Gilliland Responds To Criticism

36215Jpg
Share:
Speaking to XM Satellite Radio's Claire B. Lang, David Gilliland spoke out against those who criticized him after his accident with Tony Stewart during "Happy Hour" final practice before Sunday's Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

The accident in question took place as Gilliland, the driver of the No. 38 M&M’s Ford, was trying to come onto pit road for service just as Stewart was coming out with fresh tires.

"(Gilliland) checks up at the end of the straightaway, and we run into him," Stewart said shortly afterwards. "It's really, really easy to see it. They've got two different cameras views of it, and he never stuck his hand out of the window (to signal his intentions to pit).

"(Gilliland said) he doesn't know why he didn't do it. That's the part that scares me. At this level, you should know why you're doing the things you're doing. And he's a nice kid. The thing is, I actually like the kid."

In his defense, Gilliland told Lang on her radio show Dialed In, "You know, like I said I’m not a guy who is going to go out and say, ‘believe me believe me’ and try and be that guy. But, you know, my main concern was other drivers and when those kind of statements are made…I was/ I am concerned. So going into Sunday’s race I was a little bit disappointed and kind of in question about how the other drivers felt. In driver’s introductions it made me feel very, very good – at least ten drivers came up to me on their own and said, ‘You’re not worried about what Tony said are you?’ and they said, ‘Do not worry about it, he says something about everybody every week - its somebody else every week, it’s never his fault for anything he does.’ They all said that they have been through it - on that side of it. So that really put that whole situation to rest for myself."

"He’s the guy at the racetrack that never gives anybody an inch. And anytime in practice obviously I mean he was, he misjudged it and ran into the back of me. And I just feel like, he’s the guy I looked up to for so many years when I wasn’t racing in the series and now, to have him say those kinds of things about you... it’s not the best feeling. It’s something that will go on and we will race as hard as we can each week and try to perform our best."

Despite the Saturday afternoon accident, both drivers performed relatively well in Sunday’s 200-lap event as Stewart finished third while Gilliland finished 17th

Photos

  • Brickyard 400
  • Brickyard 400
  • Brickyard 400
  • Brickyard 400
  • Brickyard 400
  • Brickyard 400
  • Brickyard 400
  • Brickyard 400
  • Brickyard 400
  • Brickyard 400
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • New Hampshire 301
  • Testing at The Brickyard
  • Testing at The Brickyard
  • Testing at The Brickyard
  • Testing at The Brickyard
  • Testing at The Brickyard
  • Testing at The Brickyard
  • Testing at The Brickyard
  • Quaker State 400
  • Quaker State 400
  • Quaker State 400
  • Quaker State 400
  • Quaker State 400
  • Quaker State 400
  • Quaker State 400
  • Quaker State 400
  • Quaker State 400
  • Quaker State 400
  • Quaker State 400
  • Quaker State 400
  • Quaker State 400
  • Coke Zero 400
Click to View More

Advertisement

You may unsubscribe at any time.
Motor Racing Network
555 MRN Drive
Concord, NC 28027
www.mrn.com/Footer/Contact-Us.aspx
(704)262-6700
feedback@mrn.com
  • © 2016 MRN. All Rights Reserved

    FacebookTwitterDiggDeliciousLinkedInGoogle BookmarksYahoo BookmarksLive (MSN)

    ISC Track Sites