David Gilliland

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David Gilliland
Born (1976-04-01) April 1, 1976 (age 38)
Riverside, California, U.S.
Awards 2004 NASCAR West Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
290 race(s) run over 9 year(s)
Car no., team No. 38 (Front Row Motorsports)
2013 position 26th
Best finish 26th (2013)
First race 2006 Dodge/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma)
Last race 2014 GEICO 500 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 8 3
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
56 race(s) run over 6 year(s)
Best finish 39th (2007)
First race 2005 Bashas' Supermarkets 200 (Phoenix)
Last race 2010 Ford 300 (Homestead)
First win 2006 Meijer 300 (Kentucky)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 3 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
3 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Best finish 65th (2009)
First race 2005 Las Vegas 350 (Las Vegas)
Last race 2009 WinStar World Casino 350K (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of October 19, 2014.

David Gilliland (born April 1, 1976) is an American stock car racing driver. He currently drives the No. 38 Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Born in Riverside, California, he is the son of former Cup and Winston West driver Butch Gilliland.

Racing career[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

Regional series[edit]

In 1996, he began working on his father's Winston West Series (now K&N Pro Series West) team. By 1999, Gilliland won the track championship at Perris Auto Speedway (a dirt track). Then, the following year he began a limited season in the NASCAR AutoZone West Series. In 2003, Gilliland won five races in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series in the #11 Centrifugal Technologies Chevrolet. He finished the season with five top-fives and eight top-tens and a 6th place finish in points.

In 2004, Gilliland announced plans to run the full schedule in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series in the No. 88 Chevrolet for MRG Motorsports and all non-conflicting NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series (now AutoZone West) races. He won his first AutoZone West win at Mesa Marin Raceway. He was then NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series Rookie-of-the-Year. He also had two victories in NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series.

National series[edit]

Gilliland made his first attempt at a major NASCAR race in 2003, at the Las Vegas 350 in the Craftsman Truck Series, but failed to qualify. He announced that Clay Andrews Racing would form in mid-2005. Gilliland made his Busch Series debut at Phoenix, qualifying 28th. However, he was involved with an early crash and finished 43rd. Gilliland made the other Phoenix race later in the year, but had the same result. He was 43rd after ignition troubles. Also, he ran the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevy at Vegas in the Craftsman Truck Series with a 22nd place finish.

Meanwhile, Gilliland raced in the Grand National Division in 2005 and won the Toyota All-Star Showdown in 2005 when apparent winner Mike Olsen was disqualified for light wheels wider than regulation.[1] The win brought Gilliland to the attention of Busch and Cup Series team owners.

Gilliland began running the #84 Clay Andrews Chevy part-time in 2006, during which time he was mentored by former Sprint Cup race winner Jerry Nadeau. Gilliland, however, struggled to finish races, only earning a best of 29th in his first four starts of the year. However, in his next outing, Gilliland scored his first career Busch Series win at Kentucky on June 17. Gilliland drove the 84 Hype Manufacturing Chevrolet to victory, becoming the first driver of 2006 to win a Busch race who was not also running a full-time Nextel Cup schedule. FX television announcer Hermie Sadler called the victory "the biggest upset in Busch Series history".

Sprint Cup Series[edit]
2007 M&M's car
Gilliland's 2013 car

Gilliland made his first attempt to make a Cup race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA, in the #72 CJM Racing Chevrolet, qualifying 31st, and finishing 32nd. In August 2006, Gilliland replaced Elliott Sadler as the driver of the M&M's Ford in the NEXTEL Cup Series. In qualifying for the 2007 Aaron's 499 on April 28, Gilliland recorded a speed of 192.069 miles per hour (309.105 km/h), which was identical to Jeff Gordon for the pole position. As Gordon had the points lead at the time of the race, Gilliland started the race in 2nd.[2] On October 7, he qualified on the pole for the UAW Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, the first pole of his career. He won his second career pole at the Daytona 500, his first points-paying race at the track, and finished 28th in NEXTEL Cup points. Gilliland drove part-time in the Busch Series for Team Rensi Motorsports with sponsorship from FreeCreditReport.com in 2007, splitting the driving duties at Rensi with rookie Richard Johns. His best finish was a tenth at Daytona. In 2008, FreeCreditReport became his Cup sponsor and he had two top ten finishes.

In January 2009, his #38 Sprint Cup team was closed due to a lack of sponsorship and his points from 2008 were moved to the #96 team of Bobby Labonte. After missing the Daytona 500, he was hired by TRG Motorsports for the rest of the 2009 season, with sponsorship from Capital Window and American Monster.

On September 18, 2009, Gilliland's future was thrown into question following TRG's announcement that Bobby Labonte would drive the #71 Chevrolet for seven of the final twelve races of the season while Erik Darnell drives the #96 Ford. Gilliland raced five additional times for TRG last season, also driving for Joe Gibbs Racing and Robby Gordon Motorsports. He drove for the Wood Brothers (filling in for Bill Elliott) at Atlanta and for Gibbs at Lowe's, Texas, and the season finale at Homestead. At Auto Club Speedway in October, Gilliland relieved a sick Kyle Busch after parking his normal ride. He raced in Phoenix for Phoenix Racing. At the end of the 2009 season, he left TRG Motorsports and joins FRM.

In 2010, Gilliland will drive a majority of the season with Front Row Motorsports in a third car, with his old number 38, and got new numbers 34, and 37. He attempted the Daytona 500 for BAM Racing and failed to qualify. His best finish came at Martinsville and Sonoma, a 19th at both tracks.

He returned to Front Row Motorsports in 2011, to the Taco Bell car. He finished 3rd in the Daytona 500, Front Row's best finish to that point, and finished in the top 10 later that year at Talladega as well. For 2012, he has moved to the team's No. 38 car.[3] Gilliland and his team have received a multi-race sponsorship from Modspace for the 2012 racing season.

In 2013, at the spring Talladega race, Gilliland pushed FRM teammate David Ragan to victory in a green-white-checkered finish that saw Gilliland notch a career-best finish of 2nd, giving FRM a stunning 1-2 finish in the race.[4]

Gilliland won the pole for the 2014 Coke Zero 400, with a lap speed of 199.322 miles per hour (320.778 km/h) his first pole since 2007, after qualifying ended early due to rain.[5] It was the first ever pole for the Front Row Motorsports team.

Personal life[edit]

Gilliland was a high-school golf teammate of Tiger Woods[6] at Western High School in Anaheim.

He is married to wife Michelle and the couple have two children, Todd and Taylor.

Motorsports career results[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
2006 15 0 0 0 1 22.1 28.3 $1,564,901 42nd CJM Racing
Yates Racing
2007 36 0 1 2 1 27.7 27.4 $4,330,838 28th Yates Racing
2008 36 0 1 2 0 29.8 26.2 $3,764,088 27th Yates Racing
2009 31 0 0 0 0 29.0 33.9 $2,535,004 37th TRG Motorsports
Wood Brothers Racing
Robby Gordon Motorsports
Joe Gibbs Racing
Phoenix Racing
2010 32 0 0 0 0 36.0 29.3 $3,035,140 32nd Front Row Motorsports
2011 36 0 1 2 0 34.7 28.2 $3,878,387 30th Front Row Motorsports
2012 26 0 0 0 0 32.9 26.8 $2,624,873 28th Front Row Motorsports

Nationwide Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
2005 2 0 0 0 0 34.0 43.0 $31,229 127th Golembeski Racing
Clay Andrews Racing
2006 9 1 1 1 0 22.6 28.1 $265,675 56th Clay Andrews Racing
Yates Racing
2007 19 0 0 1 0 21.5 26.4 $407,870 39th Team Rensi Motorsports
2008 3 0 0 0 0 23.7 30.3 $82,695 95th Richardson-Haas Motorsports
Baker Curb Racing
2009 6 0 0 1 0 5.7 17.2 $160,246 63rd Team 42 Racing
Phoenix Racing
2010 17 0 0 0 0 20.3 38.6 $274,278 48th D'Hondt Humphrey Motorsports
Team 42 Racing

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
2005 1 0 0 0 0 30.0 22.0 $8,640 79th Billy Ballew Motorsports
2009 2 0 0 1 0 12.0 20.5 $20,825 65th TRG Motorsports
ThorSport Racing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fallen All Star". Motor Racing Network. November 17, 2005. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  2. ^ "Jeff Gordon Claims First Talladega Pole". Talladega Superspeedway. April 28, 2007. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Front Row Motorsports signs David Ragan for 2012 NASCAR season". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. January 16, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  4. ^ Hinton, Ed (May 5, 2013). "David Ragan wins for the underdogs". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  5. ^ "Gilliland wins rain-shortened qualifying at Daytona". The News & Observer. July 4, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  6. ^ 10 questions for David Gilliland

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