Kansas City, Kansas (May 18, 2022) - G2G Racing took a large step forward this weekend at Kansas, even with series newcomer Ryan Huff behind the wheel.
In the lone practice session, the team elected to only run two laps, shaking down the truck for potential issues. Despite the limited laps, Huff recorded a lap of 32.470 seconds, the 25th best time. In qualifying, Huff struggled to find the same pace, recording a lap of 32.696 seconds. This placed him in the 31st starting position for the evening’s Heart of America 200.
The team then went to work, making adjustments for the No. 46 G2G Racing Tundra, as he looked to work his way through the pack from the drop of the green flag.
As the green flag waved, Huff settled in, looking for the right opportunities to move forward.
He quickly dropped back a few positions, but made them back up, as he began to find his rhythm. As the first stage continued, Huff made up positions, one by one. As Stage 1 was coming to a close, Huff lost a lap to the leaders, but did not give up his fight to remain on the lead lap. He fought valiantly, but was trapped a lap down, as the leaders just passed another truck in front of him.
During the stage break, he brought the truck to the attention of Tim Sliva and the crew, as they changed tires, filled his truck full of Sunoco Racing Fuel, and sent him back out. Unfortunately, his excitement to get back out cost him, as he was nabbed for speeding on pit road. Thus, forcing him to start Stage 2 from the back of the field.
Motivated to return through the pack, he quickly made his way through other trucks, finding himself in 29th, only a few laps into the second stage. Once again, he found the leaders bearing down on his tailgate as Stage 2 was coming to a close. On the exchange of losing a lap, a truck was able to navigate its way by him, sliding him down a spot.
As Stage 2 concluded, he needed adjustments to attempt to get his laps back.
"We're still in this thing, don't give up on me," Crew Chief Tim Sliva came across the radio to encourage Huff.
He then came down pit road for tires, fuel, and adjustments. Again, Huff was busted for speeding on pit road. This forced him to restart from the rear, as the final stage got underway.
Huff had lost his focus, as he went another lap down. After Sliva calmed him down, Huff settled in and began to keep a consistent pace once again.
As the checkered flag waved, Huff came across in 28th position.
The team will look to build on the momentum they have going, this weekend, at the Texas Motor Speedway, for the SpeedyCash.com 220 on Friday Evening. The action will get started around 8:30pm Eastern, with live coverage on Fox Sports 1 SiriusXM NASCAR, Channel 90.