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.
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