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Todd Gilliland is one of the many young, talented “next generation” stars that is making NASCAR’s future look very bright. The third-generation driver recently made history in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, tying a 50-year-old record held by one of the greats in all of motorsports. Learn more about this youngster in this week’s Fast Facts.
- Todd Gilliland was born May 15, 2000 in Sherrills Ford, NC, the son of Sprint Cup Series driver David Gilliland and grandson of 1997 Winston West Series champ Butch Gilliland. His career began in quarter midgets, and in 2013 moved into Late Models; he won his first Late Model race a year later at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC).
- On May 17, 2015, two days after his birthday, Gilliland became the youngest driver to ever compete in ARCA Racing Series competition at Toledo Speedway – he went on to win the race and become the youngest ever winner in ARCA history.
- Gilliland made his NASCAR debut in the K&N Pro Series West at Phoenix International Raceway in Nov. 2015; he went on to win the race, a win he kept in spite of failing post-race inspection.
- For 2016, Gilliland announced that he would compete full-time in the K&N Pro Series West for Bill McAnally Racing. To start the season, he won the K&N Pro Series East race at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) and two K&N Pro Series West races at Irwindale Speedway (CA) and Kern County Raceway Park (CA). With the win at Kern County – his fourth in as many K&N Pro Series starts – he tied the record set 50 years prior by the great Dan Gurney; Gurney’s list of achievements includes wins in sports cars, Formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar.
- Find out more about Gilliland at his website, toddgilliland.com.