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David Gilliland: What are the keys to successful racing at Bristol, and why do you enjoy racing there? "I'm excited to head back to Bristol this weekend. Half-mile short track racing is what I cut my teeth on when I first got into racing and...

David Gilliland:

What are the keys to successful racing at Bristol, and why do you enjoy racing there?

"I'm excited to head back to Bristol this weekend. Half-mile short track racing is what I cut my teeth on when I first got into racing and it's always fun to be able to go to those kinds of tracks throughout the year. Bristol is definitely the fastest half-mile track that I've ever had the opportunity to race on, and it is just a lot of fun to go there. Patience is one of the most important keys to racing at Bristol. The race is 500 laps and when you're racing so close to each other, there is always a lot of give and take that needs to happen. If you can be patient at Bristol, it usually comes to reward you at the end with a good finish. Our goal for the FreeCreditReport.com team this weekend is to qualify well and then be patient and run a smart race. If we can stay out of trouble and make smart passes throughout the race, I think we can bring home a great finish this weekend for Yates Racing."

Quoting FreeCreditReport.com Crew Chief, Cully Barraclough:

What is the strategy going into Bristol this weekend?

"Right now with the cars we have this year, the idea is that you can take this chassis and run the same car at Bristol and a larger track and still be successful without having to change much. We'll see if that's the case this weekend at the first short track we've been to this season. We're all still learning about these cars and how they handle at the tracks each weekend. I enjoy the racing action at Bristol; it's fast and action-packed. Every time that I've been there with a team we've had good luck, so that's our goal for the weekend is to have a strong showing with our FreeCreditReport.com Ford Fusion."

CHASSIS #509

Chassis #509 is the chassis the #38 FreeCreditReport.com team will be running this weekend for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is the same chassis the team ran at The Auto Club Speedway in California for the Auto Club 500 where they finished 17th.

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Series NASCAR Cup
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