BNS: Beech Ridge: Tim Andrews race notes

Tim Andrews gets second top ten of 2003 with ninth at Beech Ridge. Rookie Tim Andrews, driver of the No. 11 Palermo Plumbing Supply/Moen Chevrolet on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, recorded his second top-ten finish of...

Tim Andrews gets second top ten of 2003 with ninth at Beech Ridge.

Rookie Tim Andrews, driver of the No. 11 Palermo Plumbing Supply/Moen Chevrolet on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, recorded his second top-ten finish of the year when he finished ninth in Saturday night's Beech Ridge 150 at the third-mile Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine.

Andrews, seeing the track for the first time, spent many laps in practice learning the track's configuration. What was learned in practice served him well in time trials, as he was ninth fastest in qualifying with a lap of 15.989 seconds (75.052 MPH).

"I was struggling in practice, I couldn't find what I needed," he said before the race. "But I found something in qualifying and nailed a good lap. I'm really proud of all these guys, they worked really hard, , and the Palermo Chevy is running good so far."

Andrews fell out of the top ten in the race's early laps, but was back in eighth after some drivers made pit stops under a lap 55 yellow. Andrews ran his race without stopping at all, moving up to fifth under a lap 88 caution, and taking fourth following the restart on lap 95. Those cars that had stopped earlier and had fresher tires came back to the front, though, and Andrews settled for a ninth place finish.

Andrews continues to run second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings, just two points behind front runner Ryan Moore. He stands sixth in the overall series standings.

"It was a rough race, with a lot of beating," he said afterwards. "I just got pushed around a lot. On this one-groove, flat race track, it's hard to pass, and the only way to pass must be to push the guy in front out of the way. But we'll come around. It's part of racing. You get hit around, and you hit some. It's what happens on short tracks. We learned a lot, and I can't wait to come back here and hopefully we'll come back better."

Next Friday night finds the Busch North Series making its second visit to Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway, and Andrews is looking forward to returning to a track that he's already run once this year.

"I'm looking forward to Stafford, just because of the fact that I've been there and I know what to expect," he said. "We learned a lot at Stafford, and I'm really looking forward to going there and running well and running up front."

-ajc-

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Ryan Moore , Tim Andrews