2014 NASCAR Preview: Can David Gilliland lead Front Row Motorsports to the next level?
In 2013, we watched Front Row Motorsports show us that a small team can win in NASCAR. David Gilliland made one of the most selfless acts of 2013 when he pushed teammate David Ragan to victory at Talladega for a 1-2 finish. Was it a fluke or can David Gilliland’s veteran experience put Front Row Motorsports in the talks of making the Chase?
Gilliland has been in the Sprint Cup for 8 years now, with 258 starts, and even though he hasn’t been able to put his car into victory lane, he has a lot of experience that could help move a small team forward. Front Row Motorsports is counting on that, but can Gilliland count on them to take him there?
“We’re slowly but surely improving our program in all aspects,” Gilliland said. “We have a shot at winning at the restrictor-plate tracks, and we’ve been doing some work on our road course stuff and feel pretty good about that. Our short track program has gotten quite a bit better also.”
With jobs, careers, and team’s livelihoods on the line, Gilliland understands what it takes to survive in a pack of hungry wolves.
“It’s definitely the toughest race on the race track,” Gilliland said. “Everybody back there is racing for a job. The guys up front, they’ve got their deals, and they deserve their deals, but it’s a tough race back there.”
With a hungry David Gilliland behind the wheel and a new Chase format, this could be just what Front Row Motorsports wanted. Gilliland has the drive, but let’s see if the team has resources. Gilliland has the capabilities to take this team to the next level, now we will wait and see if he steps up as the leader or if he continues to go through the motion,s and waste what is probably his last opportunity to put his name in the record books.