Lexington, Ohio (July 11, 2022) - The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returned to left and right turns on Saturday afternoon, for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 150 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. G2G Racing, coming off an up and down performance at Nashville, looked for a strong run out of the team’s road course ringer, Mason Filippi. But the weekend started slightly moist.
In practice, Filippi appeared to be behind the 8-ball in his No. 46 OpenFender.com Toyota Tundra, as the truck experienced engine issues at the beginning of the session. Filippi was able to record a lap of 99.573 seconds. Then, the rain came.
Due to NASCAR’s rules on rain racing, the team went to work converting the truck over for wet track conditions. While doing that, they were able to rectify the issue from practice, feeling confident for qualifying.
In qualifying, Filippi used his road racing experience to record a wet lap of 127.614 seconds. After that lap, he found himself with the 3rd fastest time of his group. As the session progressed, until some of the leaders had a chance to make some laps, bumping him down the leaderboard. As the session came to a close, he was 11th out of his group. This placed him in the 24th starting position for the next day’s race.
His starting position gave the team its best starting position of the 2022 campaign.
The next day, conditions were dry, as the weather had moved out of the area. This changed the game for many drivers, including Filippi. At the drop of the green flag, he fell back, to get a better handle on his truck. Then, his day went sour.
On lap 9, his No. 46 Tundra came to a stop on-track, reporting the engine had cut off. Then, right as race control issued a full course caution, he was able to refire his truck and drive it to the crew. Unfortunately, the team was unable to fix the issue, forcing the team to drop out of the race. It was recorded as a 36th place finish.
The team will regroup and head to the Pocono Raceway for the CRC Brakleen 150 on July 23rd. The race will be televised live on Fox Sports 1, while the action will be broadcasted on SiriusXM NASCAR, Channel 90.
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Lebanon, Tenn. (July 7, 2022) - After a rough few weeks, G2G Racing looked to right the ship in the final week of the eight consecutive week portion of the schedule in the Rackley Roofing 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway.
In practice, both drivers made laps around the 1.33-mile speedway, with Kaden Honeycutt besting Chase Janes, with a lap of 31.311 seconds to Janes’ lap of 31.946 seconds. Both drivers looked to qualify into the show, until heartbreak occurred to Janes and his No. 46 J&J Services - Waste Connections Careers Toyota.
During the final minutes of practice, the team discovered a rear gear issue that could potentially end their hopes before the race even started. The team began feverishly working on the truck to try and have it ready for the upcoming qualifying session.
In qualifying, Honeycutt in his No. 47 Friends of Jaclyn Foundation - CellTech Trailers Toyota recorded a lap of 31.222 seconds, picking up a tenth-of-a-second from practice, in addition to locking him into the 36-truck field.
Janes would not be able to record a qualifying lap, but was locked into the field, based on the season’s owner points.
As the race approached, the team was still repairing Janes’ Toyota Tundra, even as they were rolling out on the grid.
The command was given to start and the race was off. Honeycutt slowly began to settle in and work his way through the field, as Janes truck was still being repaired by the team.
After two cautions, Honeycutt found himself in the 27th position. As the race resumed, he looked to settle back in and make his way to the front.
Then, with a handful of laps left in stage 1, the G2G Racing crew had finally rectified the problem, as Janes made his way onto the track. Then his day went south again, as after a few laps, the issue had resurfaced, this time ending his evening for good. Janes was credited with finishing 36th.
As Stage 1 came to a close, Honeycutt had slipped back to 33rd. During the stage break, he brought his truck down pit road for service. After putting fresh tires on his truck, filling it full of fuel, and making adjustments, the team sent him back out.
After a stressful start to Stage 2, Honeycutt had made his way up to the 30th position, and looked to continue his forward progress. He continued that progress through the end of the stage, finishing 28th.
As Honeycutt geared up for the final stage, he gained some track position, trying to vault his way up the leaderboard.
On the restart, he fell back a few positions, but kept pushing forward.
As the race began to come to a close, there was a big accident involving several top-running trucks. Honeycutt quickly reacted, working his way through the carnage. Then, when the race resumed with only a handful of laps left, another incident occurred between the leaders, which pushed him up the leaderboard to the 19th position.
On the final restart of the race, Honeycutt lined up 21st after the Choose Rule. On the restart, he quickly fell back to 23rd, but navigated his way forward back to the 21st position when the checkered flag waved.
This finish was Honeycutt’s career-best finish in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career.
The team will take the much needed off-week to rest before heading to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts 150. The race will be televised live on Fox Sports 1, with radio coverage being provided by SiriusXM NASCAR, Channel 90.