George Jr. Ninth in ARCA Racing Series Points Heading into Season Finale KANSAS CITY, Kansas (September 30, 2010) -- Richard Childress Racing development driver Tim George Jr. finished 15th in the Kansas Lottery 150 ARCA Racing Series...
George Jr. Ninth in ARCA Racing Series Points Heading into Season Finale
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (September 30, 2010) -- Richard Childress Racing development driver Tim George Jr. finished 15th in the Kansas Lottery 150 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards race at Kansas Speedway on Thursday evening. He now heads into ARCA's season finale, Saturday's American 200 presented by Black's Tire and Auto Service at Rockingham Speedway, ninth in the point standings.
Thursday began with a two-hour practice session, marking the first time that ARCA competitors had the opportunity to make laps around the 1.5-mile facility since participating in an open test session three weeks ago. George bested his fastest time during last month's open test after just one lap of practice, but endured a minor setback by spinning on the track one lap later. Luckily, there was no damage to the No. 31 RCR Development Chevrolet, and George concluded the practice session 19th on the charts.
During qualifying on Thursday afternoon, the New York, N.Y., native posted a 32.394 second lap around the 1.5 mile tri-oval, at a speed of 166.698 mph, earning him a 15th-place starting position for the 150-mile race.
As the starting field drove to the green flag, spotter Scott Wimmer guided George around the 1.5-mile track. The RCR development driver settled into 15th position at the start of the race, but fell outside of the top 20 by lap 15. He was running 23rd when he fell one lap down to the race leaders on lap 27, noting on the team radio that the car felt loose.
The second of three caution flags was displayed on lap 46, and crew chief Gere Kennon made the call to bring the red, black and white No. 31 Chevrolet down pit road for four fresh Hoosier tires, two cans of Sunoco fuel, as well as a series of chassis and air pressure adjustments.
The RCR crew was able to gain George six positions on the racetrack, and he restarted 14th when green-flag racing resumed on lap 50.
George fell back to 15th on the restart, but was able to maintain that position until Kennon made the call to pit for a second time under caution on lap 87.
Taking on four Hoosier tires and fuel, the RCR team again produced a stellar pit stop but, unfortunately, George was caught speeding down pit road and had to restart the race at the tail-end of the longest line.
The New York, N.Y., native restarted 14th for the lap-93 restart, and crossed the checkered flag seven laps later in 15th position. George's teammate, Ty Dillon, earned his first ARCA victory in just his second series start. Steve Arpin finished second, followed by Craig Goess, Mikey Kile and Patrick Sheltra.
The next ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards race is the American 200 presented by Black's Tire and Auto Service at Rockingham Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 9.
TIM GEORGE JR:
"The RCR Development Chevrolet was good the last two runs, especially the final one. I wish the car was under me all day. The guys had great stops. Congratulations to my teammate, Ty Dillon, on his win."