BUSCH: Daivd Gilliland to debut at Phoenix

DAVID GILLILAND TO MAKE HIS DEBUT IN THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY Riverside, Calif...Planning to add yet another dimension to his rapidly growing career, reigning NASCAR Grand Nation Division, West Series Rookie of...

DAVID GILLILAND TO MAKE HIS DEBUT IN THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Riverside, Calif...Planning to add yet another dimension to his rapidly growing career, reigning NASCAR Grand Nation Division, West Series Rookie of the Year, David Gilliland will make his debut in the NASCAR Busch Series at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, April 22.

With sponsorship help from Luke's Transmission and RaceCarCeilingFans.com, Gilliland will pilot the No. 88 MRG Motorsports Chevrolet, built by Hendricks Motorsports in North Carolina.

"I am really excited about this new venture," says Gilliland, who qualified Robby Gordon's Busch car in the Number 8 spot last year at Homestead, Florida. "We are definitely looking to move up next season and this is just the first step in being able to accomplish our goal. Our plan is to contest up to five events this season, plus run the entire NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series.

Extremely familiar with the popular "jewel of the desert track", Gilliland took the pole and the victory at the NASCAR West Series opener in January beating out Nextel Cup drivers Kevin Harvick and Kenny Schrader. "Phoenix is a great place to make our Busch debut," says Gilliland. "I like the track and we have obviously done well there in the past. While I know that there will be a lot of drivers trying to qualify for the Bashas' Supermarket 200, I feel, we have an excellent shot at making the field. Our Chevy is definitely strong and we have one of the best crews in the industry. With a little luck we should be good to go."

Extremely dedicated, very professional and highly talented behind the wheel there is no doubt that David Gilliland is one of NASCAR's rapidly rising young stars. His growing reputation speaks for itself and his driving ability leaves little doubt that it won't take him long to move up through the NASCAR ranks.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Robby Gordon , David Gilliland