Richard Childress Racing has five previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the Brooklyn, Mich.-based facility, earning two top-five and three top-10 finishes and one pole award. RCR boasts a 9.2 average starting position combined with an 11.4 average finishing position at the two-mile track. Collectively, the Welcome, N.C.-based race team has completed 97.2 percent (490 of 504) of the contested laps at Michigan International Speedway and led for 57 circuits.
RCR’s Camping World Truck Series History … In 241 Camping World Truck Series starts, RCR has earned 26 wins, 89 top-five finishes, 150 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 9.5 and an average finishing position of 10.1.
Truck Line-up … Tim George Jr. will pilot the No. 2 Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet this weekend at Michigan International 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 Rip It Energy Chevrolet team for Saturday’s 100-lap event.
Season in Review … Through the first 11 races of the season, RCR’s Camping World Truck Series entries have acquired two victories, one at Martinsville Speedway with Kevin Harvick behind the wheel and most recently, with Joey Coulter at Pocono Raceway. RCR has 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.-based organization has eight top-five and 20 top-10 finishes, and has led 506 laps in 2012.
To the Points … With 11 2012 Camping World Truck Series races in the books, Dillon is second in the driver championship point standings, eight markers behind the leader, and Coulter sits in the seventh position, 49 points outside the top spot. RCR’s No. 2 Chevrolet team is eighth in the owner championship point standings utilizing three different drivers (Harvick, Brendan Gaughan and George) while the No. 3 team ranks second and the No. 22 team is seventh in the standings.
Catch the Action … Flag-to-flag coverage of this weekend’s VFW 200 is scheduled to be televised live on Saturday, August 18, beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern Time on SPEED and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio beginning at 12:15 p.m.
Tim George Jr. #2 Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet
This Week’s Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway … Tim George Jr. will pilot Chassis No. 025 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable this weekend in the VFW 200. George drove this chassis to a 15th-place finish at Pocono Raceway 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.
Michigan Details … This weekend’s 100-lap affair marks George’s first Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Although the New York City native has yet to make any competitive laps at the two-mile track in the Truck Series, he made three ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts, garnering one top-five and two top-10 finishes. George completed 99.7 percent of the contested laps (299 of 300) and holds an 11th-place average starting position combined with an average finish position of eighth.
Still Truckin’ … George completed five 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 98.7 percent (757 of 767) of the contested laps. George holds an average starting position of 13.8 and an average finishing position of 17.4. Following this weekend’s VFW 200, he is scheduled to participate in the Camping World Truck Series events at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Martinsville Speedway and the season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Owner Points … After 11 races in the 2012 season, the No. 2 Chevrolet team currently sits eighth in Camping World Truck Series owner championship point standings courtesy of drivers Kevin Harvick, Brendan Gaughan and George.
In Your Neighborhood … George is scheduled to make four appearances at local Michigan Applebee’s restaurants before strapping into the No. 2 Chevrolet on Saturday. On Wednesday, August 15, George will visit two restaurants located at 1706 Westwood Blvd in Jackson, Mich. at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and 787 East Chicago St. in Coldwater, Mich. at 5 p.m. ET. He will also visit restaurants on Thursday, August 16 located at 119 Whitetail Dr. in Dundee, Mich. at 2 p.m. ET and 1396 South Main St. in Adrian, Mich. at 5 p.m. ET. The RCR driver will sign autographs for Applebee’s team members and restaurant guests.
Another Chance to Meet the Driver … Prior to competing in the VFW 200, George is scheduled to make an appearance at the Team Chevy stage for a question-and-answer session with RCR teammates Ty Dillon and Joey Coulter at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, August 17.
Rearview Mirror: Pocono Raceway … George took the green flag from the sixth position for the 50-lap event at Pocono Raceway and reported a loose-handling condition on the No. 2 Chevrolet. The handling issues persisted throughout the majority of the event causing George to make contact with the wall just past the halfway point of the event. The No. 2 team was able to repair the damage and send George back out on track. George raced his way back into the top 15 before the checkered flag waved on the event.
What are your thoughts about racing at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series? “The last time I raced at Michigan (International Speedway) in the ARCA Racing Series (presented by Menards), we finished third, and I was pretty happy with that result. My RCR teammate, Jeff Burton, gave me a few pointers before the race, and they helped me out a lot. I’m excited to be back at this track, it puts on a great race, and there are a lot of great fans.”
Ty Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
This Week’s Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway … Ty Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 007 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Saturday’s VFW 200. Dillon drove this Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway in July where he started 15th and finished seventh. Chassis 007 was utilized in four events during the 2011 season, collecting three top-10 finishes.
The Great Lakes State Stats … This week’s 100-lap race marks Dillon’s second appearance at the Brooklyn, Mich.-based facility. Although the RCR driver has yet to compete at the two-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series, he’s no stranger to Victory Lane at the track. In the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event in June 2011, Dillon led for 22 circuits en route to the race win, marking one of his seven ARCA Racing Series wins last season.
Points Racing … Dillon is second in the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, eight points behind leader Timothy Peters.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Update … Dillon leads the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings by 60 points ahead of driver Cale Gale.
Season to Date … Dillon has earned impressive stats with 11 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 the Fastest Driver Early in a Run category. He is ranked fourth in the following areas: Average Running Position (8.674), Driver Rating (99.4), Laps Run in the Top-15 (1,489) and Percentage of Laps Run on Lead Lap (96.64 percent). Dillon holds the series’ fifth-fastest Green Flag Speed and Fastest on Restarts. With 308 Quality Passes made over the first half of the season, Dillon ranks sixth amongst his competitors.
Meet the Driver … Dillon is scheduled to sign autographs for fans at Bass Pro Shops located at 10000 Bass Pro Shops Blvd in Rossford, Ohio on Thursday, August 16 at 6 p.m. ET. In addition to competing in the VFW 200, the 20-year-old driver is scheduled to visit the Team Chevy stage at Michigan International Speedway for a fan question-and-answer session with RCR teammates Joey Coulter and Tim George Jr. on Friday, August 17 at 4 p.m. ET.
It’s Bristol Baby … Bristol Motor Speedway has created a special ticket package with Ty Dillon for the upcoming Camping World Truck Series race on Wednesday, August 22. Fans that purchase Dillon’s ticket package receive a ticket to the UNOH Perfect Storm doubleheader race on Wednesday, a BMS hat and access to a question-and-answer session with Dillon and his grandfather and team owner Richard Childress all for $39.00. For more information about the ticket package, please visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com.
Prank on Big Brother … Dillon will appear on the truTV hit show Lizard Lick Towing on Monday, August 20 at 10 p.m. ET. With the help of Ron, Bobby and Amy of Lizard Lick Towing, Dillon helps follow RCR teammate Elliott Sadler play a prank on Ty’s older brother Austin. For more information about the show, please visit www.news.turner.com.
Feed the Children … Several RCR pit crew members, including members of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team, participated in a Feed the Children food distribution in conjunction with the Salvation Army in Lexington, N.C. on Tuesday, August 14. Feed the Children sponsored this year’s Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway and because the Dillon brothers finished in the top 10 in the race, they were each able to send a food truck containing $10,000 worth of food to the cities of their choice. Ty chose Lexington and Austin chose Joplin, Mo.
In the Rearview Mirror: Pocono Raceway … Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team started the 50-lap event at Pocono Raceway from the outside pole but was shuffled up the race track on the start, causing minor damage to the left-front fender and splitter and forcing him into the turn-one wall. After two trips to pit road to repair the damage, Dillon returned to the racing surface in the 16th position. In the final portion of the race, the RCR driver was able to maneuver through the field to take the checkered flag in the sixth position.
You won last year at Michigan International Speedway in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. What are your thoughts about the track? “I really like racing at Michigan (International Speedway). That track is a lot flatter than most of the other tracks that we race, so the sensation of speed is a lot more. You’re reaching speeds of almost 200 mph coming off of the corners. It’s a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to get there this week.”
There are 10 races left in the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. You currently sit second in points, eight markers behind the leader. Are you more focused on winning races and a championship will come, or are you focused on the championship? “The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team is focused on that championship. We’ve proven a few times this season that we have what it takes to turn a bad weekend around to earn more points to better ourselves in the championship hunt. I tell the guys to keep their heads up and working hard. We’ll get that win eventually but in the mean time, we’re looking to gain ground in the championship.”
Joey Coulter #22 Rip It Energy Chevrolet
This Week’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway … Joey Coulter will pilot Chassis No. 022 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Saturday afternoon’s VFW 200. This truck was last utilized at Pocono Raceway where Coulter earned his career-first Camping World Truck Series victory.
Coulter in the Irish Hills … Coulter has one previous start at the two-mile facility in the Camping World Truck Series where he posted an 18th-place finish in 2011. He has also made four ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts at Michigan International Speedway, collecting one pole award and four top-10 finishes.
Last Time Around: Michigan … Coulter and the No. 22 RCR entry fell victim to on-track incidents at the Brooklyn, Mich.-based facility in August 2011. After battling back from an early spin and a blown tire in the closing laps, the 22-year-old driver settled for an 18th-place finish.
11 Races In … According to NASCAR’s Season-to-Date Loop Data Statistics, Coulter leads all drivers in the following categories: Fastest Drivers Early in a Run and Fastest Speed in Traffic. He ranks third in Quality Passes with 383 passes and fourth amongst all drivers in Green Flag Speed.
Get to the Points … At the halfway point of the 2012 season, Coulter sits seventh in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 49 markers behind the leader.
Winner, Winner … Coulter captured his career-first Camping World Truck Series victory in the Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, August 4. Going three-wide on the final restart, Coulter powered past the leaders and pulled away from the field on his way to the checkered flag.
Meet Coulter … Coulter is scheduled to join RCR teammates Ty Dillon and Tim George Jr. at the Team Chevy stage for a fan question-and-answer session on Friday, August 17 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
Now that you have had a week, reflect on the importance of your win at Pocono Raceway. “I feel like the monkey is off my back, and I’m ready to go get the next win. Everyone said once you win the first race, the next ones are easier. I’m ready to make a charge for the championship by collecting a couple more wins.”
What are your thoughts heading into the race at Michigan International Speedway? “I’m really excited for Michigan (International Speedway). It’s one of my favorite tracks and we have always run pretty well there. The whole team is ready to ride this wave of momentum. Harold (Holly, crew chief) is pretty excited about this package we’ve stumbled upon so we’re going to see how it works this weekend.”