"Martinsville is a lot like the short tracks that we grew up racing on. It's good old-fashioned short-track racing. Your emotions go through a roller-coast ride there. You're constantly getting run into or you're running into somebody. You've just got to control those emotions for four hours and 500 laps. It's tough. Whoever can do that the best comes out on top.
"Wow, 300 Cup starts for me this weekend. It sure doesn't seem like I've had 300 starts. It's gone by fast. But I'm proud of that, and proud of being here for that long. That makes it a special weekend. I'm glad Love's Travel Stops is on our car to help mark the milestone. The last couple races we've run at Martinsville have been our best races at that track. So, hopefully that trend continues this week."
JUST THE FACTS: Gilliland has 17 Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville Speedway ... His best finish is 19th (2010) ... Love's Travel Stops returns as primary sponsor of the No. 38 at the .526-mile oval ... Sunday's race will be Gilliand's 300th start in the Sprint Cup Series.