The NASCAR XFINITY Series teams moved to the first 1.5-mile track of the 2016 season on Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender Brennan Poole wheeled the No. 48 DC Solar Chevy for the 162-lap race to a 14th-place result. Although this was Poole’s AMS debut, he has seven XFINITY Series starts on 1.5 mile tracks with a best finish of ninth.
Poole started a career-best fifth for the 250-mile race and at the drop of the green flag settled in at 10th place in the opening few laps. Instructed by his crew, Poole saved his tires for the long green flag runs and began working his way back into the top-six.
At the halfway mark, a caution came out under a cycle of green flag pit stops putting the DC Solar Chevy one lap down. Poole worked hard to try getting in the free pass on to the lead lap but was unable to. He brought the car home 14th.
NOTES OF INTEREST
· This was Poole’s first career start in the XFINITY Series at AMS
· Poole’s fifth-place starting position was the best of his XFINITY Series career
· The race was slowed by five cautions for 21 laps
Brennan Poole, No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet Camaro – “We had an awesome DC Solar Chevy. I was able to get the best starting position of my career and race up near the front all day. Unfortunately, the cautions and pit cycle hurt our finishing position. We continue to make huge strides on our cars and I am looking forward to racing in Las Vegas next week. I made my first XFINITY Series start there one year ago and it’s a big race for DC Solar.”
Results (with starting position) from the Heads Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS)
P1 (1) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota
P2 (4) Kyle Larson, No. 42 ENEOS Chevrolet Camaro
P3 (2) Erik Jones, No. 20 Toyota
P14 (5) Brennan Poole, No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet Camaro
The NASCAR XFINITY Series will move on to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016 for the Boyd Gaming 300. FOX Sports 1, Sirius XM NASCAR Channel 90 and PRN Radio will have live coverage beginning at 4:00 pm ET.
About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, two cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, two factory Ford GT’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, two factory Ford GT’s in the FIA World Endurance Championship and two Supercars in Red Bull Global Rallycross. Overall his teams have 18 championships and 170 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and six Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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