Talladega II: Pole winner interview

DAVID GILLILAND -38-M&M's Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st) YOUR FIRST CAREER BUD POLE. "I'm just real excited and proud of our team. They worked very hard, and Todd has worked very hard on our speedway program, and Doug and Robert Yates on the...

DAVID GILLILAND -38-M&M's Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)

YOUR FIRST CAREER BUD POLE.

"I'm just real excited and proud of our team. They worked very hard, and Todd has worked very hard on our speedway program, and Doug and Robert Yates on the motor program. They have a great history here and it's a pleasure to drive one of their cars here. To come to a restrictor-plate race for my first time ever and to be able to start where we're starting up on the pole is very exciting."

"It's a little bit tough. Every successful race car driver has plenty of confidence and knows he can go out there and win. I feel like I can win and Robert Yates Racing can win, we just have to tie it all together. I'm learning and I've made some rookie mistakes. We've been trying a lot of new stuff on our cars. The way we're taking it, it's a great test for us. We had 14 races to try all new stuff and take good notes and fill up that notebook for next year. I think tomorrow is going to be the same thing here getting good drafting experience and everything. Our first race next year is the Daytona 500 and all of the experience that we can gain tomorrow is just going to be a plus for that."

"I would say that when I came to Robert Yates Racing that their history speaks for itself as far as the restrictor-plate stuff. I think the timing is perfect. I think we've been gaining a little bit of momentum over the last couple of weeks and I think this will be a great shot in the arm for myself as well as all of our guys and our team, our sponsors and Doug and Robert. I think it's exactly what we needed, and we all this whole sport is all about timing. We're going to use it. We're going to take it and run with it and try to use it for our advantage."

"I think there is. I don't believe that it's an 'if' or 'when,' I think it's more of a 'when' I get hung out, but we've planned for that. The main thing tomorrow is to earn the respect and find some guys that will stick with you. I think that the big, big advantage that we have on our side right now is a very fast race car. I'm hoping that midway and toward the end of the race that guys want to go to the front and they'll tuck in behind us, or I can tuck in behind them and help push them to the front and get up there and bring home a good, solid finish for the M&M's car."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Robert Yates
Teams Yates Racing