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Todd Gilliland lands contract extension with Front Row Motorports

Todd Gilliland will remain a Cup Series driver for the foreseeable future after signing a contract extension with Front Row Motorsports.

According to the announcement, this is a multi-year deal with the North Carolina native.

Gilliland, whose father David drove for Front Row Motorsports in Cup, joined the organization in 2020 as it expanded into the Craftsman Truck Series. He spent two seasons as the driver of the No. 38 Ford F-150 and won the inaugural Truck Series race at Circuit of the Americas.

Gilliland moved up to the Cup Series in 2022 and replaced Anthony Alfredo in the No. 38 Ford. He has remained in Cup ever since while accumulating seven top-10 finishes and one top-five.

"Todd and his family have been with my family and the team for a very long time," said team owner Bob Jenkins in a statement. "We've watched him grow, mature, and show all his potential behind our truck and car. It's now his time to lead us into our next phase of winning races and being a consistent playoff contender."

Gilliland has used this season to show signs of progress at NASCAR's top level. He has led a career-high 112 laps while improving his average finish to 21.3.

Gilliland has qualified inside the top 10 three times so far after only doing so once last season. These starts weren't limited to superspeedways, tracks where Front Row Motorsports has shown speed. He started fourth at Atlanta, sixth at Richmond, and third at Talladega.

"Todd, obviously, he's had race experience in the Truck Series, but not having a couple seasons of Xfinity under his belt, it's a big jump," teammate Michael McDowell told AltDriver ahead of the Coca-Cola 600. "And so I think just that transition (to Cup) just takes time and I think he's done a great job."

The move to sign Gilliland to a multi-year extension takes place as Front Row Motorsports prepares for a new era. The team will expand to three full-time Cup entries next season after purchasing a third charter. FRM will also have two new drivers in the lineup as McDowell moves to Spire Motorsports next season.

This change in the lineup means that Gilliland will become the veteran in the organization. He will have the opportunity to move into a leadership role while continuing to pursue his first career win.