Atlanta: Gabi DiCarlo race report

DiCarlo Builds on NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Momentum with Impressive Atlanta Run HAMPTON, GA (March 7, 2009) - Gabi DiCarlo had a tougher time with the speed of the historic old Atlanta Motor Speedway than she did with the wide open Auto...

DiCarlo Builds on NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Momentum with Impressive Atlanta Run

HAMPTON, GA (March 7, 2009) - Gabi DiCarlo had a tougher time with the speed of the historic old Atlanta Motor Speedway than she did with the wide open Auto Club Speedway during her NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut two weeks ago. While it took DiCarlo a little longer to get comfortable with her Toyota Tundra, by the end of the American Commercial Lines 200 she was running laps times comparable to those of the leaders.

DiCarlo was once again making laps on a unfamiliar track and did all that was asked of her throughout the weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. She qualified the Great Clips Toyota Tundra solidly in the field at the 32nd position and made her way through the competition to finish 24th. DiCarlo's ability to learn the track's unique characteristics and her aptitude to watch and learn the fastest lines run by series veterans, have this young driver headed for a successful series campaign.

"This is the hardest time I have ever had trying to figure out a track," said DiCarlo. "By the end of the race I found that the truck was fastest up high. It's a little tough at those speeds to be up that close to the wall but my crew chief, Randy Nelson, and my spotter gave me the confidence to run that high line."

DiCarlo was able to bring the Great Clips Toyota Tundra home without a scratch avoiding any issues during the five cautions thrown during the race. Additionally, flawless pit stops by the Great Clips helped prove that this young team is building a slid base of momentum. .

"As well as Gabi has done adapting to the trucks, it's hard to believe that it was only her second time in a Camping World Truck Series race. I know this track was a tough learning curve for her and on top of that she was fighting the flu bug, but she never complained about a thing," Said Doug Stringer, owner of Stringer Motorsports. "I am really proud of my whole team"

The Great Clips Team will now shift gears back to the ARCA RE/MAX Series with DiCarlo scheduled to race in the ARCA RE/MAX Carolina 200 at the legendary Rockingham Speedway April 19th.

-credit: sm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Gabi DiCarlo