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 Mississippi, Alabama 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.
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