Richard Childress Racing
April 22, 2012
Tim George Jr. and Applebee’s Team Battle Transmission Issues to Finish 17th at Kansas Speedway
"We were hoping to follow that up with a strong finish in the race; especially since Kansas Speedway is Applebee's headquarters."
Start – 1
Finish – 17
Laps Led – 0
Owner Points Position – 8
After scoring the first pole position of his young NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, Tim George Jr. and the No. 2 Applebee’s Chevrolet team overcame transmission issues to score a 17th-place finish in the SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway. The Richard Childress Racing driver was shuffled out of position at the start of the 167-lap event and settled into the 10th spot by lap five. Just prior to a lap-35 caution period, George reported a strong vibration on the No. 2 Applebee’s Chevrolet and came to pit road to the attention of the Marcus Richmond-led crew. The team hoped for a simple tire issue, but the problem turned out to be a concern with the transmission, which plagued the team throughout the remainder of the event. While up to full speed on the track and running in fourth gear, the 31-year old driver was challenged with keeping the No. 2 Chevrolet from jumping out of gear. With each ensuing pit stop the Applebee’s crew worked to assist George with the handling of the race truck and with the mechanics inside the cockpit to keep the truck in gear under high speed. With a long green-flag run to end the race, George battled to maintain position and finished the 250-mile affair in the 17th position.
TIM GEORGE JR. QUOTE:
“The No. 2 Applebee’s Chevrolet team was really strong all weekend and it showed by scoring my first career pole in the Truck Series on Saturday. We were hoping to follow that up with a strong finish in the race; especially since Kansas Speedway is in the backyard of Applebee’s headquarters. The initial vibration was so strong I knew there had to be an issue, but we worked well as a team to overcome it and we’re fortunate it held on until the end. It’s not the finish we were hoping for with the Applebee’s Chevrolet but we know we had a strong truck so we’ll look forward to our next race together in Kentucky.”