Red Horse Racing–Pocono Mountains 150

Pocono Mountains 150
Pocono Raceway
August 1, 2015
Red Horse Racing at Pocono Raceway

For the 12th race of 2015, NASCAR Camping World Truck teams headed to the Keystone State for the Pocono Mountains 150. In the single practice session on Friday at Pocono Raceway, Timothy Peters was fourth fastest, while Ben Kennedy was ninth on the board. On Saturday, qualifying had a slightly different format with trucks completing single-truck laps in two rounds of knockout qualifying. Both Peters and Kennedy transferred to the final round, with Kennedy securing the eighth starting spot and Peters taking the green flag in 12th after aborting his lap in the second round. In the Pocono Mountains 150, Peters finished seventh after cutting a tire late in the race and Kennedy finished 11th.

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Timothy Peters No. 17
No. 17 Red Horse Racing
Toyota Tundra

Timothy Peters Captures Top-Ten Finish at Tricky Triangle

Despite a flat right rear tire in the closing laps at Pocono Raceway, Timothy Peters persevered for a seventh-place finish in the Pocono Mountains 150. Peters started the 60-lap event in 12th, after aborting his qualifying lap in the second round of knockout qualifying when his Toyota Tundra snapped loose. Peters was able to quickly move into the top 10 on the 2.5-mile track after the first caution on lap 7. The Danville, Virginia native reported that his truck was tight in the center and off of Turn 3, but had moved into sixth place by lap 18. Crew chief Marcus Richmond called the No. 17 to pit road for a green flag stop for four tires and fuel just after halfway. As stops cycled through, Peters was able to make his way back to sixth place. Following a caution with 10 laps to go, Peters restarted in fourth place after staying out on the track, rather than pitting. When the caution flew with 5 to go, Peters was in fifth place, and on the following green-white-checkered restart he went four-wide for the lead, but was clipped by another vehicle as the rest of the leaders wrecked. Under the caution, Peters was scored in second place, but the team determined that the right rear tire was flat, and he was forced to come to pit road before the second green-white-checkered attempt. Peters restarted in 12th, but the caution flew before the field took the white flag, forcing a third green-white-checkered attempt. On the final restart, Peters climbed from 12th to seventh in one lap and was able to hold on to the position to complete the final lap and secure a top-ten finish at the Tricky Triangle.

Start – 12
Finish – 7
Driver Points Position – 8
Laps Led – 0

Timothy Peters Quotes:
On his day at Pocono…
“It was a great day [at Pocono Raceway]. We ran up front all day. Our Toyota Tundra was good from the time that we unloaded it yesterday. It’s very encouraging. We had a new motor package and it had a lot of speed all weekend.”

On going for the lead on the restart…
“The restarts are always crazy here [at Pocono Raceway] and it was oh so close. They got the valve stem and we had to come down pit road, but the truck is in one piece and with a top ten recovery it’s not a bad day.”
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Ben Kennedy
No. 11 Local Motors
Toyota Tundra

Ben Kennedy Finishes 11th at Pocono Raceway

Ben Kennedy drove the No. 11 Local Motors Toyota Tundra to an 11th-place finish in the Pocono Mountains 150 at the “Tricky Triangle.” Kennedy turned in the ninth-fastest speed during the single practice session at Pocono Raceway on Friday afternoon. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams returned Saturday where the qualifying process was changed up at the 2.5-mile triangular race track. Kennedy turned in the 11th-fastest time during the first round of the single-lap time trials to advance to the second and final round where he earned the eighth starting position. When the green flag dropped, Kennedy raced inside the top 10, climbing as high as fifth. The Daytona Beach, Florida native battled a tight-handling condition on the exit of Turns 1 and 3. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli called for four tires, fuel, and slight air pressure and chassis adjustments during the two scheduled pit stops. Kennedy fought to hold a place in the top 10, but the scheduled 60-lap race was extended by nine laps as the field made three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish. On the third and final attempt, the field took the checkered flag with the No. 11 Local Motors machine in the 11th position.

Start – 8
Finish – 11
Driver Points Position – 10
Laps Led – 0

Ben Kennedy Quote:
“We had a fast Local Motors Toyota Tundra this weekend. We just seemed to get in the wrong line on the restarts, and track position is so important at Pocono (Raceway). The guys did a solid job on pit road today, and the guys at the shop gave me a good truck. We’ll head on to Michigan (International Speedway) in a couple weeks.”