Craig Goess Scores Second Place and Valuable Points in Tim Richmond 200 Goess continues trek towards ARCA Racing Series Championship MANSFIELD, Ohio (July 19, 2010) - Consistency seems to be Craig Goess' middle name this season. As the...
Craig Goess Scores Second Place and Valuable Points in Tim Richmond 200
Goess continues trek towards ARCA Racing Series Championship
MANSFIELD, Ohio (July 19, 2010) - Consistency seems to be Craig Goess' middle name this season. As the ARCA Racing Series rolled into Mansfield, Ohio last weekend, Goess looked to continue his steady journey to the top of the point standings. He didn't disappoint, bringing home a second-place finish in the Tim Richmond 200 in the No. 81 Toyota of Greenville N.C. Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota. In 10 races this season, he has five top-five finishes and seven top-10s.
Goess was fourth quickest in the only practice of the day, with a time of 16.687 seconds (107.868 mph). The No. 81 ESR team made adjustments before qualifying, which proved successful as Goess laid down the third quickest qualifying lap of 16.589 seconds (108.506 mph).
As the green flag fell on the Tim Richmond 200, Goess was confident in the car, the team and his skills.
"The car improved between practice and qualifying, and I knew the car had the speed to compete for the victory," said Goess
With five cautions slowing the field for a total of 40 laps, the loose No. 81 Toyota of Greenville had a hard time maintaining short runs.
"We had some bad luck in the pits, but we were able to fight back from it," explained Goess. "The guys put together a good car. I just wish we could have had a long run."
The No. 81 raced at the front of the pack for much of the race, taking the lead for five laps when the leaders pit under the fourth of five cautions.
With 48 laps to go, the 17-year-old pole-sitter Max Gresham took the lead for the final time and took the checkered flag. Goess crossed the finish line second, his fifth top-five and seventh top-10 of the season.
"The car was loose for most of the race, but once we got going on long runs on a green flag, the car could really get to where it needed to be," said Goess. "Unfortunately, it just took too long for the car to get on a roll, and the cautions really hurt us. All things considered, I think we had a good race and picked up the points we needed to."
Goess' second-place finish shot him up one more spot in the ARCA Racing Series point standings. With nine more races in the 2010 season, Goess is 50 points behind leader Justin Marks.
With this upcoming weekend off, the ARCA Racing Series will head to Pocono Raceway on July 31 for the Weis Markets 125. Goess will return to the "Tricky Triangle" to defend his victory at Pocono, after his first career ARCA Racing Series victory on June 5.