Talladega: TRG Motorsports preview

TRG Motorsports Ready for Superspeedway Redemption at Talladega Mooresville, North Carolina (April 23, 2009) - David Gilliland is ready to put the TRG Motorsports No. 71 Chevrolet Impala SS through its paces at the Aaron's 499 to be run at ...

TRG Motorsports Ready for Superspeedway Redemption at Talladega

Mooresville, North Carolina (April 23, 2009) - David Gilliland is ready to put the TRG Motorsports No. 71 Chevrolet Impala SS through its paces at the Aaron's 499 to be run at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 26.

The team heads to the famed track located outside of Birmingham, Alabama with superspeedway redemption on their mind. TRG Motorsports failed to qualify for the Daytona 500 and is looking to show the world that the TRG Motorsports Chevy and five guys can work their magic at a superspeedway. The team heads to Talladega 36th in owner points, just 26 out of 35th position. Gilliland will have to qualify in speed.

"I have sat on the pole at Talladega and have a best finish of fourth," Gilliland said. "I really enjoy the restrictor plate racing and I have done well at those tracks in the past. I am looking forward to going. We acquired a good restrictor plate car for the race. I am looking forward to seeing what the new car can do."

Driver strategy plays a big role at Talladega.

"The main thing is you have to be patient. But if you hang in the back you don't know what your car can do when it is time to race. You have to be racy and you also have to be cautious. The key is to be there at the end, everything before that doesn't matter. In the past I would hang back and then when it was time to go I found my car was too tight to really do anything. I think getting up there and racing is definitely important."

Gilliland will have to qualify on speed, this will dictate the team's approach to practice.

"For us we are not locked in to the race, so we will have to spend a lot of time practicing in qualifying trim. Being locked into the top 35 you can focus on race trim. We will have to focus on qualifying. At Talladega you won't change the car from qualifying to the race because it is an impound race. You are looking for pure speed. We will be doing all single car runs in practice to make sure we qualify."

Gilliland did not have a ride for Daytona, but is confident in his drafting skills.

"We will be fine. I wish we could have raced Daytona, but we didn't. I've raced enough restrictor plate races to know what happens and what to expect. I am very comfortable at Talladega. I have a lot of confidence in Slugger (Labbe, crew chief) and the guys to know we will have a good car this weekend."

Kevin Buckler, TRG Motorsports team principal, looks at Talladega as just another challenge for this tight-knit team.

"This will be the team's first restrictor plate race," Buckler said. "The guys know we have something to prove after what happened at Daytona. We found a good superspeedway car for David that Slugger really likes, so we are going in with a good piece. David has done well at Talladega and has a lot of confidence. We haven't had a problem getting into the races, we just need to perform better and get the tire monkey off of our back to finish well. This team needs a big time performance this weekend!"

Buckler on going back to blue.

"We will be running the familiar TRG Motorsports blue this weekend. We have experienced funding delays with the sponsor that was announced last weekend at Phoenix. The team continues to persevere in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and pursue all avenues for funding and sponsorship with the goal of running the full 36 race schedule."

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 to be run at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 26 will be televised live on FOX starting at 2:00 p.m. ET.

-credit: trgm

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