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Race Recap | Atlanta – RAPTOR King of Tough 250

February 24, 2024

SHANE
van GISBERGEN

No. 97 WeatherTech Chevrolet Camaro

  • Shane van Gisbergen qualified 13th for the RAPTOR King of Tough 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • By lap six, Van Gisbergen settled into 17th, learning his way around the 1.5- mile oval. Continuing to run single-file in the draft, van Gisbergen was scored in 16th on lap 20. Happy with the handling on his WeatherTech Chevrolet, Van Gisbergen ended the stage in 11th.
  • Van Gisbergen started the second stage in 31st after coming down pit road for adjustments under the stage one break. With his No. 97 WeatherTech Chevrolet working well in the draft, van Gisbergen picked up multiple spots and was scored in 22nd when the caution flag waved on lap 59. By lap 72 Van Gisbergen worked his way into 17th and ended the stage in the same spot lap 80.
  • After pitting for fuel only under the stage two break, Van Gisbergen picked up 12 spots on pit road and restarted the final stage in fifth on lap 88. By lap 100, Van Gisbergen was scored in 12th, continuing to run in the top lane. Staying in the top lane, Van Gisbergen worked his way into 11th with 20 laps remaining and radioed to his team he was a tick tight getting off the corner. The fourth caution of the night waved with two laps remaining and Van Gisbergen scored in 10th. Tight on fuel, the WeatherTech team came down pit road under the caution for service. After a quick splash for fuel, Van Gisbergen restarted seventh. Following a green/white/checkered finish, Van Gisbergen crossed the finish line 3rd, earning his first top-five finish of the 2023 season.

“To come home with a third-place finish is an awesome feeling! I had a blast out there and really enjoyed myself. Thanks to Bruce and all the guys on this WeatherTech Chevy team. Looking forward to Vegas next week!”

– Shane van Gisbergen

AJ
ALLMENDINGER

No. 16 Campers Inn RV Chevrolet Camaro

  • AJ Allmendinger qualified seventh for the RAPTOR King of Tough 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • In the opening laps, the No. 16 Campers Inn RV Chevy fell back as far as 12th before driving up to sixth by the end of stage one. After Allmendinger reported he was free, the team took four tires, fuel and made an air pressure adjustment to tighten up the car at the stage break.
  • Allmendinger restarted the second stage ninth as the first car on four fresh tires. When the caution came out on lap 59, the No. 16 was running seventh and reported he had more lateral movement than the last run. Crew chief, Alex Yontz, called Allmendinger to pit road for four tires and an adjustment. The team restarted 19th on lap 64 and went on to finish the stage in ninth.
  • At the stage break, the No. 16 took fuel only and restarted the third stage in first place. Allmendinger took over second where he ran until lap 116 when the No. 16 was loose in the corners and he fell back 14th place. When the caution came out on lap 162, the No. 16 team pit for fuel and went on to finish the race in 13th place.

“Our No. 16 Campers Inn RV Chevy handled well today, we just lacked speed overall. At the end, our strategy didn’t play out. We’re disappointed with today’s results, but we’re focused ahead to Las Vegas.”

– AJ Allmendinger

JOSH
WILLIAMS

No. 11 Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet Camaro

  • Josh Williams qualified 16th for the RAPTOR King of Tough 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • Williams moved into 11th on the opening lap. On lap three, Williams’ left rear tire went flat, forcing him to come down to pit road and go three laps down. Nineteen laps later, Williams’ left rear went flat again. The No. 11 Alloy Employer Services Chevy Camaro pitted for left-side tires and a track bar adjustment under green, finishing stage one in 38th, eight laps down.
  • Williams started and finished stage two in 38th, eight laps down.
  • Williams gained one spot back over the course of the final stage and finished 37th, 10 laps down.

“It’s unfortunate to have something take us out early on in both of the first two races. Tomorrow’s a new day though, and the sun’s still going to rise. Hopefully, we put on a good show in the No. 16 Alloy Employer Services Camaro ZL1 Sunday.”

– Josh Williams

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