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Yates Racing Driver, David Gilliland: How difficult is the visibility at Phoenix since the sun will set during the race? "Phoenix is one of those tracks that when we race there on Saturday nights you have to prepare yourself for the changes as...

Yates Racing Driver, David Gilliland:

How difficult is the visibility at Phoenix since the sun will set during the race?

"Phoenix is one of those tracks that when we race there on Saturday nights you have to prepare yourself for the changes as the sun sets during the race. I remember the first time I ever raced at Phoenix and how difficult it was to drive without being able to see due to the sun being directly in your eyes as it set. I hadn't prepared myself enough. Since then I've learned to better prepare myself so that during the race I can adapt to the amount of light that is coming in through the windshield. I always enjoy going to Phoenix because I was able to win some races there early on in my career and I grew up watching some of my very first Cup series races there as well. It's a track and an area of the country that I always enjoy racing at."

Is it difficult to get the car set-up due to the changing track conditions you know you'll encounter during the race?

"Any time you have that much of a temperature change in the track conditions during a race it changes so much in your car's handling. I've found that a lot of times when you're making your adjustments, you have to overshoot the amount of changes you make to the car. You definitely find yourself making bigger changes than you typically would during a race where the temperatures remain a little more constant throughout the race."

Yates Racing Crew Chief, Cully Barraclough:

What are the keys to being successful at Phoenix International Raceway?

"Phoenix International Raceway is a very unique track and it has a few characteristics that will make racing there this weekend interesting. First of all it is a flat track with very different corners at both ends. Our team's focus for this week will be making sure that our car set-up is flexible enough to accommodate the changes we'll face in track conditions throughout the weekend as well as Saturday night. The teams that can adapt to those conditions and allow for the range in handling will be the ones who find success at Phoenix."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers David Gilliland
Teams Yates Racing