LAS VEGAS — For Brennan Poole, the year has not been what he expected.
After starting the season with a full-time ride with On Point Motorsports, the ride quickly turned into a part-time effort, eliminating them from championship contention.
“Well we want to be a full-time team,” Poole told POPULAR SPEED. “That was our goal at the beginning of this season. I think, yeah, we had to take a look at our program. Where it was at, at the beginning of the year. We were a little thin on some people. We weren’t quite organized. We needed to take a minute to work on our stuff and make it better. I think all in all that’s been a good decision for us.”
It has not been all negatives for him and the team though, as they have proven to be competitive in the efforts they have made. This was on full display during Friday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Poole was able to capture the team’s fourth top-10 with a sixth-place finish.
“I mean it’s big for our team. We’ve worked on our stuff this year and we continue to get better. I think we learned some stuff this weekend,” Poole said. “We were a little bit nervous about it, after practice and qualifying we weren’t sure how fast we would be. We felt like a long run would be all right, but short run speed we were a little nervous about. But tonight, we had everything. We were really good on restarts. The truck was solid in traffic and stayed with me on the long runs. I felt like we had a good shot to run in the top five tonight. We were just missing maybe just a little bit of balance, between both ends of the racetrack, to get up there and battle for the win.”
He also noted that team could have been even better. You see, the No. 30 was saving a set of tires, hoping for another caution that would never be.
“16, and the 4, and some of those guys, they got in front of us. They put tires on and they were just, tires were a lot better tonight than what we had on our truck,” Poole said. “But. all in all, I’m happy. I’m looking forward to going to Talladega before too long. It should be a good one.”
Heading to Talladega, Poole will hope to show strength again at a track he nearly captured an Xfinity Series win at.
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