POST-RACE REPORT: COTA
Austin, Tex. (March 28, 2022) - An up-and-down weekend at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) put a damper on the momentum that G2G Racing had been rolling with, as Matt Jaskol finished 33rd in the XPEL 225.
The race weekend started optimistically, as both Jaskol and newcomer, Sam Lecomte, looked for speed to get into the 225-kilometer event.
Both trucks saw limited track time, due to NASCAR’s new practice procedure, and the length of the course. Both trucks ran a combined five laps in the session. Lecomte was the fastest, running a lap of 2:33.779 seconds, and Jaskol timing in at 2:38.453 seconds.
As qualifying started, both trucks were placed in different groups. Jaskol was in the first group, running a 2:22.176 second lap. Lecomte, who was in the second session, recorded a lap of 2:30.435 seconds. As the session came to a close and the field was set, Jaskol was placed 35th, while Lecomte’s time was not sufficient enough to make the field.
As the race neared, the team made adjustments to the truck to help Jaskol move to the front throughout the race.
As the green flag waved, Jaskol began to attack the race course, quickly jumping inside the Top-30. Then, only two laps into the race, his day turned sour.
Jaskol had reported the truck had lost power, as he coasted to the attention of the pit crew. They quickly began to work feverishly on the truck to diagnose the problem. Fortunately, there were several cautions that slowed the pace, giving the team more time to rectify the problem.
By lap 11, the team had rectified the issue, and sent him back out to make up the ground he had lost. Although he lad lost laps to the leader, he was eager to make them up in his #46 AutoParts4Less Toyota Tundra.
As the race progressed, multiple cars dropped out of the event, moving him up the leaderboard. Unfortunately, every time Jaskol found himself in the Lucky Dog position, the field was just starting to lap slower trucks, therefore, being caught multiple laps down.
By the time the checkered flag waved, Jaskol had made his way up to 33rd.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take a week off before heading to the Martinsville Speedway for the United Rentals 200 on April 7th. G2G Racing will look to rebound after tough luck at COTA, as Matt Jaskol will be in the #46 Toyota Tundra.
G2G RACING MEDIA NOTES: COTA
Mooresville, N.C. (March 25, 2022) - Sam LeComte will pilot the No. 47 Mission Tortilla Toyota this weekend at Circuit of the Americas (COTA).
LeComte is a road course ringer in the purest form, running TransAm races in recent years. He is a consistent front runner, battling the likes of 1988 NASCAR Cup Series champion Bill Elliott, and 1995 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner. He has also become a specialist in recent years at COTA; running up front, collecting many podium finishes every visit the TransAm series makes to the road course.
He also brings NASCAR experience, attempting two races last season with CMI Motorsports. Both efforts came up short, just missing the field at COTA and Watkins Glen. His efforts were dampened, due to the wet course conditions, causing many big names in the sport to struggle with adverse racing conditions.
LeComte will look to pilot his machine into the 36-truck field this weekend, with a strong Toyota Tundra underneath him. G2G Racing will also look to build off the team’s successful weekend at the reconfigured Atlanta Motor Speedway, where both drivers Matt Jaskol and Brennan Poole achieved season bests in their Toyota Tundras.
POST RACE REPORT: ATLANTA
Hampton, Ga. (March 21, 2022) - A remodeled Atlanta Motor Speedway was on everyone’s mind, but G2G Racing conquered the 1.5- mile menace, coming away with Matt Jaskol finishing a career-best 19th, while Brennan Poole finished 28th.
Both teams were optimistic to tackle the remodeled speedway, as both trucks cleared technical inspection.
Unfortunately, rain washed out Thursday’s practice session, forcing NASCAR to ax the next day’s qualifying session, making up for the lost session. Not to mention, with only 36 trucks entered, it locked all 36 entries into the field. This included both AutoParts4Less and LiftKits4Less Tundras.
In practice, both drivers spent at least 15 laps on the new surface, with Jaskol recording 22 total laps in the session. As practice came to a close, Poole worked his way up the leaderboard, recording the 9th quickest lap on the stopwatch. Jaskol practiced working within the draft and came away with a 21st place result.
Per the NASCAR Rule Book, the field was set on the new Metric Score system, placing Jaskol 31st, and Poole 35th for the start of the Fr8 Auctions 208.
As the green flag waved, both drivers settled in, figuring out their trucks, and hoping to stay out of trouble.
Throughout Stage 1, both teams had different agendas. Jaskol was content getting experience, riding in the back, while Poole navigated his way to the back of the lead pack, comfortably running inside the Top-20. As the stage concluded Poole was shuffled out of line late, falling to 26th, while Jaskol had maintained his position in 31st.
During the first stage break, both teams came to the attention of the crew, changing tires, filling up the car with fuel, making some adjustments, and sending them back out on track.
As Stage 2 started, action began to increase, as Poole once again navigated his way to the front, while Jaskol began to improve his position, as well. At one point, both Jaskol and Poole navigated inside the Top-20, before realizing the action was getting too intense, thus dropping back to save their trucks for later in the race.
As the stage began to come to a close, multiple trucks made contact with each other causing two late cautions, improving both driver’s positions. By the time the smoke has settled, Poole had shuffled his way to 16th, while Jaskol had navigated to 24th.
During the final stage break, Poole brought his truck down for fuel, packing it full for the final run of the race, while Jaskol elected to stay out for better track position. Unfortunately, Poole was busted for speeding on pit road, and was forced to restart from the rear.
As the race resumed, both drivers began to work their way to the front again.
Both trucks survived multiple cautions, even having a single accident happen right in front of both drivers They were quickly able to evade the accident with no damage.
During that caution, Jaskol brought his truck to the attention of the pit crew, checking over the truck for damage, and filling it up for fuel to the end. After a quick inspection of the truck, the team determined there was no damage, and sent him back out.
As the race resumed, Jaskol restarted from the rear, while Poole restarted middle of the pack, with hopes of scoring a Top-20 for both trucks.
In the final laps of the race, Poole, who was trying to save fuel, came down pit road with two laps to go to get fuel to make it to the end of the race. Unfortunately, the miscalculation took him out of the running for the win. Jaskol’s strategy did pay off, as he advanced to the 19th position as the checkered flag waved.
This, once again, gave Jaskol a career afternoon, recording his best finish in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition. Poole recorded a 28th place finish.
G2G Racing will once again pack their bags to head West, This time, they will look to do the “Texas Two-Step” as they head to Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for the XPEL 225. This will not only be the team’s first time at COTA, but it will mark the first time the series will visit the road course.
G2G Racing Media Notes: Atlanta
POST RACE REPORT: LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas, Nev. (March 5th, 2022) - G2G Racing came ready to build off of disappointment at Daytona, and even when adversity arose, the team rallied to give Matt Jaskol a career night in the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200.
With the race weekend limited to a single day, the entire team unloaded and quickly focused on preparing both trucks for inspection. Then preparing both trucks for practice and qualifying.
In the new practice and qualifying format, both Matt Jaskol and Brennan Poole made laps in the session, recording laps of 33.401 seconds and 34.008 seconds, respectively.
After a short break, everyone jumped into qualifying for the evening’s 200-mile race.
Both drivers went out early in the session. Jaskol picked up over a second from practice, running a lap of 32.100 second lap, where Brennan Poole picked up almost three seconds, recording a lap of 31.767 seconds. As the session lingered, both drivers saw themselves slide down the leaderboard, ending with Jaskol 36th, and Poole 33rd. Then, adversity hit.
Due to NASCAR’s provisional system, Poole was locked into the field on his lap time, while Jaskol, was the odd man out, placing him out of the 36-truck field.
After a quick conversation with management, it was decided that Brennan Poole would step out of his truck, and Jaskol would race the team’s No. 46 AutoParts4Less.com Tundra, for his first career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
As the race approached, Jaskol was excited, but focused on driving his truck to the front. The driver change forced Jaskol to start 36th, the last truck in the field.
When the green flag waved, Jaskol slightly lagged back, wanting to get into his own groove for the race.
Toward the end of Stage 1, Jaskol went a lap down, but was running competitive laps, feeling out his Toyota Tundra. Even when the leaders were around, Jaskol studied their lines, and continued to work to mimic them, improving each lap.
With a handful of laps left Stage 1, there were several cautions that trapped Jaskol a lap down, but was chipper with his slow, steady improvement. As the stage ended, he brought the truck in for tires, fuel, and adjustments.
After pit stops, he lined up 33rd, looking to get back into the race.
Stage 2 was plagued with cautions, as Jaskol navigated to 31st, finally placing him in the Lucky Dog position. With the extraordinary amount of cautions, he had made his way back onto the lead lap, and was gaining positions.
As Stage 3 started, Jaskol settled in and looked to make his way through the field. Although multiple cautions slowed the pace, he slowly made his way up the leaderboard. Then, with a late race restart, Jaskol rocketed ahead, going from 27th to 23rd on the final restart of the race.
After the conclusion of the race, one of the leaders was disqualified, moving him up a position, placing him 22nd, his career-best finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
The next race for G2G Racing will be at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 19th, for the FR8 Auctions 208. Matt Jaskol will be back behind the wheel for the team, while the other driver will be announced at a later date.
G2G Racing Media Notes: Las Vegas
Mooresville, N.C. (March 2nd, 2022) - Brennan Poole has been named as the driver of the No. 46 Toyota Tundra for this weekend’s Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Poole is no stranger to the NASCAR competition, making 146 starts across the top-3 national touring series. His most notable seasons came in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. During that time, he recorded 8 Top-5s and 36 Top-10 finishes, including a controversial win taken away, due to a rule clarification.
Outside of the Xfinity Series, he has found success in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, finishing 2nd at Charlotte in 2019, and 4 Top-10 finishes. Running a limited season, he still managed to finish 18th in the overall standings.
His most recent NASCAR attempt came at the Auto Club Speedway last weekend, attempting to qualify for the Xfinity Series event. Unfortunately, where he was unsuccessful.
Outside of NASCAR, he has found his way to victory lane in the ARCA Menards Series. In his short career in the series, he has an impressive resume of 6 wins, 18 Top-5s, and 27 Top-10s in only 35 starts.
He will look to take his experience across NASCAR, to make his first start of the 2022 season. While he continues to build his career, he will look to continue to build G2G Racing’s program, as the team looks for success following Daytona. Also, Matt Jaskol will return to pilot the team No. 47 AutoParts4Less.com Tundra.
This weekend’s Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 will get underway from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 9:00pm Eastern. The race will be televised on Fox Sports 1, and can be heard on the Motor Racing Network (MRN), and Sirius XM NASCAR.