championship, Todd Gilliland goes for two more in 2017

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One championship isn’t enough for Todd Gilliland – he’s going for two more – and in the same season to boot.

Gilliland, who won the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship, will not only try to repeat that feat in 2017, he’ll also vie for the K&N Pro Series East title.

Bill McAnally Racing announced the 16-year-old Gilliland will race full-time in both series in the upcoming season.

“This is a great opportunity to take the next step in my racing career,” Todd Gilliland said in a statement. “We want to build on the success we had in the 2016 season. It’s a big move to compete for points in both divisions. I look forward to the challenge.”

Gilliland, the son of NASCAR driver David Gilliland, earned six wins and amassed 11 top-five finishes in 14 K&N Pro Series West races last season. He also had one win in the K&N Pro Series East.

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