Todd Gilliland triumphs in Truck race at Circuit of the Americas

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AUSTIN, Texas – Todd Gilliland pulled away from the field in the final laps to win Saturday’s inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Circuit of the Americas.

He won by 7.9 seconds. It is Gilliland’s second career series win. His previous Truck win came in October 2019 at Martinsville Speedway.

Kaz Grala finished second. He was followed by Tyler Ankrum, Grant Enfinger and Sheldon Creed, who led a race-high 14 laps.

MORE: Race results 

Saturday’s race started in rain and ended with sun and the track drying in portions the trucks ran. Competitors ran rain tires the entire event on the 20-turn, 3.41-mile course.

“It was a lot of fun, and it was a challenge to keep up with the track conditions,” Grala said.

Gilliland also won the first stage, outdueling Grala on the final lap of the first stage. Gilliland had to restart the second stage at the back of the field after he was penalized for his pit crew going over the wall too soon. He used strategy and drove through field to have a chance to win the 41-lap race.

“From the drop of the green flag I was really, really aggressive,” Gilliland said.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Todd Gilliland

STAGE 2 WINNER: Ben Rhodes

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Kaz Grala has finished in the top 10 in both Xfinity road course races he’s run this season. Those are his only series starts this year. … Tyler Ankrum’s third-place finish matched his season-best finish and was just his second top 10 of the season. … Rookie Carson Hocevar‘s seventh-place finish gives him back-to-back top 10s for the first time this season.

NOTABLE: Todd Gilliland’s victory is the first in the Truck Series for Front Row Motorsports.

NEXT: The series races Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1)