Team ready to back up July's top-20 Loudon finish as driver marks 250th Sprint Cup career start
STATESVILLE, N.C. (September 17, 2013) - David Gilliland doesn't mince words when you ask how he feels about New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It's always been among his least favorite tracks on the circuit. But he credits crew chief Frank Kerr with changing his attitude about the 1.058-mile oval this season.
The driver-crew chief pair worked its way to an 18th-place finish at the July New Hampshire event -- Gilliland's career-best finish at the Loudon, N.H., oval and significantly better than his career average finish of 32nd at the venue.
The No. 38 Long John Silver's team will take the knowledge from that event and apply it in its return to the flat track for Sunday's Sylvania 300. The start will be Gilliland's 250th start in his eight-year Sprint Cup Series career.
Comments from Long John Silver's team driver David Gilliland heading to Loudon:
"It's very narrow, very flat and it's very hard to pass on. At a lot of tracks we go to, you're on the edge all day and that'll wear you out. But at Loudon, you're over the edge all day. It's just a difficult racetrack. It's probably one of the most line-sensitive racetracks we go to and one of the most challenging tracks for sure.
"The track doesn't really seem to change too much. You've got seams that make the place where you've got to run very narrow. It's about a car width and a quarter between the seams. And if you get your tires outside of that, you're done. So you're aiming for this lane that's not much wider than the car and that makes it challenging."
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