LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2018) – It typically takes years to build a championship program. DGR-CROSLEY did it in less than one. After announcing the new team this past January, nine months later the Mooresville, N.C.-based organization, with Tyler Ankrum driving, is in the record books as the 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship team.
“It’s something we’re really proud of,” said DGR-CROSLEY president and co-owner David Gilliland. “We were fourth in points last year with my own team. But collectively, after joining forces with Bo (LeMastus, co-owner, DGR-CROSLEY/Chairman-CEO of Louisville-based Crosley Brands) and Crosley, we have taken it to a whole new level. This is something we’re very proud of.”
If that’s not enough, the DGR-CROSLEY team, which also fields NASCAR Camping World Trucks and ARCA cars, finished first and second in K&N car owner points for the ultimate one-two punch.
“I think I’m even more proud of that…finishing first and second in car owner points. It’s definitely something to build on for next year. We have a lot of momentum going. We’re going to keep growing that and take it into 2019. We’re very excited for what’s ahead. I want to thank all the men and women who work so hard at DGR-CROSLEY. It all paid off with a well-deserved championship.”
Beyond the championship, Gilliland enjoyed some special moments in the K&N season finale at Dover Int’l Speedway Saturday, waving the green flag as honorary starter when his son crossed underneath.
“I’ve never been on the flag stand before. We had three cars in the top four, so being able to throw the green flag was pretty cool. But having my son coming underneath was obviously a super special moment. I’m going to remember that forever.”
We suspect there may be more “super special” moments when Gilliland takes to the track this Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway with his son Todd Gilliland in the field for the running of the Fr8Auctions 250, live on FOX. The father-son duo will be driving together under the Kyle Busch Motorsports banner.
“We haven’t raced together a whole lot…maybe the fourth time. As a driver, I never go in worried, but this strikes a different set of nerves; but it’s what makes it more special. To do it at Talladega makes it even better. This is his (Todd) first superspeedway race, and to be on the track at Talladega with him is something I’m really looking forward to, more than any other.”
Simultaneously, DGR-CROSLEY will be fielding a Truck in the race for LeMastus.
“That’s the goal…finishing one-two-three with Bo. Now that would be quite a statement.”ABOUT DGR-CROSLEY
A Mooresville, N.C.-based organization operating under the leadership of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver David Gilliland and Crosley Brands Chairman & CEO Bo LeMastus, DGR-CROSLEY is a driver development team competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.