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.
Kansas City, Kansas (May 8, 2023) - Bringing two NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series machines to a race is a tall order, but G2G Racing showed muscle, both Brennan Poole and Tim Viens having adequate runs at the Kansas Speedway last weekend.
After unloading, the team began to work on both trucks, preparing them for technical inspection and the practice and qualifying sessions to follow.
Each truck breezed its way through inspection and the teams rolled them onto the grid.
As Poole and Viens climbed in their machines, both felt optimistic about getting both trucks on-track.
In practice, Poole ran a fast lap of 31.980 seconds, while Viens ran a fast lap of 36.599 seconds. With that type of speed, the entire team felt they had a chance to really make some noise within the racing series.
In qualifying, Poole stood on the provisional pole while over 1/3rd of the field, with a lap of 32.136 seconds. Viens ran a similar lap to his practice laps, recording a 38.521 second lap.
After the dust had settled, Poole would start 26th and Viens would start 35th.
Then, as the race started, mechanical gremlins reared their ugly head.
Only a handful of laps into the 134 lap race, Viens came across the radio. He has reported that the truck would not stay in gear. Therefore, he brought it to the attention of the crew. The team worked to rectify the issue, before discovering it was an internal issue within the transmission. This ended Viens day.
Poole continued on, as he consistently ran great lap times, picking off trucks one-by-one.
One thing Poole does very well while racing is manage races. Throughout the race, he slowly worked his way through multiple incidents, vaulting his truck to, at one point, inside the Top-10 with only a few laps to go in Stage 1.
By the time the checkered flag had flow, Poole had made his way to 20th, while Viens recorded a 36th place result.
G2G Racing will look to build on their momentum, as the series heads to the Darlington Race for NASCAR’s Throwback Weekend. The Buckle Up South Carolina 200 will take the green flag a little after 8pm Eastern, with live coverage on Fox Sports 1 and NASCAR SiriusXM Channel 90.
Mooresville, North Carolina (May 1, 2023) - After two weeks off and some much needed time in the shop, G2G Racing has announced that Brennan Poole will anchor the team’s No. 46 Tundra TRD Pro, while the team will bring an additional entry, the No. 47 Tundra TRD Pro with Tim Viens behind the wheel.
“Poole has been a long-standing member of our building process,” Viens commented on the team’s lineup. “He has been a huge asset to us building our program.”
Viens later stated that he is excited to help build this team through both the driver’s seat and the owner’s chair.
“It is a unique opportunity,” Viens mentioned. “We have all seen the success stories of drivers like Jordan (Anderson) and Brandon (Brown), building their own teams in the sport. And at times, they jumped in the driver’s seat. And it gives me a good read on how we are doing as a team, and what we can improve on”
This has been a major topic of discussion lately in the media, as G2G Racing has put together some strong runs this year. Especially, when last time out at Martinsville, the team was able to navigate around and pull away from NASCAR Cup Series driver, Ross Chastain, showing the team’s improvement in performance.
For Brennan Poole, this will be his second truck start of the season, all while driving full-time for JD Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
He is also coming off his first NASCAR Cup Series start of 2023.
As for Viens, he will look to qualify his No. 47 entry into the 36 truck field, after coming up just short of making the field at Talladega last October.
Ridgeway, Virginia (April 24, 2023) - After much anticipation, both G2G Racing and driver Memphis Villarreal were ready to take on NASCAR's oldest speedway, the Martinsville Speedway.
The weekend did not start to plan, as mother nature parked all at-the-track action very quickly on Thursday morning. NASCAR then made the call to scrub the day, come back tomorrow, qualify, then race. This left Villarreal in an interesting spot. He could be potentially making his first career start with no practice in his No. 46 S&S Fishing & Rental Tundra TRD Pro.
The next day, the team began to go to work on their No. 46 machine, preparing it for the upcoming qualifying session. As it drew closer, there was a calmness that was flowing around the team, knowing the truck would run great in qualifying and in the evening’s 200-lap race.
In his qualifying attempt, Villarreal took to the track, recording a lap of 20.396 seconds. At the time of the lap, he had put his truck on the provisional pole!
As the session continued, his time slowly made its way down the leaderboard, but was still keeping ahead of the trucks he needed to be ahead of to make the race. Then, about halfway through the qualifying session, everyone was able to breathe easy, as it was made official that he had locked himself into the field on pure speed.
He was issued the 29th starting spot.
Mother Nature began to rear her head, as weather began to move in, as the race drew closer. This meant a potential new challenge.
Before the season had started, NASCAR had announced they would debut rain tires and equipment at short tracks if there was wet conditions. Therefore, if it did rain, no one in the entire series, let alone sport, had raced on wet tires on a short track.
Then, shortly after the command to start engines, lightning struck within 8 miles of the 0.533-mile speedway, forcing a lightning delay. This would continue for a total of 3 hours, in addition to multiple heavy downpours. This soaked the speedway, but this meant the teams would have to get their trucks ready to run in the rain.
Therefore, both Villarreal and team went to work on his truck, quickly converting it over for rain racing.
As drivers were told to return to their trucks and get ready to race, the team was calm and ready to fight with the best of them. And that is just what happened.
Off the green flag, Villarreal began picking his way through the field. Unfortunately, the leaders, who were making great time around the track, passed him to put him a lap down, along with NASCAR Cup Series Superstar, Ross Chastain.
Villarreal jumped up on the wheel, and passed Chastain very efficiently, moving into the Luck Dog position. Then, caution shortly followed, putting him back on the lead lap; trapping the Cup Superstar a lap down.
When the race resumed, Villarreal hovered around the 26th position, where he would finish in Stage 1.
After pit stops, Villarreal had vaulted to 21st, hoping that would help him in his race to the front. Then, Mother Nature made another unwanted appearance.
After a short stoppage, the trucks returned to the track. Villarreal looked to quickly make his way through the field, as it was reported there was more rain on the way that could shorten the race. Therefore, as soon as the race resumed, the action intensified.
He was able to maintain his position for a few laps, before the handling on his truck slowly started to go away. By the end of Stage 2, he had slipped to the 25th position. But with rain in the area, the team decided to not bring him down pit road and see if they would make up some positions on drivers who might come down pit road, if the race was to be restarted.
The race was eventually restarted, in which Villarreal was able to pass the truck ahead of him right before a caution waved over the track for more rain.
Therefore, NASCAR brought the trucks down pit road, before declaring the race over. This would reward Villarreal with a 24th place finish in his NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series debut.
After a wet and cold trip to Martinsville, the team will look to improve upon their success at 1.5-mile tracks, as the series heads to the Kansas Speedway for the Heart of America 200. The action will kick off at 8:00pm, Eastern, with coverage live on Fox Sports 1 and NASCAR SiriusXM, Channel 90.
Mooresville, North Carolina (April 11, 2023) - Up and coming racing star, Memphis Villarreal will make his NASCAR debut this weekend for G2G Racing at the Martinsville Speedway.
“I couldn’t be happier with the decision to work with Memphis,” owner Tim Viens said of naming Villarreal as the driver for the team’s No. 46 entry. “He is a very talented driver and we are all excited to have him behind the wheel for us at Martinsville.”
Although Villarreal will make his NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series debut, he is no stranger to racing. The now 21 year old started his racing career at a young age, running Bandeleros, as part of the INEX Series. In only his first season, in a limited number of starts, finished 2nd in championship points, achieving multiple Top-3 finishes in only nine starts. This also earned him Rookie of the Year honors.
He quickly jumped to pro late models, modifieds, and even making starts in the Allison Legacy Series, quickly visiting Victory Lane. This would become a staple of his racing career, recording wins across the lower levels of NASCAR, running multiple classes across the south.
Fast forward to 2022, where he has recorded over 30 wins, along with a multitude of Top-3 and Top-10 finishes that caught the eyes of NASCAR owners, including Viens with G2G Racing.
When he is not behind the wheel at a race track, Villarreal coaches drivers of all ages, by teaching the many aspects of racing; such as lines, passing, and strategies. He also believes that if he is going to race the cars, he must also know how to work on them. Therefore, he first came to G2G Racing as a mechanic and road crew for the team.
“I’m pretty excited to be a part of G2G, and am so thankful to (Tim) Viens and (Tim) Sliva for this opportunity,” Villarreal said about being named for Martinsville. “I am looking forward to this seeking and am hoping to bring the No. 46 home clean with a decent finish.”
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Bristol, Tennessee (April 11, 2023) - After several successful runs to start the year, G2G Racing made the move to bring back the team’s second entry to the red clay at the Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Unfortunately, the team’s race was over before it started.
The first day of the event was totally washed out by severe weather that was making its way across the United States the past few days.
The next day, the day’s schedule was compacted to accommodate both the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series and the NASCAR Cup Series.
Therefore, the team went to work on Jerry Bohlman’s No. 46 Eco Pile Tundra and Andrew Gordon’s No. 47 Trick Shot/Staar Trucking Tundra ready for the day’s Heat Races. Without any practice time, both drivers felt at a disadvantage.
As the heat races approached, Bohlman was placed in the 3rd Heat and Gordon in the 4th Heat.
This is where Bohlman’s day went south. When he jumped into his truck and was strapped in, he discovered the truck would not go into gear. Therefore, the team scrambled under the hood and inside the truck to try and find the issue. After some investigation, it was found that the pressure plate on the clutch had broke, thus not allowing him to start his heat race. This meant the team had to sweat out the heat races to see if he would make the field.
In the fourth Heat Race, Andrew Gordon started on the pole. Therefore, all he needed was to stay in the Top-5 in his heat and he would be locked into the field.
At the drop of the green flag, Gordon held strong in the Top-3, until halfway, where he slowly dropped down the leaderboard. Then, his day started to go south.
At the midway point Gordon drove his truck into turn 3 and something did not feel right on the truck. Because he was close to making the field, he chose to try and hold onto the truck. As a result of the damage to his truck, he began to drop on the leaderboard.
By the end of the heat, he had fallen to 10th place.
After some quick calculations, both Gordon and Bohlman did not obtain enough passing points to advance to the WEATHER GUARD Truck Race on Dirt.
The team will look to reload, as they head to the Martinsville Speedway, for the Long John Silvers 200 on Friday, April 14th. Action will get started at 7:30pm Eastern, with live coverage being on Fox Sports 1 and on SiriusXM NASCAR, Channel 90.
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Fort Worth, Texas (April 1, 2023) - BlueSprig today announced it will be the primary sponsor of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Armani Williams at Texas Motor Speedway on April 1. Williams is the first NASCAR driver openly diagnosed on the autism spectrum. This is BlueSprig’s first foray into the NASCAR world.
BlueSprig, founded in 2017, is a leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment services to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). BlueSprig is committed to providing compassionate, individualized, and evidence-based behavior analysis treatment. Headquartered in Houston, TX, BlueSprig is a nationwide provider of ABA treatment with 140+ locations.
"We are thrilled to partner with Armani and his race team this weekend. What a great way to kick off Autism Acceptance and Awareness Month,” said Jason Owen, CEO of BlueSprig. “Armani serves as a shining example of the potential that lies within individuals diagnosed with autism. We look forward to cheering him on as he drives the BlueSprig sponsored truck and shows the world what we can achieve when we work together to support, celebrate and uplift individuals with autism.”
For additional information about BlueSprig or to receive updates, visit www.blusprigautism.com
Williams, a native of Detroit, Michigan, impressed in his series debut at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in August 2021, where he finished a respectable 21st and earning his speedway license in NASCAR competition.
“I have spent every waking moment that I’m not in class preparing to do my part behind the wheel,” said Williams. “Whether that is iRacing, studying pictures, reviewing film or just talking to others in the industry. It’s my job to go out there and give my team and partners a finish they would be proud of and that’s exactly what I plan to do.”
The BlueSprig partnership is the first in a series of races and partnerships to be announced later this season. Williams will be welcoming back returning partners and introducing some new ones.
“There are a lot of people that have worked tirelessly in order for me to continue my dream and I’m so thankful,” said Williams. “I’m excited about where this season is heading, and I’m incredibly thankful to be starting back up on the first day of Autism Acceptance and Awareness Month. It is an honor to be able to show that being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder is not a limitation. If you tell me I can’t, I’ll show you I can.”
The partnership with G2G Racing and the placement of the new and returning partners were orchestrated by fgrACCEL, a full-service sports marketing and management agency. Additional races for Williams will be announced later this season.
“We are excited to have Armani join us at Texas,” said G2G Racing owner Tim Viens. “He has a very unique journey and story to tell through his racing and I am happy to have him drive for G2G Racing.”
Williams, 22, graduated to the Truck Series after stints in the premier ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, ARCA Menards Series West and the Canadian-based NASCAR Pinty’s Series.
For more on Armani Williams, please visit teamarmaniracing.com, like him on Facebook (Team Armani Racing) and follow him on Twitter (@TeamArmaniRacin).
Mooresville, North Carolina (March 29th, 2023) - Armani Williams will pilot the No. 46 Tundra TRD Pro at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.
“We are excited to have Armani (Williams) join us at Texas,” Tim Viens commented on the signing. “He has a very unique journey and story to tell through his racing and I am happy to have him drive for G2G Racing.”
Williams is a 21-year-old professional stock car driver that is the first professional driver in NASCAR openly diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD refers to a disorder currently diagnosed through symptoms, which involve difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. But he has worked to overcome all barriers to jump behind the wheel and make his dream become a reality.
He uses his racing career as a platform to draw awareness and acceptance to Autism, and create better life outcomes for families impacted by the disorder.
Racing across multiple series in the United States and Canada, Williams is no stranger to racing in NASCAR. He has competed in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, and both the East and West divisions of the ARCA Menards Series.
His best finish in truck competition came in 2021, finishing 21st at Worldwide Technologies Raceway, after starting dead last in the field. He also was knocking on the door for Top-10s in the Pinty’s Series in 2017.
Williams has also been a member of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, which helped vault his racing career to the next level.
Austin, Texas (March 29, 2023) - Coming off of the team’s career-best finish at Atlanta last weekend, G2G Racing was looking for a strong outing at the 21-turn, Circuit of the Americas.
In practice, Dale Quarterley took to the track, recording a fast lap of 87.860mph in his No. 46 Van Dyk Recycling/Motul Tundra TRD Pro. This placed him 28th on the speed charts. Therefore, the team was optimistic about making the 36-truck field.
Next, in qualifying, because of NASCAR’s road course qualifying procedure, he was placed in the first group to hit the track. He was able to lay down a lap of 87.293mph, placing him 17th out of his group.
As the next group went out, the team began to worry if they were going to be locked into the race. Patiently waiting, the team watched the session closely to see if they would make the field. As it came to a close, it was confirmed that Quarterley’s speed was fast enough to put him in the field for the next day’s XPEL 225.
On race day, as the team was warming up the truck, they felt optimistic about how the truck would perform. After Quarterley strapped in and fired up the truck, he came across the radio saying, “Let's have some fun, guys."
Promptly, crew chief Tim Sliva came across the radio, jokingly saying, “Don't raise too much hell, Dale."
A laugh was exchanged as both team and driver settled in for the start of the race.
On the first lap, Quarterley rocketed out of the gates, picking up six positions within the first half lap around the road course. His progress was slowed by a quick caution flag, but as the race resumed a few laps later, he began to march his way forward again. This time, he vaulted to the 21st position, picking up a total of twelve spots in six laps!
This has been a positive trend for the second-year team, as the team improves their program.
As the race continued, Quarterley was navigating the field, breaking into the Top-20, until NASCAR determined he had “cut the course” and had to do a pass through pit road. This eliminated his position inside the Top-20, falling all the way to 31st, almost half a lap down to the leaders. Then, the team got a stroke of luck as a caution had come out after some of the main pack of cars collided and spun on the course. This caught him back up to the main field.
Playing strategy, Tim Sliva made the call to stay out to gain back his track position. This put him in 21st for the restart.
After the restart, he quickly navigated his way inside the Top-20, running comfortably in 18th.
Once again playing strategy, Quarterly brought his Toyota Tundra TRD Pro down pit road for his only pit stop of the day.
After returning to the track, a caution flag came out, which vaulted him to the 11th position, just outside the Top-10!
On the restart, he settled into 14th in the running order before an error on his part put a huge damper on his race. While attempting to move into 12th through the esses, he was bumped by a truck, sending him into the off limits area of the course, incurring a cutting the course penalty again.
Unfortunately, he had to come in and serve the penalty, putting him in 28th. This is where he stayed until the conclusion of the race.
After a strong outing, the team will stay in the Lonestar State as they prepare for the SpeedyCash.com 250 at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. You can catch the action live on Fox Sports 1, or tune in on NASCAR SiriusXM, Channel 90.
Photo Credit: Nick Hrehor, Photographer