Some Handling Issues And Some Bad Luck Haunted Sargeant

Dalton Sargeant and Cody Coughlin

DALTON SARGEANT

No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet Silverado

 

Start:11th

Finish:11th

Points: 9th

 

Stage One: Dalton Sargeant made his first NCWTS start at Kansas Speedway from the 11th position for Friday night’s race.  A lot of movement on the initial start saw Sargeant sitting just outside of the top-10 as he battled a tight handling-condition early in the 167-lap event. As the stage came to a close with the No. 25 in the 14th position, Sargeant pitted for four tires, fuel, and both chassis and air pressure adjustments to help the worsening tight condition, with the Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevy rejoining the field in the 10th position.

 

Stage Two: Sargeant raced his way up to the eighth position at the start of Stage Two, however, as the No. 25 was looking to move into seventh, Sargeant got loose and lost a few positions as he saved his Chevrolet from spinning. Sargeant worked to gain back the lost positions but with the field spreading out, he crossed the line 15th to end the stage. He reported he was starting off the run too loose, with the handling getting tighter as the run progressed. He pitted under caution for four tires, fuel, and a chassis adjustment, restarting 10th.

 

Final Stage: Running inside the top-10 in the early laps of the final stage, Sargeant took advantage of two cautions to pit for fuel only. He restarted in the ninth position with just over 50 laps to go and worked his way as high as sixth before being forced to pit under green on lap 154. He returned to the track just outside of the top-10. With no caution in the final laps to bring the field back together, Sargeant finished his first NCWTS race at Kansas Speedway in the eleventh position.

 

Additional Notes:

– With an 11th place finish in his first NCWTS start at Kansas, Sargeant was the highest finishing rookie in the 37 Kind Days 250.

– Sargeant is ninth in the NCWTS driver point standings and now leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.

 

Quote: 

“Unfortunately our finish won’t reflect how we ran or the truck that this GMS Racing team gave me. The Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevy Silverado was pretty decent and most definitely a top-10 truck, we just struggled with some handling issues and bad luck throughout the first two stages. We decided to gamble on fuel mileage to get us solidly inside the top-10 but ran out of fuel a few laps from the end and had to pit under green. We tried gambling and hoping for a late race caution but it just never came and put us just barely outside the top-10. I think it was a step in the right direction for this team and we’re certainly looking forward to another speedway next week in Charlotte.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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