George Posts Second-Consecutive Top-10 Effort at Michigan Tim George Jr. and the No. 31 RCR Development race team ran inside the top 10 for half of Friday's Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway and, in the process, scored...
George Posts Second-Consecutive Top-10 Effort at Michigan
Tim George Jr. and the No. 31 RCR Development race team ran inside the top 10 for half of Friday's Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway and, in the process, scored their second consecutive top-10 effort of the season.
The solid eighth-place finish allowed the Gere Kennon-led team to maintain the ninth position in the overall ARCA Racing Series championship point standings with 12 races remaining in the season.
After rolling off the starting grid 14th for the 100-lap affair, George slipped to 17th while finding the best route for the black, white and red RCR entry around the two-mile oval. He worked his way back up to 14th when the first of two caution flags flew just 28 laps in.
Relaying to Kennon that the No. 31 Chevrolet produced a tight condition exiting the 18-degree banked corners, the New York, N.Y., native brought his machine to pit road on lap 31 for four fresh Hoosier tires, which included air pressure adjustments, and a track bar modification. Quick work by the over-the-wall crew put George back on track 10th for the lap-35 restart.
During the middle stages of the 200 miler, the second-year ARS driver ran competitive lap times that were, at times, as fast as or faster than the leaders. He moved into ninth at lap 55, eighth at lap 66 and into sixth six laps later.
The long green-run run generated scheduled pit stops under green, which the No. 31 RCR Development team exhibited at lap 75. But, just as George was getting up to speed on the racing surface, the day's final caution flag was displayed. The untimely occurrence placed the 30-year-old driver at the tail end of the lead lap, in eighth, when the 41-car field returned to competition with 18 laps remaining.
George was able to hold his ground in the last green-flag run and crossed the finish line eighth, posting the team's fourth top-10 effort of the season.
RCR's No. 31 team will enjoy three weeks off before heading to Iowa Speedway for the running of the Prairie Meadows 200 on Saturday, July 10.
TIM GEORGE JR.:
"Our No. 31 RCR Chevrolet was strong at Michigan. The second set of tires felt really good and we were able to put down the second-fastest lap of the race. There was a long green-flag run that resulted in us pitting under green but a caution shortly after locked us out of the top five. For some reason, the car wouldn't turn off of (turn) four on our last run but, overall, it was a good day for this team. I had some of Austin Dillon's Truck guys and my regular guys pitting car. They did a great job on pit road and Gere (Kennon, crew chief) had them organized. ECR puts great Chevy power under the hood for us and I have to thank those guys. I spent some time at ECR this past week and those guys are on top of it. The best thing that came out of this race for me was gaining some more confidence from my team owner Richard Childress, that I can do this. We have a win coming and, if we keep putting ourselves in the position week after week, it will happen soon."