"Texas is one of my favorite racetracks. I feel like stuff we've learned at Atlanta and Las Vegas in the past has always worked well at Texas. And we felt pretty good about those two tracks this season. We were happy with the way our cars ran, and we felt that we learned stuff after those races that we could take to Texas and maybe be even better.
"I love it because it's fast, really fast. It's got a lot of banking and the surface is wearing so you're able to move around. But the speed is why I love it. You feel it in the racecar and that makes it fun. Texas is also the home track for our sponsor, Love's Travel Stops, which has its headquarters up the road in Oklahoma City. They treat the race like a home game and have a lot of guests out at the track, so it's always a big day for them."
JUST THE FACTS: Gilliland has 17 Sprint Cup starts at Texas Motor Speedway ... His best finish at the 1.5-mile oval is 15th (2008) ... Love's Travel Stops returns as primary sponsor of the No. 38 ... Gilliland will sign autographs at the Love's store at I-35W Exit 40 in Ft. Worth on Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m.