Earlier this week Clay Rogers announced he would be pulling doubly duty at the CARS Tour race this weekend; competing in both the late model stock and super late model events. While Rogers was to be the first to attempt to race both divisions in the same night, he now has company. Todd Gilliland threw his name into the ring as another double-duty driver this weekend at Motor Mile Speedway (VA), making Gilliland and Rogers now the first two to attempt both CARS Tour races in one night.
“I’m definitely looking forward to 250 laps of on track racing and practices back to back,” Gilliland told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I’ve wanted to do this since the beginning of the season and I’m excited we finally get to.”
Pulling double-duty at Motor Mile not only means 250-laps of racing and back to back practices, but all this at a track where Gilliland has never raced. While that could be viewed as more of a challenge, he thinks the extra seat time could play into his favor.
“I think the first race will definitely give us an idea of what to do for the second race as in air pressure and help me learn where to pass and all the stuff I learn on a weekly basis,” says Gilliland. “I look at it the same as any other track, hopefully I should just learn twice as fast.”
Gilliland has been a mainstay in the CARS Super Late Model Stock Series. He pulled into victory lane at the second race of the year at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) and currently sits just outside of the top-ten in points While he is enthusiastic about jumping from his late model stock to his super late model this weekend, pulling double-duty is a new adventure for the 15-year-old.
“I don’t know what to think,” says Gilliland. “If anything, I believe it will be hard to switch from car to car just because the cars are so different in how they drive and how they are built. I think we just have to be on our toes the whole day and be quick to make changes that take less time.”
Gilliland recently became the youngest ARCA Racing Series winner, recording a win at Toledo in May. There is nothing the youngster would like more than to make CARS Tour history and become the first double-duty driver to pick up a win.
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor - Twitter: @JWimm22
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