Tim Andrews, a Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, enjoyed his second visit to a track for the first time when he ran Friday night's 150-lap event at the Stafford Motor Speedway. While...
Tim Andrews, a Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, enjoyed his second visit to a track for the first time when he ran Friday night's 150-lap event at the Stafford Motor Speedway. While his first trip to Stafford in May saw him finish twelfth, the second time around didn't treat him as well as a lap 99 accident left his Palermo Plumbing Supply/Moen Chevrolet with front end damage, leaving him to salvage a 17th place finish.
Andrews, who now has six career Busch North Series starts, had made his previous five starts at five different tracks. This was the first time he's been to a track for a second time.
"That's tremendous for your confidence," he said before the race. "You don't have to spend an entire practice session trying to learn the race track. I feel I learned a lot in the 150 laps we ran here the last time, and I can't wait to get back out there again."
Andrews wound up thirteenth on the starting grid after turning in a lap of 20.375 seconds (88.344 MPH) around Stafford's low-banked half-mile track.
"I qualified thirteenth, it's not the greatest qualifying effort, but we're in the show, we're up there in the middle," he said. "I feel like I never qualify that great anyway. I'm looking forward to getting in the race, and just settling down into a good fast pace and picking off some of the guys in front of me."
Riding fourteenth in the race's early laps, Andrews moved up to ninth following a lap 42 caution that saw some front-runners make pit stops. He made his stop for right-side tires on lap 66, re-entering the race in eighteenth place.
After moving up to fifteenth as the race approached one-third distance, Andrews was a victim in a turn one accident that involved three other cars, including one car that wasn't on the lead lap.
"We were biding our time, waiting for everybody else to abuse their stuff, before we started making big moves," Andrews said. "But lapped cars got to racing in front of us lead lap cars and they were racing a little bit harder than they should have been. They had problems and we happened to be caught up in the middle of it."
Andrews brought the Palermo/Moen Chevrolet to pit road with front end damage. The J.T. Mase MotorSports crew cut away the damaged bodywork and sent him back to finish the race, which he did, in seventeenth place.
"It was going good, and we came in and took tires," he said after the race. "The car got a little bit tighter once we took tires. I thought we were going to have a good finish. We were just biding our time when we got in that wreck. The car was decent, we didn't make any adjustments on the pit stop because the car was good on long runs. All we needed was a really long run, but it never really happened. The guys worked hard and I can't thank these guys enough."
Andrews' next race will be on Saturday night at the Holland Speedway, which he's already got a preview of thanks to teammate Joey McCarthy.
"I'm looking forward to Holland, a little quarter mile high banked bullring," Andrews said. "Joey's said good things about it, so I'm looking forward to going there."