This weekend, the Long John Silver’s colors and ‘We Speak Fish’ tagline will once again return to the No. 38 Ford of David Gilliland. Gilliland will carry the familiar Front Row Motorsports colors for this weekend’s Quicken Loans 400 at the Michigan International Speedway.
Gilliland comes into Michigan after having his best result on a non-plate race last weekend at Pocono. His 23rd-place finish not only gave him his fourth top-25 finish this season, but also positive momentum and team confidence. Gilliland has 11 career starts at the two-mile, Michigan oval, with a career best finish of 17th.
Comments from Long John Silver’s driver David Gilliland Heading to Michigan:
“Our strong run at Pocono gives us a lot of encouragement heading into Michigan. Our team is running better every week and we are getting closer and closer of running in the top-25 on a consistent basis. Once we do that, I think we can run in the top-20 too. We’re getting better at running smarter races, not making any major mistakes and improving as the race goes on. If we can keep doing that, we’ll keep improving. We just need to put together a string of these results.
“Every time we run the Long John Silver’s pain scheme, I always get a lot of comments from fans on how much they love the car. There are nine Long John Silver’s stores within 50 miles of the track, so our guys have plenty of options to pick up one of their new $5.99 Thick-Cut Cod Baskets. Going out there a day early, our guys will have plenty of time to find one too.
“That extra day of testing will be important, just like it was at Pocono. Pocono was like a brand new track and I’m sure Michigan will be the same. We’ll have to use that test day to get used to the new braking points and see if we can’t get rubber on the track too. Hopefully we’ll learn what we need to do to keep our momentum going.”
Comments from Long John Silver’s Crew Chief Pat Tryson on Michigan:
“Roush-Yates power has won a lot of races at Michigan and we hope to have another strong run for our No. 38 team in Ford’s backyard. We had a good run at Pocono last weekend and are proving that our team is constantly improving. The test session will be important too. We’ll use that day to learn what this track will now be like.”