Richard Childress Racing has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Talladega Superspeedway, earning two top-10 and three top-20 finishes. The organization also boasts an average starting position of 4.3 combined with an average finishing position of 11.7 at the 2.66-mile track. Collectively, the Welcome, N.C.-based race team has completed 100 percent of their contested laps (283 of 283) at Talladega Superspeedway and led for 14 circuits.
Catch the Action … Flag-to-flag coverage of the Coca-Cola 250 is scheduled to be televised live on Saturday, Oct. 6 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on SPEED and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio beginning at 3:45 p.m. ET.
Tim George Jr #2 Applebee’s Chevrolet Silverado
This Week’s Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway … Tim George Jr. will pilot Chassis No. 053 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable this weekend in the Coca-Cola 250. This Chevrolet was acquired over the off-season from the Kevin Harvick Inc., and RCR merger and will be put through its first competitive laps of the season under the RCR banner this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
Rookie Stripes … George will make his first appearance at the 2.66-mile facility in the Camping World Truck Series. The New York City native has four starts at the track in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards earning one top-10 finish, a 15.2 average starting position and a 13.5 average finishing position. George completed 99.7 percent (378 of 379) of his contested laps, leading for 12 circuits.
Season in Review … George has completed nine of his 12 scheduled races on the 2012 Camping World Truck Series schedule. At this point in the season, the RCR driver earned one pole award at Kansas Speedway (April) and completed 92.6 percent (1,233 of 1,331) of the contested laps. George holds an average starting position of 13.3 and an average finishing position of 19.6. Following this weekend’s 94-lap event, he is scheduled to participate in the Camping World Truck Series events at Martinsville Speedway and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Owner Points … After 17 races in the 2012 season, the No. 2 Chevrolet team currently sits 10th in the Camping World Truck Series owner championship point standings courtesy of drivers Harvick, Brendan Gaughan and George.
Rearview Mirror: Kentucky Speedway … George and the No. 2 Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet team worked back from an early-race incident to finish inside the top 20 at Kentucky Speedway.
What are your expectations for this weekend’s event at Talladega Superspeedway? “It will be great to get back to Talladega (Superspeedway). A lot can happen there, but I feel like we are due for a good run. The No. 2 Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group team have been working hard on this superspeedway truck. We’ve had some good runs there over the years at RCR in the ARCA Racing Series, and that will give me confidence going in to the weekend. The fans at Talladega are some of the most fun to be around, and I’m really looking forward to feeding off of their energy.”
Ty Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado
This Week’s Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway … Ty Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 011 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Saturday’s Coca-Cola 250. Dillon drove this Chevrolet to a ninth-place finish at Daytona International Speedway in February after starting from the fourth position.
First Timer … This week’s 94-lap event marks Dillon’s first appearance at Talladega Superspeedway in the Camping World Truck Series. However, the 20-year-old driver has made one previous start at the 2.66-mile track in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards where he made the trip to the Winner’s Circle.
Points Leader … Dillon remains the leader of the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, ahead of second-place driver by one point.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Update … Dillon leads the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over driver Cale Gale.
2012 Season Recap … Throughout the course of the last 17 Camping World Truck Series races, Dillon has one win (Atlanta Motor Speedway), two pole awards (Charlotte Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway), five top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. The Welcome, N.C., native holds an average starting position of 5.4 and a 7.2 average finishing position. He has completed 99.9 percent (2,636 of 2,638) of the contested laps and led for 117 circuits.
Season to Date … Dillon has earned impressive stats with 17 races complete on the 2012 Camping World Truck Series schedule.According to NASCAR’s Season-to-Date Loop Data Statistics, the Welcome, N.C., native leads the series in the Fasteston Restarts, Laps Run in the Top 15 (2,388) and Percentage of Laps Run on Lead Lap (97.35 percent) categories. He ranks second in the Average Running Position (7.804), Driver Rating (102.4) and Fastest Drivers Early in a Run.Dillon holds the third position in Fastest Speed in Traffic and Green Flag Speed.He also ranks third in Quality Passes with 508 passes made this season.
Rearview Mirror: Sin City … Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team started the 146-lap affair at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the fifth position and were scored in the top 10 for the majority of the event. While exiting pit road on a routine yellow-flag stop, contact was made with Dillon’s Chevrolet resulting in left-front damage and a flat tire. The RCR team made additional pit stops to repair the battered machine, relegating Dillon to a 10th-place result.
You’ve had success at Talladega Superspeedway in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. What are your expectations for this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race? “We won at Talladega (Superspeedway) last year in the ARCA Racing Series. It’s really fun track to race at, if you can stay out of trouble. I think we can run up front this weekend if we’re smart and race the race track. Pack racing can be a lot of fun if you know how to do it right. You need to be sure you don’t get caught in the wrong place and the wrong time.”
Joey Coulter #22 Husky Liners Chevrolet Silverado
This Week’s Husky Liners Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway … Joey Coulter will pilot Chassis No. 027 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Saturday’s Coca-Cola 250. This Chevrolet is a brand new RCR racer and will be put through its first paces on Friday during practice.
‘Bama Details … Coulter has one previous start at the 2.66-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series, recording a 20th-place finish at the track. The Miami Springs, Fla., native was running in the sixth position during a late-race restart but was unable to find a drafting partner and was shuffled back through the field, crossing the finish line in the 20th position.
By the Numbers … With 17 races complete in the 2012 season, Coulter has collected one win (Pocono Raceway), three pole awards (Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway), five top-five and 11 top-10 results. He holds an average starting position of 8.4 along with an average finishing position of 9.3 and has completed 99.1 percent (2,613 of 2,683) of the contested laps, leading for 90 circuits.
Going for a Loop … Coulter has earned impressive this season, and according to NASCAR’s Season-to-Date Loop Data Statistics, the 22-year-old driver is the series’ leader in Fastest Driver Early in a Run Green Flag Speed and Quality Passes (566). He ranks second in Fastest Speed in Traffic, and third-Fastest Drivers Early in a Run. He is ranked fourth in the following categories: Fastest on Restarts, Driver Rating (100.3), Average Running Position (9.555) and Fastest Laps Run (155 laps).
Get to the Points … With his third-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend, Coulter improved one position, to fourth, in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 38 points behind the leader and RCR teammate Ty Dillon.
Race Rewind: Las Vegas Motor Speedway … The No. 22 RCR team earned their second consecutive pole award of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and led for 40 circuits en route to a third-place finish despite battling a tight-handling condition throughout the majority of the 164-lap event.
You’re first visit to Talladega Superspeedway ended in a 20th-place finish. What are your thoughts heading into race weekend? “I had a pretty fast truck when we raced at Talladega (Superspeedway) last year, but that last restart really hurt us when we couldn’t find a drafting partner. I have a better grasp at what I need to do this year when we go back this weekend and will hopefully contend for the win this time around.”