Sears Point: David Gilliland preview

DOUBLE DUTY ACTION FOR GILLILAND AT INFINEON CHARLOTTE, NC (June 19, 2007) -- The schedule is full this weekend for M&M'S® driver David Gilliland who will compete in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series Race on Saturday, in...

DOUBLE DUTY ACTION FOR GILLILAND AT INFINEON

CHARLOTTE, NC (June 19, 2007) -- The schedule is full this weekend for M&M'S® driver David Gilliland who will compete in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series Race on Saturday, in addition to his regular driving duties in the NEXTEL Cup Series on Sunday. Gilliland is no stranger to the 1.99-mile road course located in the hills of Sonoma's famous wine country. While he has never competed in West Series at Infineon, the California native took home a win in 2004 in the Southwest Series and made his NEXTEL Cup debut at this race just one year ago.

Gilliland will log his share of laps this weekend starting with the #84 Ford in Saturday's West event followed by the main event on Sunday where he will drive the #38 M&M'S® Ford in theToyota/SaveMart 350.

Quoting M&M'S® Driver David Gilliland--

You have not run many road courses in your career but you've logged quite a few laps at Infineon? Do you like making left turns?

"I really do. Infineon is a lot of fun to drive. It seems like a breath of fresh air to be able to do something a little different after weeks of the oval tracks. I know a lot of guys don't like the road courses but I've had some success there and really have been looking forward to this weekend. My teammate Ricky Rudd has an incredible track record at Sonoma and as a team we had a good test at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) so I think everyone at Robert Yates Racing is looking forward to the trip out West.

This will be your first Winston West race since you won the Toyota All-Star Shootout in 2005. Are you excited about your return to competition?

"I'm very excited to return. We decided to run the race so I could have some extra time on the track but I really want to race it regardless of the seat time. I'm looking at the double duty as a positive. You know the West Series race is a little longer than the Tour race I won there and also the cars are a little bit heavier; they don't turn as well so you have to have a little bit more finesse. You really can't throw them around like you would the Tour cars. The #38 Team is pitching in to help out on pit road on Saturday and we'd like to see a repeat of the success that we had in the Southwest Series."

This is also a track where your father, Butch, has had a lot of success. How does it feel to compete at a track where he had success as well?

"It's special to me that we both won there. I was working with my dad when he won the races there in the West Series (1996, 97) but I never got a chance to run a race there while I was racing in that Series. I've spent a lot of time as a fan watching my dad race at this track and now to have my dad there to help me out with any questions I may have is going to make it a very special weekend for both of us."

-credit: ryr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers David Gilliland , Robert Yates
Teams Yates Racing