Talladega: David Gilliland race report

Gilliland's Day in TRG Motorsports Chevy Ends Early at Talladega Talladega, Alabama, (April 26, 2009) - David Gilliland was involved in the "big one" early in the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS today in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega...

Gilliland's Day in TRG Motorsports Chevy Ends Early at Talladega

Talladega, Alabama, (April 26, 2009) - David Gilliland was involved in the "big one" early in the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS today in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway finishing a disappointing 40th.

dega fin Gilliland started from the 12th row in 24th position and was using his strong TRG Motorsports Chevy to move-up the field. When the wreck occurred on lap seven Gilliland was running toward the front in seventh. The team was looking to have good day with a great car, but it all ended on the seventh lap. Gilliland was hit in the rear by the No. 24 sending him down the track and then back-up head-on into the Safer Barrier causing race ending front damage.

"We were really good, I was trying to ride and do what we had to do early," Gilliland said. "I am not sure what happened, some guys just over anxious early I guess and ran out of racing room. I was trying to put us in a position where we could avoid the wrecks, but we got caught up in it early. The TRG Motorsports guys did a great job this weekend putting together a fast car which proved to be really competitive. The car sucked up good. I could stay with the cars in front of me and push them and we were making our way to the front. It was just unfortunate to have an early ending to our day."

Gilliland almost cleared it.

"We were almost clear of the incident. But almost doesn't really mean anything in this deal. It is a shame, everyone is disappointed, but that is the way things can go at these restrictor plate races."

TRG Motorsports team principal, Kevin Buckler, may have seen the team's Sprint Cup season end on lap seven.

"David and the entire team did an excellent job for us today," Buckler said. "Unfortunately he got caught up in the 13 car wreck getting hit from behind. We were headed toward the front with a great car, I mean really good. It is too bad it ended just seven laps into the race. Regrettably this maybe the last time we run the car for a while. We have been turning over every rock and looking at the end of every rainbow for a sponsor/partner, but we just can't continue without funding. It is really too bad, we have a great group of guys here and the chemistry is so good, they deserve better. We followed the formula that NASCAR laid out to a tee and we achieved so much, especially showing everyone that we can run with these guys. It is a real shame that we can't put a sponsor under this deal. First thing tomorrow morning we will all put our heads together and be FLAT OUT trying to find a little funding for Richmond next weekend. We are probably the best value going right now for a NASCAR Sprint Cup team for a company trying to break into the series."

-credit: trg

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kevin Buckler , David Gilliland
Teams TRG Motorsports