Tim George Jr. Battles to Fourteenth-Place Finish at Toledo Toledo Bullring Shows its Horns to George Mooresville, N.C. (September 15, 2010)-The .5-mile paved oval that is Toledo (Ohio) Speedway is often called a bullring, and it showed...
Tim George Jr. Battles to Fourteenth-Place Finish at Toledo
Toledo Bullring Shows its Horns to George
Mooresville, N.C. (September 15, 2010)-The .5-mile paved oval that is Toledo (Ohio) Speedway is often called a bullring, and it showed its horns to Tim George Jr. in Sunday's Northwest Ohio Ford Dealers 200 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards event. The driver of the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Development Chevrolet Impala for Richard Childress Racing came back twice from adversity and rallied for a solid 14th-place finish in Sunday's 67th ARCA Racing Series race at Toledo.
Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at Toledo Speedway was rained out on Saturday afternoon creating good news for a handful a drivers but bad news for others. It was good news for George as he was awarded the 10th starting position. The field was set by points for the second time this season. Qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway also was rained out.
After starting on the outside of row five, the New York native's afternoon began to unravel in typical short-track fashion when he was involved in an incident upon the exit of turn two on lap 40 of the 200-lap race bringing out the first caution of the day. Fortunately, his No. 31 machine only experienced cosmetic damage.
"I was a bit tight to start the race, and I really had to use the power to help turn the No.31 coming off the corners," said George of his fourth-career start at Toledo Speedway.
The damage was minor, but it still took a trip to pit road for the RCR team to repair the front-end well enough to continue. The hard work by the pit crew allowed George to return to the track, although in 20th place and two laps down.
With a racecar that was tight, George was holding on with all he could to continue his battle.
"We were a bit behind because of the incident with the No. 14 that caused some radiator and front-right fender damage," said George. "I went out to ride around as I was about 2 laps down."
On lap 77, George was involved in an accident entering turn 3 due to contact from another competitor. His No.31 black and white machine slapped the wall causing rear-end damage. That car was hurt but well enough to soldier on. The damage forced the RCR Development driver to pilot his Chevrolet down pit road for the second time to repair damage and put left-side tires on. George took the green flag for the restart in 16th position, three laps down to the leaders.
Still, telltale smoke began billowing from beneath the left-side wheel well whenever George sailed into the track's corners, as the crinkled fenders rubbed the tires. On lap 101 came the inevitable from George as he radioed to his crew, "We have a major vibration."
With the race still running under green and the rest of the field lapping the .5-mile oval, George went 14 total laps down as his crew changed the front left-side tire. The long stop to repair damage relegated George to 18th position on the short-track.
"The guys did a great job getting everything straight and I was able to keep a decent pace," mentioned George as he spoke about the final incident for the team. "We finished ahead of several cars (in the ARCA Racing Series points battle), in terms of points. So, the weekend was positive in some ways as well."
After the hard work from his RCR team, George was able to pick up a few positions following the restart on Lap 181; his Impala picked up the pace and George was able to climb into the top-15.
As the race was winding down, George's slick driving powered the No. 31 machine to the 14th finishing position, overcoming the obstacles and posting a career-best finish at Toledo Speedway.
The ARCA Racing Series will return to action at Salem Speedway for the September 18 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic.