Richard Childress Racing has three previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the Hampton, Ga.-based facility, earning two top-10 finishes. The organization also boasts an 11th-place average starting position combined with a 9.7 average finishing position at the 1.54-mile track. Collectively, the Welcome, N.C.-based race team has completed 100 percent of the contested laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway and led for two circuits.
Truck Line-up … Tim George Jr. will pilot the No. 2 Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Chevrolet this week at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The No. 2 team will join Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/NRA Museum Chevrolet team along with Joey Coulter and the No. 22 Armour Chevrolet team for Friday’s 130-lap event.
Catch the Action … Flag-to-flag coverage of Friday’s Atlanta 200 is scheduled to be televised live on Friday, Aug. 31, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on SPEED and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio beginning at 7:45 p.m.
Tim George Jr. #2 Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet
Week’s Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Tim George Jr. will pilot Chassis No. 025 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable this weekend in the Atlanta 200. George drove this chassis to a 15th-place finish at Pocono Raceway and 21st-place finish at Michigan International Speedway earlier this month. This RCR Chevrolet was also utilized by Kevin Harvick at Dover International Speedway in June where he earned the pole award and finished third.
The Peach State Details … This weekend’s 130-lap affair marks George’s first appearance at the Hampton, Ga.-based race track. The New York City native has made four Camping World Truck Series starts on 1.5-mile or larger tracks this year, posting one pole award at Kansas Speedway and two top-15 finishes.
Through the First Half … George has completed six 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 98.6 percent (855 of 867) of the contested laps. George holds an average starting position of 12.7 and an average finishing position of 18th. Following this weekend’s Atlanta 200, he is scheduled to participate in the Camping World Truck Series events at Iowa Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Martinsville Speedway and the season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Owner Points … After 13 races in the 2012 season, the No. 2 Chevrolet team currently sits eighth in the Camping World Truck Series owner championship point standings courtesy of drivers Harvick, Brendan Gaughan and George.
Rearview Mirror: Bristol Motor Speedway … Gaughan and the No. 2 South Point Hotel & Casino team earned a top-five finish under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway despite battling a loose-handling condition for a majority of the race.
This weekend marks your first appearance at Atlanta Motor Speedway; what are your thoughts heading into the weekend? “I’m excited to get the opportunity to race at Atlanta (Motor Speedway). I’ve watched a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race there from the spotters stand, that’s the extent of my experience at the track. I’ve been racing with SIM Factory to try and figure out how to get around at Atlanta. I’ve heard it’s kind of like Michigan (International Speedway), so hopefully I can take what I learned there a few weeks ago and use it this weekend.”
Ty Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/NRA Museum Chevrolet
This Week’s Bass Pro Shops/NRA Museum Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Ty Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 026 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Friday’s Atlanta 200. This is a brand new RCR Chevrolet and will be put through its first paces this weekend.
Rookie Stripes … This week’s 130-lap race marks Dillon’s first appearance at the Hampton, Ga.-based facility. Although the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has yet to make any laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Dillon has 10 previous Camping World Truck Series starts on 1.5-mile or longer tracks, garnering two top-five and eight top-10 finishes and has led for 67 laps.
Points Battle … Dillon is third in the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 25 markers behind leader Timothy Peters.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Update … Dillon leads the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings by 71 points ahead of driver Cale Gale.
Season to Date … Dillon has earned impressive stats with 13 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 is ranked second in Fastest Driver Early in a Run, Fastest on Restarts and Laps Run in the Top 15 (1.788) categories. Dillon has the series’ third-highest Average Running Position (8.490) and Percentage of Laps Run on Lead Lap (96.99 percent), along with the third Fastest Speed in Traffic. He is ranked fourth in the following areas: Driver Rating (99.1) and Green Flag Speed.With 368 Quality Passes made over the first half of the season, Dillon ranks seventh amongst his competitors.
Race Rewind: Bristol … Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team started the 200-lap event at Bristol Motor Speedway from the 12th position and remained a fixture in the top 10 for the majority of the race. The Welcome, N.C., native was scored in the fourth position when the caution flag was displayed in the closing laps, setting the stage for a green-white-checkered finish. As the green flag waved for the final time, Dillon radioed to the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team that his Chevrolet was out of fuel, relegating the team to a 21st-place result.
Friday’s Atlanta 200 marks your first race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. What are your thoughts about the 200-lap event? “I’m really excited to race at Atlanta (Motor Speedway) this weekend. The team and I had a tough break last week at Bristol (Motor Speedway), so I’m ready to get back in the truck and turn our luck around. It’ll be great to bring home a good finish with the NRA Museum on board the No. 3 Chevrolet this weekend.”
With less than 10 races left in the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, what are your goals for the remainder of the year? “Our ultimate goal is to win the championship and Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. We have some ground to make up in the championship battle, but it’s not completely out of our grasp. The entire Bass Pro Shops team has worked really hard this season and if they keep working toward that championship, I think we can battle for it there at the end.”
Joey Coulter #22 Armour Vienna Sausages Chevrolet
This Week’s Armour Vienna Sausages Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Joey Coulter will pilot Chassis No. 018 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Friday night’s Atlanta 200. Coulter drove this Chevrolet to an 11th-place finish at Dover International Speedway in June, and a seventh-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in June. The Chevrolet was also utilized by Coulter in the 2011 season where he collected three top-10 and five top-15 finishes.
Atlanta Nuggets … Coulter has one previous start at the 1.54-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series. During his lone appearance in August 2011, Coulter started 20th and finished in the 13th position, completing 100 percent of the contested laps.
Last Trip to Georgia … Coulter and the No. 22 RCR team spent the majority of last year’s event at Atlanta Motor Speedway running in the top 10 after starting from the 20th position. A long green-flag run at the end of the 130-lap affair, however, required one more trip to pit road for fuel and resulted in a 13th-place finish for Coulter.
Season So Far … With 13 races complete in the 2012 season, Coulter has collected one win, one pole award, three top-five and eight top-10 results. He holds an average starting position of 8.7 along with an average finishing position of 10.1 and completed 98.8 percent (2,004 of 2,028) of the contested laps.
Get to the Points … With his eighth top-10 finish of the 2012 season at Bristol Motor Speedway last week, Coulter remains seventh in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 51 points behind the leader.
Rewind: Bristol Motor Speedway … Coulter qualified the No. 22 Steak-umm Chevrolet in the eighth position for the 200-lap affair at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Miami Springs, Fla., native remained a fixture in top 10 for the entire event and was contending for the win with eight laps to go but was shuffled back when the caution flag was displayed. As the field came around to take the green flag for the green-white-checkered finish, Coulter plunged forward crossing the start finish line in the fourth position.
What are your thoughts heading into the Atlanta 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway? “I learned a lot racing at Atlanta (Motor Speedway) last year. I know we have a lot of good notes for that track and will unload with good equipment. The No. 22 team has been riding momentum since our victory at Pocono (Raceway) a few weeks back, and I think we can capitalize on it again this weekend.”