Two days after turning 15, Todd Gilliland celebrated in spectacular fashion Sunday at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway.
In his first career start in the series, Gilliland became the youngest winner in ARCA Racing Series history, taking the checkered flag in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care.
The entire Gilliland family, including father and NASCAR driver David, were on hand to watch Todd – a third-generation race car driver – race his way to victory and celebrate his triumph.
Adding to the significance of the younger Gilliland’s win is that it came just four weeks after his first career Late Model victory on the CARS Tour.
Driving the No. 55 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports, Gilliland held off Tom Hessert and Josh Williams for the win in the 30-car field. Other notable finishers included Bobby Hamilton Jr., who finished eighth, and veteran driver Ken Schrader, who finished 13th.
Also making his first career start in the ARCA Series was Matt Wallace, son of NASCAR driver Mike Wallace, driving the No. 69 Kimmel Racing Ford.
Matt Wallace finished 10th in his debut.
The younger Wallace’s sister, Chrissie, also made her ARCA debut at Toledo Speedway. Matt is also the nephew for NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace.
Courtesy of Matt Weaver of PopularSpeed.com, here are a number of tweets and videos that captured Todd Gilliland’s historic victory: