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Atlanta II: Gililland to sub for Elliott

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Atlanta II: Gililland to sub for Elliott
Oct 2, 2009, 4:18 PM

David Gilliland will be taking over the driving duties of the ...

David Gilliland will be taking over the driving duties of the #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion this weekend for the Pep Boys Auto 500, filling in for Bill Elliott. Elliott is experiencing some back problems and uncertain how he will feel driving the car.

Co-owner Eddie Wood stated, "Given the modified practice schedule where the practices and qualifying are all being done on Saturday, we didn't feel there was enough time to make changes to the seat if Bill wasn't comfortable and we needed to get another driver. We called David to see if he was available. Thankfully he was and agreed to help."

In his fourth year in the Sprint Cup Series, Gilliland has raced in 22 of the 24 Cup races this season. Gilliland has 6 starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway with his best finish (15th) coming in 2006.

-credit: wbr

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Drivers Bill Elliott , David Gilliland