Poole stays resilient in eighth place finish at Charlotte
By Zachary Lange
May 27, 2017
CONCORD, N.C.—It was a bit of a wild ride for the Brennan Poole in the Hisense 4K TV 300.
After a scuffle with teammate Tyler Reddick early in race which led to contact, Poole settled in, finishing fifth at the end of Stage 1.
Poole went on to stay in the top ten for the majority of the race, until trouble with Denny Hamlin fighting for position at lap 160 caused the eighth caution of the race.
Poole fell back to as low as 20th, but a couple of restarts late led a charging Poole to an eighth place finish, his fourth top ten of the season. Despite the incidents, the 26-year-old who is in his second full-time XFINITY Series season regarded the day as a success.
“To battle back and finish eighth, I’m proud of that,” Poole said.
Charlotte proved to be a rebound for the No. 48 DC Solar Chevy after a pair of mid 20’s finishes at Richmond and Talladega respectively.
Poole was able to pick up valuable stage points finishing with six across both stage one and two, closing in on sixth in points and 103 behind points leader Elliott Sadler.
“I think it’s really promising,” Poole said. “I’m proud of my team and the communication all weekend. We were really good and fast in practice and qualified pretty decent.
“Just need to be a little bit better at the end of the race.”
Similar to prior races, the ability to pass was difficult, with many teams opting to stick to the lower lane that proved to have more grip despite NASCAR adding VHT compound to the upper groove.
“It was tough to pass,” Poole said. “All afternoon one groove was better than others sometimes and you’re just trying to make time.”
Next week, the XFINITY Series rolls into Dover, where Poole finished 10th in May of 2016.
“I love Dover,” Poole said. “Going to a great track next week. Have a lot of friends and family there and I’ll try to get a win.”