OVERVIEW: David Gilliland and the No. 84 Goody's Chevrolet team went to the Martinsville Speedway this weekend for the Goody's 250 NASCAR Busch Series event. They were looking to get back to their short track roots after showing much promise on...
David Gilliland and the No. 84 Goody's Chevrolet team went to the Martinsville Speedway this weekend for the Goody's 250 NASCAR Busch Series event. They were looking to get back to their short track roots after showing much promise on intermediate tracks in 2006. However a lap 164 tangle with the No. 47 car ended the day for the Clay Andrews racing entry and relegated them to a 36th place finish.
"We got hit from behind," said Gilliland. "It was just short track racing. We were struggling a little with the setup. I had to check up and the 47 had nowhere to go.
"It is unfortunate because this was a brand new racecar and we wanted to have a good showing for Goody's after they came on board for this race."
After a full day of open practice on Thursday and the normal practice sessions on Friday Gilliland had become very comfortable with the track and new car. He qualified his Monte Carlo in 27th position but felt very positive about the race.
It was evident at the start of the race that the car would be too tight for Gilliland to make any moves on the tiny Virginia oval. Crew chief Billy Wilburn, who has a ton of experience at Martinsville, made some great calls to help the handling condition.
"Billy made the car better each time we came in," continued Gilliland. "I messed up again by speeding leaving the pit box and that hurt us a little, but we didn't lose a lap. I am proud of how my guys worked today. This is a tough little place to get a grasp of."
The next race for the Clay Andrews Racing Chevrolet will be the Carfax 250 at the Michigan International Speedway on August 19.