Richard Childress Racing
April 17, 2012
Tim George Jr. Event Preview: SFP 250
"It will be for the first time in a truck at that track. Kansas is the home of the Applebee's headquarters, so this is an important race for us."
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Tim George Jr
No. 2 Applebee's Chevrolet
April 21, 2012
This Week's Applebee's Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway ... Tim George Jr. will pilot Chassis No. 021 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's SFP 250. This Chevrolet Silverado was last driven by Austin Dillon at Pocono Raceway in 2010, where he finished seventh after starting fourth. Dillon drove this No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2009, finishing 12th and 15th, respectively.
Kansas Stats ... George Jr. will make his first Camping World Truck Series start at Kansas Speedway this weekend but has three previous starts at the Kansas City, Kan.-based facility in the ARCA Racing Series. The 31-year-old driver acquired an average starting position of 11.3 coupled with an average finishing position of 15.3 while completing 99 percent (299 of 302) of the laps contested at the 1.5-mile race track. George Jr. earned his best starting position of ninth last October in the Kansas Lottery 98.9.
Owner's Points ... After three races, the No. 2 Chevrolet team currently sits sixth in Camping World Truck Series owner's point standings courtesy of drivers Kevin Harvick, Brendan Gaughan and George Jr.
Sponsor's Background ... Applebee's, the sponsor that adorns the hood of the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado, is based in Lenexa, Kan., approximately 20 miles from Kansas Speedway. Since the inception in 1980, Applebee's has opened over 2,000 restaurants in neighborhoods across the United States. Applebee's has become one of the most popular family restaurants winning the award for Chain of the Year multiple times throughout its history.
Bringing Smiles ... George Jr. is scheduled to visit the Children's Mercy Hospital on his way to Kansas Speedway Thursday, April 19. He will visit with children in both the inpatient and outpatient portions of the hospital. The New York City native is slated to visit other children's hospitals throughout the 2012 Camping World Truck Series season.
Rearview Mirror: Rockingham Speedway ... George Jr. started the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 at "The Rock" 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 penalized the team for an uncontrolled tire during a pit stop, sending the No. 2 machine back on track in the 15th position for the lap 130 restart. George Jr. slipped to the 16th position in the remaining laps where he would eventually cross the finish line.
TIM GEORGE JR. QUOTES:
What are your thoughts heading into this weekend's SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway?
"I'm looking forward to getting back to Kansas Speedway. It will be for the first time in a truck at that track. RCR's intermediate package has always been strong for Ty and me in the ARCA Racing Series, and I'm looking forward to driving the Applebee's Chevy this weekend in the Camping World Truck Series. Kansas is the home of the Applebee's headquarters, so this is an important race for us."
You finished 16th at Rockingham Speedway last weekend, did you learn anything there that will help you this weekend at Kansas Speedway?
"Rockingham was a good way for our No. 2 team to gain some experience as a group. That was my first time working with Marcus (Richmond, crew chief). I think he gained some confidence with me, and I certainly gained some confidence with him."