Before Timothy Peters even turned Noah Gragson down the backstretch on the final lap to win the Fr8Auctions 250 at Talladega Superspeedway, the second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series restrictor plate race of the season looked like an inevitable showdown between a pair of Gillilands and Grant Enfinger.
David Gilliland won the pole on Friday afternoon and hung around the front of the field all afternoon. His son, rookie Todd Gilliland, led 13 laps and also looked like a contender in his debut restrictor plate appearance.
And then 2016 race winner Grant Enfinger led a race high 31 laps and won the opening stage.
Each of the three looked like the favorites until a pair of incidents eliminated all three from contention over the final 15 laps of the race.
Todd Gilliland was running second when he attempted to pass a leading Enfinger with 12 laps to go. Contact between the two sent the younger Gilliland spinning hard into the turn 4 inside retaining wall.
"I was just trying to get under (Enfinger) while I could and I felt like it was a good situation," the 18-year-old said. "I could see him coming up and I got into him a little bit in the middle of (turn) four and he got really far up off the bottom.
"I tried to fill the hole and I was to his wheel and he came back down. Just racing here and that’s what it’s all about I guess."
"Man, that's a big hit."- Kevin Harvick
Here's what happened to Todd Gilliland. pic.twitter.com/Kp0h4h1tFt
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