August 1, 2010 by staff
Pocono Raceway, Long Pond – From 28 to 25 may not seem like much, but on Saturday the improvement s Tim Bainey Jr. three-site during the inauguration of the Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway was great.
Bainey appeared in the top 20 in the race before riding on a broken transmission hindered their progress. This caused problems in management that is required Bainey drive well just to keep the truck out of trouble and reach the checkered flag.
It was around minus a point, but recovered from that and piloted the No. 48 Chevrolet DelGrosso to complete satisfaction in his first Superspeedway race.
“It was good,” said Bainey, he was excited about the race in advance for your experience in the 2.5-mile road Driving School instructor. “It’s very different from going into corners with the people around you, you can really feel the back of the truck want to throw all over you, but it was a good experience.”
Sprint Cup Series regular Elliott Sadler won the Pocono Mountains 125, which covered 55 laps (137.5 miles) because of several late-race cautions. Sadler victory made him the 11th driver in history to win a race in each of the three major NASCAR series – Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck.
And with the recent problems Sadler in Cup, which could leave you without a ride for next season, the victory was especially important.
“It feels like the biggest win of my career,” Sadler said. “After the last two years, will reach the point where you wonder if you can win.
“When I crossed the white flag in my eyes just started to tear the whole last lap because I knew if I would be in this situation again.”
Bainey was equally optimistic. Despite finishing lower performance in front of family and friends at a track in his home state was good for the native of Philipsburg.
More importantly, to complete the race was another step in his NASCAR career because now qualified to compete in other major high-speed tracks such as Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.
His effort was Bainey could adapt to adversity and the drive both a careful and a competitive race.
It is especially impressive Bainey kept his truck out of trouble in a tight race that included five cautions and several cases of four wide racing, which pleased the 40,000 fans in attendance and showed the Truck Series might be a fun race support when NASCAR visits the highway.
“Sometimes you just have to do what you can do,” said Bainey. “We were doing OK until the stand was broken and then it was a matter of staying on track and finish the best we could.”
Bainey finished ahead of several common Series trucks, including the standard Benning, Chad McCumbee and Ron Hornaday Jr., the champion of a four-time series that started the race fourth in the standings, but was collected in an accident late of the race.
team owner / crew chief Andy Hillenburg believes Bainey could have ended even better and blamed himself for some bad pit strategy that keeps the driver a lap down.
After the second caution of the race, Bainey Hillenberg instructed to stay on the track and then pit one of the first two laps after the race went back green. Hillenburg hopes that this initiative would help, but later lost Bainey dog “Lucky” section – which allows the first driver one lap down to return to the lead lap.
“It almost worked to perfection, but not quite,” said Hillenburg. “It’s a shame. If I worked out I think it would have been in the top 15 easily.
“I like to drive for us. I’m not happy that my truck was broken into it, but it’s good. We just have to find some more seat time and hopefully we can do that.”
Hillenburg Bainey expected in the truck at least one more race this season, and Bainey like that to happen this way. It could even have sponsors willing to support that effort.
DelGrosso Foods officials Tipton is among the guests were the race team on Saturday and were pleased with the performance.
“We support Tim because of who he is,” said Joe DelGrosso, president of the company’s vice president of operations. “It’s a nice guy, good with the fans and the type of person we want representing us.
“He does not need to win races for us to want to get behind him. I hope we can find ways to keep supporting him, and find ways to get other people involved. I really think that this, to be here at Pocono, is good for us, and we believe we can find other businesses in the area around us in central Pennsylvania – Blair, Bedford County and Centre County – you might think it’s good for them too. “
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