George Jr. has solid run at Toledo, anticipating dirt return Tim George Jr. was on his way to his second top 10 of the ARCA RE/MAX Series season on Friday night at Toledo Speedway before the woes of short track racing caught up with him. The New...
George Jr. has solid run at Toledo, anticipating dirt return
Tim George Jr. was on his way to his second top 10 of the ARCA RE/MAX Series season on Friday night at Toledo Speedway before the woes of short track racing caught up with him. The New York native raced his way from a 19th starting spot to the top10 before contact late in the running hampered his efforts, dropping the Ruby Tuesday team to 16th at the finish.
George Jr. entered the day positive about his chances. After notching the 11th spot on the speed chart in practice, George Jr., crew chief Jon Wolfe and car owner Eddie Sharp discussed their approach to the rest of the day. George Jr. then transitioned the information from his crew chief and car owner by laying down a solid qualifying effort, rolling off of the grid within the top 20.
Once the green flag dropped for the ARCA RE/MAX 200 presented by Belle Tire, George Jr. muscled his No. 2 Ruby Tuesday Toyota through traffic. As various pit strategies played out, George Jr. had moved within the top 10, settling into the eighth position by lap 68.
He maintained his position up front through the halfway mark on lap 100. After holding his own steadily within the top 10, misfortune hit the savvy newcomer on lap 175 after contact from the Robb Brent sent the No. 2 machine spinning in turn 4.
"It was a great run last night, until the 36 car decided to use his nose late in the race. I was running within the top 10, and with about 25 to go and he got into me. There was significant damage to the driver's side door where he hit me. It was just too hard of a hit to save. It was hard racing, and he wasn't faster than me. I guess he was frustrated, but I didn't want to give up the position," George Jr. explained of his run.
"He did apologize after the race, which didn't make it better, but at least he was a good sport. It seems like the top 10s will continue to allude us. I had a few other long side-by-side runs with other cars, and learned a lot. We ended up 16th, and my guys were happy with the effort."
The 16th place effort gave George Jr. his 12th top-20 finish with five races remaining on his rookie campaign.
George Jr. will next hit the track on Labor Day, Monday, September 7th at DuQuoin State Fair for the Southern Illinois 100. The race will mark his second run on dirt. Just three races ago, George Jr. made his debut on a dirt track in Springfield, Illinois, finishing 14th.
"Headed into the next dirt race, I will reflect back to Springfield, my one and only experience I have on dirt so far. That was a solid run, and I look forward to having some fun on Labor Day and learning more about racing with limited grip."