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David Gilliland climbs out of his M&M's Ford after qualifying exactly as fast as pole-sitter Jeff Gordon for the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Nextel Cup series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama on April 28, 2007. Gilliland will start second because Gordon has more NASCAR points. The race will run on April 29. (UPI Photo/John Dickerson)
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David Gilliland (born on April 1, 1976) is a NASCAR driver and he currently drives the #34 Taco Bell Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing. He is the son of former Cup and West Coast driver Butch Gilliland. He was born in Riverside, California.

In 1996, he began working on his father's AutoZone West Series team. By 1999, Gilliland won the track championship at Perris Auto Speedway (a dirt track). Then, the following year he began a limited season in the NASCAR AutoZone West Series. In 2003, Gilliland won five races in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series in the #11 Centrifugal Technologies Chevrolet. He finished the season with five top-fives and eight top-tens and a 6th place finish in points.

In 2004, Gilliland announced plans to run the full schedule in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series in the No. 88 Chevrolet for MRG Motorsports and all non-conflicting NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series (now AutoZone West) races. He won his first AutoZone West win at Mesa Marin Raceway, in his home city. He was then NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series Rookie-of-the-Year. He also had two victories in NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series.

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