Tim Bainey Jr. and the #00 Aaron’s Dream Team Finish 12th at Radford

 

Tim Jr. and the #00 Aaron’s Dream Team wrapped up a solid weekend with a 12th place finish during the “Kroger 250” at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA.

 

“It was a pretty good weekend for us,” said Tim Jr. “This was one of the toughest fields of the season, there were a lot of southern teams here for the race, and all the top northern teams – so coming home 12th was a pretty good night.”

 

The #00 Aaron’s Dream Machine was strong throughout the day, the team sat 8th on the Speed Chart after the first practice session concluded.

 

“Timmy was really happy with the car,” said Crew Chief Dan Bainey. “He really likes the place, and it didn’t take us long to get him comfortable with the Dream Machine.”

 

In BF Goodrich Pole Qualifying Tim Jr. would turn the track at a time of 16.11 seconds, placing the Dream Machine 16th on the starting grid. Amazingly every car that qualified broke the track record.

 

“I couldn’t believe how tight the field was, we were less than one-tenth of a second from being 4th,” said Tim Jr. “But that’s how its been most of the races this year, I’m just really proud of our guys for the way we work together every week.”

 

At the drop of the green, the #00 Aaron’s Dream Machine appeared to be strong. Tim Jr. worked through solid traffic for most of the first 20 laps until finally getting sorted out into single file running.

 

Once in line Tim Jr. radioed the crew about a problem with the brake system.

 

“When you have a brake problem it always makes for a tough decision,” said Tim Jr. “You know that if you come to pit road you are going to lose a few laps taking a look at things – the most important thing is staying on the lead lap in these races – and you hate to give that up when you’re not really sure of the problem.”

 

Tim Jr. finally did bring the #00 Aaron’s Dream Machine to Pit Road just after lap 50 when the vibration got to be too much, the crew found a loose wheel to be the problem. They got it changed and sent him back to the track, but they lost valuable track position in the time.

 

“It made for a long night after that, but we never gave up on it,” said Tim Jr. “These kinds of nights can really be a test, but the Aaron’s Dream Team pulled through with a solid finish.”

 

The Aaron’s Dream Team did pull through, over the next 200 laps Tim Jr. and the #00 Aaron’s Dream Machine climbed all the way from 32nd up to 12th when the checkered flag waved.

 

“In the end it was a good night, it helped us in the points – it probably could have been a little better, but it also could have been a lot worse. We’re still within reach of getting into the top-15 of the point standings, really we still have a shot at a top-10 spot– depending on how good the next two races go for us,” said Tim Jr.

 

“We have two 7th place finishes at Erie, if we can just pick that up a little --- it could be a really fun weekend…” he finished with a smile.

 

With the finish Tim Jr. and the Aaron’s Dream Team climbed to 17th in the Championship Standings.

 

You can keep up with Tim Jr. and the #00 Aaron’s Dream Team at www.timjr.com, the next event for the team is Saturday Night July 28th at Lake Erie Speedway in Erie, PA.

 

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