Timm Tops CARS Super Late Model Fieldby Jason Beck March 29, 2015 0 comments
Photo Credit: CARS Tour
By: Jason Beck
KENLY, NC – In racing the best car doesn’t always win. At the inaugural CARS Super Late Model Series race at Southern National Motorsports Park, Cole Timm made sure it did.
Timm, a 16-year-old high school student from Mooresville, N.C., captured the pole position and drove away from some of the best Super Late Model racers in the country to capture the biggest win of his career.
Christopher Bell finished second, Kyle Grissom third, Bubba Pollard fourth and Anderson Bowen fifth in the 30-car field.
The win was a statement for Timm, a driver who has mostly flown under the national radar despite strong finishes at many races.
“We are just a small-town team running here and there, so we definitely made a statement tonight and showed we could take the win running with the best of the best,” said Timm, driver of the No. 57 Chevrolet. “I think a lot of the competitors are going to know now when I come I’m here to race them hard and race for the win. Hopefully I have gained some respect.”
Timm’s qualifying time of 14.7 was nearly .3 faster than the rest of the field. Early in the race the young driver quickly handed the lead to second place qualifier Bell.
Bell, an open-wheel standout from Norman Okla., underestimated the eventual winner. The driver of the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota was focused on outrunning a different driver.
“I was actually surprised (Timm) could run as hard as he could,” said Bell following the race. “I was really worried about outrunning Bubba Pollard, he is probably one of the best super late model drivers in the country.
“On a restart (Timm) ended up getting by me and I said ‘I’ll let him lead a little bit,’” Bell said. “He ended up running a lot harder than I could.”
The race was slowed by five cautions, the most serious a four-car pile up involving Camping World Truck Series driver, Chris Fontaine and Robby Lyons that ended the day of Brandon Setzer. The last caution flew on lap 103 for another solo spin by Fontaine, setting up the final sprint to the finish.
Timm, who had been conserving his tires until that point, decided to make his move.
“It was really hard saving, knowing you could take the lead and drive away from the field,” he said. “But I knew in my mind if I wanted to win this race you couldn’t have done that. I just saved as much as I could, and I think it was lap 103 I decided it was time to go.”
Timm is a previous winner on the competing PASS Super Late Model Tour. However, a disagreement with PASS promoter Tom Mayberry has the driver on hiatus from that series. Timm said running the CARS Series race was the right decision for his team.
“For reasons out of our control we aren’t allowed to run PASS anymore, but we decided we wanted to come race here,” he said. “This is one of my favorite tracks, and it probably tops my list now.”
Timm collected $5,000 for the 150-lap victory.