Tuesday, January 19, 2010

David Gilliland lands seat for Daytona 500, Sprint Cup Series season

Riverside’s David Gilliland will have a busy start to the NASCAR season.
He was already entered in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale. Reports are circulating that he has landed a seat for the Daytona 500.
Gilliland is reportedly going to drive the No. 49 car for BAM Racing in next month’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
Gilliland’s last NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was in the No. 02 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing at Texas Motor Speedway. He finished 28th in that race.
Gilliland won the Toyota All-Star Showdown race in 2005 before moving on to the NASCAR Nationwide Series the following year. He pulled off a surprise win at Kentucky Speedway and landed his first Cup ride with Yates Racing.
But Gilliland has bounced around from various NASCAR teams in recent years. He landed with BAM for the Daytona 500 and Front Rom Motorsports for the majority of the 2010 Sprint Cup Series season.
Gilliland will share driving duties with Robert Ricahrdson Jr. in the No. 38 Ford for Front Row Motorsports.
Front Row Motorsports added a third car to its Cup team for Gilliland and Richardson. Travis Kvapil is in the No. 34 car and rookie Kevin Conway is in the No. 37 car for the team.
Gilliland and Kvapil were teammates earlier in their NASCAR careers with Yates Racing.
"It's going to be great to be back in a Ford with Roush/Yates Engines and teammates with Travis and Kevin," said Gilliland. "Travis and I had a lot of good runs together in the past and I know that Front Row Motorsports has put a lot of efforts into their program during the off-season. I think we can surprise some people."

Gilliland will be driving a car for Speed Wong Racing in the Toyota All-Star Showdown.
“This event was always like our Daytona 500 when I raced on the West Coast,” Gilliland said. “It’s always fun for me to go back and visit a lot of the people who were such a huge part of getting me to where I am today. We have had a lot of success at Irwindale and always enjoy racing there.”
Gilliland joins Joey Logano, the 2009 Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year, former Cup Series driver Steve Park, reigning West Series champ Jason Bowles and two-time Showdown winner Matt Kobyluck in this year’s Showdown race.
The Toyota All-Star Showdown is Jan. 29-30 and will be televised in Speed Channel.

Photo: David Gilliland, a NASCAR driver from Riverside, will be entered in the Daytona 500 for BAM Racing and the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale for Speed Wong Racing. (Credit: Padraic Major/NASCAR)

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