Strong day for Poole at Texas

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

The O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway was another consistent day for NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff contender Brennan Poole, driver of the No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing.

On the two practice sessions of the weekend, Poole was 14th and 20th, respectively, on the speed charts. Because of the performance in qualifying, the No. 48 team went to work and changed everything about the car. With the changes, Poole was able to qualify in the 12th position.

“I am proud of the effort. Another top-10 run here in the Playoffs. We had that string of three top-fives. We have just been on a roll. We kinda struggled with our race car in practice. We changed everything before qualifying. It felt pretty good in qualifying.

On restarts, Poole did not have enough fire off speed initially, but would plateau as the run would continue.

“We just didn’t have any fire off speed. The car didn’t have enough go. After we ran a little bit, we kept running the same pace. We were able to make some moves and get towards the front.”

During a restart in the race, Poole was behind leader William Byron. They had worked out a deal to where they would both go at the same time. Unfortunately that plan did not work out as well as planned.

“I don’t know what happened. I don’t know if he missed a shift or what. I pushed him. He got out there and got a great start. Blaney was pushing me. All of a sudden, he (Byron) just stopped. I thought he had missed a shift. With Blaney pushing me, I had so much momentum. I was doing everything I could to stay off of him. It was just a racing deal.”

All in all, Poole was happy with how his crew executed their final pit stop of the race to gain an extra position. Poole is looking forward to taking care of business at Phoneix.

“Happy to finish ahead of those guys we are racing with. We got some good stage points. I believe we are still plus five going into Phoenix. We just got to take care of business one more time the go race for a championship.”

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