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Gase the Talk of NASCAR After P5 Finish at Talladega

NASCAR experts called it a surprise, Joey Gase called is surreal. The Iowa native raced to a 5th place finish in the Xfinity Series Winn-Dixie 300 on May 2, his highest career finish. Gase, who has raced on the Xfinity Series (formerly Nationwide Series) since 2013 had a previous career-best of 11th.

After struggles in practice, Gase started the race 39th. During the race, his team had to deal with damage from a wreck that caught Gase on lap 74. Throughout they kept cool and consistently moved through the field.

“It was an incredible day; it was a long weekend,” Gase said in an interview with popularspeed.com. “We ended up fifth after a wreck and had no water in the motor, had to put cool down on radiator, but we made it back up (to fifth), so it’s pretty insane …”

Later, Gase took to social media to share his delight with the finish.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for the amazing support, it’s been a dream day,” he posted to Facebook. “Big Thanks to everyone at Jimmy Means Racing and Donate Life MississippiAlabama Organ Center, and Db SALES Company for sponsoring us this weekend.”

The finish vaulted Gase up three spots in the Xfinity driver standings. He currently sits in the 21st position, still within striking distance of the Top 15. The Jimmy Means racing team is 29th in the owner standings.

Gase next takes to the track at Kansas Motor Speedway this weekend. He will race in both the Xfinity and Sprint Cup races.

Cover photo ©Phil Cavali Photography/ TheHotLap.com

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  1. Dan Colley
    July 5, 2015 at 8:57 pm · Reply

    I was really charged up to see Joey finish 5th at Talladega. I have been following him since the Daytona race in July of 2014 at which I saw a guy who would NEVER say quit. I was back at Daytona this year (2015) for the Subway Firecracker 250 and was really stoked when Joey drove to 15th place and was in great position for a possible top ten finish.

    At Daytona, when the leader tries to throw a block and misgauges how close he is to an opponent, most of the drivers up front get taken out. That cost the team dearly. I only hope that Joey (or ANYONE else) was not injured in that wreck. It was a bad one. Remember, you have a new, rabid fan out here and I can get pretty crazy for an old geezer !!!

    Work on those pit stops !!!

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