Late Contact Ends Gilliland's Bid for a Win
Veteran driver David Gilliland came to Daytona not only to fill in for his son, Todd, who is not old enough to compete at Daytona, but he came with the intent to win the race. After claiming the pole in his No. 4 PEDIGREE® Tundra, Gilliland kept it up front all night leading 30 of 100 laps before contact with the wall late in the race dashed his hopes.
Stage One Recap:
- Starting from the pole, Gilliland stayed up front for the first 20-lap stage. His Tundra was a bit free with other trucks around him, but he was still first when the stage ended. He came to pit road for fuel and a track bar adjustment to tighten up the truck.
Stage Two Recap:
- Gilliland was sixth for the start of the second stage. His handling improved and he was third at the end of the second 20-lap stage. He pitted on lap 43 for fuel only and no adjustments.
Stage Three Recap:
- As the final 60-lap stage began, Gilliland was scored in first. He was very happy with the speed of his Tundra and by running up front, avoided the several multi-truck accidents behind him in stage three.
- After a restart on lap 87, Gilliland lined up second with his KBM teammate, Spencer Davis, behind him in fourth. Davis pushed him into the lead with nine laps to go, but one push got him loose and accidentally spun him into the wall. Gilliland was forced to pit for tires and to fix the right-side damage, relegating him to a 21st-place to finish.
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