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Todd Gilliland wins NASCAR Truck race on dirt at Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (AP) – Todd Gilliland pulled away off a late restart to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday on Knoxville Raceway’s half-mile dirt oval.

Racing for father David Gilliland in his lone Truck start of the season, Todd won for the third time in the series. After four full seasons in the Truck Series, he moved up to the Cup Series this year with Front Row Motorsports.

“The Cup Series is tough, just racing every single week. I’ve had like a million people ask me, ‘Is this really what you want to do on your off week?’” Todd said. “Absolutely. Nothing beats racing.

“I tell everyone, I’m young, and I wish I could do this every single week of the year. love the trucks. I ran here forever, it felt like. So, to be able to come back and to get one, it’s special.”

He joined his father in Iowa with the Cup Series off this weekend.

“I told him when the race started, all I want for Father’s Day is that trophy,” said David Gilliland, a former Cup driver. “We’ll be taking it home on the plane with us.”

Todd Gilliland celebrates after winning the NASCAR Truck Series auto race at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa. PHOTO: AP