DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion (Qualified 3rd) "It was a great run for our freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion. We came here and tested at the test and were really good and came back and didn't race quite as well ...
DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion (Qualified 3rd)
"It was a great run for our freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion. We came here and tested at the test and were really good and came back and didn't race quite as well as we'd liked. We learned a lot and I'm real proud of all the guys at Yates Racing. This is the last race for freecreditreport.com on our car, so hopefully we can translate this into a good run on Sunday too and bring home a good, solid finish."
WHY DO YOU THINK YOUR QUALIFYING IMPROVED TODAY?
"It's just a gradual improvement. This is the second track we've gone to for the second time. Daytona was the first one and we had an awesome race car there. We were really, really strong and ran very well and this is the same thing. We've got some notes to go back on. My crew chief, Cully Barraclough, it's his first year in the Cup Series and I'm still learning too. So just having notes to go back and lean on of a lot of things what not to do have cut down our curve for the day."
ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT FATIGUE SUNDAY LIKE IN JUNE HERE?
"No, not really. We've worked really hard on our car to make sure we've got good air to me and keeping the floorboard cool. A lot of that preparation is done at the shop before we ever get to the race track and my guys do a great job with that."
WHAT DOES SPONSORSHIP LOOK LIKE DOWN THE ROAD. IS THERE ANYTHING ON THE HORIZON?
"I hope so. We're talking to some great people, but nothing is concrete yet, so it's not a good feeling for sure. Our performance has definitely improved this year from last year and still needs to improve some more from where we're at now, so we're working real hard at Yates Racing. Travis and I work really good together and I feel really good about where our team is at. Still, we need to take that next step to just be a little bit better. We've built some new race cars and we're still continuing to build. We got started in the middle of December from basically nothing and here we are today, so there's still a lot of room for improvement and I think each and every day at Yates Racing we're heading in that direction."
DOES IT SHAKE YOUR FAITH THAT YOU AND TRAVIS HAVE RUN BEYOND EXPECATIONS AND YOU'RE STILL ANSWERING THE SAME QUESTIONS?
"Yeah. We're ahead of the expectations, I think, with Yates. We came out of the box better than we probably anticipated, but we still need to keep going because there are teams out there that have performed better than us that are still seeking sponsorship, too. That's what we're up against right now. Travis has got Hitachi Power Tools on his car for six races, which could turn into something better, and we're talking to some great people, too. Hopefully, we can have a good, solid run this weekend and next weekend and the weekends to come to help solidify those deals."
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