Sears Point: David Gilliland Saturday quotes

David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion, was third fastest during Saturday's final practice session. He said the key was finding the proper balance to get better grip. SOMETIMES AT AN OVAL TRACK, YOU CAN CATCH...

David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion, was third fastest during Saturday's final practice session. He said the key was finding the proper balance to get better grip.

SOMETIMES AT AN OVAL TRACK, YOU CAN CATCH ONE FAST LAP AND BE NEAR THE TOP OF THE SPEED CHART WITHOUT BEING ONE OF THE BETTER CARS. ON A ROAD COURSE LIKE THIS, IS A GOOD LAP TIME MORE INDICATIVE OF WHAT THE CAR CAN DO? "Yes, it is. Our freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion is awesome. It's the hottest it's been in the day and we went our fastest -- and consistently fast throughout the run there. So, we're really happy. The car feels like it's got a ton of grip -- and during the hottest part of the day. Yesterday, we fought no grip, and we just kept working on it. The guys did a great job, and we feel like we've got a great opportunity for a great day tomorrow. So, we're real excited."

WHERE DOES THE GRIP COME FROM? BALANCE IN THE CAR? "Yes, exactly. It's finding the balance, overall, front to back, but if you're a little loose, you don't want to take front grip away to balance it out, it's put the rear in the race track. And, that's what we've really been working on this weekend. The front was turning great all weekend, we just had to get the back working, and I feel like we've got a pretty good handle on it right now.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers David Gilliland
Teams HART