Bo LeMastus and the No. 54 Crosley Toyota Tundra finished 17th in yesterday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway. This race marked the first time that both, DGR-CROSLEY and LeMastus, have competed at the one-and-a-half-mile track in Atlanta.
LeMastus took his first laps on the abrasive track surface Friday morning during the first practice session where he used the valuable track time to get a good feel for his truck and the track alike. The team was scored 21st on the speed charts at the conclusion of the first practice session and 17th in the final 50-minute session.
On Saturday, LeMastus laid down a solid qualifying lap with a speed of 177.442 mph, securing a 15th-place starting position for the Active Control 200. When the green flag flew Saturday afternoon, the No. 54 Toyota was shuffled back several spots on the initial start and worked hard during the first and second stages of racing to gain back his track position. A caution for debris on lap 60 of the 130-lap event put the No. 54 Toyota back on the lead lap and in position to start working through the field. At the conclusion of Stage 2, LeMastus was scored in the 20th position. Crew Chief, Kevin "Bono" Manion, called for four Goodyear tires and a wedge adjustment on the final pit stop of the race. The adjustments helped boost LeMastus and the No. 54 Toyota to a 17th-place, lead lap finish.
"This track is tough," reported LeMastus. "It took me several runs to get comfortable with the track and hit my marks but once I did it just kind of clicked. I wish I could go back in time with what I know now and start the weekend over, but man it was fun. I'm happy to be working with this 54 crew - they've helped me a lot this weekend - and it's been very valuable to have veterans in the sport like Bono and David [Gilliland] sharing their knowledge with me."
Next week the No. 54 DGR-CROSLEY team will head to Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway for the Stratosphere 200.