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One dream achieved, Gilliland ready to race

Updated: August 24, 2006, 7:35 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | Special to ESPN.com

It was a cold day in March when David Gilliland stood in the stands and watched Nextel Cup and Busch Series cars turn practice laps at Bristol Motor Speedway.

It'll be a warm August evening when Gilliland straps inside a Robert Yates Racing Ford for Saturday's running of the Sharpie 500.

What a difference five months makes, indeed.

In March, Gilliland had hoped to race his Clay Andrews Racing car in the Busch Series race, but the team chose to skip the race. ...

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