Las Vegas: David Gilliland debut preview

CHINO, Calif. (September 26, 2003) -- David Gilliland, filled with high hopes and lots of determination, will make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut this weekend in the Las Vegas 350. Gilliland will be piloting the No. 09 Switzer Contractors...

CHINO, Calif. (September 26, 2003) -- David Gilliland, filled with high hopes and lots of determination, will make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut this weekend in the Las Vegas 350. Gilliland will be piloting the No. 09 Switzer Contractors Chevrolet.

The talented driver is eager to compete in the upcoming race saying, "The first race in any series is always exciting. I really love the super speedways and Las Vegas [Motor Speedway] is a personal favorite. I am pleased it will mark my entrance into the series."

Gilliland who has dominated the Southwest Series this season with four victories and more laps led than any of his peers, knows the trucks will present a new challenge with tougher competition than he is accustomed to.

"I know the contenders in the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks are going to be fierce but that is what I like," explained Gilliland. "I am looking to improve my career. We have been posting great finishes and winning in the Southwest Series and we feel we are ready to take that next step.â^À^Ý

Gilliland who has successfully campaigned in dirt late models, NASCAR Super Late Models, and both NASCAR Elite Featherlite Southwest Series and NASCAR Winston West Series cars is not one to be content competing in one series alone.

"We love racing in the Featherlite Southwest division, it is a great series, but our overall plan is to use it as NASCAR intends it to be used, as a stepping stone to bigger things. Our goal is to someday move up and there is nothing better than experience to help you transition from one series to another."

"It would be great to campaign for a championship in the Featherlite Southwest series, but our team is not out chasing points; we are out to win races and gain experience. We very much want to move up, I hope that this truck race will be one of many steps we can take to prepare for our next move up the ladder in our racing career."

One thing is certain; Gilliland is going to be giving it his all at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. You can bet if things don't go to his liking, he will be back, because Gilliland does not settle for anything less than wins. And if he continues to follow his goals of winning races, gaining experience and moving up, the championships will come.

The race this weekend will be televised live on SPEED TV Saturday at 7:00 PM PDT (10:00 PM EDT).

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Gilliland