Back in the Bristol Groove Gilliland Glad to Return to Short Track Statesville, N.C. (August 17, 2010) - Some tracks just seem to provide a comfort factor. For David Gilliland, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway is one of those tracks.
Back in the Bristol Groove
Gilliland Glad to Return to Short Track
Statesville, N.C. (August 17, 2010) - Some tracks just seem to provide a comfort factor. For David Gilliland, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway is one of those tracks. Gilliland and the No. 38 Taco Bell Ford team return to the .533-mile oval for this weekend's Irwin Tools Night Race, hoping for a good run at a track where they've enjoyed past success.
Gilliland has eight previous starts at Bristol, with a top finish of ninth. The team brought a fast car to the spring race this year, qualifying 16th and finishing 23rd.
Comments from Taco Bell Driver David Gilliland on Bristol Motor Speedway:
"I feel really good about going to Bristol. It's a track where we've run pretty well in the past and it's really fun for me as a driver. I really enjoy that type of racing. It reminds me of Mesa Marin (Raceway), a track at home in California that I used to race on and had a lot of success at.
"I feel good about going back the second time. We qualified well and ran well throughout the first race earlier this season, so I'm looking forward to building on our notes and hopefully topping our run from the first time.
"There's no real tricks or secrets to learning how to drive Bristol. It's like a lot of the other track we go to - it's about momentum. You've got to carry good momentum and speed through the corners. And (crew chief) Randy (Seals) and all the guys on the Taco Bell team have done a good job to give us a good set-up to run there. You always like going back to tracks where you've had success in the past.
"The night race at Bristol is just plain cool. It's got the atmosphere of a rowdy football stadium, like for Monday Night Football, but louder. It's just a great show for the fans, it's fun for the drivers and just a really cool event to be a part of. It's one of the highlights of the season so we hope we can bring home a good finish for Front Row Motorsports.
"This team's definitely ready for a good run after last week at Michigan. For some reason, we just can't solve Michigan. We had some trouble getting our new car set up to run well there, so we're going to put that behind us and look forward to going back to a track we like a little better."