Nashville: Tim Andrews preview

Tim Andrews Making ARCA Debut Talented Driver Takes Next Step Towards Goal This weekend, Tim Andrews and the Cunningham Motorsports team head to the 1.33-mile, concrete-surfaced Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway for Saturday's ARCA 150.

Tim Andrews Making ARCA Debut
Talented Driver Takes Next Step Towards Goal

This weekend, Tim Andrews and the Cunningham Motorsports team head to the 1.33-mile, concrete-surfaced Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway for Saturday's ARCA 150. Saturday's race will be Andrews first in his part-time schedule with Cunningham Motorsports in 2007. The team will compete in the ARCA Series as Andrews takes his next step in his driving career.

Andrews is no stranger to the race track and winning. He has dozens of years of driving experience with victories in karting, Bandolero, Legends and the NASCAR Busch East Series. In fact, Andrews enters Saturday's race looking to build a winning streak. Andrews won his first career NASCAR Busch East Series race at the tough and demanding Dover (Del.) International Speedway last September. Sunday's race is his first race since and just the next step in his fast-moving career.

Andrews has been climbing the racing ladder all his life. Winning poles and races has been a part of life. Learning at the sports highest levels has been too. Andrews is the weekly race spotter for NASCAR Nextel Cup veteran Kyle Petty. Each weekend, Andrews studies and witnesses first-hand what it takes to be a winner at the highest levels of professional racing. It's that experience and his past winning marks that gives him an advantage this weekend.

Comments from Andrews as he prepares for this weekend's ARCA 150:

"This is going to be my ARCA debut and I feel I'm ready for it. I'm anxious to get to the track, get behind the wheel and race with these guys. I know we're prepared for it and have good equipment. We're taking an old Petty Enterprises car and we've gotten some help from them. My father (champion crew chief Paul Andrews), Robbie Loomis and a bunch of the guys at the shop have helped this team and helped with this car. That's only going to help us this weekend.

"We tested a few weeks ago and exceeded our expectations. It didn't take us long to get up to speed. I've never been to Nashville, but I adapted pretty quickly to it. I knew, then, that we are going to be competitive this weekend. That's one of the reasons I'm anxious to get back. We have the right combination for success this weekend.

"I was a little surprised, but it didn't take long to get used to Nashville. It's almost like a flatter Kentucky Speedway. It's a pretty average track. It's a concrete surface, but it's nothing like Dover or any other track. You can relate the 'grip' characteristics a little bit, but that's about it. Nashville is a track that I'm comfortable with. We were fast the entire practice session and I was happy with it. We had a tire go down that put us into the wall at the end. That's all that was, but we don't expect any of those issues this weekend.

"I'm taking my next step and I'm that much closer to the goal. The goal is to do this full-time at the highest and best levels. I don't want to be a weekend guy. I want to drive as a profession. I've learned a lot over the years, and winning at Dover was a great experience. That propelled me to this level. I want to win here and move up from here.

"The competition level is probably the same in Busch East than as in the ARCA Series. You have the same seven or eight guys that run every week. They are the ones that are ultra competitive. You then have the guys that are in the back that you have to watch out for. We want to be one of the teams up front. It's tough to go up against some of these teams that have a ton of resources. Teams like Hendrick and Evernham teams all have a lot of resources and run development drivers in the ARCA Series. That's tough competition, sure, but I feel good about our team's abilities and what we have.

"I felt good after the test and I feel good now. It's like I said, I'm anxious to get back. I think we've made some improvements. We had to repair our car, but I think it's pretty competitive. We want to go out there and run up front. We know we can do that. I'm looking forward to it and I'm ready to go.

-credit: cm

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Series ARCA
Drivers Kyle Petty , Robbie Loomis , Tim Andrews