MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Todd Gilliland and Black’s Tire and Auto Service will honor grassroots racing Friday night during NASCAR’s Throwback Weekend at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
Gilliland will race the No. 38 Black’s Tire Service Ford F-150 and carry the livery of 1998 NASCAR Atlantic Seaboard regional champion Charles Powell III.
Powell III was the first late model stock driver from Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway to win a regional title. He did it racing for Black’s Tire owner Ricky Benton and the Black’s Tire and Auto Service team.
The truck’s black base and bright orange logo and number mirror the No. 22 late model that Powell III won the championship in.
“It’s really cool to race a scheme that is such a big part of Black’s Tire racing history,” said Gilliland. “The truck looks great with the original Black’s Tire logo and the orange number. I know it brings back a lot of great memories for Ricky and I hope we can make more memories Friday night.”
Black’s Tire has a long-standing history in NASCAR, and more specifically, with the Gilliland family. Todd Gilliland is the second-generation driver in the family to carry the Black’s Tire colors.
The Ricky Benton-owned company sponsored Gilliland’s father, David, in numerous races during his career in both the NASCAR Camping World Series and the NASCAR Cup Series.