DGM Racing achieves double Top 10 in Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. – Mario Gosselin, former ARCA Menards Series driver and now DGM Racing team owner, was helping his pit crew load a car on top of the truck after Saturday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race. night (March 19) at Atlanta Motor Speedway. .

When front straight caught up with the veteran racer, the 50-year-old jumped out of a five-foot-high cargo truck and sped off with the biggest smile of anyone in the garage.

The car he was loading was Mason Massey’s No. 91 Chevrolet. That car and Kyle Weatherman’s No. 92 had just posted the team’s first top-10 double in over a year, with Massey finishing sixth and Weatherman eighth.

“We’re a 20th-rank team as far as where we should be,” Gosselin said. front straight. “Everyone works hard. We spend many hours. Who would have thought that a small team from Lake Wales could come to Atlanta and get two top 10 finishes?

The small team from Lake Wales, Fla., has only 26 top-10 finishes in its eight-year existence that includes 447 total starts. Alex Labbe, in the team’s third inning on Saturday, finished 19th, putting all three cars inside the top 20 for the first time this season.

It was the first top 10 finish of the series for Georgia native Massey. It was also almost his first top 5 finish, as he fell short of sixth place.

“It definitely feels like a win,” Massey said. front straight. “I feel a little emotional right now. We’ve been through a lot trying to get to this point.”

For Weatherman, it was only the second top-10 finish of his career. The last one came almost two years ago.

“Two cars in the top 10 is unbelievable,” Weatherman said. front straight. “This sport is a sport based on momentum. These guys have been working hard. To see some results is great.”

Atlanta recently reconfigured its 1.5-mile oval into a narrower, higher-banked superspeedway-like track. In fact, their new side-by-side draft racing product is something along the lines of Talladega Superspeedway, which happens to be where DGM earned its most recent double top-10 finish in 2020.

Change meant chaos, and near the end of the night there was a lot, but not until the end.

There were no incident warnings for the first two stages of the race, and that meant typical Xfinity Series players were running up front. Power teams like JR Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Kaulig Racing and Richard Childress Racing held most of the top 10 throughout the event.

But with 60 laps to go in the final stage, a multi-car accident broke out. Then another did, and another.

With the destruction of the leading cars and the increase in Atlanta’s dropout rate, slowly but surely the DGM cars moved up the ranks.

With so many unknowns about Atlanta’s new build and no previous notes to use, even powerful teams struggled to find something in their builds that would work.

“It’s crazy. It’s probably the craziest track I’ve ever raced on,” Massey said of the reconfiguration. “The mile-and-a-half drafting is crazy.”

Gosselin, however, knew exactly what to do. He said that instead of using a traditional superspeed setup like many other teams, he looked back to a Michigan International Speedway setup that was used after the 2-mile corridor was last resurfaced.

What he saw in it, he liked it, and put it in all three DGM Chevrolets on Saturday night.

It was working out well, as by the end of the night, combined with the help of the race’s high dropout rate, both Massey and Weatherman were in the top 10.

With one more multi-car crash and a double overtime attempt, both cars found themselves in the top 10.

While Ty Gibbs was celebrating at the Atlanta finish line and the JGR team was partying in victory lane, DGM Racing made their own victory lane right there on pit road, surrounded by friends and family.

They hadn’t won, but they sure wanted to.

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