David Gilliland Driver No. 72 Dutch Quality Stone Dodge David Gilliland has what it takes to be the next NASCAR phenomenon to emerge from the state of California. Like Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and his father, Butch, ...
Driver No. 72 Dutch Quality Stone Dodge
David Gilliland has what it takes to be the next NASCAR phenomenon to emerge from the state of California. Like Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and his father, Butch, Gilliland has carved his own legacy on the West Coast stock car circuit. Gilliland is now ready to take his next step. He will step behind the wheel, on a limited basis, of the newly formed No. 72 CJM Racing Dodge in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series in 2006.
Gilliland not only has a winning resume behind the wheel, but has the mechanical knowledge of a driver that is rarely seen in today's NASCAR garage. Gilliland's mechanical ability came at an early age after watching his father compile one of the premiere race teams ever to compete in the NASCAR West Series. Grabbing a wrench in his early teens, Gilliland had natural ability. He quickly turned his mechanical gift into race wins for his father all throughout the west coast. Gilliland's crowning moment came during the 1997 season after leading his father to the NASCAR Winston West Series championship. Gilliland was awarded the Champion Crew Chief of the Year Award for his accomplishments- the youngest winner of the award in series history.
Not wanting to rest on his mechanical laurels, Gilliland explored his talents behind the wheel in 1998. His success came as quickly as it did as a champion crew chief. In seven starts at the Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, Gilliland took home two checkered flags in the stock car division. It was the groundwork that quickly blossomed Gilliland as the next 'young gun' to come out of the west coast.
The following season Gilliland became a regular at Perris Auto Speedway and raised the level of competition.
He won an amazing 14 out of 15 heat races while capturing nine out of 15 main events in the stock car division. It was his mechanical know-how combined with his intense driving ability that put Gilliland in a class by himself. The same season Gilliland branched out and competed at the famed Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway and Mesa Marin (Calif.) Speedway.
In 2000 Gilliland began to take control of his own destiny. He built his own late model and competed at Irwindale on a full-time basis. The 'hands- on' approach for Gilliland landed him in Irwindale's famed victory lane two times in 2000. During the off weekends at Irwindale, Gilliland traveled back to Perris Auto Speedway to collect five wins in seven starts. He was soon becoming a household name throughout the state of California. The following season Gilliland raced a full season at Irwindale and finished fourth in championship points after four race wins.
The short track success for Gilliland quickly translated into regional touring wins. In 2002, Gilliland competed on the NASCAR Southwest Tour and won his first regional touring race in only his fourth start. The season completed with Gilliland collecting four top-five and six top-ten finishes. Gilliland took his talents to the next level in 2003 on the Southwest Tour after signing with a new team that allowed him to work on his own car. As the case in the past, anytime Gilliland was allowed to work on his own cars success immediately followed. He won five times in 2003 on the Southwest Tour including a win at the Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway. Gilliland was now a regional star, but not content to stand still.
The next step up the racing ladder for Gilliland found him behind the wheel of a NASCAR Grand National West Series machine in 2004. Gilliland wasted no time in finding victory lane in only his second start. He continued the season and easily captured the Rookie of Year honors. Gilliland's resume impressed the development eyes of Roush Racing and was asked to compete in their 'Race for the Ride' competition. Gilliland made it to the final round of eight in his first attempt at the program. In 2005 Gilliland, again, competed in the West Series and scored another win along with numerous top-five and top-ten finishes. The season was capped off by one of Gilliland's biggest career marks. Gilliland won the Toyota All-Star Showdown, proving that he is one of the best regional drivers in the entire country.
In 2006, Gilliland is determined to prove his abilities on a national stage. The pieces are in place at Clay Andrews Racing for a successful jump into the NASCAR Busch Series. Gilliland knows what it takes both behind the wheel and underneath the hood. A winner in every stage of his career there is no doubt that Gilliland will find success with CJM Racing.
Crew Chief No. 72 Dutch Quality Stone Dodge
Motorsports veteran Doug George has been tabbed by team owners Bryan and Tony Mullet to head up CJM Racing, a brand new NASCAR NEXTEL Cup operation. He brings extensive knowledge from his days as a driver, as well as his experience working for some of the top organizations in motorsports, to provide CJM Racing with a solid head wrench. George will guide the infant team through a part-time effort in 2006 before going full-time in 2007.
George got his start in racing in the area around his Atwater, Calif. home. After competing regularly in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series, he captured that series' title in 1990. He then took his talents to the ultra-competitive NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series. Success was once again not far behind as he garnered the West Series championship in 1995. After several partial seasons in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1996 and 1997, George turned his attention to making cars faster as opposed to driving them.
From 1999-2001, George was car chief for Coy Gibbs at Joe Gibbs Racing. The team first participated in the Craftsman Truck Series before dabbling in the NASCAR Busch Series. In 2001 George helped guide Gibbs to a top-10 finish in the Craftsman Truck Series.
George then moved back to his native California where he helped cultivate the career of Austin Cameron. The two had significant success in the West Series and captured the inaugural Toyota All-Star Showdown, one of the premiere short track races in the country, in 2003.
The 2004 season saw George split his time as a crew chief between the Craftsman Truck Series and the ARCA Series. At the end of that year he went to work for Morgan Shepherd's operation in Hickory, NC. That No. 89 team is considered the predecessor to CMJ Racing as the Mullet brothers were partners of Shepherd.
George has been either a crew chief or a car chief on everything he has worked on since the 1998 season. His vast experience will be invaluable as CJM Racing plants the seeds to become a top-notch racing organization in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.
Bryan and Tony Mullet
Team Owners No. 72 Dutch Quality Stone Dodge
Brothers Bryan and Tony Mullet are tw0 successful businessmen in the state of Ohio. Their company, Dutch Quality Stone, is a manufacturer of veneer stone with distribution throughout the United States. Their newly-formed team, CJM Racing, will participate on a limited basis in 2006 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.. This will allow them to lay a firm foundation for a full-time schedule in 2007.
The Winesburg, Ohio natives got their racing feet wet with Morgan Shepherd's operation in 2005. That No. 89 team is considered the predecessor to the No. 72 as the two were partners of Shepherd. New cars are being built and they are in the process of acquiring a new race shop in Mooresville, NC to house their No. 72 Dodge.
Several drivers will be auditioned before selecting someone to fill the seat for the 2007 season. Motorsports veteran Doug George will lead the charge of the up-and-coming team. He brings extensive knowledge, most notably from Joe Gibbs Racing and will be a calming force.
The Mullets are in this for the long haul. They plan on growing this team just as they have with their business. Based on the success they have had with Dutch Quality Stone, success in the sport will not be far behind.