Pocono: Tim George Jr. qualifying report

NOTHING "TRICKY" ABOUT POCONO RACEWAY FOR TIM GEORGE JR. Series Career-Best Track Qualifying Effort at Pocono for George LONG POND, Penn. (June 4, 2010) -Tim George Jr. returned to Pocono for his third visit with a little more experience under...

NOTHING "TRICKY" ABOUT POCONO RACEWAY FOR TIM GEORGE JR.

Series Career-Best Track Qualifying Effort at Pocono for George

LONG POND, Penn. (June 4, 2010) -Tim George Jr. returned to Pocono for his third visit with a little more experience under his belt. After a successful practice, Tim George Jr. qualified the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Development Chevrolet eighth for Saturday's Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 - his best at Pocono Raceway.

The final practice session marked the first on-track activities at Pocono Raceway this weekend, as 34 ARCA Racing Series drivers participated in the session. George, driving the No. 31 RCR Development Chevrolet, was one of the drivers to undertake the track nicknamed the "Tricky Triangle."

"Practice was smooth. We made steady gains. This was one of my hardest tracks last year, and I feel a lot more confidant with my ability and the package that RCR has put together for me here," admitted George, who is currently ninth in the ARCA Racing Series driver's points. "Our Chevy power is very strong, my setup feels good, and we made a couple of changes at the end that really helped out. It is great to have a team that believes in me. We were consistent in the top-10 for the second half of practice, and had a fifth place car for qualifying."

The New York, N.Y., native finished the lone practice session in the 11th position maneuvering around the "Tricky Triangle" in 55.419 seconds at 162.399 mph. Preparing to make his third career start at the track, George turned 26 laps during the hour and forty minute-long practice.

Following practice, the No. 31 RCR Development team prepared for Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell, which rolled off at 1:45 p.m. The qualifying session determined the starting line-up for Saturday's Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200, race 7 of the 20-race 2010 ARCA Racing Series.

In Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell, George was the 25th car to make a qualifying attempt.

George, who earned his career-best series qualifying effort at Pocono Raceway, posted a lap of 162.487 mph (55.389 seconds) around the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway triangle late during the session.

"The No. 31 RCR Development car was very good in qualifying. I got a little greedy coming to the green and got loose. Other than that our goal was to finish top-10, and we are eighth," added George. "We are looking good for the race tomorrow with our strategy and Gere (Kennon), crew chief, on the box. Mike Dillon keeps pushing me to do my personal best and I need that. All the guys have worked real hard, and I appreciate their efforts."

The qualifying session was completed in full despite the presence of on-track incidents throughout the session.

-source: tim george jr PR

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