George Jr. Finishes 19th in Season Opener at Daytona Richard Childress Racing development driver Tim George Jr. earned a top-20 finish in Saturday's ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway. The New York,...
George Jr. Finishes 19th in Season Opener at Daytona
Richard Childress Racing development driver Tim George Jr. earned a top-20 finish in Saturday's ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway.
The New York, N.Y., native took the green flag 34th to start the 80-lap season-opening race, but quickly showed the speed of his Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines-powered machine. George Jr. gained 12 positions in the opening five laps before making a split-second decision to miss a multi-car accident on lap seven.
Several competitors made contact on the exit of Turn 2, setting off a chain reaction that collected several cars directly in front of the No. 31 Chevrolet. Although George Jr. missed being caught in the incident, the 30-year old driver received damaged to the right-front side of his Impala when he dropped off the 31-degree banking onto the flat apron.
The Gere Kennon-led crew fixed most of the damage in two trips to pit road while under caution but, when racing resumed on lap 16, George Jr. radioed his crew about a handling issue that was a mainstay for the remainder of the race.
George Jr. and the No. 31 team made the most of the unfortunate situation by battling their way back to take the checkered flag 19th.
Bobby Gerhart earned the victory, his sixth ARCA win at the "World Center of Racing." Mark Thompson, RCR Nationwide Series driver John Wes Townley, James Buescher and Patrick Sheltra rounded out of the top-five finishers.
The ARCA Racing Series will visit Palm Beach International Speedway in two weeks for 75 laps of road course racing. The ARCA Racing 150 will begin at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 27.
Tim George Jr.:
"I'm proud of all the No. 31 guys for their hard work and preparation for this race. We were able to miss that early wreck but damaged the right-front side of the car when I dropped off the banking, which hurt our handling for the rest of the race. It was unfortunate but we'll leave here with our heads high and prepare for the Palm Beach race in two weeks."