Tim Andrews Earns SIM Factory Pole Award at Pocono LONG POND PA (6-8-07) -- Tim Andrews, son of 19-year veteran NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series crew chief Paul Andrews, earned his career first SIM Factory Pole Award Friday ...
Tim Andrews Earns SIM Factory Pole Award at Pocono
LONG POND PA (6-8-07) -- Tim Andrews, son of 19-year veteran NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series crew chief Paul Andrews, earned his career first SIM Factory Pole Award Friday afternoon at Pocono Raceway, posting a 54.602 second lap around the 2.5-mile paved triangle. He starts on the pole for Saturday's Pocono 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race.
"It was a pretty stressful day today," said Andrews, who is part of the Dodge Development Program for Cunningham Motorsports. "The Cunningham Motorsports guys really worked their tales off in practice. We didn't get a chance to make a mock qualifying run so we were kind of flying in here blind. It's special to be here at Pocono Raceway. I haven't been here since I was a little kid and I haven't done any of the racing simulators or any thing else here so it's pretty special. The Petty's have really helped out in getting me paired up with the Dodge Development Program and Cunningham Motorsports. These guys are a pretty small race team out of Georgia, Mark Gibson and Kerry Scherer. They've got a limited budget and it's amazing what they've been able to do."
Saturday's Pocono 200 marks Andrews' second career ARCA RE/MAX Series start (he finished sixth at Nashville Superspeedway in his ARCA debut on April 7th). David Reutimann qualified second in the No. 22 ESR Development Team-NAPA Toyota. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series regular was filling in for fellow Michael Waltrip Racing driver Josh Wise, who was unable to participate in ARCA RE/MAX Series practice or qualifying due to his commitments in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
"[Eddie] Sharp brings a great car every week and I'm actually just filling in for Josh Wise who is scheduled to race the Truck Series race at Texas," said Reutimann. "Our main goal today was just to fill in for Josh, getting notes and stuff for him."
Following NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series qualifying, Reutimann plans to fly to Nashville, Tennessee for the NASCAR Busch Series event.
Jeremy Clements qualified third in the No. 3 One-Stop Convenience Stores Chevrolet, followed by Bryan Silas in the No. 11 Nortrax-Shell Rotella Chevrolet. Chad McCumbee, who plans to compete in both the ARCA RE/MAX Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events this weekend, qualified fifth in the No. 62 Victory Junction Gang Dodge.
The Pocono 200 marks the ARCA RE/MAX Series' 44th appearance to Pocono Raceway since 1983. The race is the tenth of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule and will be aired on SPEED beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. So far in 2007, nine different drivers have earned ARCA RE/MAX Series victories in as many events.
The Pocono 200 rolls off at 1 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. The race will be aired on SPEED beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.