Bristol: Gilliland - Friday media visit

David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion, is looking to bounce back after last week's struggle at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gilliland spoke about his team's performance and what his expectations are at ...

David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion, is looking to bounce back after last week's struggle at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gilliland spoke about his team's performance and what his expectations are at Bristol before Friday's practice.

WHAT'S YOUR APPROACH AT A SHORT TRACK LIKE THIS WHERE YOU CAN BE A VICTIM OF SOMEONE ELSE'S MISTAKE? "That's always a concern coming here. I was just talking with Cully about that earlier. I really like this place. It reminds me a lot of Mesa Marin, a place that we had a lot of success at at home in California. We won a lot of races there, so I enjoy coming here but there are so many things that could happen that are out of control and can ruin your day. We don't have room for ruined days right now, so we're just working real hard at trying to secure sponsorship to be able to run the entire season and just have that name to wear proudly on our car for Travis and I both. So it can be frustrating here sometimes, but, hopefully, we can be fast enough to just be out front and stay out of harm's way."

HOW MUCH DIFFERENT IS THE RACING HERE WITH THE NEW CAR? "We really struggled here with the new car. We weren't where we needed to be setup-wise and really just struggled, so that was frustrating. That always sticks in your mind a little bit when you're coming back, but I feel like our equipment is much better than we had last year and I think that's gonna take us a long ways, especially at place like this. When everybody is so close, you can't afford to be off anywhere, so with our stuff and the cars we've been able to build this year, I feel very confident coming in here this weekend."

WHERE DO THINGS STAND FROM A SPONSORSHIP STANDPOINT? "I think there are two more races with freecreditreport.com and we're actively seeking new sponsorship and partners with Yates Racing. It's a tough time right now, but both Travis and I are looking to secure sponsorship for the 28 and 38 and, hopefully, something will come along here soon. We're looking forward to trying to put together a good, solid finish this weekend here at Bristol and put ourselves in a good position in the points to make our teams that much more attractive."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers David Gilliland
Teams Yates Racing