LAS VEGAS, Nev. and CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Story by Race Chaser Online Northeast Correspondent Kyle Magda — Robert Laberge/Getty Images North America photo —
Brennan Poole had a quiet, yet successful debut in his No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The Woodlands, Texas driver started in the 16th position and hovered around there for most of the race, before catching a lucky caution on lap 160 that put him back on the lead lap. With race winner Austin Dillon setting a blistering pace, Poole was on the verge of going two laps down until Mario Gosselin spun out to bring out the caution. He ran as high as sixth on lap 179 before coming home in ninth.
HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi announced that the former ARCA winner would compete in 15 races for their NXS team with sponsorship from DC Solar. He is the only driver to win an ARCA race every year in the last four seasons.
Poole never competed in a NASCAR race up until Saturday and is splitting the No. 42 ride with Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson. He never turned a lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway until Friday’s opening practice.
Poole was over a second slower to race winner Austin Dillon in first NXS practice, but picked up a few tenths in the next practice session to post the 14th fastest lap. He gave the No. 42 team their second top-10 finish of the season, with Larson finishing 10th at Atlanta last week. Poole and Joe Gibbs Racing rookie Daniel Suarez both picked up their first career NXS top-10 finishes at Las Vegas.
On the heels of the ninth-place finishes, Poole will return to the car next weekend at Phoenix for the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200.