Martinsville: Gilliland - Friday media visit

David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion, is coming off a season-best ninth-place finish at Bristol. He held a Q&A session Friday morning to talk about the momentum a finish like that can produce. ARE...

David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion, is coming off a season-best ninth-place finish at Bristol. He held a Q&A session Friday morning to talk about the momentum a finish like that can produce.

ARE YOU A BELIEVER IN MOMENTUM? "Yeah, I think Bristol was a great shot in the arm for our whole team and not only for our team, but for all of Yates Racing. That's what we need right now to be able to build some momentum and just having a little more confidence coming to the track each week. I definitely feel like our team is capable of running in the top 10 and we just need to keep doing what we're doing."

BOTH TEAMS HAVE HAD TOP 10s THIS YEAR, SO IT WOULD SEEM YOU GUYS ARE WORKING WELL TOGETHER. IS THAT THE CASE? "Yeah, I think so. I think by far this is the most that our two teams have ever worked together since I've been there and that's exciting and encouraging for myself and our whole team. I think it's good. I think Yates Racing is headed in the right direction and hopefully we can sew up those primary sponsorships soon so everybody can rest just a little bit easier."

WHAT'S YOUR BIGGEST CONCERN HERE AT MARTINSVILLE? "There are just so many things that can happen out of your control. We're just focused on trying to bring home a good solid finish here this weekend. Qualifying is very, very important because track position is everything. I know last week we weren't able to qualify and were fairly good in practice, so we felt like that hurt us because we spent three-quarters of the race digging out of that hole of starting in the back and trying to get track position. So qualifying is very, very key at a place like this and I'm really looking forward to racing here. This is what I grew up racing on, a little short track on the west coast, so I'm really excited about this weekend."

IS THIS RACE ONE OF THOSE WHERE YOU CAN NEVER GIVE UP BECAUSE WE'VE SEEN GUYS SPIN OUT EARLY, LOSE LAPS, AND THEN RALLY FOR A GOOD FINISH. "There's so much stuff that can happen here that you can never give up. This is a track where if your car is good enough, you can get back into the hunt. That's always some comfort for the driver and we feel really good about our car. We've tested it and feel really good about it, so, hopefully, we'll have a good weekend."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers David Gilliland
Teams Yates Racing