Showdown Is 'Racing How It Used to Be' Gilliland Likes Go-for-Broke Format Statesville, N.C. (May 18, 2010) - When David Gilliland climbs into the Taco Bell Ford for Saturday night's Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he won't be ...
Showdown Is 'Racing How It Used to Be'
Gilliland Likes Go-for-Broke Format
Statesville, N.C. (May 18, 2010) - When David Gilliland climbs into the Taco Bell Ford for Saturday night's Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he won't be thinking about points - just old-fashioned racing. The driver of the No. 38 Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports will be competing against a full field of drivers for the two remaining starting positions in the 2010 Sprint All-Star Race, which will be run immediately following the Showdown.
In addition to competing for the two open qualifying spots, Gilliland is among the drivers eligible to be voted into the All-Star race by fans. Fans can vote for Gilliland at NASCAR.com or by texting "VOTE" to 7777 on their Sprint phone (phone votes count double).
The No. 38 Taco Bell team is coming off a top-25 finish at Dover International Speedway and looks forward to racing at home at Charlotte's 1.5-mile oval.
Comments from Taco Bell Driver David Gilliland on the Sprint Showdown and the All-Star Vote:
"The Showdown is racing how it used to be. It is an awesome race, you don't have to worry about points or anything you just go out and race and try to finish first or second to move into the All-Star race. It's a race we have had some success at before and done really well. We have got in some accidents, too. Always seems like there is a lot of action in that race, so hopefully we can be on the front side of that this time and qualify ourselves into the All-Star race.
"There's no points, just pride. Every driver wants to be able to say they were in the All-Star race. It would be a great honor. And, of course, if we can't race our way in, then I've got my fans - my 'Gilly's Gang' - working hard to vote me in.
"I've got a great fan base and a lot of people behind me and they pull hard. It feels really good as a driver to have fans like that stand behind you. Even on weekends when you don't run well and something happens, they're always there to lift you up and keep you going. Very proud to have my Gilly's Gang behind me.
"We didn't have the weekend we were hoping for at Dover, but we still came away with a top-25 finish. That's a tough track, especially with the long green-flag runs we had. But we battled back when it didn't look so good early on. We just kept working at it and wound up with a decent finish."