POND, PA (June 11, 2011) -- Tim George, Jr. led just three laps in Saturday's
Pocono ARCA 200, but it was all he would need to notch his first career win in
the fog-shortened event. The New York driver, who began his ARCA career in
2008, was making his 50th series start.
Thirty-three drivers made the
trip to the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway for the seventh event on the ARCA Series'
Brennan Poole set fast time in
qualifying with a mark of 53.807 seconds (167.264 mph) in only his second
series start. Poole won his other start earlier this year at Salem Speedway.
Poole, driving the Venturini
Motorsports #25 Toyota, was a full half a second faster than the next fastest
qualifier. Ty Dillon, last week's winner, was second quick with a time of
54.333 seconds (165.645 mph).
The race was scheduled for 80
laps, but heavy fog forced series officials to shorten the event to 59 laps for
the shortened length, the race featured nine leaders among five different
drivers. Leaders included; Brennan Poole 1-7, 9-15, 18-19, 47-53 (23 laps), Ty
Dillon 8, 16-17 (3 laps), Chris Buescher 20-46 (27 laps), Grant Enfinger 54-56
(3 laps) and Tim George, Jr. 57-59 (3 laps).
race had 3 cautions for 29 laps including two red flags. The second red flag
ended in the race being called complete after lap 59.
George, Jr., who started seventh, was out front when the race was called
commented after the win, "I
dedicate my first ARCA race win to my good friend Drew Hawkins, who passed away
last Sunday. He was my first friend when I moved to Charlotte in order to start
my career in stock car racing."
continued, "He had been a supporter of my ambitions since the day we met.
The low clouds felt like he came to assist with our win."
in second place following the second red flag was Chris Buescher followed by
Grant Enfinger, Ty Dillon and Brennan Poole to round out the top five.
Ty Dillon remains atop the driver standings followed by veteran Frank Kimmel
who is seeking his 10th ARCA championship.
ARCA Racing Series returns to action this Friday, June 17, at Michigan
more information about the Pocono race or the ARCA Racing Series visit www.arcaracing.com.
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