March 24, 1999, Lake Zurich IL: Tony Gillig the driver of the Gillig Motorsports Olds Cutlass had a very action packed week during the Gator Nationals in Gainesville, FL. Tony's father and Crew chief Bob Gillig underwent 5-way by-pass open-heart...
March 24, 1999, Lake Zurich IL: Tony Gillig the driver of the Gillig Motorsports Olds Cutlass had a very action packed week during the Gator Nationals in Gainesville, FL. Tony's father and Crew chief Bob Gillig underwent 5-way by-pass open-heart surgery the Monday before the race. Bob insisted Tony attend the event, so along with brother in law Billy Wagner the two gave a valiant effort to qualify with out the elder Gillig. Bob Gillig is home recouping and doing very well.
After the first session on Friday Gillig sat in the #6 spot with a great 6.987 at 197.77, this was Gillig's career best in NHRA National event competition. Tony stated, "The run was very aggressive and we we're lucky the track held the tune up. Unfortunately our Friday afternoon run wasn't as lucky as the car went into violent shake in second gear and we had to abort the run."
Gillig sat in the 11th spot after Friday's afternoon session. Still trying to figure out what the car wants for a tune up Tony and Billy knew Saturday morning was going to be fast. Unfortunately, Gillig ran a 7.02 at only 196 with the clutch way too soft. "We have been making aggressive runs and we needed to soften things up hoping to get down the track fast. We softened it up too much and slid the clutch the entire run", says Gillig. Gillig then tried one more time to hit it just right and only ran a 7.03 at 196. Again Gillig was too soft and wound up 21st on the sheet.
Gillig knows he has the power to run up front and when he figures out what the car and clutch wants he feels he will be a viable contender in NHRA competition. Gillig will attend the Pennzoil Nationals in Houston, Texas April 8 - 11 and looks forward to running well in Texas as he did in pre- season testing.