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RCR Post Race Report -- NCWTS American Ethanol 200

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

American Ethanol 200   

Iowa Speedway 

September 15, 2012


Race Highlights:

  • Richard Childress Racing teammates finished second (Ty Dillon), 13th (Joey Coulter) and 22nd (Tim George Jr.).
  • Dillon is the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point leader by eight markers, while Coulter ranks sixth in the standings.
  • The No. 3 Chevrolet team is the Camping World Truck Series owner championship point leader, with the No. 22 team fifth 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, Dillon earned the fifth-highest Driver Rating (100.5) and Coulter earned a rating of 82.4, ranking him 12th amongst the competitors.
  • RCR drivers made a total of 108 Green Flag Passes during the American Ethanol 200 with Coulter earning 54 passes, Dillon with 35 and George with 19 passes.
  • Dillon scored an Average Running Position of 7.625, ranking him sixth in the category, and Coulter ranked 12th with a 12.185.
  • The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team was ranked as the sixth-Fastest Early in a Run.
  • Combined, RCR teammates Dillon and Coulter scored the Fastest Laps Run for eight circuits at the 0.875-mile track.
  • Dillon spent 100 percent of the event in the top 15 ranking him second amongst the rest of the field, while Coulter spent 77 percent in the top 15.
  • RCR drivers tied for ninth in the Closers category.
  • Dillon was the third Fastest on Restarts.
  • Ryan Blaney took the checkered flag at Iowa Speedway and was followed to the line by Dillon, Todd Bodine, Johnny Sauter and Cale Gale.
  • The next scheduled Camping World Truck Series race is the Kentucky 201 at Kentucky Speedway on Friday, Sept. 21. The 16th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on SPEED beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on Motor Racing Network beginning at 7:45 p.m.


Tim George Jr. and the Applebee's/Potomac Family Dining Group Team Finish 22nd  

at Iowa Speedway


Tim George Jr. and the No. 2 Applebee's/Potomac Family Dining Group team finished 22nd in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway after a pit road penalty at the halfway point of the event. George started the 200-lap affair from the 25th position and soon reported he was experiencing a loose-handling condition on the No. 2 Chevrolet. Crew chief Gere Kennon utilized routine pit stops that included four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments to combat the handling issues. The New York City native climbed through the field and was scored in the 14th position on lap 59. A caution flag slowed the field on lap 96, and George was instructed down pit road for four tires, fuel and an additional chassis adjustment. NASCAR officials penalized the Richard Childress Racing driver for entering pit road too fast and as a result required to restart at the rear of the field. George restarted the No. 2 Chevrolet in the 25th position, two laps down to the leader. In the closing stages of the American Ethanol 200, George continued to battle a loose-handling condition but was able to improve three positions, to 22nd-place, where he took the checkered flag.


 Start - 25                    Finish - 22              Laps Led - 0            Owner Points - 10



"Although this wasn't the result we were looking for, it was a confidence builder for me. I just can't say enough about how good a truck this RCR crew gave me today. Now we'll go to Kentucky (Speedway) where we have some really good notes to start off with and continue our progress."




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Ty Dillon Finishes Second at Iowa Speedway and Takes Over  

Championship Points Lead


Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team became the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver and owner championship point leaders after finishing second in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. Dillon started the 200-lap affair from the ninth position and reported the No. 3 Chevrolet was loose in the center and exit of the corners. Crew chief Marcus Richmond instructed the Richard Childress Racing driver to turn his front brake fans on to help alleviate the handling issues. During a caution period, Dillon was called to pit road on lap 54 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. A quick stop by the No. 3 pit crew placed the 20-year-old driver in the fourth position for the ensuing restart. The No. 3 Chevrolet remained a fixture in the top five until returning to pit road under caution on lap 95 for another round of chassis adjustments and fresh tires. With other teams opting not to pit, the black and orange Chevrolet restarted in the 12th position on lap 139. Dillon was able to climb up the leaderboard when green-flag pit stops began and was scored in the fourth position when a caution flag slowed the field on lap 165. The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team restarted third with 30 laps remaining. Dillon was running faster times than the leader and survived multiple restarts in the closing laps of the race to bring home a second-place finish, marking the team's fourth top-five finish of the season and the Camping World Truck Series driver and owner championship points lead.


Start - 9                      Finish - 2                Laps Led - 0               Points - 1



"The No. 3 Bass Pro Shop Chevrolet was fast tonight. Marcus Richmond (crew chief) made some good calls there at the end to put us in contention and the pit crew was great on pit road. I'm really happy with the second-place finish. We've been carrying a lot of momentum during the last few weeks, and I'm excited to get to Kentucky (Speedway) and have another back-to-back race weekend."


"It feels great to get the points lead, but that doesn't guarantee how we will finish out the season. We're going to keep our heads down and keep digging. This whole team has worked so hard this season, and they deserve to be sitting on top of the points battle."




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Joey Coulter Earns Finishes 13th at Iowa Speedway


Joey Coulter and the No.22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team overcame handling issues and battled back to a 13th-place finish in Saturday night's American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. After qualifying in the 14th position for the 200-lap event, the No. 22 Chevrolet showed speed from the initial green flag before Coulter reported that something wasn't right on his Silverado. During each routine pit stop, the crew worked to make adjustments for the handling challenges on the RCR Chevrolet. Coulter battled through and was scored in the seventh position on lap 100. After working his way up to the second position when green-flag pit stops began on lap 139, Coulter visited pit road for four tires and Sunoco E15 fuel. When the caution flag was displayed prior to all the teams completing their pit stops, NASCAR scored the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year in the 17th position, two laps down to the leader. The No.22 truck was allowed to take the wave around and on the ensuing restart, the Miami Springs, Fla.-native picked his way back up through the field. Following multiple late race cautions, Coulter took the checkered flag in the 13th position. Coulter is currently sixth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 46 points behind the leader and RCR teammate Ty Dillon.


Start - 14                 Finish - 13             Laps Led - 0              Points - 6



"I'm just really proud of Harold (Holly, crew chief) and the rest of the guys on this (No.) 22 team. They just never give up and they motivate me to never give up, even when I'm faced with the challenges we saw tonight. We will regroup and go get them next weekend in Kentucky."



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