Sargeant Delt With An Ill Handling Truck At Dover

Dalton Sargeant and Cody Coughlin
No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet Silverado


Start: 11th
Finish: 13th
Points: 9th


Stage One: Dalton Sargeant started from the 11th position in the No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet in his first NCWTS start at Dover, quickly moving into the top-10 as the first caution of the day occurred on lap three. As the end of Stage One neared, he began to experience a free-on-entry handling condition and pitted at the break for four tires, fuel and adjustments to tighten him up for the next stage. He rejoined the field in the 10th position for the start of Stage Two.


Stage Two: Once again having a good run in the top-10, Sargeant battled the same loose-handling condition. Telling the team the previous adjustments had been somewhat of an improvement, Buddy Sisco called for several adjustments in addition to four tires and fuel, to set up the Performance Plus Chevrolet for a longer run. An extended stop for adjustments placed Sargeant 14th for the start of the final stage.


Final Stage: With a long green flag run to start the final stage of racing at Dover, Sargeant reported he was struggling through the center. Eventually going down a lap to the leader, Sargeant focused on trying different lines to find more speed and work through the handling woes. Advancing closer to the top-10 after pitting under caution on lap 158, the next caution setting up overtime allowed Sargeant to pit for new tires as the lead lap trucks stayed on track. He restarted in 13th and held that position for the final two laps to earn a top-15 finish in his first start at Dover.


Additional Notes:
– With a 13th-place finish at Dover, Sargeant has finished no worse than 15th in the first five races of 2018. This is his first full-time season in the NCWTS.


– Sargeant is ninth in the NCWTS point standings and second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, just three points behind Myatt Snider.


“This was not the day we expected to have, but Dover is a tricky place and we were able to bring the Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevy back in one piece in the end. We struggled with the handling throughout the whole race, but I had a chance to try a few different things to find more speed toward the end, so we can chalk it up to a good learning experience as we move on to Kansas.”


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