Martinsville: David Gilliland preview

Gilliland and TRG Motorsports Ready for Martinsville; Team is 35th in Sprint Cup owner points Mooresville, North Carolina, (March 24, 2009) - David Gilliland is ready for the rigors of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Goody's Fast Relief 500 to be run at...

Gilliland and TRG Motorsports Ready for Martinsville; Team is 35th in Sprint Cup owner points

Mooresville, North Carolina, (March 24, 2009) - David Gilliland is ready for the rigors of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Goody's Fast Relief 500 to be run at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, March 29.

Gilliland has the team's No. 71 Capital Window/TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS 35th in owner points which means the team is locked into the field for this weekend's run at the track affectionately known as the "paperclip." The .526-mile Martinsville Speedway is the shortest track on the Sprint Cup schedule.

Gilliland has a little less pressure on him this weekend as he does not have to qualify on time.

"We are going to Martinsville and we are racing," Gilliland said. "The last four events we have gone to the races - wanting to race. And we did race, but we had to work in practice on running all qualifying laps because we had to make the event."

"We will be able to go to Martinsville and unload the car in race trim and run. Slugger and the guys will be able to work on it and get it a little closer to what we need in the race. It will definitely help us in our situation to be better on Sunday. I am excited to be able to work on the race setup when we unload."

The approach to Martinsville is similar to Bristol.

"At both Bristol and Martinsville a lot of things can happen that are out of your control. You still have to be there at the end. We will approach Martinsville the same way we have the other tracks. Get the car working good and go racing. We have to be careful not to go a lap down, that will ruin your day."

Car management is key element to having a successful race at Martinsville.

"I have to manage the car a little more at Martinsville. You are on the brakes 60% more than you are at Bristol. You have to take care of your brakes and be mindful to conserve them as much as possible throughout the day and make sure you have some left when it is time to race at the end. The first time I went to Martinsville I burned the brakes off the car. I have learned a lot and I am up for the challenge."

With a tough finish at Bristol last weekend, Gilliland and the team are poised for redemption.

"Last weekend we had a lot of things not go our way," Gilliland said. "We have put that behind us and are continuing our quest to keep moving up the points ladder. We know as a team we can do it and Kevin and the investors have given us the equipment to do it."

TRG Motorsports team principal, Kevin Buckler, is satisfied with being 35th in owner points, but knows the team needs to keep performing.

"We ran a white hood at Bristol and are still doggedly searching for sponsor partners on the car," Buckler said. "The team is doing the job on track and we will be the perfect dance partner for the right sponsor. We are lean and mean and know how to deliver a ROI to a corporation. Our team behind the scenes is ready to pounce! Being 35th in owner points is like having the last seat in the last life boats on the Titanic. You breathe a sigh of relief, but you are still out in the freezing ocean waiting for a life line. We will be able to focus a little more on the race setup of the car instead of constantly running qualifying laps in practice. This should help us to have a better race car on Sunday and provide the opportunity to finish higher and score maximum points."

Round six of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29.

-credit: trg

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