G2G Racing lost the appeal today. We were fined based on a safety violation for our window net.
G2G prioritizes safety of our equipment and drivers. We were unaware of the violation until it was pointed out by NASCAR in the NASCAR Rule Book.
We would like to thank NASCAR for their cooperation and explanations throughout the entire process. We look forward to seeing everyone in Nashville.
Mooresville, North Carolina (May 18, 2023) - Many know Tim Viens as the owner and driver for G2G Racing in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series. But what don’t you know? That will be answered.
First, let's start with what we know. Tim Viens, born October 10th,1976; from South Hero, Vermont. Growing up around Burlington, Vermont, Viens quickly took a liking to the game of football. He quickly grasped it, playing for South Burlington High School, before taking his talents to Glenville State University. Here he polished his football skills as a place kicker.
Then, he took a huge step in his playing career, trying out for the Miami Dolphins to be their next place kicker in the late 1990s. Although the tryout did not go in his favor, Viens was determined to play professional football anywhere he could.
He landed with the Plattsburgh North Stars, a semi-professional football team that played throughout the Northeast. After a short stint with the team, he relocated to Florida, playing for the Daytona Beach Hawgs, which were later renamed the Thunder. This team was an arena football team.
After his time in professional arena football, it gave him the idea to transition to team ownership. Therefore, he chose to launch a professional arena team of his own, in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont. Creating the Vermont Bucks.
His first signing was Daytona Beach coach, Ervin Bryson. This hire proved to be a winning move, as the Bucks went on to win their league championship in 2017.
Of course, we know him as the relentless entrepreneur, creating the largest broker of nursery stock on the Eastern Seaboard. Inventing tools like Boat Gadget; even assisting his sister and her husband SubSafe, which was featured on the popular television series, Shark Tank, by investors Mark Cuban and Charles Barkley. But, Viens felt a much different calling after his days in professional football.
But, we never knew much about his passion for criminal justice.
“I always loved criminal justice,” Viens said of college. “I felt like it gave me my purpose in life outside of football. I knew that I could play professional football, but that would eventually come to an end. Therefore, I had to have a game plan.”
Viens studied criminal justice in college, thus starting his journey into the police academy.
“That was probably my most proud time of my life,” Viens said. “I wanted to use my degree and my passion to help serve the public.”
Viens enrolled in the police academy, graduating with high honors. He then moved on to serve as a police officer for the South Burlington Police Department.
“That was such a great time,” Viens said. “I was doing what I loved and helping protect the community I came from. I saw it as an opportunity to give back to the community I grew up in, and it was so satisfying.”
He later transferred to the Vermont Department of Corrections. Even when he wasn’t serving the department of corrections, he was a volunteer firefighter for South Hero (Vermont) for eight years.
After serving in state law enforcement, he then chose to take his career in another direction, joining the Vermont Air National Guard. After serving for an incredible eight years, he left the Air National Guard, where he began to focus on a racing career. He then ran late models, the ARCA Menards Series, and finally made his way to the upper echelon of NASCAR. In that span, he went from strictly a driver to becoming a team owner in 2021 with G2G Racing. Thus, this is the Tim Viens we have come to know.
Professional football player. Entrepreneur. Police Officer. National Guardsman.
At the end of the day, Viens is more proud of his accomplishments serving the community, than those on the football field or race track. And that will be what he is remembered for.
Mooresville, North Carolina (May 15, 2023) - G2G Racing has had many drivers in their trucks this season. But, starting at North Wilkesboro, the team will see some familiar faces for the next three races. Akinori Ogata, Armani Williams, and Memphis Villarreal will pilot the team’s flagship No. 46 truck.
Ogata, who will be competing in his second NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series race this season. He has been a regular in the series and the middle-tier NASCAR XFINITY Series, accumulating 19 career starts between the two series. His most recent start came in with the trucks, finishing 17th at Atlanta, after being involved in an accident about two-thirds of the way through the race. It will be his second start of the truck season.
His truck will be sporting colors celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month along with Kyowa Eidemiller.
Williams returns to the team with the same mission as before. Bring awareness to the Autism Community. Williams is a 21-year-old professional stock car driver that is the first professional driver in NASCAR openly diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD refers to a disorder currently diagnosed through symptoms, which involve difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. But he has worked to overcome all barriers to jump behind the wheel and make his dream become a reality.
He uses his racing career as a platform to draw awareness and acceptance to Autism, and create better life outcomes for families impacted by the disorder.
In his first start of the season, Williams was racing well inside the Top-25 at the Texas Motor Speedway, before a late race accident ended his run.
He will pilot the truck at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26th.
And finally, the crew chief turned driver, Memphis Villarreal will step back into the seat for his second career start after finishing 24th at Martinsville only one month ago. He will look to improve his career best finish at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on June 3rd.
Darlington, South Carolina (May 15, 2023) - After a good weekend at the Kansas Speedway, G2G Racing looked to have another great weekend with Brennan Poole and Dawson Cram in the team’s trucks.
In practice, both trucks showed significant speed in practice, with Cram recording the 12th fastest time in practice, a blistering lap of 30.199 seconds. Poole followed up his consistent speed improvement, clocking in at 30.586 seconds. Good enough for 25th quickest.
In qualifying, both trucks qualified their way in on speed, which is the first time both G2G Racing machines have made the race on speed in team history, and the first time since last season at Nashville, that both trucks made the race.
Poole backed up his practice time, qualifying 28th with a lap of 30.337 seconds. Cram could not keep the pace he had in practice, qualifying 31st, with a lap of 30.632 seconds.
In the race, everything was going to plan, as Poole was slowly making his way up the leaderboard. Cram took a more conservative strategy, falling back a little bit to allow for the field to calm down before he began his ascension through the field. Then, on lap 20, the “Lady in Black” reached out and took a bite out of Poole’s progress.
As Poole was beginning to navigate the field, one of his competitors quickly slowed, which left him no place to go, but into the back of a competitor's truck. Immediately, the truck began to smoke, as it appears it knocked the radiator loose.
He quickly brought the truck to the attention of the crew. Unfortunately, in trying to get off the track, the motor suddenly let go, due to the lack of water to cool the engine. This ended his evening early. He finished 36th.
Cram continued on as the lone truck for the team. Then, his day went sour, as his water temperature in the truck jumped to over 240 degrees. He quickly shut the truck off and brought it to the attention of the pit crew. They attempted to rectify the problem, but after losing one motor earlier in the evening, the team decided to park Cram’s machine. He finished 35th.
After a dismal outing at Darlington, the team will look to reload, as the series heads to the North Wilkesboro Speedway for the first time in series history, and the first NASCAR event hosted at the track since 1996. The Tyson 250 will have a 1:30pm Eastern Green Flag, with live coverage on Fox Sports 1 and NASCAR SiriusXM, Channel 90.
Kansas City, Kansas (May 8, 2023) - Bringing two NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series machines to a race is a tall order, but G2G Racing showed muscle, both Brennan Poole and Tim Viens having adequate runs at the Kansas Speedway last weekend.
After unloading, the team began to work on both trucks, preparing them for technical inspection and the practice and qualifying sessions to follow.
Each truck breezed its way through inspection and the teams rolled them onto the grid.
As Poole and Viens climbed in their machines, both felt optimistic about getting both trucks on-track.
In practice, Poole ran a fast lap of 31.980 seconds, while Viens ran a fast lap of 36.599 seconds. With that type of speed, the entire team felt they had a chance to really make some noise within the racing series.
In qualifying, Poole stood on the provisional pole while over 1/3rd of the field, with a lap of 32.136 seconds. Viens ran a similar lap to his practice laps, recording a 38.521 second lap.
After the dust had settled, Poole would start 26th and Viens would start 35th.
Then, as the race started, mechanical gremlins reared their ugly head.
Only a handful of laps into the 134 lap race, Viens came across the radio. He has reported that the truck would not stay in gear. Therefore, he brought it to the attention of the crew. The team worked to rectify the issue, before discovering it was an internal issue within the transmission. This ended Viens day.
Poole continued on, as he consistently ran great lap times, picking off trucks one-by-one.
One thing Poole does very well while racing is manage races. Throughout the race, he slowly worked his way through multiple incidents, vaulting his truck to, at one point, inside the Top-10 with only a few laps to go in Stage 1.
By the time the checkered flag had flow, Poole had made his way to 20th, while Viens recorded a 36th place result.
G2G Racing will look to build on their momentum, as the series heads to the Darlington Race for NASCAR’s Throwback Weekend. The Buckle Up South Carolina 200 will take the green flag a little after 8pm Eastern, with live coverage on Fox Sports 1 and NASCAR SiriusXM Channel 90.
Mooresville, North Carolina (May 1, 2023) - After two weeks off and some much needed time in the shop, G2G Racing has announced that Brennan Poole will anchor the team’s No. 46 Tundra TRD Pro, while the team will bring an additional entry, the No. 47 Tundra TRD Pro with Tim Viens behind the wheel.
“Poole has been a long-standing member of our building process,” Viens commented on the team’s lineup. “He has been a huge asset to us building our program.”
Viens later stated that he is excited to help build this team through both the driver’s seat and the owner’s chair.
“It is a unique opportunity,” Viens mentioned. “We have all seen the success stories of drivers like Jordan (Anderson) and Brandon (Brown), building their own teams in the sport. And at times, they jumped in the driver’s seat. And it gives me a good read on how we are doing as a team, and what we can improve on”
This has been a major topic of discussion lately in the media, as G2G Racing has put together some strong runs this year. Especially, when last time out at Martinsville, the team was able to navigate around and pull away from NASCAR Cup Series driver, Ross Chastain, showing the team’s improvement in performance.
For Brennan Poole, this will be his second truck start of the season, all while driving full-time for JD Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
He is also coming off his first NASCAR Cup Series start of 2023.
As for Viens, he will look to qualify his No. 47 entry into the 36 truck field, after coming up just short of making the field at Talladega last October.