By AMANDA VINCENT
David Gilliland’s stint with Front Row Motorsports isn’t over just yet. The driver lost his full-time ride with the team at the end of the 2015 season, but FRM is fielding a third car for Gilliland for the Feb. 21 Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. As an extra team for the organization, Gilliland’s Daytona car, a No. 35 Ford, doesn’t have a charter, so Gilliland will have to get into the Daytona 500 on speed, either through his qualifying speed during Sunday’s front-row qualifying or in the Can-Am Duel on Thursday.
Gilliland joined Front Row Motorsports in 2010, but he was replaced by Landon Cassill in the No. 38 he previously drove. Reigning Xfinity Series champion Chris Buescher is Front Row’s other full-time driver for 2016. He’ll be be behind the wheel of the No. 34. The No. 35, driven by Cole Whitt last year, is not slated to run full-time this season.
Gilliland’s career-high Sprint Cup finish came with Front Row Motorsports at NASCAR’s other restrictor plate track, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. He finished second in the 2013 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega when he pushed then-teammate David Ragan to the win.
Gilliland’s best Daytona 500 finish was a third in 2011, also with Front Row.
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