Atlanta: David Gilliland preview

TRG Motorsports Heads to Atlanta Two out of Top 35 Atlanta 71 adv Mooresville, North Carolina (March 3, 2009) - TRG Motorsports is taking the David Gilliland driven No. 71 Capital Window/TRG Motorsports/Chevrolet Impala SS to Atlanta Motor ...

TRG Motorsports Heads to Atlanta Two out of Top 35

Atlanta 71 adv Mooresville, North Carolina (March 3, 2009) - TRG Motorsports is taking the David Gilliland driven No. 71 Capital Window/TRG Motorsports/Chevrolet Impala SS to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 to be run this Sunday, March 8.

The 14th place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has catapulted the team to 36th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, just two out of the coveted 35th position. After the Bristol round, in three weeks, each team that remains in the top 35 is guaranteed a starting position in the remaining 2009 races.

Gilliland and this new team headed by crew chief Richard "Slugger" Labbe has really jelled together in the short two weeks that they have been together.

"Atlanta is very similar to Las Vegas," Gilliland said. "We ran well in Vegas so there is no reason why we can't do the same this weekend. We have a lot of confidence going into Sunday."

David head vegas qual The relationship between Gilliland, Slugger and the TRG Motorsports team really hit the ground running from the first lap in California.

"It is somewhat unusual the way we have hit it off so far. I think it has a lot to do with the attitude and the position that everyone has on the team right now. Attitude is everything. When you walk into Jimmy Johnson's shop or any of the guys winning races you can sense the winning attitude and positive approach. That is what it takes to be successful. Slugger, myself and all of the guys are happy to be there and running. We are all doing it for the right reasons. As a result we had a great race last week."

Gilliland is happy to be in the chase for the 35th points position with this new team.

"We are two points out of 35th and Regan Smith, who is in front of us, is not going to Atlanta. We have done everything that we have needed to do up until this point. We just need to continue to execute the next few weeks. Once we get five races in and we are in the top 35 we can reevaluate the situation and hopefully we can make more races."

Kevin Buckler, TRG Motorsport team principal, is still full throttle trying to find sponsorship to keep this team running.

"Our performance at California and at Las Vegas has opened a few eyes and a few more doors, but we continue the search for funding for the season," Buckler said. "Everyone of this basically 10 member team is flat-out, hitting their marks and doing their job to the fullest. David, Slugger and the entire team are really focused on performing on-track and in these next two critical races. Our staff, who supports us behind the scenes, is working around the clock and it is all paying off with good finishes on Sunday and a polished and efficient start-up Sprint Cup program. We are steadily improving every week, which is our goal."

The Kobalt Tools 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway will be run on March 8.

-credit: trgm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Regan Smith , David Gilliland
Teams TRG Motorsports