Fresh from a first finish in the Sprint Cup, TRG Motorsports will hope to continue its progress in NASCAR's premier class as the series heads to Las Vegas this weekend for the third round of the season.
David Gilliland took 33rd place in his first outing for the team in Fontana after being called up to drive the #71 Chevrolet, being aided on pit wall by new crew chief Richard Labbe.
The last time Gilliland raced at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he took a 23rd place finish and he admitted he was looking forward to returning to the venue as the team looks to make the most of the knowledge collected during the California race weekend.
"I like Vegas, it has a little more banking," he said. "I have always liked tracks with more banking. I ran real good there last year. I am looking forward to going back there. It is a fast mile-and-a-half track. Those are my favourite kind of race tracks.
"We are fortunate to run the same car as we ran in California - thankfully we did not have any major incidents. We will work on this car leading up to the race and apply all of our notes from last Sunday. The team got better and better last weekend and my best lap times were toward the end of the race. Of all the team's running, we will have the steepest, but most rapid learning curve. A lot of the work the team did on the adjustments during Sunday's race were important, so now we know what did and did not work and apply them in Vegas."
TRG Motorsports team principal Kevin Buckler has already stated that he is keen to see his team break into the top 35 to secure a starting slot in events rather than being forced to rely on qualifying 'on speed' and he said he was happy with the progress made so far.
"We are determined to be in the top 35 points following the Bristol round," he said. "David and Slugger really worked well together in California, considering they were just brought together last Friday. We have some race laps under our belt in NASCAR competition now.
“We just have to keep it going and get as many points as possible toward making it in the top 35 in points. We are the new kids in the Sprint Cup Series and we are taking a humble approach and a head-down work ethic."