Tim Andrews eleventh at Lake Erie Speedway Tim Andrews, a Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, finished eleventh at Sunday's Local Dodge Dealers 150, the third race of his rookie...
Tim Andrews eleventh at Lake Erie Speedway
Tim Andrews, a Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, finished eleventh at Sunday's Local Dodge Dealers 150, the third race of his rookie season. For the second race in a row, Andrews was the second best rookie in the race, and trails Ryan Moore by only one point in the Rookie of the Year standings.
For the first time this year, Andrews and the other drivers in the series were all on equal footing, as none of them had been on the year-old, 3/8rths-mile track that was making its first appearance on the BNS schedule. All the drivers had two hours of practice to dial their cars in on Saturday, and half an hour on Sunday morning before qualifying.
Andrews and his Palermo Plumbing Supply/Moen Chevrolet team spent most of its time trying to loosen up the car the first test of whether they made progress was in qualifying, where Andrews posted the 8th fastest time, 15.393 seconds (87.702 MPH).
"This is a great facility," Andrews said. "The track is really nice, there's a ton of grip in the asphalt. I'm really looking forward to the race to see what's going to happen on longer runs. I can't wait for the race.
"The car's been tight all day, but I think we've got it figured out and I think we'll be really good for the race. I'm looking forward to it," Andrews continued.
Andrews fell to thirteenth in the race's early laps, but had worked his way up to eighth by the race's five-minute halftime break, where the crew changed right-side tires and made other adjustments to his car. When the race resumed, the car was still tight and Andrews lost positions, going back to fifteenth at one point. His last twenty-five laps were strong, though, as he went from that fifteenth position to eleventh when the checkers fell.
"I still couldn't get the car to turn all day," he said after the race. "I'm going to make this thing loose at Seekonk, we've got to do something. We have to get the cars handling better before we start finishing better. I thought we had it today, but I guess we didn't. We'll keep digging at it, and see what we can do."
Andrews continues to give the series high marks after making his fourth career start.
"It's still a great series, I haven't changed my opinion about it," he said. "The officials are great to work with and all the drivers race me clean, for the most part. I'm still looking forward to running the full season and seeing if we can't catch Ryan Moore in the rookie standings."
Andrews will get his next opportunity to do so on Saturday night at the Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway.