Lexington, Ohio (July 10, 2023) - Mid Ohio Sports Car Course was a chance for G2G Racing to “right the ship” and get it headed in the right direction. It appeared to be a great momentum building day, until a mishap by other competitors sent the team backwards.
The race weekend started with optimism, as road course ringer, Dale Quarterley, took the wheel of the No. 46 Van Dyk Recycling - Motul Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. In practice, Quarterley navigated the 2.4-mile road course eight times, with a fast circuit of 90.005 seconds. This slotted him into the 31st position.
The team began to worry, as the truck needed to be inside the Top-31 to make the field. Therefore, the entire team went to work on the truck to hopefully find more speed in it. And they did just that.
In qualifying, Quarterley picked up seven-tenths of a second, running a quick lap of 89.326 seconds. This was good enough to qualify 28th, locking him and the team into the race. Therefore, when Quarterley returned to the pits, the team celebrated. But there was more work to be done, as the next day’s race turned out to be very wet.
On race day, thunderstorms passed over the track, delaying the start of the event. Once the threat for lightning had passed, the team prepared the truck for wet weather racing, as the team was instructed, per NASCAR, to bolt on rain tires and make adjustments to the truck to handle the wet conditions.
After the trucks had fired and ran a significant amount of pacing laps, the green flag waved and Quarterley settled in to make his way to the front.
After a rocky first few laps, he settled in, jumping five positions in a single lap, picking off trucks, one-by-one. By the end of the first stage, the team was thoroughly impressed as he had navigated his way to the 16th position.
By this time, the track had gone to dry conditions, therefore, the team switched the truck back over for dry conditions.
Upon returning to the track, Quarterley once again set out to head towards the Top-10. Then, a couple of competitors running inside the Top-5 got together, forcing him to take evasive actions. Quarterley went into the grass to avoid, which he did. But shortly after, he came across the radio reporting an issue with the truck.
He quickly brought it to the attention of the crew, giving up his Top-15 position.
The team quickly went to work on his truck, and got him back out on track. Fortunately, the team managed to stay on the lead lap in the process. Then, two laps later, Quarterley reported the issue with the truck had worsened. He brought it into the pits and took it back to the garage to work on it. Unfortunately, the team determined it was a significant issue within the suspension, thus ending his race. He was credited with finishing 35th.
The team will use the momentum from running well to help vault them for a potential good run in two weeks for the CRC Brakleen 150 at the Pocono Raceway. The race will go green on July 22nd, with a 1:30pm start. The action will be broadcasted live on Fox Sports 1 and NASCAR SiriusXM, Channel 90.