Phoenix: Tim George Jr. race report

Tim George Jr. Finishes 22nd in NCWTS Race at Phoenix In his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the Richard Childress Racing development driver Tim George Jr. finished 22nd in the NASCAR 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on...

Tim George Jr. Finishes 22nd in NCWTS Race at Phoenix

In his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the Richard Childress Racing development driver Tim George Jr. finished 22nd in the NASCAR 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday evening.

The Phoenix weekend kicked-off with a pair of practice sessions at the one-mile oval. George took advantage of the allotted practice time to learn his way around the race track, ending the practice sessions in 29th and 28th positions, respectively.

On Friday afternoon, the New York, N.Y., native posted a 28.445-second lap around the one-mile oval, at a speed of 126.560 mph, earning him a 28th-place starting position for Friday evening's 150-lap event.

As the starting field rolled off pit road, George made his lone NCWTS start of the 2010 season in front of an estimated 28,500 spectators. The first of five cautions came on lap 18, and the RCR development driver brought the No. 22 truck down pit road for a track bar adjustment and fuel. George restarted the race on lap-23 in 25th position.

George battled a tight-handling truck for the duration of the next green-flag run. The second caution of the night was displayed on lap-54. This allowed for the RCR team to resolve the tight-handling conditions on the No. 22 truck. The Harold Holly-led team made a track bar adjustment, air pressure adjustment, put on four fresh Goodyear tires and filled the truck of fuel during the ensuing pit stop. Quick work by the RCR team helped George gain three spots to restart in 23rd position for a lap-59 restart.

Twenty laps later, George reported a bad vibration that forced him to bring the red and black truck down pit road for service under the green flag. The truck was given four new tires and fuel before it was sent back to competition.

While running 23rd, the 30-year-old driver and his team decided to stay-out when the field was faced with their final caution of the 150-lap event. George stated the truck was well balanced, and the Harold Holly-led team decided to keep their track position, restarting 22nd on lap 118.

George took the checkered flag in 22nd position in his lone NCWTS race of the 2010 season.

RCR team member, Clint Bowyer won the NASCAR 150, driving for Kevin Harvick Inc., with Kyle Busch, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, and Aric Armirola rounding out the top-five finishers.

Fellow stable mate Austin Dillon finished seventh for his 16th top-10 finish of the season.

The final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is the NASCAR 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Raceway on Friday, November 19th.

TIM GEORGE JR: "I think it was a solid performance by everyone at RCR. We had a really strong run going, but had to come in under green. I felt there was a loose lug nut or tire going down. But, we accomplished two of our three goals. One-no damage, two-finish the race, and three- a top-15 finish. Coming home in 22nd was respectable, but not exactly what we wanted. The best part of the weekend was gaining more experience in the Truck Series, which is a lot different to compete in than any stock car series I've raced in."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Matt Crafton , Johnny Sauter , Clint Bowyer , Tim George Jr. , Austin Dillon , Kyle Busch