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- Richard Childress Racing teammates finished first (Austin Dillon), third (Brendan Gaughan) and fifth (Elliott Sadler).
- Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by four points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr., while Dillon ranks third in the standings, 15 markers behind his RCR teammate.
- The No. 2 team ranks second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, trailing the No. 18 team by 13 points, with the No. 3 team fourth in the standings and the No. 33 team sixth.
- Dillon leads the Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
- According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, the RCR drivers ranked second (Dillon), third (Sadler) and fourth (Gaughan) in the category for Fastest Drivers Early in a Run.
- Combined, the RCR drivers posted the Fastest Laps Run for 81 circuits.
- Dillon led the field in Average Running Position (2.005), Driver Rating (139.5), Fastest Drivers Late in a Run (169.924 mph), Fastest Laps Run (40), Fastest on Restarts (165.775) and Green Flag Speed (170.404 mph).
- Gaughan posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
- Sadler (3.055) and Gaughan (7.210) maintained the third and fourth-best Average Running Position, respectively, throughout the race.
- Sadler had the second-best Driver Rating (131.4).
- Dillon earned his second Nationwide Series victory of his career and the 2012 season by 1.059 seconds over Sam Hornish Jr., Gaughan, Drew Herring and Sadler.
- The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the OneMain Financial 200 Dover International Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 29. The 27th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on Motor Racing Network beginning at 3:45 p.m.
Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial Team Earn Fifth-Place Finish Despite Battling Power-Steering Challenges at Kentucky Speedway
Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team notched a fifth-place finish after overcoming a power-steering issue on Saturday in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Kentucky Speedway. Starting the 200-lap event from the eighth position, Sadler moved into the fourth spot by the competition caution on lap 30. Crew chief Luke Lambert called the OneMain Financial Chevrolet down pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Restarting in the eighth position, Sadler began picking off positions and moved into the lead by lap 47. Content with the handling of the Chevrolet, Sadler sailed around the 1.5-mile track until the field was slowed for a caution on lap 86. Lambert called Sadler down pit road for a routine stop for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Restarting in the second position, Sadler regained the lead on lap 93 and remained there until he came down pit road on lap 145 for a green-flag pit stop. Following his visit to pit road for service, Sadler reported that there was a problem with the steering column. Lambert communicated that the Chevrolet lost steering fluid, leaving him with manual steering for the remainder of the race. Running in the second position when the final caution flag of the night was displayed on lap 160, Lambert called Sadler down pit road for right-side tires and fuel. Returning to the field in the eighth position, Sadler worked his way to the fifth position for the race's finish, earning the team's 12th top-five finish of the season. Sadler sits atop the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings with a four-point lead over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Start - 8 Finish - 5 Laps Led - 93 Points - 1
ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTE:
"Tough break today for the OneMain Financial team. We lost power steering, and it was locking up for the final part of the race. We had such a great Chevrolet today, and I am so proud of the No. 2 team for how hard they worked all weekend long. There is so much racing left this season, and I am looking forward to heading back to Dover International Speedway next weekend for the OneMain Financial 200."
Austin Dillon Sweeps NASCAR Nationwide Series Events at Kentucky Speedway with Second Win of Season
Returning to the site of his career-first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in July, Austin Dillon started the Kentucky 300 from the pole position and led 65 laps en route to his second career Nationwide Series win in Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Chevrolet. The win marked his first with primary sponsor AdvoCare and positioned him within 15 markers of the Nationwide Series championship driver points lead with six races remaining in the 2012 season. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender led the field to the green flag and never fell below eighth in the running order, spending a majority of the race running within the top three. He was scored in the third position when crew chief Danny Stockman called him to pit road for the final pit stop of the race on lap 146. Pitting under green-flag conditions, the AdvoCare team serviced the No. 3 Chevrolet with four Goodyear tires and Sunoco Green E15 Fuel before sending the Welcome, N.C.-based driver back onto the racing service in the second position. Dillon made a pass for the lead on lap 151 and never relinquished it, ultimately crossing the finish line 1.059 seconds ahead of Sam Hornish Jr.
Start - 1 Finish - 1 Laps Led - 65 Points - 3
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
"I have been telling everyone that if we want to have a chance at winning this championship we have to win races, and we came here to Kentucky Speedway and did it. The AdvoCare pit crew was amazing today and I am proud of them, Danny Stockman and everyone on this No. 3 team for working so hard. We are maximum points racing right now. It feels so cool to be able to sweep both races at Kentucky Speedway this year. The track is awesome and I love the fans here."
Brendan Gaughan Brings Captures Third-Place Finish at Kentucky Speedway
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 33 South Point Hotel & Casino team captured a third-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The Las Vegas native started the Kentucky 300 from the sixth position and maintained a top-10 spot while battling a tight handling condition during the early laps. Crew chief Ernie Cope called Gaughan to pit road on lap 32 during the competition caution for four tires, fuel, air pressure and chassis adjustments. The Richard Childress Racing driver restarted from the 12th position for the ensuing restart, but made his way back into the top ten by lap 38. As the race progressed, Gaughan alerted the South Point Hotel & Casino team that the Chevrolet's handling had transitioned from tight to loose. The RCR crew continued to work on the car's handling during scheduled four-tire pit stops on laps 88 and 145. As the laps ticked away, the 37-year-old driver made his way toward the front of field, ultimately crossing the finish line in the third position.
Start - 6 Finish - 3 Laps Led - 0 Owner Points - 6
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
"I have to thank Ernie Cope (crew chief), the No. 33 team and everyone at Richard Childress Racing for giving me great equipment each time I'm in the car. We had an awesome Chevrolet today and I think our result is proof of that. RCR is a top notch organization and I can't say enough about how much I enjoy driving for this team."
After posting his best finish at Kentucky Speedway earlier in June, Eric McClure returned to the Bluegrass State this weekend looking to improve on his 26th place finish. Posting a career-best qualifying effort of 24th at the 1.5-mile speedway this afternoon, he went on to finish the 200-lap event as follows:
22nd- Eric McClure, No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Toyota Camry
- Despite surviving two quick cautions on laps two and eight of the 200-lap event, McClure lost three positions in the running order by lap 16. Battling a car that was loose on entry, he took advantage of a competition caution period on lap 30 to bring his car to pit road for adjustments.
- As McClure was entering his pit stall, the No. 6 car made contact with the Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Camry, turning it sideways on pit road. Once the area was clear, McClure was able to get his car situated so the crew could go to work changing tires, adding fuel, and making the necessary adjustments to help the loose-handling condition. Despite the extended stop, the team was still able to advance one position to 26th when the race resumed on lap 35.
- McClure steadily advanced his position as the race continued. By lap 86, when the event’s fifth caution flag waved, he was scored in the 20th position. Following the four tire and fuel pit stop, McClure was able to maintain his position when the race resumed on lap 92.
- Over the next 50 laps, the car’s handling showed great improvement and as a result, the Virginia driver was able to advance to the 18th position before coming to pit road, under green conditions, for service. Although he returned to the track in the 25th position, McClure was able to work his way back into the top 20 by lap 152.
- Eight laps later, McClure brought out the sixth caution flag when he spun off of turn four and slid through the frontstretch infield grass. Unsure whether the tires were flat spotted, he brought the car to pit road for fresh tires and fuel. The driver of the Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Camry was scored in the 22nd position when he returned to the track where he would remain for the final 34 laps of the event.
- The 22nd-place finish is a career-high for McClure at Kentucky Speedway.
TriStar Motorsports PR
The Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 54 NASCAR Nationwide Series team returned to Kentucky Speedway in Sparta Saturday with hopes of improving one spot on the second-place finish they accomplished in their first "Bluegrass State" event. A strong run by Monster Energy athlete Kurt Busch led the team to believe a victory was possible, until mechanical failure sidelined their goal. While running in the third position, just past the halfway mark, Busch experienced a loss of oil pressure and brought his black machine to pit road and subsequently the garage area. A broken rear gear would keep the team scrambling to make a repair and return to the racetrack. The internal damage was too great, however, and while final laps expired in the race, the team retired for the day, accepting a 28th-place result.
The cool day began with a 14th-place qualifying effort by support driver Matt Crafton, while Busch completed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice in Loudon, N.H. for Sunday's event. Due to the driver change, the team would lose their qualifying position. Once Busch traveled to Kentucky and strapped into the No. 54, he was required to drop back to the rear of the field and took the green flag from the back of the pack.
Two early event cautions waved and the No. 54 team remained on track while the driver and crew discussed the car's condition. "We definitely have a fierce headwind," Busch explained as windy conditions picked up over the 1.5-mile racetrack. Despite the weather, by lap 20 of the 200-lap event, Busch broke into the top 15 while recording faster lap times than the leaders. When asked about the car's handling, Busch responded, "we are snug everywhere, a 3 out of 5 tight."
A pit road visit on lap 33 would allow time to make adjustments to the Monster Energy Toyota. The team made air pressure changes to the tires and took out a spring rubber. "Good stop," described their champion driver and the team restarted 14th. Within one lap Busch had progressed to ninth and by lap 39, he broke into the top five of the field.
The team would compete amongst the leaders over the next 30 laps, moving into the third position easily when the second chance to visit pit road occurred just shy of the halfway point. "Loose in, tight off," was the feeling and the team knew more adjustments would be needed. The second pit stop of the day occurred on lap 88 when Mike Beam, team crew chief, instructed the KBM group to take on new Goodyear tires and make another spring rubber change.
Busch continued the event, past the halfway point, and reacted positively to the last round of changes. "The rear change was good, the tires are just tighter than the last set, so the front isn't hooking yet," he described as he tried to reach the first and second-place competitors. While he waited for the car to sync with the track, Busch felt a different sensation and reported to the team that engine oil pressure had begun to drop. As smoke bellowed from the rear of the No. 54, Busch brought the hurt machine to pit road and the crew began to inspect the issue. Not able to dissect the problem, Busch was instructed by the crew chief to return to the garage area. The team immediately followed and began work on the injured car.
After inspecting the bottom of the Toyota, it appeared a rear gear had seized, causing damage to the rear-end housing. Over the next 35 laps, the KBM team worked quickly to remove the broken equipment and attempted to repair and return the Camry to the race event. Once the team saw only 30 event laps remained and evaluated the workload required to get their car back on track, team leader Beam knew their day had ended and asked the team to clean up.
"That hasn't happened to me in 30 years," stated crew chief Mike Beam post race, commenting on the type of parts failure. More evaluation will take place on the broken part once the team returns to their Mooresville, N.C. shop. In the meantime, a disappointed Busch traveled back to New England, without the positive result he was hoping for alongside the No. 54 team he earned a victory with earlier in the season.
Austin Dillon, who started the event from the pole position, recorded his second NASCAR Nationwide Series win of the season. Sam Hornish Jr. finished in the second spot, while Brendan Gaughan, Drew Herring and Elliott Sadler completed the top-five finishers. There were six caution periods for 26 laps of the race along with 11 lead changes across seven drivers. The No. 54 Monster Energy team remains ninth in the Owner's Point standings, 150 points from the leader.
The Nationwide Series continues action Sept. 29 at the One Main Financial 200 from Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The television broadcast will start at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN2 and on the MRN radio broadcast. Kyle Busch will make his 17th start of the season behind the wheel of the KBM No. 54 Monster Energy Camry.
Track position in the clean air near the front of the field was key at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night for the Kentucky 201. Todd Bodine named his keys to success prior to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Friday evening, claiming that track position would be important in order to be in contention for the win. After qualifying in the seventh spot, an early spin due to oil on the track sent Bodine near the rear of the field. Just two laps later, two competitors stacked up in front of Bodine, creating contact that would cause terminal damage to his Toyota Care Tundra. The streak of bad luck continued for the two-time series champion as he ended the night in the garage area with a 30th place finish.
Bodine's crew worked solely on race setups during both practice sessions on Friday, fine tuning their Toyota Tundra for the long run. Without a mock qualifying run to bank on, crew chief Rick Gay used his experience and feedback from his driver to put together a setup for the Toyota Care Tundra that helped Bodine capture the seventh starting spot.
Taking the green flag within sight of the leader and the clean air he was looking for, "The Onion" held steady well within the top-10 for the first 15 laps, content with his Toyota Tundra but asking crew chief Rick Gay for some adjustments to help him through the bumps on the first pit stop. Spotter Terry Cook and Gay read off lap times and encouragement to Bodine, reporting that he was running lap times as fast as the leaders.
The opportunity for that first pit stop would unfortunately come earlier than planned on lap 17 due to their own misfortune. Heading off into turn four, Bodine reported he felt like he hit a patch of oil on the track with the Toyota Care Tundra and went for a spin, bringing out the first yellow flag on lap 16. Bodine's Red Horse Racing pit crew quickly went to work to give him four fresh tires and performed some quick, minor damage repair before sending him back out into competition.
Optimistic that the damage would have no effect on his Tundra, Bodine took the restart from the 17th position with confidence that the race was far from over and he had plenty of time to work his way back through the field. However, just two laps after taking the restart misfortune struck again for Bodine as another competitor suffered a tire failure directly in front of the No. 11 Toyota Care Tundra, leaving the two-time series champion nowhere to go. He made contact with the two trucks in front of him as they stacked up due to the flat tire, causing extensive and terminal damage to the front end of his Tundra. Bodine's Red Horse Racing team pulled his machine back into the garage on lap 22, where he would finish the evening prematurely in the 30th position.
"I wasn't sure what happened to the trucks in front of me, but they all just stopped in front of me and I ran into the back of them. I was on the brakes as hard as I could be, but there was just no time to stop. It knocked the radiator back and hurt the oil cooler, so we had to call it a night way too early," Bodine said.
"It's just a shame and it's getting really old that we keep having things like this happen this season. Our Toyota Care Tundra was fast and I was really happy with it at the beginning. I think I hit some oil to cause the first spin, and that's what ultimately put us back here in this accident. You can't be in the back; you've got to be in the front here. Track position is everything."
Red Horse Racing PR
Taking home a top-five finish after a solid performance in June at Kentucky Speedway, championship contender Timothy Peters was hoping to recapture similar results at the Sparta, Kentucky track for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kentucky 201. After falling victim to misfortune one week ago and suffering only his second finish outside of the top-15 this season, Peters would suffer another blow short of halfway on Friday evening. Contact from another competitor sent Peters into the wall, causing damage that warranted an extensive collaboration by his Red Horse Racing crew to get the No. 17 Toyota Tundra back into competition. The hard work gained Peters four valuable points for the championship, landing him a 21st place finish.
Crew chief Butch Hylton and Peters dialed in their Tundra during practice on Friday and found a balance near the end of final practice that they thought would produce consistently quick lap times on longer runs. After qualifying in the 13th spot, Peters told Hylton he needed help on the entry of the corners and was too loose to gain any more positions. Coming up with a plan of changes from the pit box, Peters would get his first opportunity to pit under the first caution period of the night on lap 16. Hylton elected to take fuel only and made a chassis adjustment to get him back on the track. A wild restart ensued, and Peters carefully maneuvered his way through a hornets ne
xt of traffic to continue his climb up to the top-five by surviving through two more caution periods over the next 30 laps.
Knocking on the door of the top-five by lap 35, Hylton relayed to his driver that clean air and track position were going to help them more than anything, but was pleased with his lap times that were consistent with the leaders. The fourth caution of the night on lap 47 gave Peters another chance to come down pit road for some more adjustments and fresh tires from his Red Horse Racing pit crew.
Taking four fresh tires while others took two, Peters dropped three positions to ninth on the restart. Just a few spots further back from the coveted clean air up front with the leaders, Peters was battling with another competitor who drove into the corner too deep on the inside of the No. 17 Red Horse Racing Tundra just past the restart on lap 55. Peters was then hit from the inside and sent into the outside wall, sustaining heavy damage to the rear and right side of his Toyota Tundra. Peters carefully pulled his machine behind the wall into the garage area, where the entire No. 17 team was joined by every available crew member from the other two Red Horse Racing entries to get Peters back on track as quickly as possible.
Crew chief Butch Hylton led the fleet of Red Horse Racing crew members in the garage area to make the repairs efficiently and effectively in order to gain as many positions as they could. With all hands on deck, enough repairs were made to send Peters back into competition on lap 107 to gain valuable points. He was able to move up four positions in the running order before retiring his Toyota Tundra for the night on lap 121, with a 21st place finish.
"Another truck just got inside of us too deep going into the corner and I really had no control from there, so around we went. But the guys on this Red Horse Racing team did a great job all weekend and everyone from all three of the teams worked so hard to fix the damage and get us back out there," Peters said.
"We gained four spots because of this team's efforts and when we get to Homestead, those four spots that we gained tonight from their hard work is going to pay dividends for us. What doesn't kill us will make us stronger. We've had tough races like this before and this team will persevere. We had a fast Tundra tonight and it showed when we were running in the front before that pit stop. We're not out of this title hunt and we'll bring another fast Toyota Tundra to Vegas next week. We won't let this get us down."
Red Horse Racing PR
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rolled into Kentucky Speedway on Friday for the second time this season, with Red Horse Racing driver Parker Kligerman carrying momentum from two top-five finishes at intermediate tracks since joining the organization four races ago. Kligerman's affinity for and success at the 1.5-mile tracks on the circuit helped him utilize the speed in his No. 7 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, overcoming a spin just past halfway to claim a second place finish in the Kentucky 201.
Jumping to the top of the speed charts on his first laps during the first practice session for the second week in a row, championship contender Kligerman showed the capabilities of his Red Horse Racing Tundra early in the weekend. Reporting that he had very little complaints about his No. 7 machine, Kligerman and crew chief Chad Kendrick put together a qualifying setup that helped the 22-year-old grab the fifth starting spot.
Sparing no time to show his speed after the drop of the green, Kligerman maintained position within the top-five for the first 15-lap run of the evening. Crew chief Chad Kendrick made a fuel only pit call under the first caution period on lap 16 to get Kligerman the second position on the restart. Hanging tight with the top-five and running times as fast as the leaders, Kligerman would get his first opportunity for a four tire change and adjustments on a lap 47 pit stop. Taking four when others took two tires, Kligerman restarted from the 10th position but made it known he was not staying there for long, making his way back into the top-five less than 30 laps later.
Kligerman was continuing his move forward with the No. 7 Red Horse Racing entry while battling for the third position on lap 81 when he got loose under another competitor and went for a spin in the infield grass. Making no contact and sustaining no damage, Kligerman's pit crew gave him four fresh tires and the green light to charge his way back to the front. Making evasive move and taking his competitors three and four wide from his 12th place position on the lap 84 restart, Kligerman did make his way back to the front and pushed back into the fourth position with 34 laps remaining. Though he had made a valiant effort to get to the front as quickly as possible, the leaders had checked out in front of him, riding several seconds ahead.
Cheers came over the radio as Kligerman would get another shot at the front three as the final caution of the night came on lap 108. Bunching up the field for the restart, Kligerman snatched the third position just a few laps after retaking the green flag, and battled side-by-side for the second position for nearly five laps. With encouragement over the radio and lap times faster or consistent with the leader, Kligerman began to chip away at the lead as he took over second with only seven laps remaining. The time remaining was not enough for Kligerman to make up the distance, but his exceptional efforts after a spin landed him a second place finish.
"I'm disappointed that I let my team down and didn't get the best restart I could on our early fuel-only stop; I could've had the lead but I just didn't judge it right. And then I spun out racing for third. But I can't be too upset because this Red Horse Racing organization gave me another really fast Toyota Tundra and it allowed me to come back to finish second, which in the big picture, is a great points finish. We didn't put a mark on this Tundra and that's what you need to do to be effective in this championship hunt. This is definitely a championship caliber team and I'm going to be a championship caliber driver for these next six races and get that win we deserve."
Red Horse Racing PR
Austin Dillon became the first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) driver to earn a single-season, two-race Kentucky Speedway 300-mile race sweep today by sailing his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing car beneath the checkered flag 1.059 seconds ahead of Sam Hornish Jr.’s No. 12 Penske Racing machine.
After misfiring on two previous restarts on the high line, Dillon and Crew Chief Danny Stockman Jr., made a key decision to take today’s sixth restart on the low line on Lap 167. The strategy paid off when the No. 3 exploded past the No. 12 and went on to lead the closing 50 of 200 circuits.
Dillon, who took a June 28 Feed The Children 300 victory at the speedway this season, takes his second NNS victory of the season along with his 14th top-five and 21st top-10 after leading 65 laps. He is the second series driver in track history to earn two consecutive Kentucky Speedway 300-mile victories from the pole position and has now led 257 of the past 400 NNS laps he’s race at the speedway.
"This one wasn't easy; there were a lot of good teams out here. These guys built an awesome race car. We brought the same car back (from the June victory) and we adjusted on it. I know the track and the car worked well. I got on and off pit good and that got us the lead.
“It's all about drive and how bad you want it, and we really want this championship right now. I think it’s a three-man race between myself, Stenhouse Jr., and Elliott. It’s going to go down to the wire,” Dillon said.
He will enter the Sept. 29 Dover International Speedway race ranked third in the series championship standings, sitting 19 points behind his leading teammate Elliott Sadler.
Sadler registered his 12th top-five and 20th top-10 finish of season with a fifth-place effort after qualifying eighth and leading a race-best 93 laps. He has earned four top-five and five top-10 finishes in his past six series outings and takes over the top spot in the standings from Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
“We just lost power steering. Nobody could touch us today we were so freaking fast, but about 10 laps before that last green flag pit stop with about 50 laps to go, I lost power steering and the car was really locking up on me. It wouldn't go left, it wouldn't go right. I couldn't correct the car, so I really had to drive it safe and straight into the corners.
“It's hard to keep up that way, but I'm proud of my guys. We got the points lead back and we'll head on to Dover,” Sadler said.
Stenhouse Jr., who led the opening 32 laps of the race, saw a promising day end with a 17th-place finish. His No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing machine sustained damage during a competition caution pit stop on Lap 33 and scraped the outside retaining wall 10 laps later.
"Our first mistake was on pit road. The No. 14 came in there and knocked the right front end, which put us back in the pack. Then, we don't handle very well, and I got loose and into the wall which cut a tire down. It was just one thing after another, but we rebounded to a 17th place finish.
“Seriously fun race, but we just made too many mistakes. We'll make it back up though, no problem. We have a strong team. Mike Kelley (Crew Chief) and the guys are doing an awesome job. We still had one of the strongest cars at the end of the race after fixing it, so we'll go get them next weekend," Stenhouse Jr., said.
Brendan Gaughan took third in the No. 33 RCR car and Drew Herring placed fourth in his series track debut in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car.
KY Speedway PR
- Richard Childress Racing teammates finished third (Ty Dillon), fourth (Joey Coulter) and 18th (Tim George Jr.).
- Dillon is the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point leader by four markers; Coulter ranks fifth in the standings.
- The No. 3 Chevrolet team is the Camping World Truck Series owner championship point leader, with the No. 22 team fourth in the standings and the No. 2 team 10th.
- Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings ahead of Cale Gale.
- According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Coulter earned the third-highest Driver Rating (136.5), and Dillon earned a rating of 116.2 ranking him fourth amongst the competitors.
- Coulter led for 39 laps during the Kentucky 201.
- RCR drivers made a total of 77 Green Flag Passes during the 134-lap event with Dillon earning 39 passes, Coulter with 27 and George with 11 passes.
- George tied for second in the Closers category, gaining one position in the final 10 percent (14 laps) of the race.
- Coulter scored the highest Average Running Position of 2.813, and Dillon ranked third with a 5.254.
- Coulter was ranked the Fastest Driver Early in a Run, while Dillon was the fourth-quickest.
- Combined, RCR teammates Dillon and Coulter scored the Fastest Laps Run for 41 circuits at the 1.5-mile track.
- Dillon and Coulter spent 100 percent of the event in the top 15 ranking them first amongst the rest of the field.
- Coulter was the Fastest on Restarts and Dillon was fourth in the category.
- James Buescher took the checkered flag at Kentucky Speedway and was followed to the line by Parker Kligerman, Dillon, Coulter and Brian Scott.
- The next scheduled Camping World Truck Series race is the Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 29. The 17th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on SPEED beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on Motor Racing Network beginning at 7:45 p.m.
Tim George Jr. Battles to 18th-Place Finish After Early-Race Incident at Kentucky Speedway
Tim George Jr. and the No. 2 Applebee's/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet team worked back from an early-race incident to finish inside the top 20 Friday night at Kentucky Speedway. Starting from the 17th position, George was shuffled in traffic and settled into the 21st spot. On lap 21, George tried to avoid an incident in front of him but received damage on the right-front of the No. 2 Chevrolet. Unable to fix the Applebee's machine on pit road, the RCR crew pushed the truck into the garage to fix the front fender and the leaking fluid. The quick work by the team put the No. 2 Chevrolet back on track on lap 34, with George scored in the 29th position. Crew chief Gere Kennon coached George to methodically work his way around the 1.5-mile track, moving into the top 20 by lap 84. The New York City native maneuvered through traffic in the damaged No. 2 truck to take the checkered flag in the 18th-position.
Start - 17 Finish - 18 Laps Led - 0 Owner's Points - 10
TIM GEORGE JR. QUOTE:
"This was an unfortunate night for the No. 2 Applebee's/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet team. We couldn't avoid being involved in the incident, but the crew worked hard to get us back on track. I know that we all wanted to put together a better night for Applebee's and Richard Childress, especially on his birthday."
After competing in the top 15 for the entirety of the Kentucky 201 at Kentucky Speedway, Ty Dillon drove the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to his third consecutive top-three finish at the 1.5-mile speedway. Dillon started the black and orange Chevrolet from the third position and slipped to the eighth spot shortly after the initial green flag. Multiple caution periods in the early stages of the 134-lap event prevented the 20-year-old driver from advancing in the running order. Throughout the course of the Kentucky 201, Dillon battled handling issues that shifted from loose on entry to tight on exit. Crew chief Marcus Richmond called for routine two and four-tire pit stops with chassis adjustments to combat the handling issues Dillon was facing. The Richmond-led team was called to pit road for their final stop of the night on lap 79, servicing the Welcome, N.C., native with four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Restarting from the sixth position on lap 84, Dillon began his trek through the field and moved into the third position by lap 94. Dillon took over the second position with 15 laps remaining in the event, but the tight-handling condition plagued the RCR machine in the final stages of the race relegating them to a third-place finish. Dillon continues to lead the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings by four points.
Start - 3 Finish - 3 Laps Led - 0 Points - 1
TY DILLON QUOTE:
Joey Coulter Finishes Fourth at Kentucky Speedway
Joey Coulter drove Richard Childress Racing's No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado to a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky 201 after leading 39 laps while battling a tight-handling condition at Kentucky Speedway Friday night. After qualifying in the pole position, the Miami Springs, Fla., native led the first 17 laps of the event before coming to pit road for fuel and a chassis adjustment to combat the tight-handling condition Coulter was battling during the early portion of the 134-lap affair. Back on track, the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year maintained a position within the top five before regaining the lead on lap 60. Coulter remained out front until the team's final yellow-flag pit stop on lap 81 for four tires, fuel and an additional chassis adjustment. While most teams opted to take two tires or fuel only, Coulter lost the lead on pit road and restarted the race from the fifth position on lap 84. The 22-year-old driver spent the closing laps running in the top five, ultimately crossing the finish line in the fourth position. The top-five finish moves Coulter up to fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 46 markers behind the leader.
Start - 1 Finish - 3 Laps Led - 39 Points - 5
JOEY COULTER QUOTE:
"I had a great truck tonight. I really thought we had the Chevrolet Silverado to win, but during that last run it cooled down a bunch and we just got too tight. Everyone at RCR is doing a great job for us and I can't thank them enough."