Gilliland Finishes Sixth in Camping World Truck Race at Lowe's Charlotte, North Carolina (May 15, 2009) - David Gilliland, in only his third ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Race, drove the No. 7 Hyde Park/FansSponsorMe.com/Chevrolet Silverado...
Gilliland Finishes Sixth in Camping World Truck Race at Lowe's
Charlotte, North Carolina (May 15, 2009) - David Gilliland, in only his third ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Race, drove the No. 7 Hyde Park/FansSponsorMe.com/Chevrolet Silverado to a sixth place finish this evening at the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Gilliland started from the ninth row in 19th based upon the team's owner points as qualifying was rained out. Gilliland had a potential sixth place starting position after his qualifying run which was nullified due to the rain. Ironically Gilliland will start directly behind Colin Braun, whose father Jeff works as the team engineer on the TRG sports cars.
"We were just a little on the tight side with the set-up and were never really able to get it out of it tonight," Gilliland said. "We were very fast in practice and had a good qualifying run. For starting 19th and coming home sixth I am proud of the whole TRG Motorsports truck crew. The guys did a great job, I really enjoyed the race."
If qualifying would have been completed, Gilliland would have started sixth.
"If we could have started closer to the front we would have had that much better of a run. When you get back there in dirty air it is crazy how much it affects the trucks. We still had a good night. Butch (Hylton crew chief) made great adjustments on the truck all night and the guys performed good pit stops and we put together a good night."
Gilliland learned some valuable knowledge for tomorrow for the All-Star Open race.
"I learned that the top groove comes in and is a good passing area. I think we will see a lot of that tomorrow night. You have to go somewhere to pass. Lowe's is very aero sensitive so you can run high to make up places. We should be able to run the middle to the top tomorrow where we ran the truck tonight."
Fans can go to www.nascar.com/promos/allstar/?sc_cid=allstar25to vote for Gilliland to get in the All-Star race on the fan ballot.
TRG Motorsports team principal, Kevin Buckler, is very satisfied with the performance of the truck team tonight.
"David and the team did a great job tonight," Buckler said. "It is too bad that qualifying was rained out, who knows what could have happened if we would have started sixth. We had Hyde Park and FansSponsorMe.com on the truck tonight which were new relationships that we hope to carry forward. It's nice to be back at our traditional team colors with all of our vehicles. The team also was able to collect some data for tomorrow and next weekend for the 600."