Richard Childress Racing has seven previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the Homestead, Fla.-based facility, earning two top-five, three top-10 finishes and one pole award. RCR boasts a ninth-place average starting position combined with an average finishing position of 15.6 at the 1.5-mile track. Collectively, the Welcome, N.C.-based organization has completed 95.2 (995 of 1,045) percent of the contested laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Truck Line-up … Tim George Jr. will pilot the No. 2 Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The No. 2 team will join Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team along with Joey Coulter and the No. 22 Rip It Energy Fuel Chevrolet team for Friday night’s 134-lap event.
To the Points … Heading into the final Camping World Truck Series race of the season, Dillon is third in driver championship point standings, 12 markers outside the top spot. Coulter sits in the fourth position, 29 points outside of the lead. The No. 3 team is third in the owner championship point standings, the No. 22 team is fourth, while RCR’s No. 2 Chevrolet team is 14th utilizing three different drivers (Harvick, Brendan Gaughan and George).
Catch the Action … Flag-to-flag coverage of the season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled to be televised live on Friday, Nov. 16 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on SPEED and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio beginning at 7:45 p.m. ET.
Tim George Jr. #2 Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet
This Week’s Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway … Tim George Jr. will pilot Chassis No. 025 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable this weekend in the NASCAR 200. George drove this Chevrolet to 15th-place and 21st-place finishes in the August events at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway, respectively. This RCR Chevrolet was also utilized by Kevin Harvick at Dover International Speedway in June where he earned the pole award and finished third in the rain-shortened event.
Rookie Stripes … George will make his first start at the 1.5-mile facility in the Camping World Truck Series this weekend in the 2012 season-finale race.
Last One … This weekend’s event at the Homestead, Fla.-based facility is the last of George’s 12 scheduled races on the 2012 schedule. So far this season, the RCR driver earned one pole award at Kansas Speedway (April), one top-10 finish and completed 93.8 percent (1,524 of 1,625) of the contested laps. George holds an average starting position of 15.4 and an average finishing position of 19.3.
Rearview Mirror: Martinsville Speedway … In his career-first Camping World Series start at Martinsville Speedway, George was improving his position when a cut right-front tire resulted in laps lost to the leader and relegated the Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group team to a 27th-place finish.
What are your thoughts heading into the season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway? “I’ve never raced a NASCAR event at Homestead. We had a good run on the road course in the 2008 Rolex Series with a second place finish. I spent a lot of time in Miami over the years, and graduated in 2006 from University of Miami. I’m looking to apply what I’ve learned racing these trucks so far this year to the final race of the season in the Applebee’s Chevrolet.”
Ty Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
This Week’s Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway … Ty Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 026 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Friday’s season-finale race. This is the same chassis that Dillon drove to Victory Lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August. Dillon also utilized this RCR machine at Kentucky Speedway in September where he finished third and Texas Motor Speedway in November where he finished in the fifth position.
Sunshine State Details … This week’s 134-lap event marks Dillon’s second appearance at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series. The 20-year-old driver collected a sixth-place finish last November in his first start at the track.
Points Battle … Dillon is third in the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 12 markers behind the leader going into the final race of the season.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Update … Dillon leads the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over driver Cale Gale.
2012 Season Recap … Throughout the course of the last 21 Camping World Truck Series races, Dillon has earned one win (Atlanta Motor Speedway), three pole awards (Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway), seven top-five and 17 top-10 finishes. The Welcome, N.C., native holds an average starting position of 6.1 and an average finishing position of 8.3. He has completed 99.7 percent (3,223 of 3,232) of the contested laps and led for 164 circuits.
Season-to-Date … Dillon has earned impressive stats with 21 races complete on the 2012 Camping World Truck Series schedule. According to NASCAR’s Season-to-Date Loop Data Statistics, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender leads the series in the Laps Run in the Top 15 (2,883) and Percentage of Laps Run on the Lead Lap (95.79 percent) categories. He ranks second in Average Running Position (7.900). Dillon holds the third position in Driver Rating (101.0) and Fastest on Restarts. The RCR driver is the fourth-Fastest Driver Early in a Run and has the fourth-Fastest Speed in Traffic. Dillon is fifth in Green Flag Speed and with 618 Quality Passes made this season, he is ranked sixth amongst his competitors.
Loopy in Miami … In his first appearance at the 1.5-mile track, according to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Dillon is ranked third in Quality Passes (43) and Fastest Speed in Traffic. He is fourth-Fastest Driver Late in a Run and earned the seventh position in Average Running Position (8.521) and Green Flag Speed. Dillon is the eighth-Fastest Driver Early in a Run and has the ninth-best Driver Rating (96.3).
Rearview Mirror: Phoenix International Raceway … After being involved in a late-race incident and suffering extensive damage to the right-front fender, Dillon earned a 15th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway.
You earned a sixth-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November after starting from the second position. What are your thoughts heading into the season finale race? “We’re going to do our best to win this race. We had a good truck there last year, and we’ve had some success on the 1.5-mile tracks this year. We have one more race to claim the championship, and I know we’re going to fight hard to win it for RCR.”
Joey Coulter #22 Rip It Energy Fuel Chevrolet
This Week’s Rip It Energy Fuel Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway … Joey Coulter will pilot Chassis No. 022 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Friday’s NASCAR 200. Coulter scored two of his three pole awards (Michigan International Speedway in August and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in September) this season and drove to Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway in August after starting from the fourth position in this Chevrolet.
Miami Details … Coulter has one previous start at the 1.5-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series, earning a fifth-place finish after starting from the 10th position and completing 100 percent of the contested laps in the 2011 edition of the race.
By the Numbers … With 21 races complete in the 2012 season, Coulter has collected one win (Pocono Raceway), three pole awards (Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway), seven top-five and 14 top-10 results. He holds an average starting position of 9.1 along with an average finishing position of 8.8 and has completed 99.2 percent (3,207 of 3,232) of the contested laps, leading for 90 laps.
Going for a Loop … According to NASCAR’s Season-to-Date Loop Data Statistics, Coulter is the series’ leader in Fastest Driver Early in a Run and Quality Passes (749). He ranks second in Fastest Speed in Traffic and Fastest on Restarts. Coulter is the third-Fastest Driver Late in a Run and Green Flag Speed. He is ranked fourth in the Driver Rating (99.4), Average Running Position (9.453), Fastest Laps Run (168) and Laps Run in the Top 15 (2,690).
Get to the Points … Coulter is fourth in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 29 points behind the leader.
Hometown Proud … Coulter is very familiar with the Homestead, Fla.-based facility as he grew up in nearby Miami Springs, Fla. A large contingent of family members and friends will be in attendance at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend to support the 2011 Rookie of the Year in the Camping World Truck Series season finale.
Double Duty … Prior to competing in the NASCAR 200, Coulter will pilot the No. 21 Darrel Gwynn Foundation Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The 200-lap event will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio beginning at 4:15 p.m. ET.
Race Rewind: Phoenix International Raceway … Coulter and the No. 22 American Eurocopter Chevrolet team survived an accident-filled race at Phoenix International Raceway and persevered to their seventh top-five finish of the 2012 Camping World Truck Series season.
You earned a fifth-place finish last November at Homestead-Miami Speedway. What are your expectations going into the final race of the season? “We had a really good run last year at Homestead (Miami Speedway). I’m looking forward to going back there and hoping to bring home another win to close out the season.”
What is it like racing in front of your hometown crowd? “It’s a lot of fun racing in front of all my friends and family. We get a suite and have everyone come to the race. Racing in front of everyone gives me an added drive to do better. I’d love to be able to go to Victory Lane at my home track.”