NASCAR driver David Gilliland was in town recently for the Daytona 500, but he’s no stranger to Ormond Beach. He said his two favorite restaurants on the NASCAR circuit are Peach Valley Cafe and Stonewoods Grill and Tavern.
A family friend was born in Ormond and they usually spend time here. “We run on the beach,” he said.
Gilliland, who drives the Love’s 38 Ford for FrontRow Motorsports, signed autographs and chatted with fans at the Ormond Beach location of Love’s Travel Stops on Feb. 21.
Holli Ridley, of Ormond Beach, said she’s a lifelong fan of racing and enjoys meeting people in the business and getting to know their personalities.
“They’re just regular people,” she said.
Peggy Bame, of Palm Coast. said it’s always exciting to meet drivers, especially Gilliland.
“I’ve been following David for the past three years,” she said.
The Daytona 500 is promoted as a special race, and Gilliland said it’s true. He had to miss the race one year because his car needed repairs, and he said it was “heartbreaking.”
Eight years ago, he won the pole for the Daytona 500, and he earned pole position last year at the Independence Day weekend race at Daytona.