Tim Andrews drives Penfold Motorsports Busch North car to nineteenth place finish at NHIS NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series rookie Tim Andrews piloted the Penfold Motorsports No. 0 VIP Charter Coach Pontiac to a nineteenth place...
Tim Andrews drives Penfold Motorsports Busch North car to nineteenth place finish at NHIS
NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series rookie Tim Andrews piloted the Penfold Motorsports No. 0 VIP Charter Coach Pontiac to a nineteenth place finish in Saturday's New England 125, the eighth race of the Busch North season, held at the one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway. Andrews was the second best registered Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate in the race, and continues to trail Ryan Moore in the standings by just three points as the season approaches its halfway point.
Andrews turned to Penfold Motorsports to supply him with a car and crew for one of the biggest races of the Busch North Series season. Penfold Motorsports responded with a Pontiac that only had one race on it this year. Andrews' seat was fitted during the week, and the car was ready to go when practice began on Thursday morning.
Nineteenth fastest in the first practice, the Penfold Motorsports crew went to work to improve the car for the next session. Andrews picked up two tenths of a second in that session, and that set things up for qualifying. He wound up 27th in time trials.
The race was only nine laps old when the first caution came out, and Andrews took this opportunity to pit and have the crew make an adjustment under the car's right rear suspension. He resumed in the race outside of the top thirty, but started working his way back. He pitted again with the rest of the field under a lap 23 caution, and prepared to go the distance. He was inside the top twenty just before halfway, and fifteenth on lap 70.
Andrews struggled in the second half of the race as the car was becoming loose, and then developed a vibration in the rear. Compounding problems were high temperatures in the car combined with a damaged left side door that opened up the crush panels underneath, allowing fumes to enter the cockpit. But Andrews soldiered on, finishing nineteenth. After the race, he was taken to the infield care center where he was administered oxygen and an IV, and he was feeling fine shortly afterwards.
"This is a different car from what I've ever driven and we struggled in the beginning," he said after the race. "The guys worked so hard, though. Bob Harrison, Bryan Thompson, and everybody on this Penfold Motorsports crew just worked so hard on this car to make it go fast, and we made gains on it the whole time we were here. We just weren't fast enough. I just can't thank these guys enough for what they've done."
Andrews explained what he was feeling towards the end of the race.
"There was a little bit of heat in the car, and the left side door got banged in and messed up the crush panels in it, so I got a little dizzy," he said. "They gave me some oxygen and I'm feeling a lot better. The Penfold guys did a great job, I can't thank them enough for putting this deal together. We gave it our best shot."