By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
Entering their 16th season in NASCAR, Front Row Motorsports announced Monday they’ll be tackling the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series for the first time with Todd Gilliland running on a full-time basis.
Gilliland will pilot the No. 38 Ford F-150 as part of an alliance with DGR-Crosley, co-owned by none other than Todd’s father, David Gilliland. Jon Leonard will be his crew chief and Coleman Pressley will be on top of the spotters stand.
The 19-year-old said he’s really looking forward to run with a brand new team and manufacturer that means a lot to him as David ran for FRM from 2009 to 2016.
“I’ve been around Bob Jenkins and the whole Front Row crew for a long time growing up with my dad racing for them,” Todd said. “The talent that they’ve brought in for my program is really exciting. I know or have worked with almost every person that’s on my team this year at some point in my career. That helps tremendously in building relationships and trust with each other.”
Team owner Bob Jenkins is excited to expand his race team and give Todd a brand new and refreshing home after spending the past two full-seasons with the extremely demanding Kyle Busch Motorsports.
“I’ve watched Todd grow up in this sport and have seen the talent he brings firsthand,” Jenkins said. “Not only does he come from a racing family, but he’s got the natural ability of a winning driver. I’m confident that having him drive in our debut season will be a great success.”
The No. 38 has significance to not only the Jenkins as its been a staple to his Cup Series program since 2010, but to the Gilliland family as well.
Both David and Todd’s grandfather, Butch Gilliland, ran the number throughout their racing careers, something Todd hopes he can extend its family legacy by bringing additional success under the No. 38 banner.
“Car numbers are important to a driver because they are essentially your identity when you’re on track,” Todd said. “It’s cool to think about a Gilliland being back in the No. 38, and I’m really proud to be able to drive the same number that my dad and grandpa did.”
In 48 Truck Series starts, Todd scored an unforgettable victory at Martinsville last October accompanied with his two poles, 12 top-fives and 26 top-10s finishes.