Aug/15/11 08:01 AM Filed in: Tim George Jr.
With a late race charge, Tim George Jr. and the Applebee's/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet team backed up their first-career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory in June with a second-place finish in Sunday's Pennsylvania ARCA 125 at Pocono Raceway.
Following a one-day postponement due to heavy rains that washed out the 2.5-mile track located in the mountains in eastern Pennsylvania, ARCA officials threw the green flag on the 50-lap event at 10 AM on Sunday morning.
Taking the green flag from the seventh position, George almost immediately fell back a few places in the field as he adjusted to a race track surface that had been changed by the torrential rain. A heavy crash on lap two brought out the caution flag for the following 11 laps.
A restart on lap-13 and George began to muscle his way through the field, moving himself into seventh position by lap 25. As he radioed to his crew about his continuing difficulty getting the No. 31 Applebee’s/PFDG Chevrolet to turn in the corners the second caution of the day was displayed on lap 26. George brought his black and red Chevrolet to pit road for service and crew chief Gere Kennon called for four fresh Hoosier tires, a minor chassis adjustment and fuel.
George restarted seventh on lap 31 and quickly found the speed needed to move through the field in the ensuing laps. He began picking off positions over the next handful of circuits, finding his way to second with nine laps remaining. In the closing laps, George fought hard to reel in the race leader, teammate Ty Dillon, whose lead had grown to over one second, but despite the solid effort, he crossed the finish line in second, 0.833 seconds behind Dillon.
“Well, it was second,” said George. “I would have liked to have won again today, but we’ll take second and a 1-2 finish for RCR.”
He explained his late charge through the field.
“We were really good at the beginning of the race, but after the pit stop, the changes Gere (crew chief Kennon) made were a big difference,” he said. “When we won (in June) we were really good in Turn three. Today, we were good in the Tunnel Turn as well and I made up a lot of ground there, running two and three wide. I think it made for some great racing for the fans and I hope they enjoyed it.”