Richard Childress Racing
August 14, 2012
Tim George Jr. Event Preview: VFW 200
"I'm excited to be back at this track, it puts on a great race, and there are a lot of great fans."
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Tim George Jr.
No. 2 Applebee's/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet
VFW 200 - August 18, 2012
Michigan International Speedway - Brooklyn, Mich.
Race Notes and Quote:
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 tow 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.
TIM GEORGE JR. QUOTES:
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."