Todd Gilliland’s K&N Pro Series East win at Langley moved him six points ahead of Harrison Burton in the points, and the 17-year-old is in position to accomplish a feat that hasn’t been done in nearly 20 years.
Gilliland leads in the points in both the East and West Series standings, and he is the first driver in history to lead both standings at the same time.
There are two races left in the East Series, and Gilliland holds a five point advantage over Harrison Burton. With three races remaining in the West season, Gilliland leads Chris Eggleston by six points.
Gilliland, who drives for Bill McAnally Racing, said he knows it has been a long time since a driver has won two championships in the same season.
“Bill told me a couple of times now that it’s been awhile since someone has won two championships,” Gilliland said via AutoWeek. “I know Noah Gragson contended in both series last year but couldn’t close out because he had to pick one series for the race at Iowa.
“I’m just happy that NASCAR changed that rule and that we’re with a team like BMR that gives me fast cars no matter how far we have to go to race.”
Mike Stefanik won two championships in a season in both 1997 and 1998, and he said it would be “neat to see” Gilliland accomplish the same feat this year.
Gilliland acknowledged eventually he wants to make it to the Cup Series.
“I just love racing, man,” Gilliland said. “I know what our goals are. We need to win races and championships and hopefully make it to the Cup Series. But I love short track racing. I love being at the track. And I know that if we make it to the top that I won’t be able to go to these places like I do now, so I want to enjoy it.
“But I want to be more than just a driver too. I just want to be a part of the team.”
If Gilliland can win two championships in one season at only 17, he might make his dream of racing in the Cup Series a reality sooner rather than later.