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.
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.
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.
David Gilliland recorded the 17th-quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session for the Toyota Owners 400. He went the wrong way in the afternoon and logged the slowest average time among all drivers.
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.