Gilliland Says ‘Lady in Black’ Is a 10

STATESVILLE, APRIL 9, 2014 – David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 A&W All American Food Ford, comments on racing at Darlington Raceway:

“Darlington is very, very tough. I enjoy it and always look forward to going there, but it hasn’t been one of my better racetracks. The ‘Lady in Black’ is very, very difficult. On a scale of one to 10 of difficult tracks, it’s a 10. We’ve run really well there before, but just haven’t been able to finish it off. That wall just sneaks up and bites me. I’m going to try to give it a little more room this time.

“It’s a combination of everything that makes it so difficult — the narrow surface and the different angles at both ends. You can never get your car driving perfectly on both ends, or at least I have never been able to. So, you’re always compromising. And you’re running inches away from the wall on both ends, so it’s easy to find yourself in trouble.”

JUST THE FACTS: Gilliland has seven Sprint Cup career starts at Darlington Raceway … His top finish at the 1.366-mile oval is 20th (2008).