The car Brennan Poole took to a top-10 speed in open testing for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 on Thursday night was covered in dust outside of a shuttered garage a month before getting unloaded by On Point Motorsports.
Even more remarkable was that the session was the 28-year-old’s first time in a Late Model Stock in eight years.
Now they sincerely expect to have a shot at winning a grandfather clock next to kick-off what team owner Steven Lane intends to be the start of a successful development program.
“Honestly, we drug this car out of the woods like a literally a month ago, maybe less than a month ago,” Poole told Short Track Scene on Thursday night. “We put it together and put a new front clip on it. If you saw the pictures you wouldn’t believe it.
“I’m actually shocked that it was as fast as it was.”
It was 10th quick, in the same speed bracket with the likes of Josh Berry, CE Falk and Brandon Pierce — expected contenders to win next Saturday night under the lights.
“The guys worked really hard and the car was really good the whole night,” Poole added. “It was just a lot of fun getting back in it and doing what I used to do all the time.
“I’m also excited cause I can help these guys build this program and try to get some younger guys to come in and be successful in a Late Model Stock. And try to transition them into the ARCA car and our Truck program. So, really, I feel honored that they asked me to do it. And shoot, I just had a blast today. It was just fun.”
Poole is the centerpiece of Lane’s Truck Series program, which was formed last summer following a lengthy stint as a crew chief across all three national tours. Lane also serves as the crew chief for his own team.
Before he could turn the team into a contending ride-buyer program, he needed a capable driver who could take the stuff to Victory Lane.
Enter Poole — the six-time ARCA Racing Series winner, who has delivered exactly as asked — giving On Point a runner-up finish at Charlotte in May and three other top-10s.
And based on his previous experience at Martinsville in a Late Model Stock, they very much should be in the mix next Saturday night too, regardless of the car’s age.
Poole led 34 laps in the 2009 ValleyStar 300 before finishing third to Jake Crum and Brandon McReynolds. He also had 10 victories and a championship in the now defunct UARA STARS Late Model Tour.
“Your results on the track kind of say the most,” Poole said. “And I feel like this year for this team and, and what we have, we’ve certainly overachieved. We finished second to Kyle Busch with an 11-year-old truck and didn’t have the right springs, and then last week we finished sixth at Vegas.
“So our program is steadily getting better abd I think I’ve shown that I’m still capabale of doing this. Today was a great confidence booster. I ran the same times as the guys who do this every single week. We need a little more qualifying speed to have a shot at the pole but we’re definitely a top-20 team.”