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2013 Daytona 500 Q&A: NASCAR Sprint Cup - David Gilliland
Posted by: ASkyler on Feb 15, 2013 - 08:03 PM
2013 Daytona 500 Q&A: NASCAR Sprint Cup - David Gilliland

DAVID GILLILAND - No. 38 Taco Bell Ford Fusion - DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPERSTITIONS? "I try not to shave on race days. That’s probably a superstition I got from a guy named Jerry Dodd, the first guy I ever drove for when he was my car owner. He made sure that if I shaved on race day, he was gonna yell at me, so that’s probably one. And then I always try to get a note or picture from my kids that they draw to put in the race car. That’s pretty special to me. As far as meals and eating, I try and eat chicken - just bland kind of stuff. Chicken is usually the best."

DO YOU EAT PEANUTS? "Oh yeah. We love our peanuts, for sure, but not on race day. I don’t eat them on race day. That’s kind of a superstition that I’ve never really wanted to try or test on race day."


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WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE DANICA-RICKY DYNAMIC ON THE RACE TRACK? "I don’t know. It’s gonna be different, for sure. I’m glad I’m in neither one of their positions. I’m glad my wife is in the pits while I’m racing, so it’s gonna be different, but I think they’re both professional enough and established enough as race car drivers to be able to keep the on-track and off-track stuff separate."

ARE YOU STILL DRIVING THE MOTORCOACH AROUND AS A FAMILY? "Yeah, I think that’s the plan. We love it. We didn’t get to do it last year and we were really bummed about it. My daughter is riding horses now and my son is racing, so between that stuff and me racing it’s hard to get all of our schedules coordinated, but this year my son is racing a different schedule with his quarter-midget USAC stuff, so we just put it back on the calendar and we’re excited about it."

ANY FAVORITE SPOTS YOU TRAVEL TO? "Yeah, we’ve always traveled in the summer and pretty much every time we’ve gone on a trip we’ve gone somewhere by Niagara Falls and kind of camped out and spent some time up there. Two years ago we went into Canada and we just had a really good time. My kids, the time I do get to spend at home with them, is quality time and I cherish it, but you’re at home and your crew chief is calling and business is going on as normal. But when we get in the motorhome, it seems so different. We’re all in the motorhome 24 hours a day for a long time and it’s neat. It’s something I did with my dad growing up as he raced and we would drive to different races up and down the west coast. I have some great memories from it and, hopefully, my kids will have great memories for a long time too."

WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER FIRST ABOUT RACING AS A KID? "My first memory was probably hanging on the fence at Ascot Park in Gardena, California. My dad raced a dirt track and just hanging on the fence watching my dad work on his cars inside the track there I was just dreaming about being in there and being able to work on the cars and being around the race cars running. That’s probably the first memory I have."

WAS THERE A POINT ALONG THE WAY WHERE YOU THOUGHT YOU COULD BE A DRIVER? "Yeah, definitely. I built a dirt car and went racing at Perris Auto Speedway and the first time we went out and tested we were really fast and, really, from the first laps on the race track we were really fast and had a lot of speed, but that was probably the first time driving a dirt car. So just being able to do it and go and hearing everybody say, ‘Man, you did a really good job.’ It made you think that, ‘Yeah, maybe I can do this.’"

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