David Gilliland qualified 32nd for Sunday’s Food City 500, which is the exact same position where he started last fall’s Irwin Tools Night Race. He finished 25th in that event.
David Gilliland finished better than he started in 17 of the last 20 races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. The only three times he failed to advance in race trim was when he crashed last May in the Coke 600, later that fall at Chicagoland, and again in the AAA 500 at Texas.
David Gilliland has finished outside the top 30 only one time this season. He slipped to 35th in the Auto Club 400 after starting in the 43rd and last position.
David Gilliland has finished better than he started in the last six consecutive races at Martinsville. He also improved over his qualification effort in three of the previous four events and was sidelined by crash damage in the one race in which he faded.
David Gilliland will make his seventh start with Front Row Motorsports at Auto Club this week; he joined that organization in 2010.
Before joining Front Row Motorsports, David Gilliland earned three straight top-25s, but in his sixth starts with his current team he is still seeking success. In five previous attempts with that organization, his best finish was a 28th in 2013.
When David Gilliland rolls off the grid for the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500, it will be his 50th start on one of NASCAR’s similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks with Front Row Motorsports.
Fantasy owners often find consistency to be more important than raw speed. David Gilliland finished between 20th and 30th in 23 of the 36 races run last year.
Ricky Benton Racing announced Wednesday that David Gilliland will drive the team's No. 92 Ford in the season-opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
David Gilliland will return to Front Row Motorsports in 2015, and his No. 38 Ford will carry the colors of Love's Travel Stops for an expanded 18 races.
Veteran crew chief Donnie Wingo will oversee the #38 Love's Travel Stops Ford team and driver David Gilliland at Front Row Motorsports.
David Gilliland recorded a lap of 176.056 mph in the first round of time trials for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is a minor victory, but that allowed him to qualify on time and line up ahead of the drivers who took owners’ provisionals.
David Gilliland has posted an average finish of 32nd in seven similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races this year, but he lacks a level of consistency that allows fantasy players to predict where he will land in the Hollywood Casino 400.
David Gilliland has scored five 20-something finishes in the five short, flat track races this year, but his most recent attempt at Richmond barely made the grade; he finished 29th in the Federated Auto Parts 400.