Charlotte II: David Gilliland qualifying report

David Gilliland Qualifies the No. 02 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota 14th at Lowe's Motor Speedway Concord, NC -- David Gilliland, driver of the No. 02 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, qualified...

David Gilliland Qualifies the No. 02 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota 14th at Lowe's Motor Speedway

Concord, NC -- David Gilliland, driver of the No. 02 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, qualified 14th tonight for Saturday night's NASCAR BANKING 500 from Lowe's Motor Speedway.

The day didn't start out the way the No. 02 Farm Bureau Insurance team would've preferred. Rain poured throughout the morning and into early afternoon at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The No. 02 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota was one of 12 cars that needed to qualify into the race on time and due to lack of owner points would have been sent home if qualifying was rained out. Fortunately, the rain disappeared and NASCAR allowed the teams to get on the track for a short 30 minute practice, in order to get their cars ready for qualifying.

The short practice session offered the Farm Bureau Insurance team a chance to get on the track and work out the kinks headed into qualifying. During the practice session, David (Gilliland) fought a tight Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota, which was chattering the tires as it came off the corners and posted a speed of 32nd fastest.

"With the track being so cold, I figured it would be fast, which could make the car tight and hard to turn. It was chattering the tires coming off the corners pretty bad. Overall, I couldn't complain considering those were our first laps on the track in the car. After the practice Wally (Brown) and I got together with the team and talked about changes that could make it turn better during our qualifying lap," said David Gilliland.

David Gilliland and the Farm Bureau Insurance team had some waiting to do before they were able to see if those changes would make the difference, as the team rolled off second to last on the grid. When it was time to roll-off the grid David Gilliland proved he knew how to put the throttle down -- qualifying the Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota 14th.

"The Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota was still tight and it wanted to drift up to the wall but I kept my foot down and drove through it and it stuck. I'm proud of Wally (Brown) and the guys. I really wanted to do well tonight -- I know there will be plenty of Farm Bureau Insurance agents here on Saturday night, so we really wanted to make them proud," said David Gilliland after exiting the No. 02 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota.

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers David Gilliland
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing