Sears Point: David Gilliland qualifying report

Gilliland Continues to Wow 30-year-old driver to make first NEXTEL Cup start The David Gilliland train keeps picking up steam. The Riverside, Calif. native returned to his home state this weekend and qualified for his first ever NASCAR...

Gilliland Continues to Wow
30-year-old driver to make first NEXTEL Cup start

The David Gilliland train keeps picking up steam.

The Riverside, Calif. native returned to his home state this weekend and qualified for his first ever NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event. Gilliland will start 31st for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. This landmark event for Gilliland comes on the heels of his first NASCAR Busch Series win last weekend in Sparta, Ken.

By sticking the No. 72 Dutch Quality Stone entry into the field Gilliland assured the CJM Racing crew of their first start in the nation's largest racing series as well. Team owners Bryan and Tony Mullet were in attendance and were jubilant over their first start.

"To get CJM Racing and the Mullet brothers their first NEXTEL Cup start, as well as my first NEXTEL Cup start is special," sounded Gilliland. "These last few weeks have been very special and I don't want this feeling to end."

The No. 72 entry was very loose in the practice session leading up to the time trials. Above average ambient temperature resulted in a very slick racetrack for everyone and this was no different for Gilliland.

"It was just so loose in practice that you had to ease the wheel into it," said Gilliland. "It was very much on edge. We decided on some changes to make and the crew went to work and did an outstanding job. Their hard work was validated by our run and I am looking forward to Sunday. I think we will have a great race."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers David Gilliland