Richard Childress Racing has five previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the Sparta, Ky.-based facility, earning one top-five, three top-10 finishes and two pole awards. RCR boasts a 3.8 average starting position combined with a ninth-place average finishing position at the 1.5-mile track. Collectively, the Welcome, N.C.-based race team has completed 99.5 percent of the contested laps at Kentucky Speedway.
RCR’s Camping World Truck Series History … In 229 Camping World Truck Series starts, RCR has earned 25 wins, 86 top-five finishes, 143 top-10 finishes and 32 pole awards, along with the inaugural series championship in 1995 with Mike Skinner and again with Austin Dillon in 2011. The organization has an average starting position of 9.6 and an average finishing position of 10.2.
Truck Line-up … Tim George Jr. will pilot the No. 2 Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. The No. 2 team will join Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team, along with Joey Coulter and the No. 22 Steak-Umm Chevrolet team for Thursday night’s 150-lap event.
Season in Review … Through the first seven races of the season, RCR’s Camping World Truck Series entries have acquired one victory at Martinsville Speedway with Kevin Harvick behind the wheel, and have notched four pole awards, with Harvick at Martinsville Speedway and Dover International Speedway, George Jr. at Kansas Speedway and Dillon at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Welcome, N.C. organization has five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes, and has led 397 laps in 2012.
To the Points … With seven 2012 Camping World Truck Series races in the books, Dillon remains third, in the driver championship point standings, 12 markers behind the leader, while Coulter is eighth, 53 points outside the top spot. RCR’s No. 2 Chevrolet team is six in the owner championship point standings utilizing three different drivers (Harvick, Brendan Gaughan and George Jr.).
Catch the Action … Flag-to-flag coverage of this weekend’s UNOH 225 is scheduled to be televised live on Thursday, June 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on SPEED and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
Tim George Jr. Preview
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 in this weekend’s UNOH 225. George Jr. 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 Stats … This weekend’s 150-lap affair will mark Geroge Jr.’s first career Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Although the New York City native has yet to make any competitive laps at the 1.5-mile track in the Truck Series, he has made two ARCA Racing Series starts, earning an average starting position of 15th and an average finishing position of 18.5 while completing 98.5 percent (197 of 200) of his contested laps.
Owner Points … After seven races in the 2012 season, the No. 2 Chevrolet team currently sits sixth in Camping World Truck Series owner championship point standings courtesy of drivers Kevin Harvick, Brendan Gaughan and George Jr.
Thank You Movement … The No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado will carry a special patriotic paint scheme this weekend as part of the “Thank You Movement” in conjunction with primary sponsor Applebee’s. The movement is a worldwide program offering fans the opportunity to personally say “Thank You” to servicemen and women across all branches of the military. To find out more information on the movement, and how you can say “Thank You”, visit www.applebee’s.com/thankyou.
Smiling Faces … George Jr. is scheduled to visit the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital on his way to Kentucky Speedway on Wednesday, June 27. He will visit two entertainment rooms where patients and family members come to play games, make crafts and listen to music. George Jr. is slated to visit other children’s hospitals throughout the 2012 Camping World Truck Series season.
Last Time Around … In his last outing under the RCR banner at Kansas Speedway in April, George Jr. qualified the No. 2 Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet in the pole position. After reporting a strong vibration in the early stages of the event, the RCR team discovered a transmission issue was the cause. George Jr. was able to run within the top 20 for the remainder of the event and crossed the finish line in the 17th position.
Rearview Mirror: Texas Motor Speedway …The No. 2 RCR entry earned a top-five finish with Brendan Gaughan at Texas Motor Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series latest event. The Las Vegas native competed in the top 10 for a majority of the 167-lap event and was on the way to a runner-up finish when he was shuffled back to fourth in a late-race restart where he would remain until the checkered flag waved.
You’ve had some time off from the Camping World Truck Series, how do you mentally prepare for a race after having a long break? “I’m really excited to get back in the truck this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Even though I haven’t been racing in the Truck Series, I’ve been competing in the UARA Series with Team Dillon Racing. This helps to pass the time in between Truck Series races and keeps my skills sharp.”
What are your expectations heading into the weekend 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. I think we can go out there this weekend and have similar results. We’re aiming for a top-10 finish and will work hard to run up front.”
You will be running a special paint scheme this weekend. Can you talk a little bit about it? “We’re running a special paint scheme in conjunction with Applebee’s “Thank You Movement”. This program allows fans to show their support and appreciation for all of the military members. It’s a great program, and I encourage all of the fans out there to send a “Thank You” to the troops.”
Ty Dillon Preview
This Week’s Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway … Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 023 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Thursday’s UNOH 225. Dillon drove this RCR chassis to a ninth-place finish at Kansas Speedway in April after starting fifth. This Chevrolet was utilized by Dillon’s older brother, Austin, at the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway earning a 10th-place result and claiming the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship.
Bluegrass State Details … This week’s 150-lap event marks Dillon’s second appearance at the Sparta, Ky.-based facility. Dillon made his first career Camping World Truck Series start at the 1.5-mile track in September of last year where he finished 18th after fuel system issues plagued the team in the later stages of the race.
Points Racing … Dillon remains third in the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 12 markers behind the leader Justin Lofton.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Update … Dillon continues to lead the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings after assuming the lead following the third race of the season. He now sits 35 points ahead of driver Cale Gale after seven races on the Camping World Truck Series schedule.
Sponsor Spotlight … Not only is the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) the title sponsor of the eighth Camping World Truck Series race this season, the Lima, Ohio-based college is an associate sponsor on Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet. UNOH offers a unique curriculum to young people interested in professional motorsports competition as a career with associate degrees and diploma programs in High Performance Motorsports. In addition, Adam Mestemacher, tire specialist on the No. 3 Bass Pro Chevrolet is a recent graduate of UNOH.
Season to Date … Dillon has earned impressive stats with seven 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 the series’ fastest Driver Early in a Run and second-fastest Driver on Restarts. Dillon has earned an Average Running Position of 7.8, ranking him third overall. He also sits third in the Driver Rating category (101.5) and Laps Run in the Top 15 with 1,067 laps.
Rearview Mirror: Texas Motor Speedway … The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team earned their seventh consecutive top-10 finish of the season at Texas Motor Speedway after making contact with another competitor while battling to remain the leader. Dillon was able to save his black and orange Silverado from heavy damage and crossed the finish line in the seventh position.
Meet Dillon … Dillon is scheduled to sign autographs for gathered fans at the UNOH display in the track’s midway area outside of turn one on Thursday, June 28 beginning at 3:15 p.m. ET.
You made your NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Kentucky Speedway last September. Does this give you confidence going into this weekend? “I know having run here last year will definitely help going back to Kentucky (Speedway) this weekend. I made some mistakes on pit road here last year, and I learned a lot during the race. I feel confident that I’ll be able to give the guys and Marcus (Richmond, crew chief) the feedback they need to put together a fast truck.”
After earning your seventh consecutive top-10 finish of the season at Texas Motor Speedway, you broke the current record for rookie drivers. How does that make you feel? “It’s exciting to have that honor in breaking a record, but I couldn’t have done it without the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team. The driver can only do some much. The team builds the trucks and work on them at the race track. They are the ones that deserve that honor.”
Joey Coulter Preview
This Week’s Steak-umm Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway… Joey Coulter will pilot chassis No. 018 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Thursday night’s UNOH 225. This chassis has been utilized six previous times, most recently at Dover International Speedway where Coulter finished 11th. Additionally the chassis was raced during the 2011 season at Kentucky’s summer and fall races, Pocono Raceway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, with all five outings resulting in top-15 finishes.
Coulter in the Bluegrass State… Coulter has two previous starts at the 1.5-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series. In these contests, Coulter recorded two top-15 finishes; seventh in the summer and 13th in the fall. 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.
Last Time Around: Kentucky… The Kentucky 225 ended in disappointing fashion for the Miami Springs, Fla., native. After unloading a fast Chevrolet Silverado, Coulter obtained fender damage in a pit road incident halfway through the 150-lap event. Requiring multiple stops to correct, Coulter never regained lead lap position and was relegated to a 13th-place finish.
Rewind: Texas… Coulter recorded his Camping World Truck Series career-best finish at the Ft. Worth, Texas-based race track when he finished third in the Texas 400. After rain cancelled qualifying for the event, the field was set by owner point standings with Coulter lining up 11th. The No.22 team executed near perfect pit stops and Coulter drove his way to the front, taking the checkered flag in the third position, .006 seconds behind second place.
Seven Races In… In his sophomore season with Richard Childress Racing, Coulter ranks third among drivers in the category Fastest Early in the Run, sixth in Fastest Lap Run (79), and sixth in Fastest Green Flag Speed according to NASCAR’s Season-to-Date Loop Data Statistics. Additionally, he sits fourth in Quality Passes (260) and leads all drivers in Fastest Speed in Traffic.
Get to the Points… After his first top-five finish of the 2012 season, Coulter is eighth in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings. He is 53 points behind leader Justin Lofton.
Gone Racing… Coulter spent his break from the Camping World Truck Series racing in the ARCA Racing Series. On June 15, Coulter competed with his Coulter Motorsports team in the RainEater Water Wipers 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Earlier that morning, he accepted the challenge of a cornhole tournament issued by the track president Roger Curtis.
Meet Coulter… Coulter is scheduled to meet fans and sign autographs at Race Fest 2012 in downtown Carrollton, Ky. at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 27.
The Camping World Truck Series have had two weeks off between Texas (Motor Speedway) and this week’s race at Kentucky (Speedway). Are you ready to get back into the No.22 Chevrolet Silverado Thursday night? “I’m always ready to go racing. Even on my off weekends from the Camping World Truck Series, I’m racing. I’m either at the dirt track or racing with Coulter Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series. I’m excited about carrying the momentum from our third-place finish at Texas (Motor Speedway) into this weekend with the No. 22 Steak-umm Chevrolet team. I have some good experience at Kentucky (Speedway) and I’m ready to compete for the win.”