David Gilliland, driver of the No. 4 Lincoln Electric-Simpson Ford, celebrates his General Tire Pole award ahead of the Arizona Lottery 100 for the ARCA Menards Series West at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona on Nov. 7, 2020. (Dominic Valente/ARCA Racing)
David Gilliland, driver of the No. 4 Lincoln Electric-Simpson Ford, celebrates his General Tire Pole award ahead of the Arizona Lottery 100 for the ARCA Menards Series West at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona on Nov. 7, 2020. (Dominic Valente/ARCA Racing)

QUALIFYING: David Gilliland Takes General Tire Pole For West Finale At Phoenix


AVONDALE, Ariz. – David Gilliland, the co-owner of DGR-Crosley, said he was anxious to make his only ARCA Menards Series West start of the 2020 season at Phoenix Raceway and get a better feel for what his team’s equipment needs for improvement ahead of 2021.

He learned quickly his stuff is pretty fast.

The 44-year-old from Riverside, California, posted the best lap time in Saturday’s qualifying session ahead of the Arizona Lottery 100. Gilliland took his No. 4 Simpson/Lincoln Welders Ford around the one-mile oval in 27.452 seconds (131.138 mph) to take the General Tire Pole award.

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Gilliland has plenty of experience racing in the West Series, where he has four wins, 21 top-five finishes, 27 top-10 finishes, four poles and has led 484 laps. One of those wins came at Phoenix in 2005, when he started from the pole and led 15 of 151 laps driving for Mark Golembeski.

Joining Gilliland on the front row for Saturday’s race will be Sam Mayer, the 17-year-old who won this year’s ARCA Menards Series East and Sioux Chief Showdown championships. Mayer posted a lap time of 27.481 seconds (131.000 mph) to qualify second.

Ty Gibbs (27.486 seconds; 130.976 mph), Corey Heim (27.592 seconds; 130.473 mph) and Taylor Gray (27.758 mph, 129.692 seconds) rounded out the top five in qualifying.

Todd Gilliland, David’s son and the two-time West champion (2016, 2017) who also is making his lone start in the series this year, qualified sixth.

Zane Smith, Jack Wood, Drew Dollar and Justin Lofton rounded out the top 10 in qualifying.

Jesse Love, who enters Saturday’s West finale with a 14-point lead over Blaine Perkins in the series championship standings, qualified 13th. Perkins will start 18th in the field of 27.

The Arizona Lottery 100 is scheduled to start at noon MST / 2 p.m. ET. The race will air live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. A radio broadcast also will be available on MRN.