Successful drivers have to be resilient. David Gilliland certainly has that resiliency.
It was a lesson learned from his father, grew up watching his father racing in California. It where Gilliland got his start has back in 1998.
Gilliland made his Nationwide Series debut in 2006. It took him all of seven races to find Victory Lane and Kentucky Speedway.
The next week, Gilliland made his Sprint Cup debut at Infineon racing for Robert Yates Racing. At Daytona in 2007, Gilliland won the pole for the Daytona 500. In two seasons, he earned three top-five finishes and four top-ten finishes.
As the economy shifted gears, so did Gilliland. He started the season with TRG Motorsports and ran with Robby Gordon Motorsports, Wood Brothers Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Phoenix Racing before the season was done.
2010 was another new beginning for Gilliland, who failed to qualify for Daytona with BAM Motorsports. He finally found a home with Front Row Motorsports, where he finished third in the 2011 Daytona 500. It was a resilient finish for a man who has made many rounds on and off the track in his brief Sprint Cup Career.