TBT: David Gillilandís NXS Win at Kentucky


The date was June 17, 2006 and NASCAR Rookie David Gilliland was making his 7th career start in the NASCAR Busch Series (now the XFINITY series). Prior to the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway, Gilliland hadnít finished better than 29th in the series.

However, that was about to change and Gilliland would be the driver to shock the field. There were eight NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers (now the Monster Energy Cup Series) in the field that night but they werenít enough to stop Gilliland from claiming his first and only victory in the series to date.

Gilliland started the race in the fourth position and would eventually drop back as low as 19th in the field. As Gilliland continued to try and race his way to the front JJ Yeley in his No. 18 Vigoro Chevrolet opened nearly a five-second lead on second place Mike Wallace in the No. 1 Miccosukee Dodge before a caution would come out.

Gilliland restarted second on lap 188 in his No. 84 Hype Manufacturing Chevrolet and would take the lead two laps later as he passed Yeley in Turn 1.

A caution would come out with seven laps to go but Gilliland was able to hold off a charging Yeley on the restart for the victory.

“When they ask me about racing against these cup guys I tell them ‘I love it’ because it makes me better. This is an awesome racecar. We came here having never seen this track before yesterday. Now we’re here in victory lane, I can’t believe it, it’s a dream come true, said Gilliland after the race.Ē

Gilliland isnít currently competing in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series as heís helping his son Todd Gilliland advance his career in the K&N Pro Series as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. However, donít count Gilliland out for a Cup return at some point, especially at the plate tracks where heís always performed very consistently throughout the years.


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Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her ďhome trackĒ New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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