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General Tire Stock Car Weekly: July 10, 2019

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
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General Tire is the proud Official Racing Tire and Exclusive Tire Supplier of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, as well as the longtime supplier of tires for the ARCA Menards Series. Throughout the 2019 racing season, we’ll check in on the stock car series that feature General Tire worldwide, with race notes, previews, and driver profiles:

Last Week

While it wasn’t a busy racing weekend for NASCAR Home Tracks and ARCA teams on this side of the Atlantic, a number of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series figures were on hand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed to compete. David and Todd Gilliland drove a pair of Toyota Camrys, Giorgio Maggi drove his Elite 2 points-leading Hendriks Motorsports Ford Mustang, and series president Jerome Galpin drove the General Tire Chevrolet Camaro in the event.

They weren’t the only familiar faces on hand, though. Thad Moffitt, grandson of Richard Petty and a limited-schedule ARCA Menards Series driver, drove his grandfather’s 1981 Daytona 500-winning car. And 2000 NASCAR Cup Series champion and current Euro Series driver Bobby Labonte was back in Joe Gibbs Racing equipment, driving one of Kyle Busch’s cars as part of a solid Cup contingent.

Upcoming

Elko Speedway gets the ARCA Menards Series back on track this Saturday, as the series mainstay hosts the Menards 250. Alongside full-time title contenders Michael Self, Christian Eckes, Travis Braden, Joe Graf Jr., and Bret Holmes, this weekend’s entry list also includes familiar faces like Hailie Deegan, Chandler Smith, Sam Mayer, Carson Hocevar, and Ty Gibbs making their return to the series.

North of the border, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series will take part in Honda Indy Toronto weekend, with Alex Tagliani looking for payback after Andrew Ranger stole a win from him in overtime last year. The NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series travels to El Dorado Speedway with Ruben Garcia Jr. seeking his third straight victory and fourth overall in 2019, while Raceway Venray brings NASCAR Whelen Euro Series oval racing to the Netherlands.

Driver Profile: Todd Gilliland

One of the most familiar faces at the NASCAR Home Tracks and ARCA levels over the past few years, Todd Gilliland was one of a large contingent of Americans to drive at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, this time in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series equipment. Currently a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver for Kyle Busch Motorsports, Gilliland went back-to-back in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2016 and 2017, scoring both titles with a pair of six-win seasons for Bill McAnally Racing.

Alongside from a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start at Memphis earlier this year, Gilliland has taken on two ARCA races for his father David’s team so far in 2019. Gilliland took second place in the season opener from Daytona, and a victory in the second superspeedway race of the year at Talladega. He heads into this week’s Truck Series race from Kentucky with three straight top 10s.

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