Richard Childress Racing
July 31, 2012
Tim George Jr. Event Preview: Pocono Mountains 125
"It kind of helps and gives me more confidence knowing my family and friends are there cheering me on."
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Tim George Jr.
No. 2 Applebee's/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet
Pocono Mountains 125 - August 4, 2012
Pocono Raceway - Long Pond, Pa.
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week's Applebee's/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet at Pocono Raceway ... Tim George Jr. will pilot Chassis No. 025 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's Pocono Mountains 125. This RCR Chevrolet was utilized by Kevin Harvick at Dover International Speedway earlier this season where he earned the pole award and finished third.
Pocono Details ... This weekend's 50-lap affair will mark George's first Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway. Although the New York City native has yet to make any competitive laps at the 2.5-mile tri-oval in the Truck Series, he has made six ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts, garnering one victory, two top-five and three top-10 finishes. George has completed 98.8 percent of the contested laps (396 of 401) and holds a 9.7 average starting position combined with an average finish position of 11.5.
Memory Lane ... George will return to the track where he earned his first-career ARCA Racing Series victory last year. The RCR driver took over the top spot and was scored in the first position when the red flag was displayed for dense fog around the raceway just 23 laps short of the scheduled distance. George was declared the winner of the Pocono ARCA 200 after an extended red-flag period. He led a total of two laps in the 59-lap spectacle.
Owner Points ... After 10 races in the 2012 season, the No. 2 Chevrolet team currently sits seventh in Camping World Truck Series owner championship point standings courtesy of drivers Kevin Harvick, Brendan Gaughan and George.
Welcome Home ... Pocono Raceway is approximately a two-hour drive time from George's home town of New York City. That's about the average time it takes to contest a 125-mile Camping World Truck Series at the "Tricky Triangle."
In Your Neighborhood ... George is scheduled to make two appearances at local Pennsylvania Applebee's restaurants located at 74 Viewpoint Mall in Scranton at 12 p.m. Eastern Time and 253 Wilkes Barre Township Blvd. in Wilkes Barre at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 2 before strapping into the No. 2 Chevrolet. The driver will sign autographs for Applebee's team members and restaurant guests.
Meet the Driver ... Prior to competing in the Pocono Mountains 125, George is scheduled to participate in the Camping World Truck Series driver autograph session at 1 p.m. ET on Friday, August 3. Following the autograph session, George will make an appearance at the Team Chevy stage for a question-and-answer session with RCR teammates Ty Dillon and Joey Coulter at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Tune-In ... Earlier this season, George competed against SPEED personality, Ray Dunlap, in an Iron Chef-style cooking competition at Childress Vineyards. The duo was given four ingredients that had to be included in their final dishes. George used his cooking skills to prepare a final entrée to be judged by RCR teammate Ty Dillon, SPEED personality Rick Allen and head chef at Childress Vineyards Chris Wagner. Tune into SPEED's Set-up on Saturday, August 4 at 12:30 p.m. ET. to find out who won the challenge.
Rearview Mirror: Chicagoland Speedway ... Brendan Gaughan and the No. 2 South Point Hotel and Casino Chevrolet team started the American Ethanol 225 from the sixth position at Chicagoland Speedway and reported a tight-handling Chevrolet during the first portion of the race. Despite the handling issues, the Las Vegas native claimed the lead on lap 13 and led for 83 laps before spinning the tires on a restart and falling to the fifth position with nine laps remaining in the event. Gaughan made a dash to the front in the final laps but crossed the line in the second position.
TIM GEORGE JR. QUOTES:
You earned your first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory at Pocono Raceway. What are your thoughts heading there in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series?
"Last year was a major breakthrough for me at Pocono (Raceway) with the victory and second-place finishes. This was the result of growing confidence in myself and team synergy. I'm working on building my confidence this year in the Truck Series. I've heard the track has a lot more grip since it was repaved, so I'm excited to get there and see what it's like to race on the new surface."
This is technically your home track. Does that give you more confidence or add more pressure?
"I enjoy racing at tracks close to where I grew up. I will have more friends and family at the race then I normally would, but it doesn't add more pressure. It kind of helps and gives me more confidence knowing my family and friends are there cheering me on."