USAR: South Boston: Tim Bainey Jr race report

Tim Bainey Jr. and the Greased Lightning Racing Team Finish 9th at SoBo Tuesday, April 12, 2005 -- Osceola Mills, PA-Tim Bainey Jr. and the Greased Lightning Racing Team got off to a great start in the Chase for the 2005 USAR Hooters ProCup ...

Tim Bainey Jr. and the Greased Lightning Racing Team Finish 9th at SoBo

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 -- Osceola Mills, PA-Tim Bainey Jr. and the Greased Lightning Racing Team got off to a great start in the Chase for the 2005 USAR Hooters ProCup Series Championship Saturday night by coming home with a ninth-place finish in the season-opening "Greased Lightning 250" at South Boston Speedway.

The team headed to South Boston with a brand new No. 15 Greased Lightning Ford that had never been on a race track until the Friday afternoon practice session.

"We knew it was going to be a little tough - not having a chance to test the new car. But we were confident that we had it prepared to go and the guys did a great job this weekend getting it up to speed so quickly," said Tim Jr.

After posting the 16th fastest time in practice, Tim Jr. and the team were admittedly disappointed with a 26th-place run in qualifying.

"We were pretty quick in practice and posted our best time late in the session on old tires. We definitely could have been in the top 15, but we knew if we could just pick up another tenth we had a shot at cracking the top 5... so we made a few changes," said Tim Jr.

"We had the car working pretty good," said Crew Chief Dan Bainey. "We had been making the right adjustments all day in practice and we thought we could get a little more out of it - so we went for it."

Starting back in the pack would be a challenge for the Greased Lightning Team, but over the course of the night they proved to be up for it. Tim Sr. would keep busy on the radio spotting for Tim Jr. through the early stages of the race, helping to guide him through the field of 32 cars on the tight .4-mile oval.

The team took advantage of an early caution on lap 23 to make a few adjustments to the car. Tim Jr. would battle through traffic and managed to stay on the lead lap until lap 78 when he was overtaken by the race leader, but he kept in tow and just before the 100 lap mark a caution would fall giving them what looked like the break they needed.

As the leaders returned to the track from pit road Tim Jr. was lined up behind the pace car in front of the race leader. USAR has a rule similar to NASCAR's "Lucky Dog" rule, where if you are behind the pace car, but in front of the race leader during a caution flag - you are actually at the tail end of the lead lap - so they allow you to pass the pace car with 1 lap to go until green and catch up to the tail end of the field.

Tim Jr. got his lap back, but was then penalized for passing the pace car before race control allowed him to do so. After being held on pit road to serve the penalty while the field went back to green, Tim Jr. would lose an additional 2 laps before being able to rejoin the field under green flag conditions.

Tim Jr. and the Greased Lightning Team did not allow the penalty to ruin their day, they took what they were dealt and made the most of it over the next 150 laps. In a great show of teamwork, the crew tuned on the car every time they had a chance, pitting a few times during a string of mid-race cautions, the Greased Lightning Crew performed at a lightning speed and Tim Jr. took care of things on the track.

When the checkered flag waived Tim Jr. and the Greased Lightning Team would cross the line with a very impressive and well-earned ninth-place finish. The team also took home the Mr. Gasket Hard Charger Award, as Tim Jr. picked up an amazing 17 positions during the event.

"It was a great night for the whole team," said Tim Jr. "We moved the guys around a little over the winter and gave them some new positions and responsibilities. I couldn't be happier about the way they stepped up for us this weekend. It was a total team effort and that is what made it so great!

"Teamwork," said Crew Chief Dan Bainey. "That is what it was all about. We had our work cut out for us this weekend, but when you have the desire these guys have to get the job done - these are the results you get. That was a very satisfying weekend."

You can catch the "Greased Lightning 250" broadcast this Saturday Night April 16th at 10:00 pm on the Speed Channel. Don't forget to tune in and catch all the action from the weekend's event.

Keep up with Tim Bainey Jr. and the Greased Lightning Racing Team at www.timbaineyjr.com. The team's next event will take place April 30th at Lonesome Pine Speedway in Coeburn, VA.

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