NEVIN GEORGE IN A CLASS OF HIS OWN AT BEECH RIDGE by Mike Twist
Pennsylvania Driver Scores Second Career Modified Series Victory
It might have not been the most memorable race for the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series Saturday night at the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME), there were a few lengthy caution periods and not much of a battle for the lead. But that was fine with Nevin George. The Pennsylvania driver scored his first victory of the season, and second of his career, in a fairly uncontested manner.
George took the lead twenty laps into the 150-lap feature and never looked back. The only driver who looked like he might have even been able to compete with George was polesitter Donny Lia.
“I thought that I could catch him (George) early because he was loosening up,” said Lia. “I was really trying to save the tires. He was backing up towards me and then my car got real loose right after his did. I was catching him and then I hit a brick wall. At that point, I just wanted to hold on to second and finish the race clean.”
With showers in the area, tire conservation was not the first thing on George’s mind.
The fireworks started on the first lap. Several cars got together with Ted Christopher getting the short end of the stick. He suffered front end damage on his #13 and without the benefit of a caution, Christopher lost several laps. He would eventually finish 22nd.
“Those guys wrecked in front of me and I hit them,” said Christopher. “We had a flat tire and bent a spindle. The worst thing was that those freaking guys didn’t give me a yellow, but Hirschman gets a flat and he gets a yellow.”
“I thought that the rain was going to come,” said George. “I burnt my tires up a little too fast and at the end I was sliding around. Everytime I would come out of turn four I saw lightning, so I wanted to be in front if the rain came and cancelled the rest of the race. I knew that we had a good car and I just wanted to get out front and pull away from everybody. I knew that everybody was on about the same tires, so I wasn’t really worried about anyone catching us.”
It was not a good race for a few of the other points contenders either. Eddie Flemke spun early, but recovered to finish 11th. Tony Hirschman had a flat tire on lap 44 and ended up in the eighth finishing position.
Tommy Cravenho (#12) and Eric Beers (#19) made up the front row after the redraw. (51 Photo)
Ted Christopher's night got bad right away from the first lap. (51 Photo)
The victory breaks a dry spell for George that dates back to the Nazareth Speedway (PA) in May, 2002.
“To win again was a long time coming,” said George. “We’ve had a lot of bad luck on our back and we finally got it off. This is where we deserve to be running and everybody knew it. Things went our way tonight and we ended up in victory lane.”
Nevin George sits in victory lane. (51 Photo)
The NASCAR Modified Series returns to action this Friday at the New Hampshire International Speedway.