USAR: Lonesome Pine: Tim Bainey Jr race report

Tim Bainey Jr. and the Greased Lightning Racing Team Finish 11th at LPR Tuesday, May 3, 2005 -- Osceola Mills, PA-Tim Bainey Jr. and the Greased Lightning Racing Team had another strong finish Saturday Night finishing 11th in the USAR Hooter's...

Tim Bainey Jr. and the Greased Lightning Racing Team Finish 11th at LPR

Tuesday, May 3, 2005 -- Osceola Mills, PA-Tim Bainey Jr. and the Greased Lightning Racing Team had another strong finish Saturday Night finishing 11th in the USAR Hooter's Pro Cup Series Event at Lonesome Pine Speedway.

In a weekend that was full of rain and cold weather the team saw practice delayed until 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon. It was the team's first trip to the 3/8 mile track and after a short one hour practice session the team sat 14th on the overall speed chart.

"The short practice was a little tough," said Crew Chief Dan Bainey. "It took about 20 minutes just to get the track dry enough to run on - and with forty-some cars all trying to get laps in, it was hard for Timmy to get a lot of good laps in. But for our first time here, we were pretty close off the truck. He picked up on the track quick, we didn't get to make a lot of adjustments - but the adjustments we made were right on."

Tim Jr. was one of the last cars to go out in qualifying, usually that is a good thing - but as a slight drizzle started over the track with just 10 cars to go it proved to hurt the No. 15 Greased Lightning Team. As Tim Jr. applied the brakes going into turn 1 the front tires locked up and skated him up the track on the damp surface - he managed to hang on - but it ended up pushing the team back to the 23rd-starting position.

"I knew we had a pretty good car, that qualifying deal was disappointing," said Tim Jr. "Starting in the back is never any fun - but you have to take what happens and just work to make the best of it."

And make the best of it they did.

From the drop of the green, it was clear that Tim Jr. was hooked up in the #15 Greased Lightning Ford. Tim Jr. worked his way up to 12th before a caution fell around lap 70. The team took advantage of the early caution and brought him to pit road to make a few adjustments and top off with fuel.

Their strategy proved to pay off as he continued to work through the field and after another string of pit stops just over halfway - Tim Jr. had taken the No. 15 Greased Lightning Ford all the way to the second position. The strong run continued as he hung inside the top five until about lap 200 before a caution would fall. The team had a little concern over the left front tire - so they brought him back to pit road for left side tires and fuel.

Tim Jr. returned to the track and it didn't take long before they broke back into the top ten. It was around lap 225 when two lap cars were racing hard in front of Tim Jr., he made a move to the inside and got tangled up with the two of them - they didn't spin - but it did cost Tim Jr. several positions.

"I made a bad move," said Tim Jr. "Those cars were holding us up a lot, and they kept running side by side. I waited about 5 laps but they wouldn't move out of the way. On a track that short you can't waste a lot of time, I knew the leader was really closing in on us and we needed to stay on the lead lap - but I just picked the wrong place to go."

Tim Jr. gathered the No. 15 Greased Lightning Ford back under control and managed to get back a few of the positions he lost before the checkered flag would fall. The team would finish the event in the 11th position.

"I was really happy with the way we ran tonight. Dan (crew chief) did a great job in the pits calling the shots and making the right changes, he is doing such a great job with everything this year. I know the short track really kept my dad busy on the radio all night, and this group of guys we have - man they are great! Teamwork - that is what we talk about all the time - and it's really making things a lot better for us this year."

"We're up in the points and heading to IRP then Jennerstown - two of my favorite tracks. If we can just improve a little on where we were at this weekend - we are going to really turn some heads these next few weeks."

The team is off to a great start in the Chase for the 2005 USAR Hooter's Pro Cup Series Championship as they sit seventh in the Championship Point Standings.

You can catch the "Food City 250" broadcast this Saturday, May 7 at 10 p.m. on the Speed Channel. Don't forget to tune in and catch all the action from the weekend's event.

Keep up with Tim Bainey Jr. and the Greased Lightning Racing Team at www.timbaineyjr.com.

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