It will be a family affair this weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway. The Gilliland’s will make up two of the 32 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starters for Saturday’s Fr8Auctions 250 (1 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). This won’t be the first time that the father-son combo have raced against each other, it will be the third. But, it will be the first time the duo have ran against each other on a superspeedway.
See, David Gilliland ran the season opener at Daytona back in February because his son Todd Gilliland wasn’t old enough to race on the 2.5-mile track yet. Now that he’s since turned 18, he’s eligible to race in the No. 4 Toyota Tundra. Gilliland’s father will race the No. 51 Toyota.
Not only will Gilliland be competing against his son at Talladega, he will also be racing against his own team too. See, he is the co-owner of DGR-Crosley which will field one entry with Bo LeMastus in Saturday’s race.
“That’s going to be interesting for sure,” David said on this weekend’s race. “I’m more excited for this race than any race that I ever have been excited for in my whole life — racing with Todd is always fun, but getting to race against him in his first superspeedway race. I’ve been trying to talk to him and go over the stuff that I’ve learned over the years that has helped me and the mistakes that I’ve made that have hurt me too to try and help him get ahead of that curve. I’m really excited to race against Bo (LeMastus) in our DGR-Crosley truck, that is going to be interesting too. Hopefully we can all be up there at the end and hopefully one of us takes the checkers.”
If the situation arises that the Gilliland’s are 1-2 on the final lap, does David allow his son to win?
“Oh man, I’ve been asked this question a million times and it’s funny because when Todd is standing next to me and they ask him he says ‘I’m gonna win, I’m gonna do whatever I have to do to win,’ and obviously we want to win. I want to win and get our PEDIGREE® Toyota Tundra in Victory Lane, but if we can be one-two coming across the line I’m definitely going to do everything I can do to win, but we’ll see. I know if the roles are reversed Todd’s going to leave me and bail, but we’ll see.”
What about Todd? Will he let his old man win?
“I’m going to win,” said the younger Gilliland. “That’s all there is to it. We were just talking about it and we are teammates until about five to go and then coming to that last lap it will be the No. 4 Tundra in Victory Lane.”
Although Gilliland has no prior NCWTS starts at Talladega, he has 18 starts under his belt in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. He has earned two top-five, four top-10 finishes and one pole. He also has one NASCAR XFINITY Series start.