Michigan: David Gilliland preview

Gilliland Ready for Michigan Mooresville, North Carolina (June 9, 2009) - David Gilliland and TRG Motorsports are ready for the LifeLock 400 to be run at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) on Sunday, June 14. Gilliland will face another ...

Gilliland Ready for Michigan

Mooresville, North Carolina (June 9, 2009) - David Gilliland and TRG Motorsports are ready for the LifeLock 400 to be run at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) on Sunday, June 14.

Gilliland will face another two-mile D-shaped oval in his No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS. MIS is located in the rolling Irish Hills region of south central Michigan. The driver from Riverside, California has a career best finish of 17th at MIS.

"The intermediate sized tracks have been the strongest part or our program so far this year," Gilliland said. "I am looking forward to this weekend. Michigan is a really wide track, you can run at the bottom, middle or at the top. There is a lot of racing room at that track. There is a little bit of draft, but it is not a restrictor plate track like Daytona or Talladega, we will have to have a car that drives good. The draft is there, but it is not the deciding factor in how you run the race. Slugger (Labbe, crew chief) will have a plan for the car going in and we will be ready to race hard for 400 miles."

Gilliland welcomes the two-wide restarts.

"In the Grand National West racing I used to do we always had two-wide restarts. It is something that I have done in the past. Also we have done two-wide restarts in the All-Star race as well. It will definitely be more exciting for the fans. I think any time we can spice the racing up a little bit it is good for the sport. I am all for it. As a race car driver it will benefit you and at other times it may hurt you by losing a couple of positions and most times it won't make a difference. I am looking forward to going back to that format in NASCAR. Infineon will be very interesting going two-wide into Turn One."

Kevin Buckler, TRG Motorsports team principal, is coming into an important stretch of races for the team.

"The next couple of weeks are really important for this team," Buckler said. "We are heading to Michigan with a new car and a great plan to perform well. David has done really well for us so far this season at the two-mile tracks and we are looking forward to a great weekend. It is tough not to look forward to Infineon, our home race. Our headquarters are located a few miles over the hill from turn three. David had a second place finish there last year, his best since he has been running NASCAR. We have a lot planned for that weekend. We are focused on our effort at Michigan and I hope we can get a performance trend started there that will carry over to Infineon. We are still searching for that sponsor/partner to keep this great little team on the track."

The LifeLock 400 from Michigan International Speedway will take the green at 2:00 p.m. and will be televised live on TNT starting at 12:30 p.m.

-credit: trgm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Buckler , David Gilliland
Teams TRG Motorsports