MOORESVILLE, N.C. – DGR-Crosley announced late Monday that team co-owner David Gilliland will drive the team’s No. 17 Toyota in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Feb. 15.
Gilliland’s Toyota Tundra will carry sponsorship from Fred’s, a general merchandise retailer with over 600 locations nationwide.
Fred’s first partnered with DGR-Crosley last season, sponsoring them in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the Truck Series. The relationship will continue into the new season, starting at Daytona with Gilliland behind the wheel as he fills in for 17-year-old Tyler Ankrum.
“We are excited to continue our relationship with David and Bo [LeMastus] at DGR-Crosley this year,” said Milton Peters. “They showed tremendous speed and efforts last year, and we are proud to be back this season. David is a veteran behind the wheel and has seen a lot of success at restrictor plate tracks. It made perfect sense for us to partner with him at Daytona.”
The NextEra Energy Resources 250 will mark Gilliland’s third truck series start at the 2.5-mile track. During his most recent start last February, he won the pole with Kyle Busch Motorsports and led for 30 laps before being caught up in an accident with five laps left.
Overall, the season opener will mark Gilliland’s 24th career start at Daytona, where he has collected one top-five and four top-10 finishes, along with three poles.
“It means a lot that Fred’s is coming back on board with our team this season,” said Gilliland. “As a team owner these relationships are super important, and we’ve really enjoyed working with Milton and the team at Fred’s. We also excited to welcome Valvoline, CONAIR and Maxell to DGR-Crosley for this race. There’s a lot of exciting things going on – I’m looking forward to building these partnership both as a driver and owner.”
Gilliland will be filling the seat for Ankrum in Daytona, as Ankrum is forced to miss the first three races of the season due to NASCAR’s age restrictions.
“Daytona is a special race track, there’s nothing like it,” Gilliland remarked. “It’s even more special that I get to drive a DGR-Crosley prepared Tundra that our guys have been working so hard on. I think we legitimately have a shot to go down there, open some eyes and show how competitive we are going to be this season.”