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David Gilliland

Team: Front Row Motorsports-38
Age / DOB:  (40) / 4/1/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'9 / 155

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David Gilliland was a great value in 2016 when he started a NASCAR Cup race, but unfortunately he did not start very often.
Gilliland swept the top 20 in his two starts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways despite sustaining some crash damage in both events. He failed to race his way into the Daytona 500 or qualify for the Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega in October, so fantasy owners needed to be particularly mindful of his status. Nov 28 - 11:30 AM

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David Gilliland was the only driver who failed to qualify for the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway with a speed of 188.089 mph that made him the lowest non-charter driver.

Gilliland was one of the top dark horse choices in pre-weekend coverage, so make certain that he is not on any of your rosters.
Oct 22 - 5:03 PM

David Gilliland overcame crash damage in both of his 2016 starts to finish in the front half of the pack. He was 19th in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway and 17th in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway

Given the difficulty in handicapping restrictor-plate, superspeedway races, any results in the top-20 are acceptable for dark horses. Gilliland has allowed fantasy players to free up salary cap in these important contests.
Aug 13 - 9:34 PM

David Gilliland failed to race his way into the Daytona 500, but that is unremarkable because of NASCAR’s new franchise system that limited so few spots to open drivers. In the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, he finished 17th after starting deep in the pack in 39th.

The 22 place-differential points that Gilliland posted, coupled with the reward for 17th made him a top-10 value in most salary cap games for a very modest price. .
Jul 1 - 12:43 PM

David Gilliland was running fifth when he took the white flag in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, but he got shuffled out of the draft on that final lap and finished 17th.

After starting 39th, however, he still managed to earn a lot of points for his fantasy owners with the place-differential. He will see this as one that got away, but with a lead lap finish in a race that featured 10 caution flags—mostly for major incidents—his fantasy owners should be proud of his accomplishment.
May 2 - 1:15 PM

Front Row Motorsports will enter a third car for David Gilliland for the Daytona 500. This organization has two charters, which will currently be used for Chris Buescher and Landon Cassill, so Gilliland will have to race the No. 35 into the show.

The new charter system will create some interesting scenarios for young drivers and part time teams, but not as much as the reduction of the field from 43 to 40 cars. Currently the list for the 500 is at 42, which would have meant everyone was guaranteed to start in the past. If Gilliland makes the show, he has a solid restrictor-plate, superspeedway record and could be a great fantasy dark horse.
Feb 10 - 12:37 PM

David Gilliland scored nine top-25 finishes in 2015 and that made him marginally interesting to fantasy players on a number of occasions. A little more was expected from the Front Row Motorsports organization, however, after a mostly solid 2014 season.

It would appear that the departure of David Ragan to run in relief roles for Michael Waltrip and Joe Gibbs Racing immediately after the Daytona 500 had a much greater impact on the entire organization. There is no clear-cut way to handicap this team for 2016 and they need to be handled on a week-by-week basis.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 04:07:00 PM

David Gilliland (#38 Florida Lottery Ford Fusion) finished 32nd in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Front Row Motorsports driver started 41st in the lineup and completed 264 laps of the 267-lap event. Gilliland, who competed in all of the season's 36 races, closed out the season 32nd in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 10:23:00 AM

Gilliland has posted consistent times in the 30s all weekend for the Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. He was 35th in Friday’s practice, qualified 34th, and was 33rd in Saturday morning’s session.

Look for Gilliland to move up a little as attrition mounts. His last three race efforts on this track ended in the mid- to high-20s and that trend should continue.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 12:55:00 PM

David Gilliland has finished better than he started in nine of his last 10 Martinsville Speedway attempts. All of these have come behind the wheel of a Front Row Motorsports car.

Only one of those attempts ended in a top-20 back in his first attempt for this team; he finished 19th in 2010. While he has not yet cracked that mark again, his last four efforts resulted in the low- to mid-20s and he could make his way onto several fantasy rosters.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 12:42:00 PM

David Gilliland has made 20 plate starts with Front Row Motorsports, which has resulted in two top-fives and two other top-10s. Three of these strong runs came at Talladega SuperSpeedway, the site of this week’s CampingWorld.com 500.

Gilliland has the skill to race to the front, but teammates Josh Wise and Cole Whitt lack the experience to provide much help in the draft. A top-20 is in reach, but expecting more than that would be a mistake for fantasy owners. In terms of career-average finishes, Talladega is Gilliland’s best track with a 20.7 in 16 starts.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 12:33:00 PM

David Gilliland could fit a niche on a fantasy roster this week at Michigan International Speedway if he helps extend one’s salary cap. Three of his last five Michigan races ended in solid results of 18th through 22nd.

Gilliland also has a 26th tossed in for good measure, which means that while he might not earn maximum points for his owners, he is not going to cost them much either.
Fri, Jun 12, 2015 11:44:00 AM

In the first three races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year, David Gilliland finished in the 20s each time with a best of 22nd at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He slipped to 32nd at Kansas last week and hopes to rebound this week in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Gilliland has gotten progressively worse in each race, but the first sign of his decline may have come in qualification each week. Since making the Atlanta race on time, he has been forced to take a provisional to race in the subsequent shows. He rolls off the grid 39th at Charlotte.
Sat, May 23, 2015 07:39:00 PM

David Gilliland and the Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team are heading to Charlotte for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 with a truckload of confidence and a brand new No. 92 Ford F-150.

Gilliland will be attempting his third race of the season in a BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Network/Wynn's Ford F-150. In starts at Daytona and Martinsville in 2015, Gilliland has eighth- and 30th-place finishes, respectively.-Red Flag Communications
Thu, May 14, 2015 04:53:00 PM

David Gilliland has had some of his best career runs on plate tracks with six top-10s at Talladega SuperSpeedway and Daytona International Speedway. Unfortunately, four of his last five attempts ended outside the top 25.

Gilliland finished 11th in this year’s Daytona 500, however, which could signal a return to the front of the pack. Watch him closely in the draft to determine if he should be the dark horse of choice in the Geico 500.
Fri, May 1, 2015 11:08:00 AM