NASCAR driver David Gilliland made a quick stop on his way to Las Vegas this week. Gilliland, who drives the No. 38 Love’s Travel Stops Ford, decided to take part in a two-day trek at the Grand Canyon before heading over to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Gilliland spent Tuesday and Wednesday in a hiking group that consisted of approximately 20 hikers. The hiking group covered nearly 20 miles of trails within the canyon walls. Seeing as how this is a two day trip, the group obviously spent the night in the canyon. Gilliland confirmed that he purchased nearly 40 pounds worth of hiking gear prior to the trip. Included in that gear was a sleeping bag and tent, which was used to camp out on the canyon floor.
When asked about the hike, Gilliland had the following to say;
Even though I grew up out west, I’ve never seen the Grand Canyon and I’ve always wanted to. This way I’ll be able to see it all at once. It’s going to be hard. I’ve done three smaller hikes before but nothing like this. I’m going to have a yellow (rookie) stripe on my backpack for sure.
For the sake of Gilliland and his team, I hope that his legs are nice and fresh come time for the race on Sunday. He is coming off of a disappointing 29th-place finish at Phoenix and will be looking to rebound in Sin City.