Stage One: Fighting an extremely loose handling Performance Plus Chevrolet Silverado as soon as the race started, Dalton Sargeant did his best to hold on, finishing Stage One in the 14th position. Crew chief Doug Randolph called for four tires, fuel and adjustments for the No. 25 under the stage break and Sargeant lined up 12th for the restart.
Stage Two: Still fighting handling issues throughout Stage Two, Sargeant cracked the top-10 after 80 laps, finishing the stage in 10th-place. Sargeant hit pit road under the caution for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments, returning to the track in 10th for the restart.
Final Stage: Running just outside the top-10 as the laps were winding down, Sargeant continued to combat the handling of his Performance Plus Chevy. However, with four laps remaining, the No. 33 spun in front of Sargeant, and despite trying to avoid the accident, Sargeant sustained right side damage. Sargeant came to pit road three times under the caution for damage repair and fresh tires, but still remained on the lead lap. Sargeant ultimately crossed the finish line in 14th place after a green-white-checkered finish ended the race on lap 134.
“Tonight was a tough race for us. Atlanta is a difficult track and I struggled with managing the grip level. We missed the handling by just a bit on the short runs, and by the time the truck started coming around, it was too late. I think we could have had a much better finish, but it was just wrong place, wrong time when the 33 truck spun. It was a good learning weekend for all of us, and we had a really good pace at different times throughout the weekend. That’s something we can build on moving forward. I think we have a good plan though heading to Las Vegas (Motor Speedway), and I look forward to working with the team some more.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!