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By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
David Gilliland drove one heck of a race Sunday at Kansas. After starting 28th, he fought for a top-20 position all day long, even getting as high as the 15th position before being caught up in a multi-car accident where he slammed into the back of Casey Mears’ car.
Even with damage, Gilliland stayed on the lead lap for the majority of the event, before finally finishing 23rd — one lap off the pace.
Although he finished a lap down, and despite all of the adversity Gilliland racked up his best finish (Gilliland’s previous best finish heading into Kansas was a 24th-place effort in Bristol) of what has been a disappointing season filled with bad luck.
“We felt like we had a good car today. We were on the lead lap for about 90 percent of the race. It looked like we had a top-20 in our reach for sure, maybe even a top-15. The 9 car spun coming off Turn 2 and I ran into the back of the 13 ...