As much of a pleasant surprise that Paul Menard was in 2010, very few dreamed that 2011 would be even better.
For David Gilliland, the high point of the 2011 season was a somewhat surprising third-place finish at the Daytona 500, finishing just a few feet behind upset winner Trevor Bayne.
Employing strategy similar to the Penske Racing cars, David Gilliland had to scratch and claw for his 12th-place result at Infineon. Gilliland ran in the top 10 much of the afternoon and held off stiff challenges from Juan Pablo Montoya and others to score a commendable top-15 effort. This track has been good to Gilliland in the past, with a second-place finish back in 2008. With a solid effort today, he gives his Front Row Motorsports team a bit of breathing room in the Top-35 owner points battle.
It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what they all were thinking following the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.
_”This is an unbelievable way to experience Victory Lane at Daytona, and this is a great way to start the new season. It was really about the teammate of the day — Jamie McMurray. I can’t thank him enough [for the push]. All the credit goes to him. At the end, I wanted to give those guys [Newman and Hamlin] a hard push, as I figured Hamlin would split with Newman.”_ – _Kurt Busch, race winner_