Talladega: David Gilliland qualifying report

Gilliland Qualifies TRG Motorsports Chevy in 24th at Talladega Talladega, Alabama, (April 25, 2009) - David Gilliland qualified the No. 71 TRG Motorsports No. 71 Chevrolet Impala SS in 24th for tomorrow's running of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega...

Gilliland Qualifies TRG Motorsports Chevy in 24th at Talladega

Talladega, Alabama, (April 25, 2009) - David Gilliland qualified the No. 71 TRG Motorsports No. 71 Chevrolet Impala SS in 24th for tomorrow's running of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Gilliland showed the team's speed in the final practice yesterday posting a time of 49.150 and speed of 194.5 mph putting him second on the speed chart happy hour. In this afternoon's qualifying session, Gilliland ran a time of 51.30 and a speed of 187 mph which will have him start from the 12th row tomorrow.

"We are ready to race," Gilliland said. "A lot of the go or go homers had to do a lot of other stuff to their cars to make sure they made the race, like taking oil out or not running an alternator belt, but we are ready to go. They will have to undo that stuff when the race starts during their first pit stop. We knew what we had to in qualifying yesterday. We stuck to our plan. I am really excited."

Gilliland has a good drafting car for the race.

"We have a good drafting car for the race tomorrow. The car drives and sucks-up really well. You need to be able to push people and that helps at the end. When you can push someone they are more likely to work with you. When other cars are pushing you and you can't help them it is easy for them to just dump you out of the draft."

Driving strategy is important to be in a position to have a top finish.

"Slugger and I will go over strategy tonight. I have led this race before and have gotten wrecked with 30 to go as well. The biggest thing is to be there at the end. We are going to what we have to do to be up there at the end. It is going to be really competitive and it will be our job to keep it in one piece and have it up there at the finish."

Kevin Buckler, TRG Motorsports team principal, is proud of this small team and the way they have been performing.

"It will be nice to see us start our first restrictor plate race after missing Daytona," Buckler said. "The team has put together a good car. We went out with a race setup on the car in qualifying and we are looking to have a very strong run tomorrow. David went really fast in practice yesterday and has a lot of confidence in the car in the draft. Most importantly, we are still in the hunt for that sponsor/partner for this team and a great run will help that cause. This team has to be one of the best values going in the Sprint Cup garage for a sponsor and we are READY!"

-credit: trgm

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