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Golden State Provides Weekend of Ups and Downs for Gilliland
Sonoma, CA (6/25/12) – – Okay, so maybe putting a NASCAR-twist on a Red Hot Chili Peppers hit song isn’t the most original idea, but most of the No.38 crew would agree that the past weekend in California can, ‘Rest in Peace.’ David Gilliland and his No. 38 1-800LoanMart team were able to rally back to a 26th place effort after being forced to go to the rear of the field prior to the start of Sunday’s Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
Gilliland and crew had rallied back to a top-25 running position when the team was charged with a pass-through penalty for speeding on pit road.
While Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series event did not go as well as the No. 38 team had hoped, Gilliland was able to take home a win in Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series race, giving the Riverside, Ca. native a silver lining to the weekend.
Next weekend, Gilliland returns to Kentucky Motor Speedway, the site of his first, and only, NASCAR Nationwide Series victory.
David Gilliland on Sonoma
“Starting at the rear of the field is never good at any track; nonetheless, a track where position is as important as it is at Sonoma. We just seemed to have some bad luck today. We had recovered pretty well when we were hit with a speeding penalty that all but negated the positions we had made up throughout the race. We were able to pass a few cars at the end, but it still wasn’t the day we had hoped for. I will say that I am really looking forward to the next two weeks. I have a Nationwide Series win at Kentucky and Daytona is one of the best tracks for our team.”