STATESVILLE, N.C. – There might not be many places to go fishing in Arizona, but David Gilliland will still be “speaking fish” for this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Long John Silver’s paint scheme will make its 2013 debut on Gilliland’s No. 38 Ford Fusion for Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at the one-mile oval in the desert.
The Riverside, Calif., native is right at home in Phoenix, a track where he raced frequently – and won – early in his career in the Pro Series West. In his Sprint Cup career, Gilliland has one top-15 and two top-20 finishes at the Avondale, Ariz., oval. His best finish was 15th in 2008.
Comments from Long John Silver’s team driver David Gilliland heading to Phoenix: “I love racing out west. It just feels like home. I grew up in racing traveling around the West Coast, first as a kid with my dad when he raced, then as his crew chief and then when I started driving myself. So we see a lot of friends and family whenev