Todd Gilliland Reveals the Secret to a Successful Playoff Run

Published 08/22/2021, 12:20 PM EDT
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – JUNE 07: Todd Gilliland, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Toyota, leads the field at the start of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series SpeedyCash.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 07, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


In a recent interview NASCAR driver Todd Gilliland opened up on a number of subjects. One of them was his take on how to make a successful run into the playoffs. According to him, his team have been a Top 3 threat for a while and he even won at the Circuit of the Americas. Owing to his incredible form, Gilliland is full of confidence in the buildup to the playoffs.

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He said, “This is definitely the most confident I’ve ever been, going into the playoffs. Obviously last year was my first year, this year we have a little bit of a buffer to start. Just how we’ve been running recently, I definitely think we can be a Top 2 or 3 guy. What I absolutely can’t do is make bad mistakes. I have to have good restarts.”

However, he also acknowledged that with the way his team has been running, they have to keep it up. All that can do is kick things up a notch and have fun.

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How did Todd Gilliland perform at the World Wide Technology Raceway?

Admittedly, the Toyota 200 presented by CK Power was nothing too spectacular for the 21-year-old. He ended up crashing out, which definitely put a dent to his playoff hopes. Considering that Todd Gilliland is 8th in the standings, he cannot afford too many slip-ups. At least he can take comfort in the fact that Zane Smith and Chandler Smith had an even worse race.

SPARTA, KENTUCKY – JULY 11: Grant Enfinger, driver of the #98 Champion Power Equipment Ford, and Sheldon Creed, driver of the #2 Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet, take the green flag to start the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on July 11, 2019 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Aside from them, championship leader John Hunter Nemechek and Austin Hill also had bad days. This also means that race-winner Sheldon Creed was able to close the gap to Nemechek. At the same time, he automatically booked his berth for the next round of the playoffs. This in turn, will add more pressure on the remaining drivers to try and snatch playoff spots. One of them will definitely be Gilliland, in a bid to secure a career-best finish.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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