David Gilliland gets into Clint Bowyer causing a multi-car wreck early in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Love's Travel Stops to serve as primary sponsor for 18 races Front Row Motorsports announced Tuesday that David Gilliland will return to the team's No. 38 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015. The re-signing means the 38-year-old driver will mark his ninth full season in NASCAR's top division and his sixth with team owner Bob Jenkins. The team also announced that Love's Travel Stops will be the team's primary sponsor in 18 races, up from its 15-race sponsorship in 2014. Gilliland struggled last year with just two top-20 finishes in 36 races, but he did post a milestone at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in July with the team's first Coors Light Pole Award. He also helped the Statesville, North Carolina-based team achieve its first win in NASCAR's premier series at Talladega Superspeedway in the spring of 2013, providing an aerodynamic push to teammate David Ragan in the final lap. This season will mark the third consecutive year of Front Row's relationship with Love's. The team indicated through its news release that the travel center corporation, based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will be the primary sponsor at the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 22 (1 p.m. ET, FOX). Among the other races for the Love's team colors: both annual events at Texas Motor Speedway and the series' two road courses, Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International . "I am beyond excited about Love's commitment to our program and to growing it each year," Gilliland said. "What I'm most proud of is the simple fact that it's working. Our program does exactly what a NASCAR partnership is supposed to do. It's been hugely successful, for us and for them. I can't wait to see what we can do as a team this year." Gilliland has one career victory in NASCAR national series competition. His 2006 triumph in an underfunded entry at Kentucky Speedway in what is now the XFINITY Series was not only one of the sport's biggest upsets, but also paved the way for his big break into stock-car racing's major leagues. See the paint scheme for the No. 38 Ford below. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
RELATED: Updated Chase Grid " Complete Loudon results Below is a breakdown of how the full 43-car field fared at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . 1. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth pressured leader Kevin Harvick in the closing laps and was there to steal the victory when the No. 4 ran out of fuel on Lap 298. With the win, Kenseth qualifies for the next round in the Chase. " WATCH: Kenseth says, 'Enjoy it while it's here' 2. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The Chicagoland winner took the lead on Lap 219 and went on to score his second straight top-two finish of the Chase. 3. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . The top-five result gives Logano a career season best in that category. He now has 17 top-fives in 2015 compared to 16 last year. 4. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing. Biffle moved into first after he opted not to pit during the ninth caution period. He stretched his fuel window to earn his third top-five of the year. " RELATED: Keselowski flagged on restart with Biffle 5. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The pole sitter rallied back after being penalized during the fifth caution period when his dump can stuck inside the car and left his pit stall. RELATED: Chasers find trouble at Loudon 6. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson made a strong recovery after cutting a tire and dropping from third early in the race. " WATCH: Tire issue sends Johnson to pit road 7. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon officially earned the Iron Man title after rolling off the grid 10 th in his 789 th straight Cup start. " MORE: Gordon claims Iron Man title 8. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . " Awesome job on pit road today," Truex radioed his crew after the race. "You kept us in this thing. Thank you." " WATCH: Stewart, Truex Jr. make contact 9. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne overcame a tight-handling condition that emerged in the closing laps to earn his ninth top-10 at Loudon. 10. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . A suspected vibration on Lap 140 turned out to be a non-issue for Newman, who currently ranks sixth in the Chase. 11. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart brought out the third caution flag after cutting a tire and getting into the wall on Lap 60. He later chose to stay out during the eighth caution flag and improved to fourth for the restart. 12. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski was black-flagged by NASCAR for jumping the Lap 242 restart. He was required to complete a pass-through penalty and return to the track, losing all hope of a win. Keselowski radioed his team, "I've got the wrong number on my door." " RELATED: Keselowski flagged on restart with Biffle 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse improved three spots in the closing 10 laps to take his second-best Loudon finish as some competitors ran out of fuel. 14. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . McMurray started 23rd and raced as high as fourth on Sunday before stopping for right-side tires on Lap 239. 15. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard took two tires and fuel during his Lap 239 stop under caution and held on to match his second-best Loudon result. 16. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . From earning the beneficiary pass during the fourth caution flag to running inside the top 15 with 70 laps to go, Bayne notched his best Loudon result on Sunday. 17. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . Larson struggled after making his best Loudon start and was further stalled when he opted for four tires during a Lap 239 stop under caution. 18. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears picked up 22 spots on pit road during the fifth caution flag when he stopped for fuel only. But back on track, Mears reported high temperatures and was running 22 nd when he missed the Patrick-Ragan mashup. 19. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch maintained his position inside the top 15 until the closing 57 laps when he ran out of fuel during the green-flag stretch. 20. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Old tires, thanks to not pitting during the final caution flag, cost Hornish in the long run. 21. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . The outside pole sitter led a race-high 216 of 300 laps and was pacing the field with two laps to go when he sputtered out of fuel. 22. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon worked with his crew on getting his car to turn better at the start of the race and tried to employ pit strategy to improve his track position in the final 100-lap stretch. 23. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG-Daugherty Racing. Handling and track position were constant challenges for Allmendinger, who worked with spotter Coleman Pressley to find a faster line around Loudon’s oval. 24. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt briefly climbed to 13 th after choosing not to pit during the eighth caution flag. 25. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt ran in the top 10 for most of the day but had to pit in the final laps to refuel. 26. Clint Bowyer , No. 15, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer cracked the top 10 after the seventh caution, but later had to make an unscheduled pit stop when the crew suspected his right-front tire was going down. 27. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Despite getting into the wall on Lap 211, Moffitt still scored his best Loudon result. 28. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland rolled off the grid 34 th and scored his best result in the last three Cup races this year. 29. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Lapped shortly after the start of Sunday’s race, Annett was coached to try a line similar to that of the leaders. 30. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto matched his best Loudon start and went on to earn his best finish there. 31. Josh Wise , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Making his BK Racing debut, Wise came within striking distance of his best Loudon result. 32. Ryan Preece , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. The 2013 Whelen Modified Tour champion made his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut on Sunday. 33. Jeb Burton , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . After taking 41st at New Hampshire in July, Burton fared better on Sunday in his second career Loudon outing. 34. BJ McLeod , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . McLeod employed a conservative approach after lining up 39 th in his Cup debut. 35. Jeffrey Earnhardt , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Making his second career Cup start, Earnhardt initially worked through a tight-handling condition. 36. Timmy Hill , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports . Hill was on pit road in the opening laps on Sunday after he noted his water temperature was 220. 37. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . "It's killed. It's killed," Busch radioed his crew after losing his right-front tire and getting into the wall on Lap 159. His crash brought out the fifth caution flag and sent him behind the wall for repair. " MORE: Wreck weakens Busch's grip on the Chase 38. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill's car was smoking earlier in the race, and was briefly sidelined early by a power steering leak. 39. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier briefly improved his track position when he opted not to pit during the eighth caution flag, but smacked the wall 26 laps later and headed for the garage. 40. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick was running 12 th on Lap 204 when she spun on the track and received subsequent contact from the No. 55. The incident prompted NASCAR officials to wave the red flag. " WATCH: Danica gets drilled after spin 41. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan was running 25 th when he made contact with a wrecking Danica Patrick as she spun down track on Lap 204. 42. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman was running 30 th when he reported that the throttle stuck and he crashed into the wall to bring out the fourth caution flag. 43. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . "That hurt," Almirola radioed his crew as he got into the wall on Lap 36 and his car came to a rest to bring out the first caution flag.
AJ Allmendinger gets loose off Turn 4, clipping the No. 51 and sending Justin Allgaier into David Gilliland .
Gilliland discusses his second place finish and the good luck charm his daughter placed in his car.
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings " Chase Grid Complete news and notes on all 43 drivers from the myAFibRisk.com 400 1. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin's worst start at Chicagoland turned into his best finish at the track when he opted to not pit prior to the Lap 263 restart and used likely the best restart of his career to roll to the win. He is the first driver to secure a spot in the Contender round. 2. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The Chase contender rallied back after being busted for speeding on pit road on Lap 52. 3. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch bounced off the wall early in the race, but was leading when the final caution flag was waved. He opted not to pit and fell back when he didn't get a strong run at the restart. 4. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman restarted 14th on fresh tires and improved to score his fifth top-five of the season. 5. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth's team continually tweaked the No. 20 Toyota to help Kenseth maintain his grip on the points lead. 6. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano, a Chase contender, turned in his second-best result at Chicagoland on Sunday. The Connecticut-native found himself caught in between the Johnson-Harvick issue after bumping Johnson on a restart; which, in turn, caused Johnson to slide into Harvick's Chevrolet. 7. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Larson is two-for-two at Chicagoland -- two starts, two top-10 results at the 1.5-mile oval. Larson was the first non-Chase contender to cross the finish line. 8. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski rebounded from a loose wheel to post his 10th straight top-10 result of the year, a series best. 9. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Busch led a race-high 121 laps as the Joe Gibbs Racing domination continued on Sunday. 10. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola ran inside the top 15 for most of the day en route to his first Chicagoland top-10. 11. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson ruffled some feathers early when he made contact with Harvick, after being tapped by Logano, while trying to get back onto the track after the Lap 135 restart. 12. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt lost several spots in the closing laps when he committed to the top line off the restart and was stalled behind cars on older tires. 13. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . The fastest in Saturday's final practice, Truex was strong all day but got caught up in a four-wide, Lap 263 restart and shuffled to the back. 14. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon, who made a series-tying best 788th Cup start Sunday, took the lead on Lap 144 after a controversial restart, paced the field for 40 laps before pitting under green on Lap 185. 15. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan used the beneficiary pass twice and the wave-around several times to improve his track position and stay on the lead lap. 16. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. In his first Chase race as a contender, McMurray gambled with pit strategy and experienced a bit of tire rub in the closing 30 laps. 17. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . A first-time Chaser, Menard was running 12th and on the lead lap with 18 laps to go. A late-race pit stop and crazy restart cost him position. 18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse spent the first half of Sunday's race looking for the best line. When he ran the top line, he reported, the rear of his car became too tight. 19. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . It was a tough day for Bowyer, who struggled throughout the entire race getting through Turns 3 and 4. 20. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears was considering fuel mileage while racing for the beneficiary pass late in the race Sunday. 21. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle, frequently vexed this season with his car's handling, experienced similar on Sunday and also had the misfortune of brushing the wall. 22. Brian Scott , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . Scott rolled off the grid 21st and tying his second-best Cup result of the year (he finished 13th at Las Vegas). 23. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . "Heck yeah boys! Excellent stop," Allgaier encouraged his pit crew during their sixth stop. Unfortunately, the chassis adjustments didn't pan out in the laps to come, as Allgaier noted there wasn't a change in the handling. 24. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne made an unscheduled stop late in the race for a vibration and spent the rest of the race running quietly. The primary radio chatter was his lap times. 25. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart was among the cars knocked off the lead lap during season's longest green-flag run. He was running 16th on Lap 83 and was the last car on the lead lap. 26. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick was running 30th when she reported a "loud metal noise" in the back of her car nearing Lap 100. 27. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill was one of 16 drivers knocked off the lead lap within the first 50 laps, but he had the fortune of being a legitimate contender for the beneficiary pass. 28. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Once his team addressed a loose-handling condition, Bayne employed the wave around during caution periods and held steady in the top 28. 29. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt held steady to improve upon his previous best Chicagoland finish of 30th. 30. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish started 22nd but had to pit unexpectedly for tire rub during the first quarter of the race, causing him to go two laps down. 31. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . The Chicagoland first-timer was cautioned on the restarts by spotter Tony Raines , who said "It's like Talladega or Daytona here at the start/finish line. They're all pushing each other." 32. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . The caution flag was waved on Lap 191 just as Gilliland's team was completing his green-flag stop. 33. Josh Wise , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Within the first 50 laps, Wise reported a vibration in the right rear, prompting his crew chief to call him down pit road and further off the lead lap. 34. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett pitted just prior to the second caution flag for a vibration and later chose to take the wave-around. 35. J.J. Yeley, No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley chased a free-handling car and was running 34th past the midway point on Sunday. 36. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger, who was involved in Denny Hamlin 's early on-track spin, took another hit by Lap 48 when he sustained a flat left-rear tire and had to stop on pit road. 37. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Around Lap 151, Bowman reported to his crew that something in the rear of the car had broken and he had to hit pit road. 38. Jeb Burton , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Burton battled a loose-handling condition during his debut at Chicagoland Speedway and within the first quarter of the race already had dropped the track bar a half inch. 39. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto, later tweeting his car was "off all weekend," started where he finished in his Chicagoland debut. 40. Reed Sorenson , No. 98 Ford, Premium Motorsports. Sorenson scored his second-best result this season from behind the wheel of the No. 98 Ford. 41. Timmy Hill , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports . Making his second Chicagoland start, Hill struggled to make up much track position after starting 43rd. 42. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . The defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion experienced tire rub after contact with Johnson on the Lap 135 restart and cut his left-rear tire, ultimately causing him to hit the wall hard three laps later. 43. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon's best Chicagoland start and strong top-10 run was cut short when he got into the wall on Lap 131.
Mark Martin and David Gilliland get together in Turn 3 collecting Ryan Newman as they bounce off the wall.
David Gilliland hits the wall and goes up in flames after suffering a flat tire at Pocono Raceway.
Mark Martin wrecks David Gilliland before he goes spinning out.
Presenting NASCAR content from around the web Editor's note: On Wednesday at noon ET, "High 5" will present some of the best NASCAR-related content from around the web. 1. Trash-talkin' teammates Kyle Busch was hanging out in the ESPN studio yesterday as part of the Chase Media Day. One of the topics of conversation? Busch's Fantasy Football team, "Rowdy's Rebels." Busch talked about his star players, his strategy -- and let the idenity of his league's biggest trash talker slip. Hint: The guilty party may have been celebrating in Victory Lane this weekend at Richmond. 2. (Insert excited emoji here) ESPN's Sportscenter just made us (insert grinning emoji) from ear to ear. Following the opening week of the NFL football season, the network released a video hosted by Sarina Morales that recaps the action -- in emoji form. Yup, those little sticker-like pictures that have flooded every millennial's text message conversations are narrating NFL football. Kind of. If we could stick some NASCAR emojis in this, that would make this even better -- just saying. The "overzealous safety worker later in the race" might qualify for a tackle, no? RELATED: 'Casm presents NASCAR emojis 3. Overcoming obstacles The Jimmie Johnson Foundation Lake Davidson Sprint Triathlon held on Sunday was a special moment for 25-year-old Adam Werner, who completed his first triathalon amidst several obstacles. Werner -- who is deaf, visually impaired and has cerebral palsy -- finished a 500-yard swim, 13-mile bicycle ride and 5K run with the help of his trainer. And Johnson was right there in the end, helping Werner cross the final finish line in an unforgettable moment. A heartwarming and inspirational moment as @JimmieJohnson helps Adam cross the finish line of his first triathlon pic.twitter.com/u9bkFmR2Pl — Jimmie Johnson Fndn (@TeamJJF) September 13, 2015 Thumbs up to you, Adam -- and you too, JJ! Teamwork and overcoming obstacles is what sports are all about. Read the story from FOX Sports 1 here . 4. Guest of honor David Gilliland will have a special guest with him this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway -- a "miracle child" from Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Seven-year-old Jack Benjamin overcame a battle against a rare liver disease called biliary atresia, which he had been fighting since he was two months old. The Evanston, Illinois, native will join Gilliland at the track dressed in an authentic driver's suit and his own designs will adorn both the hood of Gilliland's No. 38 ride and his helmet. We can't wait to witness Joshua's "driver for a day" experience and see his awesome design on track at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. 5. But first, let me take a selfie Snapchat is giving selfies a makeover. The photo-based app released an update Tuesday that, amongst other changes, allowed users to activate a new feature called "Lenses," which adds special animated effects to selfies. This one, though, might take the cake. You can now add rainbow tongues to your Snapchat selfies and pay for extra replays: http://t.co/JdrjRFpOLn pic.twitter.com/zesXahUGte — Mashable (@mashable) September 16, 2015 Too bad Jeff Gordon isn't running the iconic No. 24 rainbow scheme again this season like he did at Bristol, because Gordon taking a selfie video in front of the rainbow car with a rainbow lense would just be so colorfully awesome. ... But this works too, right? After all, "Taste the Rainbow" is quite literally applicable to this new effect -- and this photo. For behind-the-scenes photos and videos from the track -- including Victory Lane selfies -- be sure to follow NASCAR's own Snapchat account (username: nascar).