Stage One: Making his way to the 16th-position on the initial start of the race, Sargeant remained there until the caution came out on lap 16, before eventually going to an extended red flag period for weather. When the field went back green Monday afternoon on lap 27, Sargeant reported to his team that he was fighting a tight Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevy, but was still able to make his way up to the 12th position at the end of Stage One. Crew Chief Doug Randolph called Sargeant down pit road for four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment to loosen his Chevy up, lining Sargeant up 10th for the restart.
Stage Two: Continuing to make up ground on track, Sargeant raced his way up to seventh before the caution was displayed on lap 117. Still fighting a tight No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevy, Sargeant came down pit road, with a handful of other trucks, for four tires, fuel, and another track bar adjustment. With varying pit strategy taking place towards the end of the stage, Sargeant restarted 16th and would remain there for the next 18 laps until the end of Stage Two. While the rest of the leaders came to pit road under the stage break, Sargeant would remain on track, lining up second for the restart on lap 152.
Final Stage: Starting the Final Stage on older tires, Sargeant got hung up in the high line and was shuffled back to 14th before the caution came out on lap 160. Running 14th as a long green-flag run ensued, Sargeant radioed to his GMS Racing team that he was still too tight to make up any ground. When the caution came out on lap 215, Randolph brought the No. 25 down pit road for the final time for four tires, fuel, and another chassis adjustment. Lining up 12th after the pit stop, Sargeant would use the next couple quick restarts to gain positions, ultimately finding himself seventh with 12 laps to go until the end. Getting hung in the high line and battling in tight quarters during the final laps, Sargeant got edged out at the finish line, scoring an 11th-place finish in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250.
– Sargeant’s 11th-place finish at Martinsville is his best finish at the half-mile racetrack.
“I had fun today at Martinsville Speedway in the No. 25 Performance Plus Chevy. We barely missed out on a top-10 finish but my GMS Racing guys worked hard and gave me a good truck. I made some rookie mistakes but I learned a ton and kept getting better with each lap. The No. 25 team is definitely headed in the right direction.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!