2012 Kentucky II: Red Horse Racing NASCAR Truck Race Recap
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rolled into Kentucky Speedway on Friday for the second time this season, with Red Horse Racing driver Parker Kligerman carrying momentum from two top-five finishes at intermediate tracks since joining the organization four races ago. Kligerman's affinity for and success at the 1.5-mile tracks on the circuit helped him utilize the speed in his No. 7 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, overcoming a spin just past halfway to claim a second place finish in the Kentucky 201.
Jumping to the top of the speed charts on his first laps during the first practice session for the second week in a row, championship contender Kligerman showed the capabilities of his Red Horse Racing Tundra early in the weekend. Reporting that he had very little complaints about his No. 7 machine, Kligerman and crew chief Chad Kendrick put together a qualifying setup that helped the 22-year-old grab the fifth starting spot.
Sparing no time to show his speed after the drop of the green, Kligerman maintained position within the top-five for the first 15-lap run of the evening. Crew chief Chad Kendrick made a fuel only pit call under the first caution period on lap 16 to get Kligerman the second position on the restart. Hanging tight with the top-five and running times as fast as the leaders, Kligerman would get his first opportunity for a four tire change and adjustments on a lap 47 pit stop. Taking four when others took two tires, Kligerman restarted from the 10th position but made it known he was not staying there for long, making his way back into the top-five less than 30 laps later.
Kligerman was continuing his move forward with the No. 7 Red Horse Racing entry while battling for the third position on lap 81 when he got loose under another competitor and went for a spin in the infield grass. Making no contact and sustaining no damage, Kligerman's pit crew gave him four fresh tires and the green light to charge his way back to the front. Making evasive moves and taking his competitors three and four wide from his 12th place position on the lap 84 restart, Kligerman did make his way back to the front and pushed back into the fourth position with 34 laps remaining. Though he had made a valiant effort to get to the front as quickly as possible, the leaders had checked out in front of him, riding several seconds ahead.
Cheers came over the radio as Kligerman would get another shot at the front three as the final caution of the night came on lap 108. Bunching up the field for the restart, Kligerman snatched the third position just a few laps after retaking the green flag, and battled side-by-side for the second position for nearly five laps. With encouragement over the radio and lap times faster or consistent with the leader, Kligerman began to chip away at the lead as he took over second with only seven laps remaining. The time remaining was not enough for Kligerman to make up the distance, but his exceptional efforts after a spin landed him a second place finish.
"I'm disappointed that I let my team down and didn't get the best restart I could on our early fuel-only stop; I could've had the lead but I just didn't judge it right. And then I spun out racing for third. But I can't be too upset because this Red Horse Racing organization gave me another really fast Toyota Tundra and it allowed me to come back to finish second, which in the big picture, is a great points finish. We didn't put a mark on this Tundra and that's what you need to do to be effective in this championship hunt. This is definitely a championship caliber team and I'm going to be a championship caliber driver for these next six races and get that win we deserve."
No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra
Point Standings: 3rd (-26)
Taking home a top-five finish after a solid performance in June at Kentucky Speedway, championship contender Timothy Peters was hoping to recapture similar results at the Sparta, Kentucky track for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kentucky 201. After falling victim to misfortune one week ago and suffering only his second finish outside of the top-15 this season, Peters would suffer another blow short of halfway on Friday evening. Contact from another competitor sent Peters into the wall, causing damage that warranted an extensive collaboration by his Red Horse Racing crew to get the No. 17 Toyota Tundra back into competition. The hard work gained Peters four valuable points for the championship, landing him a 21st place finish.
Crew chief Butch Hylton and Peters dialed in their Tundra during practice on Friday and found a balance near the end of final practice that they thought would produce consistently quick lap times on longer runs. After qualifying in the 13th spot, Peters told Hylton he needed help on the entry of the corners and was too loose to gain any more positions. Coming up with a plan of changes from the pit box, Peters would get his first opportunity to pit under the first caution period of the night on lap 16. Hylton elected to take fuel only and made a chassis adjustment to get him back on the track. A wild restart ensued, and Peters carefully maneuvered his way through a hornets nesxt of traffic to continue his climb up to the top-five by surviving through two more caution periods over the next 30 laps.
Knocking on the door of the top-five by lap 35, Hylton relayed to his driver that clean air and track position were going to help them more than anything, but was pleased with his lap times that were consistent with the leaders. The fourth caution of the night on lap 47 gave Peters another chance to come down pit road for some more adjustments and fresh tires from his Red Horse Racing pit crew.
Taking four fresh tires while others took two, Peters dropped three positions to ninth on the restart. Just a few spots further back from the coveted clean air up front with the leaders, Peters was battling with another competitor who drove into the corner too deep on the inside of the No. 17 Red Horse Racing Tundra just past the restart on lap 55. Peters was then hit from the inside and sent into the outside wall, sustaining heavy damage to the rear and right side of his Toyota Tundra. Peters carefully pulled his machine behind the wall into the garage area, where the entire No. 17 team was joined by every available crew member from the other two Red Horse Racing entries to get Peters back on track as quickly as possible.
Crew chief Butch Hylton led the fleet of Red Horse Racing crew members in the garage area to make the repairs efficiently and effectively in order to gain as many positions as they could. With all hands on deck, enough repairs were made to send Peters back into competition on lap 107 to gain valuable points. He was able to move up four positions in the running order before retiring his Toyota Tundra for the night on lap 121, with a 21st place finish.
"Another truck just got inside of us too deep going into the corner and I really had no control from there, so around we went. But the guys on this Red Horse Racing team did a great job all weekend and everyone from all three of the teams worked so hard to fix the damage and get us back out there," Peters said.
"We gained four spots because of this team's efforts and when we get to Homestead, those four spots that we gained tonight from their hard work is going to pay dividends for us. What doesn't kill us will make us stronger. We've had tough races like this before and this team will persevere. We had a fast Tundra tonight and it showed when we were running in the front before that pit stop. We're not out of this title hunt and we'll bring another fast Toyota Tundra to Vegas next week. We won't let this get us down."
No. 11 Toyota Care Toyota Tundra
Point Standings: 14th
Track position in the clean air near the front of the field was key at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night for the Kentucky 201. Todd Bodine named his keys to success prior to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Friday evening, claiming that track position would be important in order to be in contention for the win. After qualifying in the seventh spot, an early spin due to oil on the track sent Bodine near the rear of the field. Just two laps later, two competitors stacked up in front of Bodine, creating contact that would cause terminal damage to his Toyota Care Tundra. The streak of bad luck continued for the two-time series champion as he ended the night in the garage area with a 30th place finish.
Bodine's crew worked solely on race setups during both practice sessions on Friday, fine tuning their Toyota Tundra for the long run. Without a mock qualifying run to bank on, crew chief Rick Gay used his experience and feedback from his driver to put together a setup for the Toyota Care Tundra that helped Bodine capture the seventh starting spot.
Taking the green flag within sight of the leader and the clean air he was looking for, "The Onion" held steady well within the top-10 for the first 15 laps, content with his Toyota Tundra but asking crew chief Rick Gay for some adjustments to help him through the bumps on the first pit stop. Spotter Terry Cook and Gay read off lap times and encouragement to Bodine, reporting that he was running lap times as fast as the leaders.
The opportunity for that first pit stop would unfortunately come earlier than planned on lap 17 due to their own misfortune. Heading off into turn four, Bodine reported he felt like he hit a patch of oil on the track with the Toyota Care Tundra and went for a spin, bringing out the first yellow flag on lap 16. Bodine's Red Horse Racing pit crew quickly went to work to give him four fresh tires and performed some quick, minor damage repair before sending him back out into competition.
Optimistic that the damage would have no effect on his Tundra, Bodine took the restart from the 17th position with confidence that the race was far from over and he had plenty of time to work his way back through the field. However, just two laps after taking the restart misfortune struck again for Bodine as another competitor suffered a tire failure directly in front of the No. 11 Toyota Care Tundra, leaving the two-time series champion nowhere to go. He made contact with the two trucks in front of him as they stacked up due to the flat tire, causing extensive and terminal damage to the front end of his Tundra. Bodine's Red Horse Racing team pulled his machine back into the garage on lap 22, where he would finish the evening prematurely in the 30th position.
"I wasn't sure what happened to the trucks in front of me, but they all just stopped in front of me and I ran into the back of them. I was on the brakes as hard as I could be, but there was just no time to stop. It knocked the radiator back and hurt the oil cooler, so we had to call it a night way too early," Bodine said.
"It's just a shame and it's getting really old that we keep having things like this happen this season. Our Toyota Care Tundra was fast and I was really happy with it at the beginning. I think I hit some oil to cause the first spin, and that's what ultimately put us back here in this accident. You can't be in the back; you've got to be in the front here. Track position is everything."
Championship Points Update:Timothy Peters dropped to third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings after his misfortune at Kentucky, 26 points out of the lead. Teammate Parker Kligerman's exceptional run kept him fourth in the standings, now 30 points behind the leader. Bodine's disappointment at Kentucky and 30th place finish holds him in the 14th spot in points.
Next on the Schedule:The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is in the final stretch of four straight races, taking on the third next Saturday, September 29, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Smith's 350. Broadcast for the 17th event of the 2012 season begins at 8:00 PM EST on SPEED.
Toyota Racing For Awareness: Toyota Racing kicked off 'Racing For Awareness' in August, a friendly competition among women affiliated with the Toyota NASCAR program to design t-shirts that will support breast cancer awareness. Among the participants are two members of the Red Horse Racing family, Janet Bodine, wife of driver Todd Bodine, and Sara Peters, wife of driver Timothy Peters. The winning design will be selected from fan votes and produced during the Charlotte race weekend in October, and Toyota will donate $500 in the name of each participant to Carolina Breast Friends in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Vote at www.toyotaracing.com/RacingForAwareness now through Oct. 4, 2012 at 12 PM (ET).
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