Gilliland Up for Darlington Challenge; Likes Team's Approach to Tough Track Statesville, N.C. (May 4, 2010) - David Gilliland earned his stripes early at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, competing on the track they call "Too Tough to Tame" at the very...
Gilliland Up for Darlington Challenge; Likes Team's Approach to Tough Track
Statesville, N.C. (May 4, 2010) - David Gilliland earned his stripes early at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, competing on the track they call "Too Tough to Tame" at the very beginning of his driving career. While he still considers the 1.366-mile oval challenging, he also feels it provides some of the most exciting racing in NASCAR. And he is confident his Front Row Motorsports team will bring a competitive No. 38 Taco Bell Ford to Darlington to qualify for Saturday night's Showtime Southern 500.
Gilliland has three previous Sprint Cup starts at Darlington with a top finish of 20th. He will be joined at the track by his biggest fan - his mother, Doris - for pre-race ceremonies celebrating Mother's Day.
Comments from Taco Bell Driver David Gilliland on the Darlington Raceway Weekend:
"I like Darlington. I'm looking forward to going there. I think we've got a package that will be really good there and a lot of fun. I'm excited, it's a fun track. It's different than anything else we race on. We're approaching these tracks as a new team. We didn't have a good time at Richmond, but still managed something out of it. Saying that, I think we've got a good package for this weekend. We feel pretty good about it.
"It's a tough track, although not as tough now that they've repaved it. I actually did some of my first racing here on the East Coast at Darlington. I did the Roush Racing 'Gong Show' (driver talent competition) there. So I have a lot of memories there and I'm looking forward to going there and having a good run.
"I think it's great that NASCAR and Darlington Raceway do something for the moms. NASCAR has had a long tradition of not racing on Mother's Day. They still hold true to that, but we now race on Saturday night. That still allows everyone Mother's Day off. Maybe that is a good gift for them - they didn't have to sit and worry while watching us race. But now that we race on that weekend, it's nice that they get to be a part of driver intro's and everything.
"My mom has always been behind me in my racing career. She's definitely my number-one fan. She's even got this little display of a bunch of different photos and clippings of me racing and holding trophies and that kind of thing. She's very proud."