MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Kyle Busch Motorsports announced Wednesday evening that NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland will drive in four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races for the organization in 2017.
Toyota will be the primary sponsor for Gilliland’s four Truck races.
Gilliland, who competed in seven super late model races for KBM this year, will make his Truck Series debut behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra June 17 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.
The third-generation driver will also compete at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Sept. 3, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon Sept. 23 and Phoenix (Ariz.) Int’l Raceway Nov. 10.
With six victories this year in the K&N Pro Series West, the 16-year-old NASCAR Next product matched three other drivers for the most wins in a single season since 1978, and also collected six poles, 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes en route to becoming the youngest champion in the history of any NASCAR national or touring series.
The K&N West Rookie of the Year also competed in five K&N Pro Series East events in 2016, registering one win, one pole, three top-five and five top-10 finishes.
In addition to his seven career K&N Pro Series victories, Gilliland made history in his ARCA Racing Series debut at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway in May of 2015 when he became the youngest winner in series history, just two days after his 15th birthday. He finished ninth in his only other ARCA start at Iowa Speedway in July of 2015.
“Todd joined the driver lineup for our super late model program this year and 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,” Busch said. “He proved by winning several races in the K&N Series, both East and West, and the West Series championship that he has the talent to succeed in bigger stock cars and he deserves a chance to compete at higher levels next season.”
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to race in the Truck Series for KBM next year and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of everyone at Toyota and TRD,” Gilliland added. “Moving up into the top levels of NASCAR is going to be a learning experience, 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 joins owner-driver Busch (five races) as part of the multi-driver lineup that will compete behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra in 2017.
Other driver announcements for the KBM ‘All-Star’ truck will be made at a later date.
CREDIT: Kyle Busch Motorsports