Start: 28th (to the rear)
Stage One: After heavy contact with the wall in the first round of qualifying for the PPG 400, Dalton Sargeant made his first start at Texas Motor Speedway from the rear after the No. 25 team rushed to repair their Chevrolet, not having enough time to go to a back up before the race. Sargeant quickly gained ground, entering the top-15 by lap six. Battling a tight-handling Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevy, Sargeant and team took advantage of early cautions to make adjustments. With the last 10 laps of Stage One going green, Sargeant crossed the line in 13th and stayed on track under caution to start the second stage from the fourth position.
Stage Two: Running in the top-10 for the majority of the second stage, Sargeant visited pit road under caution with just three laps left in the stage for four tires, fuel and big adjustments for the No. 25 Chevy. The team finished Stage Two in 12th and once again stayed out at the break to restart in the sixth position.
Final Stage: In what looked to be a repeat of Stage Two, Sargeant held position within the top-10 for nearly the entirety of the Final Stage. A caution on lap 108 saw Sargeant visit pit road for his last set of new tires, fuel, and a small adjustment as he was happy with the handling of his Chevy. The No. 25 restarted 11th and Sargeant held position before reporting the last changes had swung the handling in the other direction and he was getting free entering Turn 4. A late race caution with 15 laps to go allowed the team to go back on their previous adjustments and provide Sargeant with a set of scuffed tires. Sargeant made a successful comeback in the Performance Plus Oil Chevrolet, running in the top-10 for nearly half of the 167-lap race before crossing the line in the 11th position in his first start at Texas Motor Speedway.
– Sargeant has 2 top-10 finishes and has finished outside the top-15 only once in the first eight races.
– Sargeant is ninth in the NCWTS driver championship point standings and continues to lead the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings following the eighth race of the 2018 season.
“It was a good night for our Performance Plus Motor Oil, GMS Racing team. I put us behind at the beginning by starting last, but the team rallied back all race long to get some track position and compete inside the top-10 for most of the race. This was a really strong night for GMS Racing as an organization with a 1-2-3 finish, and I’m happy and proud to be a part of a team that is succeeding week in and week out. We’re definitely getting closer to consistent finishes so I’m looking forward to one of my favorite tracks next week, at Iowa Speedway, to see if we can take the next step and finish inside the top-10.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM WORKING ON MY REDNECK!