Richard Childress Racing
April 16, 2012
Tim George Jr. Finishes 16th at "The Rock"
"We had a decent run and were pretty good when the tires were right. I'm looking forward to getting back in the truck next weekend in Kansas."
Start – 29
Finish – 16
Laps Led – 0
Owner Points – 6
Tim George Jr. drove the No. 2 Applebee’s Chevrolet Silverado to a 16th-place finish after overcoming handling issues and a pit-road penalty during the NASSAR Camping World Truck Series’ inaugural event at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway on Sunday afternoon. The Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 marked the first of 12 appearances for the New York City native in the Richard Childress Racing fielded machine. George Jr. started the race from the 29th position and began to work his way toward the front of the field, climbing into the top-20 within the first 50 laps. The 31-year-old driver continued to work his way up the leader board, settling into the 13th-position when NASCAR officials displayed the third caution flag of the day on lap 122. Crew chief Marcus Richmond directed his driver down pit road so the team could bolt on four tires, add fuel and make an air-pressure adjustment. During the stop, NASCAR penalized the team for an uncontrolled tire, sending the No. 2 machine back on track in the 15th position for the lap 130 restart. As green-flag racing resumed, George Jr. continued to battle a loose-handling truck, causing the No. 2 Chevrolet to slip back to the 16th position when the checkered flag fell ending the 200-lap affair.
TIM GEORGE JR. QUOTE:
“I don’t think we did too bad considering this was my first time out of the box with the No. 2 team. We had a decent run and were pretty good when the tires were right. I’m looking forward to getting back in the truck and working with Marcus (Richmond) and the team again next weekend in Kansas.”