Red Horse Racing

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Red Horse Racing
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Owner(s) Jeff Hammond
Thomas DeLoach
Base Mooresville, North Carolina
Series Camping World Truck Series
Race drivers 7. Brian Ickler
11. Ben Kennedy
17. Timothy Peters
77. Germán Quiroga
Sponsors 7. Bullet Liner
11. --
17. Parts Plus
77. Net10
Manufacturer Toyota
Career
Debut 2005 Florida Dodge Dealers 250
Latest race 2014 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
Races competed NCWTS: 365, NNS: 1
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 13
Pole positions 11

Red Horse Racing is an American racing team based in Mooresville, North Carolina. It is co-owned by former Mobil 1 marketing executive Tom DeLoach[1] and NASCAR on Fox broadcaster Jeff Hammond. They field the No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra for Timothy Peters and the No. 77 Net10/OtterBox Toyota for 3-time NASCAR Toyota Series Champion Germán Quiroga in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Truck No. 11 history[edit]

The number 11 truck debuted in 2009 as the No. 1 truck with defending champion Johnny Benson at the wheel. On June 8, 2009, the team announced that the number 1 truck would be shut down due to a lack of sponsorship, leaving Benson without a ride to defend the title he won in 2008. It would run one race later in the season at O'Reilly Raceway Park with Caitlin Shaw driving it to a 24th place finish. The team returned in 2010 as the No. 7 Tundra, fielding 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Justin Lofton who competed for Rookie of the Year honors. Lofton would finish second to Austin Dillon in ROTY points, but was released at season's end. He was be replaced by Brazil native Miguel Paludo, who brought sponsorship from Stemco Duroline. Paludo managed a few top tens but was outpaced mostly by Peters. Paludo left after 2011 to join Turner Motorsports. Paludo was replaced by rookie John King for the 2012 season. During the first race of the season, the NextEra Energy Resources 250, King won his first Camping World Truck Series race.[2] After the first five races, Red Horse was forced to shut down the #7 team due to a lack of sponsorship. The team was revived to field Parker Kligerman after his release from Brad Keselowski Racing. Kligerman would score his first career win at Talladega and finished 5th in points. Kligerman moved up to the Nationwide Series with Kyle Busch Motorsports, and would be replaced by John Wes Townley for 2013. As Townley moved to the Wauters Motorsports #5 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra for 2014, Brian Ickler took over the seat of the #7 truck with Bullet Liner as the primary sponsor. However, on May 20, the team announced the No. 7 will be suspended due to lack of funding, and to increase focus on Quiroga and Peters' teams.[3]

On December 17, 2014, Red Horse announced Ben Kennedy would drive in 2015, reviving the #11.[1][4]

Truck No. 17 history[edit]

Timothy Peters driving the #17 truck at Rockingham Speedway

Midway through 2009, Timothy Peters joined RHR from Premier Racing with Strutmasters sponsorship, and earned his first win at Martinsville Speedway. Peters returned to the team in 2010 and scored his second win at Daytona en route to finishing 6th in points for the year. Peters returned to the team for 2011 but had Butch Hylton as crew chief. The team won at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and finished fifth in points. For 2012, Peters stayed in the top 5 in points for the whole season scoring wins at Iowa and leading flag-to-flag at Bristol. Peters would finish 2nd in points.

Truck No. 77 history[edit]

Red Horse Racing debuted in 2004 as Clean Line Motorsports. It was owned by Daniel Whitt and fielded the No. 38 Ford for his son Brandon. The team debuted at Mesa Marin Speedway finishing 19th. Clean Line was purchased by retired Mobil Oil executive Tom DeLoach, and championship crew chief/sports commentator Jeff Hammond before the 2005 season and was renamed Red Horse Racing. Whitt grabbed the team's first win at Memphis from the pole.

For the 2006 season, David Starr, former driver of the No. 75 Spears Chevy Silverado, drove the team's Toyotas, which switched from No. 38 to #11. Starr then won the fourth race of the season at Martinsville and finished fourth in the standings. Despite their success, the team was forced to release Starr at the end of the year due to a lack of sponsorship. He was replaced by Aaron Fike in 2007, and the team switched numbers again, to #1. After Fike was arrested in Ohio for drug use, Busch Series drivers David Green and Jason Leffler rounded out the season for the team, and Whitt returned at Atlanta. For 2008, David Starr returned to RHR after departing for Circle Bar Racing, with the team running the #11. The team's reunion would garner them four top fives and eight top tens but only a 12th place points finish. Starr would again depart the team, taking new sponsor Zachry Holdings with him to HT Motorsports. Red Horse would bring along former ARCA driver T. J. Bell, who had five top-tens and finished fifteenth in points. The team switched to the No. 1 and hired former Formula 1 driver Nelson Piquet, Jr. briefly. The team returned as the No. 11 truck in 2012, with Todd Bodine.[5] Though the deal was originally intended for Daytona, the team ran the full season with limited sponsorship, with Bodine returning to victory lane at Dover. At the end of the season, Bodine was unable to come up with the sponsorship to return, and left the team.

German Quiroga in 2013.

For 2013, 3-time NASCAR Toyota Series champion German Quiroga would replace Bodine in the renumbered 77 truck, with Net10 Wireless sponsoring 12 races.[6] OtterBox would sign on as a nine race sponsor in June.[7] In July, Quiroga became the first Mexican-born driver to win a pole in a NASCAR national series race, breaking the Truck Series qualifying record at Iowa Speedway.[8] Quiroga earned two third place finishes and six total top tens to finish 13th in points.

Quiroga returned to the 77 truck in 2014 with veteran crew chief Butch Hylton, and came close to winning on several occasions.[9] In June, Quiroga battled Darrell Wallace, Jr. in the closing laps at Gateway Motorsports Park, ultimately finishing second.[9] In August, Quiroga would battle Ryan Blaney at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, passing Blaney through the final two turns before Blaney got back around him on the front stretch.[9][10] At Martinsville in October, Quiroga made a daring three-wide pass with 13 laps to go, spinning out and settling for 10th place.[9] At Texas in November, Quiroga led 12 laps late in the race before being passed by Kyle Busch on a green-white-checker restart, then spinning out racing his teammate Timothy Peters on the last lap.[11] Quiroga scored three top fives and 10 top tens en route to a 6th place points finish.

Nationwide Series[edit]

The team has made one Nationwide Series start with Truck Series driver, Justin Lofton in the No. 71 WeekendWarriorsTV.com Toyota Camry at Texas Motor Speedway in the 2010 O'Reilly 300 and finished 37th after starting 31st.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Knight, Chris (December 17, 2014). "Ben Kennedy Lands New Home At Red Horse Racing". Catchfence.com. Catchfence.com. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Jensen, Tom (February 24, 2012). "Green, White Wreckers - King Wins". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "RED HORSE SUSPENDS ICKLER'S TRUCK PROGRAM". NASCAR. May 20, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ NASCAR. December 17, 2014 https://twitter.com/RedHorseRacing/status/545255845702152192 |url= missing title (help). Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ Pockrass, Bob (February 6, 2012). "Two-time champ Todd Bodine lands truck ride for Daytona". SceneDaily.com. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "German Quiroga Secures Truck Series Ride". National Speed Sport News. Mooresville, North Carolina: National Speed Sport News. February 19, 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Staff Report (June 26, 2013). "GERMAN QUIROGA TO DRIVE OTTERBOX TOYOTA". nascar.com. NASCAR. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Gimenez, Alexander (July 17, 2013). [thesportingnation.com/stories/quiroga-keeps-trucking-nascar-history "Quiroga keeps on trucking to NASCAR history"] Check |url= scheme (help). The Sporting Nation. The Sporting Nation. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d Fraley, Gerry (28 October 2014). "Fraley: Still looking for first NASCAR win, German Quiroga improving his stock". The Dallas Morning News. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Pennell, Jay (August 31, 2014). "Great race, eh? Blaney nips Quiroga to win trucks in Canada". Fox Sports. Fox Sports. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Associated Press (November 1, 2014). "Kyle Busch makes late pass to win Truck race at Texas". USA Today. Fort Worth, Texas: USA Today. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "2010 Official Race Results : O'Reilly 300". NASCAR. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 

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