Tim George Jr, No. 2 Applebee’s Chevrolet Silverado Rockingham Speedway Preview

Tim George Jr
No. 2 Applebee’s Chevrolet Silverado
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week’s Applebee’s Chevrolet at Rockingham Speedway … Tim George Jr. will pilot Chassis No. 047 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend’s Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200. RCR acquired this Chevrolet Silverado from the Kevin Harvick Inc., merger at the end of the 2011 season and transformed it into a RCR racer during the off season.

Welcome Aboard … This weekend’s 200-miler marks George Jr.’s first appearance behind the wheel of the No. 2 Applebee’s Chevrolet Silverado for the 2012 season. George Jr. is slated to compete in a total of 12 Camping World Truck Series races for RCR this season. The New York City native will share the No. 2 Chevrolet seat in Camping World Truck Series competition with RCR teammates Kevin Harvick and Brendan Gaughan with Marcus Richmond serving as crew chief. The 31-year-old driver will also see on-track action at Kansas Speedway (April. 21), Texas Motor Speedway (June 8), Iowa Speedway (July 14 and Sept. 15), Kentucky Speedway (June 28 and Sept. 21), Pocono Raceway (Aug. 4), Michigan International Speedway (Aug. 18), Atlanta Motor Speedway (Aug. 31), Talladega Superspeedway (Oct. 6) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 16).

No Stranger Here … George Jr. has three previous starts at the historic one-mile track in the ARCA Racing Series. In his first-career appearance at Rockingham Speedway, George Jr. earned his best finish of 15th after starting in the 22nd position. The veteran RCR driver completed 89.9 percent (539 of 600) of the contested laps at “The Rock.”

No Place Like Home … Five members on George Jr.’s No. 2 team call North Carolina home including crew chief Marcus Richmond (Leasburg), truck chief Mark Setzer (Newton), jackman Adam Crigger (Asheboro), rear-tire carrier Chris Martin (Mount Airy) and tire specialist Richard Boyles (High Point).

Meet the Driver … George Jr. is scheduled to participate in the Camping World Truck Series autograph sessionfor Rockingham Speedway on April 13.He will sign for gathered fans beginning at 7 p.m. on the Harrington Square located in downtown Rockingham.Prior to the autograph session, fans can participate in the 2012 Rockingham Thunder Fest. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday. George Jr. is also scheduled to participate in a Rheem® autograph session on Saturday, April 14 at 12:30 p.m. in the Fan Zone at Rockingham Speedway.

Double Header … Before competing in the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200, George Jr. will pilot the No. 2 Applebee’s Chevrolet UARA Late Model for Team Dillon Racing on Saturday, April 14. George Jr. is slated to run 12 events under the TDR banner this season in the UARA Late Model.

Beyond the Track … George Jr. had an adventurous off season. His travels include trips to the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the Masters Golf Tournament last week in Augusta, Ga. The RCR driver also scored his first 10-point buck in South Carolina during a hunting trip with family.

This is your first Camping World Truck Series race of the 2012 season. What are your goals for the year?
“My goal for Rockingham Speedway this weekend is to do everything to the best of my ability. There are a few new guys in the mix for my team that I’d like to get to know better. Coming off the win at Martinsville with Harvick, everyone is in good spirits and that is a good way to start the weekend.”

You’ve raced at Rockingham Speedway on previous occasions; will racing there before help you at all this weekend?
“I have raced at Rockingham Speedway a few times in the ARCA Racing Series. I will be racing in both the Camping World Truck Series race and UARA Late Model race this weekend. Those two vehicles are extremely different. The late model is very light, you need to keep it wound up and have higher mid-corner speed. The ARCA car has the most horsepower out of all three vehicles, and takes a different driving style. I think the truck will be the most challenging to drive and race at “The Rock” because it has a lot more down force. The equipment is great at RCR. My new crew chief, Marcus (Richmond) feels confident that I can be comfortable and go fast. I’m looking forward to it.”

What is the transition like between racing in the ARCA Racing Series and the Camping World Truck Series?
“There are a lot of differences between the ARCA Racing Series and Camping World Truck Series. The ‘no testing’ rule is something that I haven’t had to deal with before but at least we get an extra set of tires for practice. I look forward to working with my crew, and the experience of racing with a team like RCR in the will give me.”

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