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David Gilliland To Compete Against Son at the Monster Mile

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

For the 10th time in NASCAR history, there will be a father-and-son combination in a national series race as DGR-Crosley Racing announced Thursday that driver-owner David Gilliland will make his second Camping World Truck Series this season in the JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway May 4th.

It’ll mark Gilliland’s first start driving for his own team, and will have Frontline Enterprises as his primary sponsor in the No. 54 Toyota Tundra.

“I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of our DGR-Crosley Toyotas,” said Gilliland. “I’m very happy that this deal came together for this particular weekend. Dover is one of my favorite race tracks because it’s so unique in that the driver has so much control in the outcome of the race. It’s a tough track and it will challenge every driver out there because you never know what it’s going to throw at you next.”

The Gilliland’s will look to have better outcomes after promising results were derailed by unfortunate circumstances in their respective season debuts.

At the season opener at Daytona, David ended up five laps down in 21st after winning the pole. At Martinsville, Todd was in contention for the win, but a late pit stop kept him out of the top-10, finishing in 14th for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

David added he’s excited to compete with his son at the “Monster Mile.”

“There’s a lot of exciting stuff going on this weekend with it being mine and Todd’s first NASCAR event racing against each other, but it’s also an exciting weekend for us because we are bringing Frontline Enterprises onboard and this is going to be their first Truck Series race. They’ve been such an integral part of developing Todd’s career and supported him from an early age, so I couldn’t be more thankful to Brett (Stevens, GM of Frontline Enterprises) and Frontline Enterprises for making this possible.”

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media and a three-time National Motorsports Press Association award winner in photography. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. Over the years, Luis has focused on writing, video and photography with ambitions of having his work recognized.