Cole Timm’s first race in the No. 97 Factory backed Toyota Racing Group race car at Tri- County Motor Speedway (NC) earned him his first win of the 2016 season.
Timm’s last CARS Tour Super Late Model race at Hickory Motor Speedway ended with a demolished race car, and he feared his No. 57 family run race team wouldn’t even make it to the next CARS Tour event.
The Cars Super Late Model cars entered Tri-county speedway, a 4/10’s of a mile banked oval for it’s 3rd race of the 2016 season with Timm piloting the David Gilliland Racing No. 97 machine. While Timm was at the race track, his father was in Canada with Timm’s grandfather who was feeling very sick.
“Driving someone else’s car let me relax, take some deep breaths and focus on what I needed to do,” said Timm.
Timm normally competes in his family machine, but knew that hopping into the TRG and DRG group team car would improve his chances for a win.
“I knew coming into the weekend we had a shot at a top three,” Timm said. “We had a really good car all weekend.”
Even though Timm was with a new team he thought they were on the same page from the start especially, with his crew chief Derek Smith.
“He was very smart with all the changes on the car and why they would work made sense and everything went very smoothly.”
They qualified second for the race and from the drop of the green flag the plan that Smith and Time made was followed by the 17-year-old driver.
“The reason we took off out of the gate was we wanted to see how good our car was,” Timm said. “At first I wasn’t really going that hard the first few laps. The car drove awesome from lap one to lap 100 it never fell off.”
Cole Timm has two more starts scheduled in the No. 97 DGR Toyota SLM. One is to be determined and he will race at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) in September at the rescheduled date from May’s rainout.
-By Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager – Twitter: @Ryebreads5
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