Tim George Jr. Earns Career-Best Finish at Talladega Richard Childress Racing development driver Tim George Jr. took advantage of a fast Chevrolet and late-race strategy to finish a career-best third in Friday's ARCA Racing Series presented by...
Tim George Jr. Earns Career-Best Finish at Talladega
Richard Childress Racing development driver Tim George Jr. took advantage of a fast Chevrolet and late-race strategy to finish a career-best third in Friday's ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards race at Talladega Superspeedway.
The podium finish allowed the second year ARCA Racing Series driver to move up three positions in the point standings, to seventh, with 15 races remaining in the 20-race series.
George started the 250-mile, 94-lap race fourth after posting a career-best qualifying effort of fourth on Thursday in a car formerly driven by Clint Bowyer in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
As the starting field drove to the green flag, spotter Mike Dillon guided George to the inside line, advising the New York, N.Y., native to use the beginning of the race to practice his drafting skills. The inside line worked well and George & Co. were scored in the top five throughout the early stages of the race.
The caution flag was displayed on lap 23 for a spin on the front stretch and George and the Gere Kennon-led RCR team decided to stay out on the racetrack with the goal of completing the 250-mile race in a single stop.
George was listed second in the running order when the race restarted on lap 32. Taking advantage of a fast RCR-prepared Chevrolet, George moved to the outside line and was able to pass for the lead on the backstretch before moving back down to the inside line. The No. 31 remained at the top of the scoring pylon for the next 12 laps before being shuffled out of the lead at the fast, 2.66-mile speed plant.
The caution flag was displayed on lap 50 and Kennon made the call to refuel and take on four Hoosier tires. Restarting the race ninth, George stayed in the draft of the lead lap cars. Strategy came into play with ten laps remaining, as George jumped to the outside line with other development drivers Dakoda Armstrong and Tom Hessert, moving from 10th to fourth.
The field was two and three-wide on the final lap when a car got sideways just behind the No. 31 Chevrolet, sending several cars spinning through the tri-oval. George charged to the front, bringing the RCR Development Team to a third-place finish.
Armstrong earned his career-first ARCA Racing Series victory. Patrick Sheltra finished second, followed by George, Craig Goess and Mikey Kile.
The next ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards race is the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 23.
TIM GEORGE JR:
"It is an honor to drive for such a legendary speedway racing team and to have Richard Childress' support. It is really cool. Mike Dillon, up on the spotters' tower, was amazing. I could not have done it without Mike, no way. We absolutely had a car to win. That car was real good out front. Unfortunately, we could not bring home a win, but we brought back the next best thing, a top five."