Loudon II: David Gilliland preview

Going Flat Out at the Flat Track Gilliland Expects another Strong Car at Loudon Statesville, N.C. (September 14, 2010) - David Gilliland and the No. 37 Taco Bell team believe they have all the pieces in place for a strong run at the Sylvania 300...

Going Flat Out at the Flat Track
Gilliland Expects another Strong Car at Loudon

Statesville, N.C. (September 14, 2010) - David Gilliland and the No. 37 Taco Bell team believe they have all the pieces in place for a strong run at the Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. The team looks to return to the 1.058-mile flat track in Loudon, N.H., with the same speed they had at the track's Sprint Cup event in June. The No. 37 Fusion was fast and handling well, but a broken swaybar arm early in the race slowed up the team's promising run.

Gilliland has seven Sprint Cup start at NHMS, with a top finish of 28th. The team finished 35th at Loudon in June.

Comments from Taco Bell Driver David Gilliland on New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Racing the Chase Drivers:

"Last time at Loudon, the race started and I was really excited about how the car was driving. But then we broke a swaybar arm right off the bat. So, that unfortunately set the tone for the rest of our day. But that definitely won't happen again; we found a remedy for that problem.

"Loudon's a tough track. Every driver and every team has their favorites and then everybody also has one or two tracks that are always a little tricky for them, and Loudon has been one of the tougher tracks for us to get figured out. We've run decent there in the past, but it's not exactly my favorite. Hopefully we can go back and run really well and we'll change that.

"The challenging part of Loudon is that it's so flat. I like the feeling of getting in the corner and having a little bit of banking to lean on, and Loudon's definitely not like that. It's flat with long, sweeping corners, so it's just a little bit outside the comfort zone, but we're up for the challenge.

"Now that Loudon gets us into the Chase, you are aware of those 12 guys around you and how you're driving around them. I hope to be in Chase contention one day, and I would want the same courtesy from the guys that weren't. You definitely think about it. Everybody racing out there knows who's in the Chase and who's not. But our job is still to race as hard as we can and produce the best results that we can. But you do have to keep it in the back of your mind and race smart."

-source: front row motorsports

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