Cup Regular Todd Gilliland Gets Dirty at Knoxville

Todd Gilliland made his first 2022 Camping World Truck Series start a good one Saturday night in Knoxville, Iowa.

The full-time Cup Series rookie held off Truck Series veteran John Hunter Nemechek on a four-lap, race-ending restart dash to win the Clean Harbor 150 at the storied half-mile dirt track.

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It was Gilliland’s third career truck victory, after Martinsville in 2019 and COTA at Austin last year. He was among four drivers who swapped the lead six times in the 150-lap, 75-mile race. After winning a heat race and starting ninth, the son of former Xfinity and Cup driver David Gilliland led three times for 58 laps, including the final 11. Carson Hocevar led the first 65 laps before engine problems sidelined him. Nemechek led 17 times and Grant Finallyger led 10.

No. 2 starter Hocevar took the lead at the green and led all 40 laps in Stage 1, easily beating Gilliland. Hocevar led the first 26 laps in Stage 2 before losing power and slowing on the track, handing the lead to Gilliland at lap 65. Gilliland then led the final 25 laps of Stage 2, beating Zane Smith. Finallyger’s one time in front were laps 92-101, but Gilliland soon took over, leading 32 of the last 49 laps to win by slightly less than a second. The race was slowed nine times for 45 caution lapses.

Nemechek, the new points leader, was second after his ninth top-10 finish this season. The rest of Saturday night’s top-10: Zane Smith (now second in points, five behind Nemechek), Ty Majeski, Stewart Friesen (his wife, Jessica, finished 34th), Kraus, Matt Crafton, Finallyger, Tyler Ankrum, and Ben Rhodes . After being so strong for the first stage-and-a-half, Hocevar was scored an engine-related DNF 35th.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race

2nd Annual Clean Harbors 150

Knoxville, Iowa

Saturday, June 18, 2022

1. (9) Todd Gilliland(i), Ford, 150.

2. (6) John Hunter Nemechek, Toyota, 150.

3. (15) Zane Smith, Ford, 150.

4. (7) Ty Majeski, Toyota, 150.

5. (4) Stewart Friesen, Toyota, 150.

6. (1) Derek Kraus, Chevy, 150.

7. (21) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 150.

8. (11) Grant Finallyger, Chevy, 150.

9. (13) Tyler Ankrum, Toyota, 150.

10. (3) Ben Rhodes, Toyota, 150.

11. (5) Buddy Kofoid, Toyota, 150.

12. (20) Christian Eckes, Toyota, 150.

13. (10) Chandler Smith, Toyota, 150.

14. (12) Matt DiBenedetto, Chevy, 150.

15. (8) Hailie Deegan, Ford, 150.

16. (22) Colby Howard, Chevy, 150.

17. (30) Dylan Westbrook, Chevy, 150.

18. (34) Lawless Alan#, Chevy, 150.

19. (28) Timmy Hill, Toyota, 150.

20. (27) Chase Purdy, Toyota, 150.

21. (36) Jack Wood#, Chevy, 149.

22. (16) Tanner Gray, Ford, 149.

23. (18) Dean Thompson #, Chevy, 148.

24. (24) Joey Gase(i), Toyota, 148.

25. (32) Blaine Perkins#, Chevy, 148.

26. (17) Kaz Grala, Chevy, 148.

27. (31) Brayton Laster, Chevy, 147.

28. (25) Kris Wright, Chevy, 145.

29. (35) Spencer Boyd, Chevy, 142.

30. (33) Devon Rouse, Chevy, 140.

31. (29) Thad Moffitt, Chevy, 139.

32. (23) Brett Moffitt(i), Chevrolet, Crash, 124.

33. (26) Bryson Mitchell, Toyota, Throttle, 110.

34. (19) Jessica Friesen, Toyota, Brakes, 76.

35. (2) Carson Hocevar, Chevy, Engine, 66.

36. (14) Tyler Carpenter, Chevy, Driveshaft, 65.

Average Speed ​​of Race Winner: 34.061 mph.

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 12 Mins, 7 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.945 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 9 for 45 laps.

Lead Changes: 6 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Kraus 0;C. Hocevar 1-65;T. Gilliland(i) 66-91;G. Finallyger 92-101;T. Gilliland(i) 102-122;J. Nemechek 123-139;T. Gilliland(i) 140-150.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Carson Hocevar 1 time for 65 laps; Todd Gilliland(i) 3 times for 58 laps; John Hunter Nemechek 1 time for 17 lapses; Grant Finallyger 1 time for 10 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 42,17,4,19,66,23,18,22,25,38

Stage #2 Top Ten: 17,38,4,22,19,23,02,52,88,16

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