Red Horse Racing–Martinsville

Texas Roadhouse 200
Martinsville Speedway
October 29, 2016
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Red Horse Racing at Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams visited Martinsville Speedway for the first race of the Round of 6 in the Chase for the Championship. On Friday, two practice sessions were held and Matt Tifft returned to the No. 11 Surface Sunscreen/BrainGear Toyota Tundra and posted the 18th fastest lap in each session. Timothy Peters struggled with the balance of the No. 17 Toyota Tundra and posted the 20th fastest lap in the first, and was 15th on the board in the second. On Saturday morning, teams returned for three rounds of knock-out, group qualifying and Tifft transferred into the final round, then secured the ninth starting spot, while Peters earned the 19th starting spot in the second round. In the afternoon, the green flag flew for 200 laps at the “paperclip,” and Peters began to make his way to the front. Tifft dropped back early in the race due to a worn tire, then was involved in an incident, but still earned a 16th-place finish. Peters struggled with an ill-handling Tundra and traffic, but the veteran driver used his experience at the .526-mile facility to persevere and earn a solid fifth-place finish.
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Timothy Peters No. 17
No. 17 Red Horse Racing
Toyota Tundra

Timothy Peters Fights to Fifth at Martinsville

After a tough weekend at Martinsville Speedway, Timothy Peters and the No. 17 Red Horse Racing team earned a fifth-place finish in the Texas Roadhouse 200. The weekend began with two practice sessions on Friday afternoon, where the Danville, Virginia native struggled with the handling of his Toyota Tundra, posting the 20th and 15th fastest times. In three rounds of knock-out, group qualifying on Saturday morning, Peters drove through some oil on the track and had to abort his run. He did transfer to the second round and earned the 19th starting position. When the green flag fell, Peters slowly began to make his way toward the front, still fighting the balance of the red and white machine. On lap 53, the caution flag flew and crew chief Shane Huffman called Peters to pit road for four Goodyear tires, Sunoco fuel and adjustments. After restarting in 15th, he was still struggling with the balance, but following another four-tire pit stop under caution on lap 116, Peters lined up in 11th and soon broke in to the top-10. Visiting pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments for a final time on lap 149, Peters restarted in 12th, as several teams ahead took only two tires. During several cautions as laps wound down, Peters used his knowledge of his home track and prowess at restarts to continue to gain positions and cross the finish line in fifth.

Start – 19
Finish – 5
Driver Points Position – 3
Owner Points Position – 9
Laps Led – 0

Timothy Peters Quote:
“We had a good truck, good pit crew, good spotter and just great effort by everyone on this Red Horse Tundra. We didn’t have the truck that we wanted by any means, but we kept adjusting on my Tundra all race long. The pit crew got me track position and it was left up to me to cap off the rest. If we couldn’t get the win, the top-five was definitely what we needed. Just glad to come out of here from 19th to fifth. We’ll build on this and go to Texas.”
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Matt Tifft
No. 11 BrainGear/Surface Sunscreen
Toyota Tundra

Matt Tifft Earns 16th Place Finish at Martinsville Speedway

It was a 16th-place finish for Matt Tifft after 200 laps at the Martinsville Speedway. Tifft and the No. 11 BrainGear/Surface Sunscreen Toyota Tundra endured a constant battle in traffic and mayhem throughout the afternoon. Tifft turned in a solid ninth-place qualifying effort on Saturday morning, a sizable improvement from Friday’s practices, where he was 18th-fastest in both sessions. Once the green flag flew, Tifft wrestled with a tight condition in the center of each corner, and dealt with a significant chatter in the front tires. On the opening run the left front tire was worn to the cords, and Tifft found himself in 19th by the first caution on lap 51. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli and the No. 11 Red Horse Racing team worked to remedy the handling, however track position and heavy traffic posed a formidable barrier to advancing to the front. Tifft ran inside the top-20 for most the event until he was involved in a lap 177 caution in turn 2, and sustained damage to the nose of his Tundra. After pitting for repairs under caution, Tifft lined up 17th on the final restart on lap 183. Over the final 18 circuits, Tifft picked up one position and took the checkered flag 16th..

Start – 9
Finish – 16
Owner Points Position – 4
Laps Led – 0

Matt Tifft Quote:
“We fought tight in the center of the corner for most of the day, and that makes it difficult to outrun other trucks on the corner exit and make time. The balance would come to our BrainGear/Surface Sunscreen Tundra on a long run, but it took too long to come in, especially after restarting on the outside on restarts. Zippy (Scott Zipadelli, crew chief) and these No. 11 guys kept digging to constantly make changes, but we never quite got there. We’ll head to Texas next weekend and see what we can make happen and hopefully get Tom DeLoach and the whole team to contend in Miami.”
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