TRG Motorsports team boss Kevin Buckler says the team will look to break into the top 35 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings by the fifth race of the year in Bristol after confirming an entry into the next four rounds of the season.
Buckler revealed after the Daytona 500 – where Mike Wallace failed to qualify by one place through the Gatorade Duels – that his team would be back in action 'sooner rather than later' and has now revealed that he #71 Chevrolet will appear at the events at Auto Club Speedway, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Bristol in an attempt to break into the top 35 in owner points.
The team will however have a new driver at the wheel for the events, having inked a deal with David Gilliland for the races.
"We are pulling out all of the stops to make the next four races," Buckler said. "We want to be in the top 35 in owner points by the time we finish Bristol. We have singed-up David Gilliland and Slugger Labbe to help us accomplish that goal. The water is deep in NASCAR and we are not afraid to dive in with the sharks, but we have a very steep learning curve ahead of us and we will do our best."
"The team did not hesitate after Daytona getting ready for California. I met with Richard Childress about an engine package and we had a good backup car in the trailer that suits California, Las Vegas and Atlanta. It was just a matter of jumping in with both feet and moving forward. We took a big hit a Daytona by not making the race, but we have taken that and turned it into determination. Everyone involved sees the upside and wants to keep our foot firmly planted on the accelerator to turn this into a full season.
“With that kind of attitude and a strong team behind the #71, I think we can push it into the field on Friday."