CONCORD, N.C. — Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 resulted in a career-best runner-up finish for Brennan Poole, driver of the No. 30 On Point Motorsports Toyota.
Poole, who chose to forego the race last weekend at Kansas to come to Charlotte this weekend, was right behind race-winner Kyle Busch — with a broken sway bar that he fought through for a majority of the race’s 134 laps.
He wasn’t going to go down without a fight, though. Poole was working to get to the back of Busch and spin him for the win.
“I tried. I tried. I’m not gonna lie,” he said. “I tried to get to his corner and if I spun him, I spun him. It was going to be what it was there at the end.”
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To battle back from a 17th-place starting position and broken sway bar, this small team needed all the grit they could muster.
“We broke a sway bar arm in the very beginning of the race so the truck was just a handful, but the guys made some good adjustments,” Poole told NASCAR.com post-race. “The truck just stayed with me, it was good — even with the broken sway bar.”
On the final restart, Poole’s chance of grabbing his first NASCAR national series victory was in clear sight.
“I knew I was going to have a shot at it and I got a good run, I was pushing Kyle (Busch) down the backstretch and I probably pulled off of him a little bit too soon and dove in the corner,” he said. “I tried to tag him a little bit and slow him down and get some side draft and I just couldn’t quite get here and he got me.”
This was Poole’s seventh race of the season and his first top five. His previous best finish was ninth at Texas.
“It’s all we had and it’s a pretty good effort for a broken sway bar arm and coming from 17th ,” Poole said. “We just fought hard all night. Just imagine what we can do if we got just a little bit more than what we have.”