Tight quarters at Berlin bites George Jr. The challenges of short track racing are something Tim George Jr. is working towards mastering. As a rookie in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, and stockcar racing in general, George Jr. knows that in order to ...
Tight quarters at Berlin bites George Jr.
The challenges of short track racing are something Tim George Jr. is working towards mastering. As a rookie in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, and stockcar racing in general, George Jr. knows that in order to learn all that he can throughout his debut season, he has to take the good with the bad.
On Saturday at the .4375-mile Berlin Raceway, George Jr., driving the No. 2 Ruby Tuesday Toyota, had another lesson thrown at him, one of circumstance and perseverance. He started the Wolverine Power Systems 200 presented by Generac mid-pack, within the top 20, from the 18th position.
Entering the event weekend, George Jr. familiarized himself with the unique short track, and became well aware early into the race that a foray into the woods off of the backstretch was a possibility.
"I didn't quite know what to expect when I arrived at Berlin. Sure enough, there wasn't a back stretch wall. I got to see a car (that of Billy Leslie) go off in front of me, almost into the woods. I made sure I didn't track all the way to the edge out of turn 2," George Jr. said.
In addition to the uniqueness of the track, George Jr. was challenged by track position. With the track less than a half-mile in length, it didn't give the wide-eyed rookie much time to or room to maneuver his way through the field. Unfortunately, the same tight conditions that hindered his ability to pass, also left him nowhere to go and left him a victim of circumstance, getting caught up in a late race wreck.
"We were running pretty strong and probably had an eighth place run going. Several cars spun in front of me and I couldn't avoid one of them," George Jr. explained.
"A few of the cars that were also involved in this incident finished within the top ten, but our damage was more significant. The guys did a good job and hustled to get the No. 2 Ruby Tuesday Toyota back out, but we must have had a right front suspension problem because all of the sudden, it just wouldn't turn left. For a short track, that was a very hard hit, but I'm okay."
After extensive repairs to his Ruby Tuesday sponsored machine, George Jr. got back on track temporarily before his ailing machine let go. He finished the race in the 25th position.
This week George Jr. has a week of testing ahead of him before he and the Ruby Tuesday / Eddie Sharp Racing team return to Pocono Raceway. In June George Jr. started 10th and finished 19th on the tricky triangle.
"I'm looking forward to testing at Watkins Glen this week and regrouping for Pocono and the New Jersey test," he said.