Gilliland to contend for ROY in Truck series

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

Todd Gilliland will return to Kyle Busch Motorsports for a 19-race schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2018 to contend for rookie of the year honors.

Gilliland, 17, will begin his quest at Martinsville Speedway in April in the No. 4 Toyota Tundra for KBM. Gilliland will take over the ride full-time when he turns 18 in May.

“I’m super excited be continuing my development within the Toyota Racing family and look forward to being behind the wheel of KBM’s No. 4 Tundra this season — especially after my 18th birthday when I can run all of the races,” Gilliland said in a press release. “I’ll still be at the track for the early races when I don’t get to compete so that I can learn as much as I can from being around the guys on the team and watching my Dad and Kyle before my first 1.5-mile race at Charlotte.”

Gilliland’s father, David, will pilot the No. 4 at Daytona International Speedway while team owner, Kyle Busch, will drive the truck at Atlanta and Kansas. An announcement is forthcoming for the driver of the No. 4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“With back-to-back championships in the K&N West Series the last two seasons and a runner-up finish in the East Series this year, Todd’s proven that he knows how to win races and compete for championships,” Busch said. “He showed improvement over the course of his six-race schedule last year and after he turns 18 in May and is able to get behind the wheel on a regular basis, we expect that he will continue to improve, start competing for wins and be a strong contender for the Truck Series Rookie of the Year.”

Todd will also competed in a full-time schedule in both NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West Series.He caputered the West title after scoring six wins, 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.

Sponsorship and crew chief announcements are forthcoming for the No. 4 Toyota Tundra for KBM.

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