Richard Childress Racing has eight previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the Sparta, Ky.-based facility, earning two pole awards, two top-five and five top-10 finishes. The organization also boasts a 6.8 average starting position combined with a 9.9 average finishing position at the 1.5-mile track. Collectively, the Welcome, N.C.-based race team has completed 99.1 percent of their contested laps (1,193 of 1,204) at Kentucky Speedway and led for 57 circuits.
Tim George Jr. #2 Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet
This Week’s Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway … Tim George Jr. will pilot Chassis No. 021 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable this weekend in the Kentucky 201. This Chevrolet was last raced at Kentucky Speedway in June where George Jr. started 15th and finished 24th. George earned the pole award with this RCR Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway in April and went on to finish in the 17th position. This chassis was also driven by Austin Dillon at Pocono Raceway in 2010, where he finished seventh after starting fourth. Dillon also drove this Chevrolet during the 2009 season at Iowa Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway finishing 12th and 15th, respectively.
Kentucky Details … George has one previous start at the Sparta, Ky.-based facility earning a 24th-place result in the June edition of the race. The New York City native has six additional starts on tracks 1.5-mile or larger in length, garnering a 16.8 average starting position and a 22.7 average finishing position.
Season in Review … George has completed eight 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 93.1 percent (1,115 of 1,197) of the contested laps. George holds an average starting position of 12.9 and an average finishing position of 19.8. Following this weekend’s 134-lap event, he is scheduled to participate in the Camping World Truck Series events at Talladega Superspeedway, Martinsville Speedway and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Owner Points … After 15 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: Iowa Speedway … George and the No. 2 Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group team finished 22nd at Iowa Speedway after a pit road penalty at the halfway point of the 200-lap affair.
What are your expectations for this weekend’s event at Kentucky Speedway? “Kentucky Speedway has some similarities when compared to Kansas Speedway. We had a really fast truck at Kansas Speedway and qualified on the pole. We’ll have good notes to use from the last time we were in Kentucky to start off with in practice on Friday. I think we can go out there this weekend and compete in the top 10.”
Ty Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
This Week’s Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway … Ty Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 026 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Friday’s Kentucky 201. This is the same Chevrolet that Dillon drove to Victory Lane for his first-career Camping World Truck Series win at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Bluegrass State Details … This week’s 134-lap event marks Dillon’s third appearance at the Sparta, Ky.-based facility. In the June event at the track, the 20-year-old driver earned a third-place result after starting from the fourth position. Dillon made his first career Camping World Truck Series start at the 1.5-mile track in September 2011 where he finished 18th after fuel system issues plagued the team in the later stages of the race.
Loopy in Sparta … According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics for Kentucky Speedway, Dillon is the fourth-Fastest Driver Late in a Run. He ranks seventh in the Speed by Quarter category and is ninth in Green Flag Speed. Dillon holds the 10th-highest Driver Rating (91.8) amongst the other drivers.
Points Leader … After his second-place finish last weekend at Iowa Speedway, Dillon leads the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings by eight points.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Update … Dillon leads the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by 81 points ahead of driver Cale Gale.
Season to Date … Dillon has earned impressive stats with 15 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 (2,117) and Percentage of Laps Run on Lead Lap (97.03 percent) categories. He ranks second in the Fastest Driver Early in a Run and Average Running Position (8.044) categories. Dillon has the series’ third-highest Driver Rating (101.5), Green Flag Speed and the third Fastest Speed in Traffic.With 432 Quality Passes made over the first half of the season, Dillon ranks fifth amongst his competitors.
Rearview Mirror: Iowa Speedway … Dillon started the 200-lap event at Iowa Speedway from the ninth position and battled a loose-handling Chevrolet for a majority of the event. Crew chief Marcus Richmond called for various four-tire pit stops with chassis adjustments to combat the handling issues that Dillon was experiencing. Restarting from the third position with 30 laps remaining in the race, Dillon advanced one spot, to second, before taking the checkered flag.
You finished third in June when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visited Kentucky Speedway, what are your thoughts heading there this weekend? “I’m excited to be able to race back-to-back weekends these past few weeks. It helps keep the momentum going with the team. Kentucky (Speedway) is a fun track, and I enjoy racing there. We had a fast truck when we were there in June and have a good place to start for when we get back to the track this weekend. I hope to better that top-three finish this time around.”
Joey Coulter #22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
This Week’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway … Joey Coulter will pilot Chassis No. 024 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Friday night’s Kentucky 201. This RCR-prepared Chevrolet last ran at Chicagoland Speedway in July where Coulter started second and finished in the 15th position. Coulter also drove this Chevrolet to two top-10 finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and Texas Motor Speedway in June.
Coulter in the Bluegrass State … Coulter has three previous starts at the 1.5-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series, recording top-15 finishes in each event and leading for eight circuits. Additionally, Coulter has one start in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at the Sparta, Ky.-based facility, in 2009, where he finished seventh.
In June … In the June edition of the Camping World Truck Series event at Kentucky Speedway, Coulter and the No. 22 Steak-umm Chevrolet team started the event from the 16th position. Despite battling a lack of grip throughout a majority of the race, Coulter drove to a seventh-place finish.
By the Numbers … With 15 races complete in the 2012 season, Coulter has collected one win, one pole award, three top-five and nine top-10 results. He holds an average starting position of 9.4 along with an average finishing position of 10.1 and has completed 98.9 percent (2,333 of 2,351) of the contested laps.
Going for a Loop … Coulter has earned impressive stats with 15 races complete on the 2012 Camping World Truck Series schedule. According to NASCAR’s Season-to-Date Loop Data Statistics, the 22-year-old driver is the series’ leader in Quality Passes (503). He ranks second in Fastest Speed in Traffic and Fastest Drivers Early in a Run. He is ranked fourth in Green Flag Speed. Coulter holds a 95.5 Driver Rating and 10.451 Average Running Position, ranking him sixth and seventh,respectivelyamongst his fellow competitors.
Get to the Points … Coulter is sixth in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 46 points behind the leader and RCR teammate Ty Dillon.
Rewind: Iowa Speedway … The No. 22 RCR team started the 200-lap event at Iowa Speedway from the 14th position and competed in the top-15 for the first half of the race. As Coulter was exiting pit road after a green-flag pit stop, NASCAR officials displayed the yellow-flag pinning the Miami Springs, Fla., native in the 17th position and two laps down to the leader. Coulter was able to rejoin lead lap competition and climb his way into the 13th spot before taking the checkered flag.
What are your thoughts on Kentucky Speedway? “Kentucky (Speedway) is a fun place to race. RCR has put together a good 1.5-mile package for the trucks this year, and I’m excited to get there and see what the No. 22 team can do this weekend. We didn’t have the finish we hoped for last weekend at Iowa (Speedway), but I know we can regroup and try again on Friday.”