Daytona 500: Gilliland - Ford Saturday interview

David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion, will start from the pole in tomorrow's Daytona 500. Gilliland, who will have Robert Yates Racing teammate Ricky Rudd next to him in the front row, spoke about the race before ...

David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion, will start from the pole in tomorrow's Daytona 500. Gilliland, who will have Robert Yates Racing teammate Ricky Rudd next to him in the front row, spoke about the race before Saturday's final practice session.

DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion

IN LOOKING AT THE START OF THE RACE TOMORROW, WILL IT HELP HAVING A TEAMMATE ON THE FRONT ROW WITH YOU? "Yeah, absolutely. To have the front row and a teammate up there to work with is great. If you've watched a lot of the races this week, like the truck race last night, the Roush team was working together. When I was in the duel, the Gibbs cars were working together. It definitely helps to have a teammate. I'm looking forward to it. I haven't had a chance to work with him yet. Ricky wasn't in the Bud Shootout and then we were in separate duels, so I'm really excited and looking forward to working with him."

WILL YOU BE CONSCIOUS ABOUT LOOKING FOR EACH OTHER DURING THE RACE? "Yeah, probably. We're not gonna focus solely on only working with each other because you can't do that, but we are looking forward to it and we're gonna work with each other as much as we can."

WITH TWO RACES DO YOU FEEL A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE AT THIS TRACK? "I feel 100 percent more comfortable and I'm really looking forward to the Daytona 500. Without the Bud Shootout and the Duel, I would have been a little tentative, but I feel really good, feel really comfortable and the car drives good. That's the biggest thing. The first and foremost goal is to log 500 miles."

TODD TOLD YOU LAST WEEK THAT IF YOU GOT BEHIND THE 24, 48, 8 or 20 TO JUST STAY THERE. IF THE SAME SCENARIO PRESENTS ITSELF TOMORROW WILL YOU TAKE THAT CHANCE AND RISK GETTING HUNG OUT TO WIN THE 500? "Our first and foremost goal is a good, solid top-10 finish. If there's a chance for the win at the end and we don't have to take too much of a chance to do it, we'll definitely be there to do it. Everybody loves to win races and it would be a great start to our season."

-credit: ford racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers David Gilliland , Robert Yates
Teams Yates Racing