Tim Bainey Jr. and the #00 Dream Machine Shine through a
Tough Weekend at Mansfield
Tim Bainey Jr. and the #00
Aaron’s Racing Team were very impressive at times, but finally fell victim
to a cut-down right front tire this past weekend in Mansfield, Ohio – for
the USAR Hooter’s ProCup Series “Greased Lightning 250”.
“It’s hard to believe with
a 33rd place finish and a 34th place qualifying time,
but overall I was really happy with how we ran this weekend,” Tim Jr.
flashed a smile.
“We were really good in
practice, the car was great on long runs and we just kept tuning it a
little. We were 24th on the speed chart near the end of practice,
and getting ready to bolt stickers on to do a qualifying run when we found a
problem with a spring.”
“At that point all we had
to do was pick up 1-tenth of a second to be inside the top-10, and with new
tires that shouldn’t have been a problem. So we were really looking good.”
“But when we changed the
spring, we just messed up and didn’t get the right number of turns put back
in the spring. And well – we found that out in qualifying.”
Tim Jr. would only turn in
the 34th fastest time in qualifying, but the team would quickly
realize the problem and make a plan to correct it early in the race.
“We made a mistake,” said
Dan Bainey Crew Chief of the #00 Aaron’s Dream Machine. “It was just way too
tight the way the car was set during qualifying – we talked it over and
figured out that we put about 10 turns too many into the right front spring
when we reset the car after practice.”
The Aaron’s Crew would
bring Tim Jr. to pit road during the pace laps where they lifted the hood on
the Dream Machine and made the adjustments needed to correct the problem.
It only took a few laps to
see the adjustments proved to be right on. Tim Jr. took the Dream Machine
all the way from 36th to 24th in just the first 40
laps before coming to pit road with most of the leaders on lap 42.
A great stop by the Aaron’s
Crew would send Tim Jr. back to the track in the 14th position.
From there he would continue to climb, moving into the top-10 by lap 75.
“I don’t know why, but I
just really like to race at Mansfield,” said Tim Jr. “We’ve always ran well
here, guys say its hard to pass – but we were really making it work for us
tonight. It’s a lot of fun when you have a car that works like it did
Then on lap 84, while
racing for position and trying to make their way through lapped traffic –
Tim Jr. would make contact with the 9th place car causing them
both to spin, and sending them both to the back of the lead lap cars.
“That was tough,” said Tim Jr. “The lapped traffic was bad, but I was just
following the cars in front of me. They trapped the #13 car on the outside
and passed him 3-wide through the last corner, I figured he would know we
were there, but apparently he didn’t or maybe he thought I could move down a
little more going into the corner – but the lapped car didn’t give any room
to do that.”
“I hate that it happened,
but it was one of those times when there wasn’t much you could do – had I
backed out getting into the corner, there was a train on my bumper and I
would have got punted from behind.”
After bringing the #00
Dream Machine back to pit road to change tires again, Tim Jr. started on
another very impressive climb through the field.
“We passed a lot of cars in
the first 100 laps, from 34th to 9th was a lot of
work, and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to do that again – but I really
thought we could do it at that point,” said Tim Jr.
He made his way back up
into the Top-20, and while working through traffic near lap 150 he cut-down
a right front tire while exiting turn 4, sending the Dream Machine hard into
the outside wall. The damage was extensive enough to eventually end the
“We tried to fix things,
but it broke a sway bar link and bent the mounts a little,” said Crew Chief
Dan Bainey. “We sent him back out about 4 or 5 times, but we just couldn’t
get it drivable for Timmy – so we had to end the night in 33rd
“Overall I was really happy
with how strong we were,” said Tim Jr. “It’s too bad, because we haven’t
been able to catch any breaks in the last 3 races – but you just have to
keep your head up and look forward to the next one.”
“I do have to say one
thing, I really want to say thanks to all the fans who were out there
supporting us. We had by far the longest autograph line during the on-track
autograph session, the officials kept coming over to tell us we had to quit
so they could get the fans back in the stands - - we drug it out as long as
we could, but finally had to get going so I didn’t miss driver introductions
– THAT WAS GREAT – it really made me smile to see their enthusiasm in
You can keep up with Tim
Jr. and the #00 Aaron’s Racing Team at
www.timjr.com, the next event for the team is Saturday Night June 30th
at Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana.
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