Darlington, SC - It was a hot weekend for the Go Green Racing team at Darlington Raceway. The team kicked off NASCAR Throwback weekend with two practice sessions on Friday afternoon. The Agri Supply / Sparks Energy Chevrolet was tight most of the afternoon so they were working on freeing Gase up during both sessions. Qualifying came around on Saturday morning and Gase said that in his two lap run it was way better than it was all day in practice the day before. He made the second round with the lap time he put down and ended up qualifying in 19th.
The Agri Supply / Sparks Energy team was geared up and ready to take on the Lady in Black for NASCAR throwback weekend. The green flag waved and the Sports Clips VFW 200 was underway in the hot and humid Darlington, South Carolina. Just three laps in, the race would see it's first caution for the #60 of Austin Cindric getting turned coming off of turn 4. On the short three lap run Gase had said he was loose. Knowing that the track would tighten up as the day would progress CC Patrick Donahue replied "Perfect!" They would go back to green on lap 9 and would stay under green for the remaining 36 laps of stage one.
After the green and white checkered waved Gase said he was still pretty loose and he had gotten some debris on the grill so his water temperature was running a little hot. In between stages, Joey would bring it to the crew on pit road for a fresh set of Goodyear's, fuel, two rounds in the right rear, and clean the grill. The crew did a great job on the stop and would pick Gase up four spots and would restart 20th!
Stage two would begin on lap 51 making this stage a 39 lap shootout. 12 laps into the green flag run Gase reported that he was still loose. Shortly after he had reported this to the crew a caution had come out for the #20 of Christopher Bell. Giving Gase a chance to come back down pit road for another adjustment. He would come down pit road for tires, fuel and two round in the left rear.
They would get the green on lap 70. Then eight short laps later another caution would come out for #19 of Brandon Jones spinning on the back stretch. Under the caution Gase would report to Donahue that now he was too tight but at least he's still had grip. He would battle through for the final nine laps and end the stage in 15th. Between stages he would come back to pit road for another wedge adjustment, tires, and fuel.
The green flag would wave on lap 96 to start the third and final stage of the Sports Clips VFW 200. 11 laps into the final stage Gase said he was still too tight. Another caution would come out shortly after so he would bring it back for another wedge adjustment to loosen him up. Joey and the Agri Supply / Sparks Energy Chevrolet would restart in the 23rd position. He would gain two more spots after the adjustment and bring it to the checkered flag in the 21st position.
It was a roller coaster of day for the Agri Supply / Sparks Energy Inc team on Saturday. But the guys showed the fight and hustle that they've shown all year. They never gave up and helped Gase bring home his best career finish at Darlington Raceway. Next week the team will head to Indiana to take on Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Lilly Diabetes 250.
About Agri Supply:
Agri Supply® is a family owned group of farm stores that started back in 1962 in Garner, North Carolina.Now, over 50 years later, Agri Supply has eight retail locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia; we release several unique catalogs per year; and we have a thriving website with a huge product selection available. The Agri Supply product line has grown by leaps and bounds - from what began as only farm items, to what now tops over 26,000 items and counting, featuring many categories:
Our product line has expanded to cover your needs, and will continue to do so - no matter whether you are on the farm needing that part for your tractor, in the shop looking for that perfect power tool, in the home preparing a scrumptious dinner, or in the garden trying to teach those weeds a lesson!
Whether it is for your farm, shop or home, Agri Supply has you covered!
In fact, we have... Something for Everyone!
Since 1962, customers have always been number one, and we have kept the same mission to this day:
-- A.W. Partlo
About Sparks Energy Inc.:
Sparks Energy, Inc. was founded in 2007 to address a growing need by both Investor Owned Utilities and Electric Co-ops for a quality workforce to perform storm response and energy restoration services. The Sparks Energy, Inc. team has over 35 years of experience in utility construction and management.
Sparks is a committed leader in Energy Restoration Management. Their crews are qualified for overhead/underground distribution, transmission, substation and ROW operations. They are composed of both union and non-union crews. The crews remain non-associated with mutual aid giving them the ability to move throughout the U.S. without having to request RMAG releases.
About Eternal Fan:
Eternal Fan™ was created to provide a better way for Fans to celebrate the passion that they have for sports and the places where they experienced positive shared memories. Eternal Fan™ is transforming traditions by creating a legacy for people to celebrate their sporting lives for generations to come.
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