STATESVILLE, N.C. (FRM RELEASE) - There's one thing that's always in the toolbox for Front Row Motorsports' No. 38 team: patience. David Gilliland and his Long John Silver's Ford crew often use it to their advantage on race weekends, employing a never-give-up attitude to get the best result possible.
Perseverance paid off for the team at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway last weekend, earning crew chief Frank Kerr the MOOG Problem Solver of the Race award for improving the car's speed with adjustments over the course of the race. Gilliland earned his second top-10 result of the season with a seventh-place finish after team strategy, smart driving and the crew's handiwork pushed the driver from the back to the front over the race's 500 miles. The finish advanced him two positions in the driver point standings to 27th.
The team takes its persistent approach to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway this weekend for the Sprint Cup Series' final short track race of the season, Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. Gilliland has 14 starts at Martinsville in his Sprint Cup career. His best result was 19th in 2010.