Pocono: Tim Andrews race report

Tim Andrews Solid At Pocono In Inaugural Pocono Mountains 125 MURFREESBORO, Tennessee - - August 2, 2010) - - Tim Andrews and Team Gill Racing (TGR) arrived at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway with one goal in mind; bring home a solid finish to maintain the...

Tim Andrews Solid At Pocono In Inaugural Pocono Mountains 125

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee - - August 2, 2010) - - Tim Andrews and Team Gill Racing (TGR) arrived at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway with one goal in mind; bring home a solid finish to maintain the team's position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) car owner's point standings. With Andrews' eighteenth place finish in this past Saturday's inaugural Pocono Mountains 125, they surpassed their goal. The No. 46 TGR Dodge Ram recorded its best finish since Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and moved up one position in the truck owner point standings to 21st, trailing 20th by just one point.

A satisfied Andrews, the son of long-time NASCAR crew chief Paul Andrews, stated, "Even though we were down on horsepower, the truck felt comfortable all weekend. For us to run with the big-budget trucks we were racing is a great accomplishment for this small team. It really shows what a hungry driver and team can do."

With only fifteen laps of practice on Friday, Andrews qualified the No. 46 TGR Dodge a disappointing 26th. At the drop of the green flag, Andrews began picking off trucks one-by-one racing solidly in the top-20 all day.On lap 47 of the 50 lap contest, Andrews was running in the top-15 as the yellow flag flew.On the first-green-white-checkered attempt, the No. 81 of David Starr made contact with the left-rear of Andrews' truck. Despite making an impressive save, Andrews lost three positions due to the contact. With track position a crucial element, Andrews was unable to fight back into the top-15 but did hold off the No. 4 of Ricky Carmichael as Andrews roared crossed the start-finish line 18th.

"I can't thank Danny (Gill) and the team enough for this opportunity," sounded Andrews. "They work so hard for this and accomplish a lot on a small budget. I really hope we can put something together to do this again and be able to showcase our talents with an even better finish."

TGR owner Danny Gill was equally enthused with Andrews' effort. "We are so pleased with Tim's performance. He did an outstanding job at keeping his nose clean yet racing aggressively. We haven't been able to run with those trucks all season and it feels great to be up in the mix. I really hope we can put something together for Tim because he proved today he's a wheel-man."

-source: team gill racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Ricky Carmichael , Tim Andrews