"It's going to be a great weekend. We're excited about our trip to Lurie Children's, one of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and getting to visit with the kids and seeing them smile a little bit. And we've got a little boy named Jack who will be coming to the track. He has an incredible story, a miraculous story actually, overcoming what should've been a fatal disease as a baby. The strength and courage that he and his family have are inspiring and I can't wait to meet him. He'll have his own driver's suit, and he'll get to go to the drivers' meeting with me and spend the day with me.
"I'm really proud of what Love's Travel Stops does to help raise money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Those donations go a long way, and I get to see that when I visit the hospital and when I see kids like Jack. What they do for those kids is amazing."
JUST THE FACTS: Gilliland has eight Sprint Cup starts at Chicagoland Speedway ... His best finish at the 1.5-mile oval is 16th (2007) ... Love's Travel Stops returns to the No. 38 team as primary sponsor for the race weekend, highlighting its annual fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network Hopsitals ... The No. 38 Ford Fusion and Gilliland's helmet will both feature a design by seven-year-old Jack Benjamin, a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals miracle child ... Jack will spend the day as the team's special guest and will wear a Love's firesuit like Gilliland's.