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.
David Gilliland has been consistent in recent months. Since winning the pole for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, he has qualified mostly in the low 30s. All but one of his attempts ended in results better than his qualification, with an average finish of 24.7.
In the past two seasons, David Gilliland has finished in the top 20 only twice in 15 similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races. His best result was a 17th in last year’s Atlanta AdvoCare 500.
David Gilliland has shown a lot of consistency at Bristol during the past five seasons. In nine races since the start of 2010 he has finished in a narrow band from 20th to 27th.
David Gilliland has finished consistently in the top 25 on road courses during the past three seasons. All five of his efforts have fallen in a narrow range of 20th to 26th.
David Gilliland has shown a lot of consistency at Pocono in the past four seasons with six of seven runs ending in the 20s.
David Gilliland has finished on the lead lap in his last three starts on flat tracks. He went the distance at Richmond, Pocono, and New Hampshire to finished 20th, 28th, and 24th respectively.
There have not been very many highs for the No. 38 team and David Gilliland, but they have scored five top-25 results in 19 races so far this season.