Richmond: Gilliland - Ford Friday interview

David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 Yates Racing Ford Fusion, moved up three spots in the point standings after last week's race at Talladega and now stands 18th going into Saturday night's event. Gilliland spoke about Richmond and...

David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 Yates Racing Ford Fusion, moved up three spots in the point standings after last week's race at Talladega and now stands 18th going into Saturday night's event. Gilliland spoke about Richmond and how his team goals have changed since Daytona.

ARE YOU GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE YOU'RE STARTING TO THINK ABOUT MAKING THE CHASE? "Yeah. When we started out the year our goal was just to try and stay in the top 25 and we really got off to a good start. From where we were in December, I'm really proud of the whole Yates Racing team and what we've been able to accomplish, but, yeah, we're definitely thinking about the chase. We went from wanting to be inside the top 25 and then our sights kind of shifted to top 20 and now we're in the top 20 and right there. But you can't really get too caught up in the points deal. Obviously, we're in the hunt to be able to get in the chase, but, first and foremost, we need to just stay consistent and keep doing what we're doing and finish races and the rest will take care of itself."

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT NEEDS TO GET BETTER IN ORDER TO FURTHER COMPETE FOR A CHASE SPOT? "Yes, our qualifying. We just haven't been qualifying as well as we should. We've been starting 30th or worse and then working our way up into the teens and track position is just very important with these cars. Every pass you make out there you're taking an extra chance, so qualifying is what we're working on. We've got a test coming up at Charlotte and we're gonna work on that quite a bit. We've been very good in all the races, knock on wood, so qualifying is what we're working on right now."

-credit: ford racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers David Gilliland
Teams Yates Racing