Atlanta: David Gilliland qualifying report

Gilliland Qualifies Capital Window/TRG Motorsports Chevy 31st in Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia (March 6, 2009) - David Gilliland qualified the No. 71 Capital Window/TRG Motorsports/Chevrolet Impala SS in 31st position for Sunday's running of the...

Gilliland Qualifies Capital Window/TRG Motorsports Chevy 31st in Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia (March 6, 2009) - David Gilliland qualified the No. 71 Capital Window/TRG Motorsports/Chevrolet Impala SS in 31st position for Sunday's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Gilliland and the team are currently 36th in points, with the team in 35th not competing this weekend. If the team can remain 35th or better after the seasons fifth race at Bristol Motor Speedway, they will automatically qualify for the next race at Martinsville. Gilliland turned a lap of 30.169 and 184 mph around the fast Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"I am really happy for everyone at Capital Window, TRG Motorsports and the crew guys who worked so hard this week," Gilliland said. "All of the dedication and hard work by Kevin Buckler and the partners is paying off. I am happy for the opportunity and very proud of the whole team. We unloaded today and we were as far off with the car as you could be. All of the guys dug down deep and worked hard and we are in the race. We built some momentum with our run last week in Vegas and hopefully we can continue to carry it on and have a good solid race this weekend. We want to get our feet dug deep into the top 35 in points after Bristol."

The track changed from the afternoon practice where temperatures were in the 70s. The evening qualifying session was in the upper 50s and had a positive effect on lap times for Gilliland.

"The track changed quite a bit, it picked up a lot of grip.  We went
over six-tenths faster since the last run in practice.  Not being able
to practice under those same conditions is a challenge.  You really
don't know what to expect.  I am happy we are in."

A lot of the cars in practice were showing loose handling characteristics.

"Everyone is going to have their hands full in the race. It is going to be a survival deal for sure. I think you are going to see a lot of loose and sideways cars. The main thing is we have to get the car driving good tomorrow. I want to try and keep as much speed as we can in it, but mainly keep it driving good."

TRG Motorsports team principal Kevin Buckler continues to be happy with the way the team has come together in a very short period of time.

"Once again David and the team delivered," Buckler said. "We really have a good group of people here who are doing amazing things on a very meager budget. We have run the same car in California, Vegas and now here. The team was able to turn it around in 48 hours - even with a fresh paint job. We present well and deliver and those are the basics to attract the proper funding so we can keep this amazing story going."

-credit: trgm

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Buckler , David Gilliland
Teams TRG Motorsports