Brett Moffitt and Todd Gilliland Join Knoxville Trucks
Saturdays NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race to Knoxville Racecourse will see two punctual drivers in full-time trucks, which is interesting for both paternal reasons. As Austin Wayne Himself skips his second consecutive race to focus on his newborn daughter and yield #22 AM-Racing Chevrolet Silverado at Brett Moffit, Todd Gilliland will drive #17 David Gilliland Racing Ford F-150 belonging to his father.
I missed last week’s race at Sonoma Tour to be with his wife Jennifer how she had their daughter Zepplyn Jane, born June 10. However, the team opted not to hire a replacement driver and skipped the trip west altogether. While Self will again be out for Knoxville, his team intends to return with Moffitt behind the wheel.
Moffitt, the 2018 and current Truck champion Xfinity Series regular, debuted with the team’s part-time No. 37 in the 2021 Knoxville race but finished thirty-eighth due to a crash.
A team statement released on Tuesday added that Self planned to take over the driver’s seat. “at the latest the race from July 9 to Mid Ohio Sports Car Course“, which means the Nashville Superspeedway the event of June 24 is still uncertain. Since the Xfinity Series also runs in Nashville, it’s likely the team will hand No. 22 over to Moffitt again.
Skipping another race also leaves his playoff eligibility in doubt, especially since the team clarified that. “will not seek further NASCAR Drivers’ Championship waivers.” The sanctioning body frequently grants waivers for hardships such as injury or suspension, although it was not immediately clear whether another will be granted for several weeks emphasizing parenthood.
As Self focuses on being a father, Gilliland joins his father’s team for Knoxville. Currently recruited in the Cup Series for Motorsports in the front row, Gilliland raced full-time in Trucks from 2019 to 2021, the last two years of which were for FRM. He finished fourth in the 2021 Knoxville race.
FRM and DGR maintain a close alliance as the only full-time Ford operations in the Truck Series. The Prime Truck program is led by Zane Smith in the #38, which is currently third in points and the only driver to win multiple races this season.
Meanwhile, the No.17 has been shared between several drivers, including another Cup rookie Harrison Burton, Riley Herbst, Taylor Grayand Ryan Precece. The truck is twelfth in owner points. Burton rode the No. 17 at the Bristol Dirt Race in March for a twenty-third.