Once again, Front Row Motorsports will introduce another brand into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Glory Foods, a southern-style food company owned by team partner McCall Farms, will serve as Gilliland's primary sponsor of his No. 38 Ford during this weekend's Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Superspeedway.
Gilliland's Ford will be easy to spot with a purple-based scheme that race will under the lights this Saturday night. He will be making his ninth start at the track and boasts a pole in the 2007 Daytona 500 and a third-place finish in the 2011 Daytona 500. His best result in the summer 400-miler is 11th.
Front Row Motorsports has consistently been a threat on the restrictor-plate tracks (Daytona and Talladega) where they have three top-10 finishes and one top-five. The organization currently offers two of the best drivers on the circuit at the plate tracks in Gilliland and his teammate David Ragan. Gilliland will be behind the wheel of the same No. 38 Ford he raced at this year's Daytona 500 and at Talladega in April.
David Gilliland on the Coke Zero 400:
"Everyone at Front Row Motorsports gets a bit excited when we go to Daytona or Talladega. We've proved that our Ford Fusions can run up front and compete for a win. The guys at the shop have time and time again given us a good car. We haven't been as fortunate on the plate tracks this season, yet. We haven't wrecked, and still have run up front during the race, but just haven't had the results for one reason or another. But, we're looking to change that this weekend. I know the car is capable of getting to the lead. It's just a matter of closing the deal.
"The car we're bringing is really cool. I raced with purple on my car in the Nationwide Series, but this Glory Foods Ford is pretty awesome. Their products are good too. When I moved here from California, I was opened to this whole world of southern foods. And Glory Foods has given my family some of their canned vegetables and greens to try out. The kids love it and Michelle (wife) and I like them too. It's a great combination for summer in the south."
Pat Tryson on Daytona:
"The track is literally night and day different in July than in February. It's so hot and humid that the track just changes. It's not as drastic now with the new pavement, but it's still different. At the end of the night, it's still about getting to the end of the race. If you take the white flag within 20 cars of the leader than you have just as good of a chance of taking the checkered as anyone."