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.
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