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Gosselin finishes 22nd in Atlanta E-Z-GO - Posted on March 21st, 2010
Following the Daytona crash, Mario Gosselin resolved to play it fairly safe at the Atlanta E-Z-GO 200 race Saturday. That strategy paid off and ushered the No. 12 TireMonkey.com truck into a respectable 22nd place finish.

“We needed to come home all in one piece, and we did,” Gosselin said Monday. “After Talladega, we had such a good truck there, and we crashed it really hard, so our spirits were kind of down for a few days, but we got our spirits back up.”

Kevin Harvick of the No. 2 truck took first place, followed by Kyle Busch of the No. 18 truck and Aric Almirola of the No. 51 truck.

Gosselin began the afternoon race in the 25th starting slot, but the handling on his Chevrolet Silverado prevented him from moving up in the ranks. The truck was too loose when his DGM Racing team unloaded it at the Atlanta garages, so they tightened her up pre-race to prevent any radical spinouts. Unfortunately, however, the adjustment caused the truck to become too tight, and Gosselin was forced to slow down at the turns during the race.

“We got behind and never really recovered," Gosselin said. "That’s pretty much the bottom line: It was too tight. We made adjustments, and we kept on making it better, but we never made a big enough adjustment.”

But Gosselin praised his DGM Racing team for helping boost the truck’s position through nearly seamless pit stops.

“I felt the pit stops went well,” he said. “We just couldn’t capitalize on having good pit stops because we were off a little bit on the racetrack. To run up front, you have to have it all. You have to have all the pieces to the puzzle.”

Next on the schedule is the March 27 Martinsville Speedway Kroger 250 in Virginia. Because that oval track is so small – 0.526 miles – it’s difficult to pass, and it’s important for Gosselin to perform during qualifying so as to secure a top starting spot.

Unlike Daytona or Atlanta, Martinsville provides true short-track racing, so the race will be a “whole new ballgame,” Gosselin said.

“I just wish we could have finished (Atlanta) a little bit better, but at the end of the day, we came home in one piece, and we gained some points, so we need to move on and do better at the next one,” he said.

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