Richard Childress Racing has 16 previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the Avondale, Ariz.-based facility, earning two victories (Mike Skinner, 1995), five top-five, 11 top-10 finishes and two pole awards. RCR boasts an average starting position of 14.7 combined with an average finishing position of 9.8 at the one-mile track. Collectively, the Welcome, N.C.-based organization has completed 98.2 (2,415 of 2,459) percent of the contested laps at Phoenix International Raceway.
Truck Line-up … Brendan Gaughan will pilot the No. 2 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. 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 American Eurocopter Chevrolet team for Friday night’s 150-lap event.
To the Points … With 20 Camping World Truck Series races completed so far in 2012, Dillon is second in driver championship point standings, 15 markers outside the top spot. Coulter sits in the fifth position, 43 points outside of the lead. The No. 3 team is second 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, Gaughan and George).
Catch the Action … Flag-to-flag coverage of the Lucas Oil 150 is scheduled to be televised live on Friday, Nov. 9 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.
Brendan Gaughan #2 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet
This Week’s South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway … Brendan Gaughan will pilot Chassis No. 008 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable. This Chevrolet was last utilized by Gaughan at Bristol Motor Speedway in August where he collected a top-five finish. Prior to that, RCR teammate Ty Dillon drove the RCR machine at Dover International Speedway in June where he started fifth and finished in the sixth position.
That’s All She Wrote … Gaughan will climb behind the wheel of the No. 2 RCR Chevrolet for the final time of the 2012 season this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. In seven starts this season, Gaughan has earned four top-five and four top-10 finishes and has led 83 laps thus far this season. Since 2000, the Las Vegas native made nine starts at the one-mile facility capturing one top-10 finish. Gaughan maintains an average starting position of 18.1 and a 15th-place average finishing position. The 37-year-old driver has completed 1,358 of 1,361 (99.8 percent) of the laps contested and is credited with six laps led.
Getting Loopy on the Short Track … In five starts at Phoenix International Raceway, Gaughan has posted three of the Fastest Laps, spent 364 Laps in the Top 15 and has earned a 18th-place average starting position coupled with 16.8 average finishing position. According to NASCAR’s Loop-Data-Statistics, Gaughan leads his fellow competitors in Green Flag Passes (127) at the one-mile race track. During his five previous starts, Gaughan has gained an average of 2.7 positions during the final 10 percent of laps, ranking him third in the Closers category.
Double Duty … In addition to competing in the Lucas Oil 150 Friday evening, Gaughan will also drive RCR’s No. 33 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Great Clips 200 Saturday afternoon. The race is scheduled to air live on ESPN beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
In the Rearview Mirror: Texas Motor Speedway … Gaughan recorded a 17th-place finish in the Texas 350 Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, recording his seventh top-20 finish this season.
What are your thoughts on competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix International Raceway? “This weekend our team is going to Phoenix (International Raceway) to redeem ourselves. We didn’t get the finish we were looking for at Texas (Motor Speedway) last weekend, so I’m hoping that we can capture a much better result. I’ve logged a lot of lap time at Phoenix so far this season between the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in the spring and participating in the Goodyear tire test a few weeks back, hopefully that will play in my favor when we get to the track this weekend.”
Ty Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
This Week’s Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway … Ty Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 023 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Friday’s Lucas Oil 150. Dillon drove this Chevrolet to a ninth-place finish at Kansas Speedway (April), third-place finish at Kentucky Speedway (June) and sixth-place finish at Pocono Raceway (August).
Rookie Stripes … This week’s 150-lap event marks Dillon’s first appearance at Phoenix International Raceway in the Camping World Truck Series. Although the 20-year-old driver has yet to make any laps in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, he has two starts at the one-mile facility in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West car, garnering a third-place finish in 2010 and a fourth-place finish in 2011.
Points Battle … Dillon is second in the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 15 markers behind the leader.
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 20 Camping World Truck Series races, Dillon has 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 5.4 and an eighth-place average finishing position. He has completed 99.7 percent (3,071 of 3,079) of the contested laps and led for 143 circuits.
Season-to-Date … Dillon has earned impressive stats with 20 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 (2,782) and Percentage of Laps Run on the Lead Lap (96.27 percent) categories. He ranks second in the Average Running Position (7.773) and Driver Rating (102.2). Dillon holds the third position in Fastest Speed in Traffic and Fastest on Restarts. The RCR driver is fourth-Fastest Driver Early in a Run and Green Flag Speed. With 604 Quality Passes made this season, he is ranked seventh amongst his competitors.
Rearview Mirror: Texas Motor Speedway … Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team earned a ninth-place starting position last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. After battling a tight-handling Chevrolet for the majority of the 147-lap affair, Dillon took the checkered flag in the fifth position to earn his seventh top-five finish of the season.
You’ve never competed at Phoenix International Raceway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. What are your thoughts heading into this week’s event? “I’m confident we’ll have a solid finish at Phoenix (International Raceway). I’ve raced there in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West car before and ran well. We’ll have all the notes from the last two seasons when my brother ran there, so I feel good about this weekend. We’re going to go out there and have fun.”
Joey Coulter #22 American Eurocopter Chevrolet
This Week’s American Eurocopter Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway … Joey Coulter will pilot Chassis No. 018 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Friday’s Lucas Oil 150. Coulter drove this RCR Chevrolet on three different occasions this season, including Dover International Speedway (June, 11th), Kentucky Speedway (June, seventh) and Atlanta Motor Speedway (August, seventh). Coulter also utilized this Chevrolet in five events in 2011, earning three top-10 finishes.
Phoenix Details … Coulter has one previous start at the one-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series, earning a ninth-place finish after starting from the 10th position and completing 100 percent of the contested laps.
By the Numbers … With 20 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), six top-five and 13 top-10 results. He holds an average starting position of 8.7 along with an average finishing position of 9.1 and has completed 99.2 percent (3,054 of 3,079) 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 (730). He ranks second in Fastest Speed in Traffic. 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 (9.441) and Fastest Driver Late in a Run categories. Coulter has recorded 162 Fastest Laps Run and 2,547 Laps Run in the Top 15, ranking him fifth among his fellow competitors.
Get to the Points … Coulter is fifth in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 43 points behind the leader.
Race Rewind: Texas Motor Speedway … Coulter and the No. 22 OneMain Financial team earned a fifth-place starting position for the 147-lap affair at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend. Despite making contact with another competitor while battling three-wide for position, the 22-year-old driver salvaged a seventh-place result.
There are two races left this season. What are your expectations going into the final two events? “Our ultimate goal is to win more races. We’ve had fast trucks the last few weeks, and I think we have a really good shot at winning another race before the season is over with. Overall, we’ve had a pretty successful season so far, and I want to ride that momentum through the last two races.”