Red Horse Racing: Notes & Quotes
Event: Alpha Energy Solutions 250
Venue: Martinsville Speedway
Date: April 1, 2017
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Red Horse Racing at Martinsville Speedway… In 46 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Martinsville Speedway, Red Horse Racing has recorded two wins (David Starr, Spring 2006 and Timothy Peters, Fall 2009), 12 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes with an average starting position of 11.6 and an average finish of 13.6.
Red Horse Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History… Since entering NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition in 2005, RHR has 526 starts, earning 16 wins, 111 top-five finishes, 232 top-10 finishes and 14 pole awards.
The Road So Far in 2017… Through two of 16 races before the playoffs, Timothy Peters and the No. 17 team reside in the sixth position in NCWTS points. Peters holds an 18-point cushion on the cut line, thanks in large part to the 24 points he has earned at the end of stages in the first two races. Brett Moffitt and the No. 7 team currently hold the 13th spot after facing some adversity in the early season races.
Follow RHR on Social Media… To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and view exclusive content, visit Red Horse Racing’s Twitter page – @RedHorseRacing and Facebook page – Facebook.com/RedHorseRacing. Also, follow the RHR NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers on their personal Twitter pages – @TimothyPeters17 and @Brett_Moffitt.
Home Turf… A Danville, Virginia native, Peters, is not the only member of the No. 17 team deeply rooted in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The team’s jackman and mechanic, Dave Tallman, is from Hampton, Virginia while gas man Dan Mrak hails from Woodbridge, Virginia.
Catch the Action… FOX’s live coverage of the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 begins Saturday, April 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. Qualifying for the 250-lap event will air live Saturday, April 1 at 11 a.m. ET on FS1. Two practice sessions scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. ET on Friday, March 31 will also air live on FS1.
No. 17 Red Horse Racing
This Week’s Toyota Tundra at Martinsville Speedway… Timothy Peters will race chassis No. 028 out of the Red Horse Racing stable in his 23rd-career NCWTS start at Martinsville Speedway. This Toyota Tundra is brand new to RHR’s fleet in 2017, and will see its first green flag on Saturday afternoon.
Home Is Where The Heart Is… There’s no place on the NCWTS schedule like Martinsville for Peters. The track known as the “Paper Clip” is less than a 20-minute drive from Peters’ residence in Danville, Virginia and some of his most poignant career moments have occurred on the 0.526-mile short track. In 2009, Peters and crew chief Chad Kendrick scored their first NCWTS victory together at Martinsville, and are returning to the track together for the first time since that landmark win eight seasons ago. Another one of Peters’ career highlights came in 2005, when he captured the prestigious 300-lap late model event, one of the most sought after trophies in all of late model racing.
Setting the Pace… Over his 13-year NCWTS career, Peters has managed to be one of the highest-ranking drivers in numerous categories at the paper clip-shaped track. Peters is tied for the second-most top-five finishes in NCWTS history at Martinsville with eight, and tied for second all-time in top-10’s with 15. Peters has led 278 laps and is one of only three drivers who will compete in Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 that have won a NCWTS event at Martinsville. In addition to Peters’ success, Kendrick earned a second victory at Martinsville in the spring of 2015 while calling the shots for Joey Logano.
Red Hot at Martinsville… In 22 starts at his home track, Peters’ consistency through the years has yielded an average finish of 11.7 and an average start of 9.9. In 2016, Peters scored a pair of fifth-place finishes at Martinsville, and over the last 12 races there, the hometown driver has been nothing short of outstanding. Over that time, Peters has amassed six top-five’s, 10 top-10 finishes, and has only finished worse than eighth twice. The 22 starts under his belt at Martinsville is the most Peters has made at any track during his NCWTS career.
Race Rewind: Peters at Atlanta… Four weeks ago at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Peters and company posted their first top-10 result of the 2017 campaign with a ninth-place finish after a late-race rally from a loose lug nut. Once the green flag dropped, Peters immediately said his Toyota Tundra was hindered by a tight balance on the exit of both corners. Kendrick and company made a chassis adjustment to complement four fresh tires at the end of Stage 1, where Peters was scored 11th. Peters earned seven points by running fourth at the conclusion of Stage 2. Peters pitted for four tires under caution on lap 108, but was forced to make an extra pit stop for a loose lug nut. Consequently, Peters restarted from 20th on lap 113 and began a rally towards the top 10. In just 12 laps, Peters was back inside the top 10, and finished ninth after a two-lap dash to the checkered flag.
Timothy Peters Quote:
On returning to his home track…
“For me, there’s no better place to race than Martinsville. It’s special to me because it’s home and because we’ve run so well there. When we won back in 2009, they weren’t giving grandfather clocks to the winner of the truck race, so I’d absolutely love to win a clock this weekend, for sure. Putting ourselves in a good position to make the playoffs and earning those points would be a big bonus. This is the first time Chad (Kendrick, crew chief) and I have been back to Martinsville together since we won there in 2009. That was a big day for both of us, and we’d love to do it again this weekend. The whole Red Horse Racing team has done an awesome job getting a brand new Tundra together over the off weeks and this is a perfect opportunity for us to get back to victory lane.”
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This Week’s Toyota Tundra at Martinsville Speedway… Brett Moffitt will pilot chassis No. 021 in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250. This chassis was last driven by Timothy Peters to a pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway and has since been refitted.
Moffitt at Martinsville… The 24-year-old Iowa native is one-for-one in the K&N Pro Series East at Martinsville Speedway, with one start in June of 2010, in which he picked up the win and the grandfather clock. Moffitt also has two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the .526-mile track.
One of the Young Guns… Moffitt has 10 starts in the NCWTS, with one win, three top-five and four top-10 finishes.
Race Rewind: Moffitt at Atlanta… Brett Moffitt and the No. 7 team fought through adversity to earn an 11th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Action Pest Control 200. Moffitt was caught up when another vehicle spun and sustained damage to the No. 7 Toyota Tundra on lap two. At the conclusion of Stage 1 on lap 40, the 24-year-old was in the 17th position. Repairs continued under the yellow flag, and Moffitt returned to pit road for a second time for four tires and fuel. At the conclusion of Stage 2, Moffitt had cracked the top-10 and earned one point. During the four-tire pit stop under the yellow, there was trouble with the left front tire, which caused a long pit stop, putting Moffitt back to 17th. Moffitt restarted in the 11th position with 17 laps to go. He worked his way up to ninth, but ultimately recorded an 11th-place finishing position.
Brett Moffitt Quote:
On racing at Martinsville Speedway…
“I’m excited to get to Martinsville Speedway this week. It’s great to get back to the track after a few weeks off and Martinsville is a place that I enjoy. Red Horse Racing has lots of success there and I’ve had some success there in the K&N East Series, so I’m looking forward to see what we can do.”