Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/22/14
STATESVILLE, N.C. – The NASCAR Sprint Cup season is only five races old, but driver David Gilliland already sees a big difference in his team’s performance from previous years. The combination of Gilliland, new crew chief Frank Kerr and the team’s self-built race cars has delivered a competitive product on track in the early part of the season, with the team unloading stronger and seeing results on the speed chart sooner. Sunday’s race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway takes the No. 38 Long John Silver’s team to another short track – the type of venue where Front Row Motorsports often excels. It’s also a track where the lighter Gen-6 car will be able to show off its speed. Sunday’s STP Gas Booster 500 will be Gilliland’s 14th Sprint Cup start at Martinsville. His best result was 19th in 2010. Comments from Long John Silver’s team driver David Gilliland heading to Martinsville: “Our performance has been up this year from previous years. We’ve just been running a lot better and we’ve found ourselves racing with a different level of competitors than we have been in years past. So Martinsville is a track that I’m really looking forward to going to. We’ve had some bead issues on the right front, which a lot of other teams in the garage have had as well. And Martinsville is a place where you don’t want to have that kind of issue to worry about. “But everything else about our cars has been so much better this year. I feel really confident about our cars going to Martinsville and how they’re going to drive and the speed they’re going to have going in there. It’s a great feeling to have. “I like short-track racing. It’s something that I grew up doing out on the West coast. It’s probably where most people started, on short tracks around the country. It’s a lot of fun and Martinsville is a tight place. It’s a place where you need every patient bone in your body to be on your side throughout the race. It can be a wild race and there’s really no place to go if you’re not having a good day. There’s a lot of bumping and banging. “Martinsville is kind of its own unique place. It’s flat – obviously the complete opposite of Bristol, having no banking. So, other than the size, those two tracks are completely different animals. So it’ll be another new test of the Gen-6 car once you have all 43 cars on track.”

Aaron Rodgers buys TVs for Packers teammates

Harbaugh smiled when asked about Michigan's bday tweet

Jackie Robinson West Little League accused of cheating

Police: Fire that burned down McClain's home 'suspicious'

Furniture store will refund purchases if OSU wins title

What each NFC team in the hunt should ask for from Santa


Is SI ashamed to mention Jameis Winston on its cover?

Kobe Bryant disappointed Lakers didn't get Rajon Rondo

Niners OT Anthony Davis takes shot at offensive coordinator

Report: Josh Smith expected to sign with Rockets

Cullen Jenkins unhappy over his roughing the passer fine

Bochy: Peavy trade was best in-season move of 2014

Peyton Manning plans to be back with Broncos next year

WATCH: Blazers announcer botches Damian Lillard call

WATCH: P.K. Subban disguises himself, surprises kids for Xmas

Baseball cards: a fan's love for the ultimate stocking stuffer

Packers game is a career defining moment for Stafford

A look inside Jason Grilli's contract with the Braves

10 Week 17 NFL matchups that will impact the playoffs

WATCH: Bahamas Bowl ends on insane Hail Mary play

Mike Yeo slams Wild for not having 'winner's attitude'

Michigan St. QB, Ohio State TE have awkward Twitter exchange

Will FIFA ever care to change?

Top storyline for each NFL Week 17 game

Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

WATCH: Announcer botches call

Police: McClain fire 'suspicious'

10 Week 17 NFL matchups that will impact the playoffs

Bahamas Bowl ends on crazy Hail Mary

49ers OT Davis takes shot at coordinator

Will FIFA ever care to change?

Top storyline for each Week 17 game

40 great Christmas-related sports names

Nick Mangold and dealing with feelings as a sports fan

Ibaka, Aldridge ejected for scuffle

Baseball cards: a fan's love for the ultimate stocking stuffer

Nick Young on Kobe-less win: He needs to pass

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.