Texas II: Gilliland - Ford Saturday interview

David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion, was eighth-fastest during Saturday's Happy Hour. Gilliland says the team has made great strides since arriving at the track Friday morning. He will start 34th tomorrow. DAVID GILLIAND...

David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion, was eighth-fastest during Saturday's Happy Hour. Gilliland says the team has made great strides since arriving at the track Friday morning. He will start 34th tomorrow.

DAVID GILLIAND -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion

"We've worked really hard. We unloaded yesterday and we weren't as good as we were, and this is something that I'm very proud of out M&M's group -- everybody here, as a team, they don't give up. And we've gotten a lot better, communication-wise with Todd and me, from when I started. Together we've been able to make the car very, very good. We're very happy with it. On long runs, it's very fast. On short runs, it's very fast. We just worked through it. We were tight when we got here and we just started throwing stuff at it and made some great, great strides. We feel really good about our chances on Sunday."

THE TIME SHEET LISTS JUST THE FASTEST LAP. WHAT WINDOW OF LAPS WERE YOU LOOKING AT? "We put 25 laps on a set of tires, which is quite a few laps, and the car still drove very, very well. We felt like we were very competitive with our times. We put a lot of laps on the car, on the tires. A lot of times where you'll get the car where it will drive good on long runs, but you can't go on new tires on re-starts and stuff. And sometimes you'll give up six or seven positions, and if it's good on long runs you'll only be able to pick up three or four back. So, it's a compromise, and it's a balance to getting the car where it'll go as fast as you can possibly make on short runs and then long runs, too."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers David Gilliland