Red Horse Racing–fred’s 250

fred’s 250
Talladega Superspeedway
October 24, 2015
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Red Horse Racing at Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams headed south to Talladega Superspeedway for the 19th race of the 2015 season. In the first of two practice sessions on Friday, Timothy Peters was third fastest and Ben Kennedy was fifth on the board. In the second practice, Peters was 11th, and Kennedy was 13th fastest. On Saturday morning, teams completed two rounds of knockout, single-truck qualifying, with both drivers transferring to the final round. Peters earned his first pole position of the season, while Kennedy would start the 98-lap event in fifth. Peters led 23 laps and picked up his first win of the season and the ninth of his career. Kennedy led for six laps but was caught in a late-race wreck and finished 25th.

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

Timothy Peters Earns Ninth Career Victory at Talladega Superspeedway

Timothy Peters started from the pole at Talladega Superspeedway and led 23 of 98 laps of the fred’s 250 en route to his first victory of the season and ninth of his career. The No. 17 Red Horse Racing team unloaded a fast Toyota Tundra and Peters was third fastest in the first of two practice sessions on Friday. In the second practice, Peters only ran two laps and was 11th fastest overall. On Saturday morning, the Red Horse Racing driver earned the pole position in two rounds of knockout qualifying. It was his first of the season and seventh of his career. After leading the field to the green flag, Peters led for 13 laps until the first caution. Under the first yellow flag, crew chief Marcus Richmond brought the veteran driver to pit road for fuel only. Peters stayed in the top five for most of the race, only falling back as the field cycled through green-flag pit stops. The Danville, Virginia native would lead a total of five times for 23 laps. On lap 36, Peters visited pit road for two right-side tires and Sunoco fuel, then revisited pit road for fuel only with 17 laps remaining. Peters restarted the race in sixth, but quickly made his way to the front. As the race, originally scheduled for 94 laps, went into overtime with a green-white-checkered finish, Peters restarted in second place on the front row, and took the lead and never looked back. The victory was his ninth career win and his second at Talladega Superspeedway.

Start – 1
Finish – 1
Driver Points Position – 5
Laps Led – 23

Timothy Peters Quotes:
“This is for her (Ashlee Richmond, sister of crew chief Marcus Richmond). We know you’re watching. Ashlee Richmond, we love you. Thank you for riding with us today and being who you are. This is just an awesome feeling. Thanks to all these guys – Red Horse Racing back at the shop, Triad horsepower, Toyota Tundra was awesome today. Oh my goodness – just Tom DeLoach (team owner) for believing in us and this time. We got on a roll starting at Chicago [Chicagoland Speedway] and, man, it’s just been up from there.”

“A good team right here for sure. This team right here went to work when the deal happened at Daytona (International Speedway) earlier this year and built chassis 012. This is the one we won with last year and got it even better. It showed how hard that they work because we were able to sit on the pole. Just Chris Lambert (spotter) gave me system overload all day long telling me what the outside line was doing, who was behind me, what the gap was in front of me and just was able to put us in position with our Toyota Tundra at the end to go for the win and the good Lord was with us all day long. Thank you to the good Lord for keeping everybody safe. Had Ashlee Richmond riding with us this weekend as she continues her battle with cancer and this was for her for sure.”
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Ben Kennedy
No. 11 Local Motors
Toyota Tundra

Ben Kennedy Caught in Late-Race “Big One” at Talladega Superspeedway

After running inside the top 10 for almost the entire afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway and leading for six laps, Ben Kennedy was involved in the “Big One” on lap 92, relegating the Local Motors team to a 25th-place finish in the fred’s 250. In his second visit to the 2.66-mile superspeedway, Kennedy posted the fifth and 13th-fastest times in the series’ two practice sessions on Friday. The No. 11 team returned to the famed Alabama race track the following morning and advanced to the final session in single-truck qualifying, and earned the fifth starting position. Only three tenths of a second separated Kennedy from his Red Horse Racing teammate, Timothy Peters, who earned the pole award. The Daytona Beach, Florida native took the green flag and jumped into the third position on the first lap. He remained inside the top five until coming to pit road during the Lap-35 caution. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli called for fresh right-side Goodyear tires, air pressure and wedge adjustments, and fuel, and the black and white Toyota Tundra restarted in seventh. Kennedy battled inside the top 10 through green-flag pit stops and two more caution periods. Racing side-by-side in the closing laps, Kennedy was clipped in the right rear and collected in the infamous “Big One.” He was able to drive the Local Motors machine to pit road for repairs, and during the red flag the No. 11 team worked on their plan. They returned him to competition and he took the checkered flag in the 25th position.

Start – 5
Finish – 25
Driver Points Position – 9
Laps Led – 6

Ben Kennedy Quote:
“It is really disappointing to leave here [Talladega Superspeedway] with this finish after all of our hard work. We had a fast Local Motors Toyota Tundra and good track position all day, and we just got caught up in the mess at the end. Thank you to all of the guys. The No. 11 team did a great job all weekend, and on pit road, and the guys back at the shop built us a great truck. Congrats to Timothy (Peters) and the No. 17 team on the win. It’s good for all of us to get Red Horse Racing back in Victory Lane.”