Tim Bainey Jr. and the
Aaron’s Dream Team Finish up Their
Breakout Season with a 15th
Place Finish at “The Rock”
At one point in the 2008 Season Tim
Bainey Jr. and the Aaron’s Dream Team were riding the edge of being the
Hottest Team in the USAR Series. A 10th place
finish at South Boston, 7th at Salem, leading and finishing 9th
at Radford, running 5th at Jennerstown… bets were going
up as to when Tim Jr. and the #00 Aaron’s Dream Machine would visit victory
“It was a really fun year,” said Tim Jr.
“We had the Aaron’s Dream Team in the headlines
and that’s what it’s all about.”
When the checkered flag fell on their 15th place finish at The
Rock, they would end the season 21st in the Final Chase
Standings, Amazingly only 45 points out of 11th.
“That’s just how competitive it was,” Tim Jr. continued.
“We really took a hit at Mansfield during the Championship Race. We were
looking at what could have been our first win, and then we got taken out
just past the halfway mark of the race. That was tough, but what really hurt
was that we destroyed my favorite car.”
The Aaron’s Dream Team rebounded nicely by going to Iowa and running inside
the top-10, but a broken distributor would drop them out of the event before
they could reach the end.
“When you start off the Championship Series with a finish
of 33rd and 27th that hurts,” said Crew Chief Dan
Bainey. “We fought back, but with only those last 4 races making up the
chase, it killed our points. If we could have just got one of those 2
finishes at Mansfield or Iowa, we’d easily of ended up 11th in
the points and that would have changed how we ran the last 2 a little.”
But as far as their run at “The Rock”, the Aaron’s Dream Team looked to be
back in mid-season form.
“We had a little different plan for the race,” said Crew Chief Dan Bainey.
“Timmy qualified right in the middle of the pack. It was a great lap, it’s
just crazy how tight these fields have been all season.”
“We decided to play it safe for the first half of the race, take it easy on
the car and tires, and then have something to make a strong run at the
end,” Dan continued.
“We had a tire start coming apart on us about lap 90, and Timmy had to come
to pit road under green. That put us a few laps down and threw us off
schedule. So we had to change it up from there.”
“It messed up the plan,” smiled Tim Jr. “But that’s how racing works. We
kept our composure and my guys really stepped up. My brother did a great job
reorganizing everyone, getting a new plan, and really pulling it all
together when the pressure was on.”
“I’m so proud of my Aaron’s Dream Team this season,” Tim Jr. finished up.
“What we’ve done with both the #99 and the #00 this season has just been
amazing. I’m not sure what 09 will hold for the Dream Team, but whatever it
is – I’m sure looking forward to it!”
You can watch the “American 200” from Rockingham Speedway Monday November
10th at 4:00pm on the Versus Network.
Keep up with all the latest news and results for Tim Jr. and the #00 Aaron’s
Dream Team at
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