POST-RACE REPORT: DARLINGTON
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.
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