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TIM GEORGE, JR. CAPTURES
FIRST ARCA SERIES WIN IN FOG-SHORTENED POCONO 200 

6-13-2011

Tim George Jr. with car owner Richard Childress (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)LONG 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' 19-race schedule. 

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 safety reasons. 

Despite 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).

The 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. 

Tim George, Jr., who started seventh, was out front when the race was called complete.  

George 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."

George 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."

Finishing 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. 

Young Ty Dillon remains atop the driver standings followed by veteran Frank Kimmel who is seeking his 10th ARCA championship.

The ARCA Racing Series returns to action this Friday, June 17, at Michigan International Speedway. 

For more information about the Pocono race or the ARCA Racing Series visit www.arcaracing.com

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