TRG Motorsports Ready for Daytona Redemption
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TRG Motorsports is ready for some Daytona redemption in the July 4th running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

The team attempted to qualify for the Daytona 500 in February, but came up one position shy of making the field. Team principal, Kevin Buckler, who vowed to take the green flag in the series' second race at California Speedway, fundamentally rebuilt the team in those two days leading up to the 500 with quality guys that were on the sidelines at Daytona.

"We went to the 500 with an amalgam of TRG Motorsports people from our truck team and some help from Richard Childress Racing," Buckler said. "After we didn't make the show, we really needed to rethink how we were going to continue. We needed to get "TRG" people who shared the passion, 24/7. Richard was a big help in getting us to first base in the NASCAR Series and continues to be a confidant of mine on all things related to the sport, but we had to immerse people in the TRG secret sauce. We hired David Gilliland and we were able to get Slugger (Richard "Slugger" Labbe) as our crew chief. With those important hires everything else followed. Slugger brought in a crew he could work with and we reintroduced the team at California. Since then we have qualified for 15 races and have become a new team success story in the series."

Slugger Labbe was the crew chief for Mike Skinner, who also missed the 500. Driver David Gilliland did not have a ride for the February classic. The team is headed back on a mission with a strong super speedway car.

"We are going back to where it all started for TRG Motorsports," Gilliland said. "I think the whole team has something to prove going back. I remember watching the race from the pits. Everyone on the team is ready. I feel really good about the car we have, the motor package and the whole program for this weekend. The car turned out really well from the repairs following Talladega. It was a great car at Talladega and it should be this weekend as well."

The team will use the car that ran eighth at Talladega before being wrecked.

"The car had great speed at Talladega. It is an ex-DEI car that we got a couple of weeks before that race and we didn't have time to do much with it. Slugger has a great track record on the super speedways. He has been able to massage on the car a little bit more for Daytona. I feel real confident in the car and the program going into the 400."
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