Top-15 finish for Tim George Jr. at Dirt Race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Mooresville, N.C. (August 24, 2010) - Tim George Jr. has proved this year he can be fast and racy on the ARAC Racing Series present by RE/MAX and Menard's circuit.
Top-15 finish for Tim George Jr. at Dirt Race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds
Mooresville, N.C. (August 24, 2010) - Tim George Jr. has proved this year he can be fast and racy on the ARAC Racing Series present by RE/MAX and Menard's circuit. Last Sunday, he proved he's also versatile when he's behind the wheel of his No. 31 Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Development Chevrolet.
A week removed from the twisting road course at New Jersey Motorsports Park, George started 29th and finished 15th on the one-mile clay oval at the historical Illinois State Fairgrounds for the Allen Crowe 100 - just his third ARCA Racing Series career start on dirt.
"We had a really great car for the Springfield race," said George. "We got it dialed in pretty close to solid race trim in practice. I think we may have over adjusted a little for qualifying and I lost it between (Turns) 1 and 2. Luckily, I didn't hit anything."
George's schedule behind the wheel of the No. 31 machine at the Springfield, Ill, track was filled during the one-day event, with an early morning practice session leading straight into qualifying. He had a lot to learn in a very short period. And the lessons continued into the 100-lap main event.
Once the green flag dropped, George stayed consistent, clicking off laps on the slick racing surface. Despite the obstacles of starting the race in the back of the 31-car field, George tactfully moved his way through the field and into the top-15.
As George Jr. began working his way to the front, setting sail around the dirt track for the first 27 laps until the first caution flag waved. George sustained minimal damage while fighting for position and he lost track position for a pit stop for fuel and fresh tires. He got back to 12th-place, but he eventually was involved in a single-car spin that dropped him to 23rd, two laps down.
"I ended up driving in too deep and got loose in the unpacked dirt going into (Turn) 3," said George. "It swapped ends and I backed it in the wall. After this it was just about salvaging some points, and we did that. I'm getting a bit frustrated after being one of the best cars on track three weeks in a row and not having the results to show for it."
Multiple late race caution flags slowed his charge, including a late caution flag which extended the race in a green-white-checkered finish.
Despite the damage, but with help of crew chief Gere Kennon, George took advantage of the restarts in the closing laps, maneuvering to top-15 finish the final laps.
"Coming from the back was actually pretty fun," added George. "I felt like we were one of the most competitive cars on track for a while."
Like many of his fellow competitors, George is looking forward to returning to the asphalt tracks. George and his Richard Childress Racing Development team will compete this Friday at Chicagoland Speedway for the Ansell Protective Gloves 150.
The New York, N.Y., native will look forward to show his versatility - and the chance of redemption - on dirt as the ARCA Racing Series will come on Sept. 6 at DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds.
-source: tim george jr. PR