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#38 David Gilliland

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Car #38 Ford Fusion
Sponsor Love's Travel Stops
Crew Chief Frank Kerr
Hometown Riverside, Calif.
Birthday APR 1, 1976
Spouse Michelle
Kids Todd Jeremy, Taylor Nicole
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David Gilliland has been the anchor of the Front Row Motorsports program since 2010 and as he enters his fifth season with the organization he’s hoping to build on a foundation that is starting to show some signs of improved consistency.

Gilliland played a major role in the team’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory when he pushed teammate David Ragan through the field to win last year’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway in May.  Gilliland’s second-place finish tied a career-best (Sonoma 2008) and was one of two top-10 finishes in 2013.  Ironically, the other one came in the fall at Talladega as he finished seventh.

Even though Gilliland is still looking for his first NSCS victory, he’s viewed as one of the top restrictor-plate racers in the sport.  Gilliland has eight career top-10 finishes coming into 2014 with four of those coming at Talladega and two at Daytona.  In addition, he has two career poles with one coming at each of those two tracks.

  • Gilliland came out of nowhere in 2006 to become a household name in NASCAR circles. At the time Gilliland was driving for an unsponsored, part-time NASCAR Busch Series team owned by Clay Andrews. Lightning struck and he became the first non-NASCAR Cup Series driver to win a then-Busch race in ‘06. Gilliland captured the Meijer 300 presented by Oreo at Kentucky Speedway in June in only his seventh series start.
  • Robert and Doug Yates put together the right offer and secured Gilliland as their new driver of the No. 38 Ford Fusion, replacing Elliott Sadler at Michigan in August of 2006.
  • David was a member of the golf team at Western High School in Anaheim, Calif., where he was a teammate of Tiger Woods.

DID YOU KNOW?
David Gilliland became the fourth driver in the modern era (1972-present) to win the pole for the Daytona 500 in his first attempt when he did in 2007 with Yates Racing.  The others are Loy Allen (1994), Mike Skinner (1997) and Jimmie Johnson (2002).