David Gilliland 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
David Gilliland is the second half of the two Davids who beat the Goliaths in the rain-delayed Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway in May. The California native pushed his teammate, David Ragan, to the victory. Coincidentally, while it was Ragan’s second career win, Gilliland matched his career-best finish as the runner up, last finishing second in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway. Talladega was the best weekend in Front Row Motorsports history. While neither the team nor Gilliland could re-create that Cinderella moment at Talladega in the fall – he finished seventh in the fall race – he ultimately finished 26th in the final points standings. That’s his best in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career that dates back to 2006.
This upcoming season will be Gilliland’s fifth with the Bob Jenkins-owned team. In 2009, he used his West Coast background to race for sports car notable Kevin Buckler’s one-car NASCAR Sprint Cup team after two years racing fulltime with Yates Racing.
Gilliland bounced onto the radar after winning a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway in 2006. That victory ultimately paved the way to him landing a job driving for Yates Racing. Gilliland is the son of West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame member Butch Gilliland, the 1997 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion. The young David served as crew chief for his famous father before buckling in himself. Gilliland won the 2004 Rookie of the Year title in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
Team: Front Row Motorsports
Car: No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford Fusion
Birthdate: April 1, 1976
Hometown: Riverside, Calif.
Twitter: @David Gilliland
Team Owner: Bob Jenkins
Crew Chief: Frankie Kerr