Forgive David Gilliland if part of his mind is still in Daytona Beach, Fla., this week as he preps for the Sprint Cup Series' next race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 38 Long John Silver's Ford was in the top five entering the final lap of last weekend's Coke Zero 400 and had a shot at a win. But his lane's momentum stalled out, and then he was caught up in a wreck coming to the checkered flag. He still finished 15th for his second top-15 finish of the 2013 season.
Now it's time to shift from the high-speed Daytona International Speedway to the flat, 1.058-mile oval in Loudon, N.H., a track that Gilliland says is always challenging when it comes to a car's handling.
The Sprint Cup veteran has 12 career starts at Loudon, with a best finish of 27th (2012).
Comments from Long John Silver's team driver David Gilliland heading to Loudon:
"We definitely had a shot at the win at Daytona. We were fifth or so at the white flag....