STATESVILLE, NC -- David Gilliland and the No. 84 Clay Andrews Racing team head to Chicago this weekend looking to back up their win at the Kentucky Speedway with another solid effort. The USG Durock 300 at the Joliet, Ill. oval will mark the...
STATESVILLE, NC -- David Gilliland and the No. 84 Clay Andrews Racing team head to Chicago this weekend looking to back up their win at the Kentucky Speedway with another solid effort. The USG Durock 300 at the Joliet, Ill. oval will mark the first time that the crew has been back to the track since becoming the first non-NEXTEL Cup regular to win a NASCAR Busch Series event in 2006.
When Gilliland darkens the tunnel at the Chicagoland Speedway it will be the first time he has ever seen the racing surface. Recent history, however, has shown that this is no longer a hindrance. He will once again rely on veteran crew chief Billy Wilburn who has a ton experience at the track from his NEXTEL Cup days.
Wilburn will be bringing the Kentucky winning car this weekend to the similar Chicagoland oval.
"When you find something that works, something that your driver is comfortable with, you can take it to most of these intermediate tracks and be close," said Wilburn. "We have a brand-new car that we were going to bring, but David really likes this car so it was a non-decision."
The green flag for the USG Durock 300 drops at 4:05 pm EST. It will be carried on TNT as well as MRN affiliates around the country.
How keyed up are you to get back to racing?
"I can't wait to get to Chicago. We are taking the same car we had at Kentucky because we feel like we have hit on a setup that is very comfortable for me. The tracks, from what I understand, are similar. Our motor department has really been working hard and we will be improved there this weekend. We really want to back up our win with a solid run and I know we can do that."
"It is tough to win and then have to sit for three weeks but, as we have said before, we make sure that we are prepared every time we go to the track."
How has your life changed since the big win at Kentucky?
"These last three weeks have been amazing but the best part is the phone calls and acknowledgement I have received from other drivers. To have someone the caliber of Jimmie Johnson pull me aside to talk at Infineon or to hear some of the nice things that Dale Jr. and Carl Edwards have said makes me proud. I hope I gained some respect from those guys and I look forward to competing with them more in the future."