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2013 Martinsville: Red Horse Racing NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Apr 02, 2013 - 07:50 PM
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2013 Martinsville: Red Horse Racing NASCAR Truck Race Preview


John Wes Townley
No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra

Starts: 2
Avg. Start: 28.0 Avg. Finish: 20.5

Chassis: 003

 

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TAKE TWO, MARTINSVILLE: When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series makes its way into Martinsville Speedway for the Kroger 250 on Saturday afternoon, John Wes Townley has one goal in mind - improvement. The 23-year old says, 'You're only as good as your last race,' and in only two starts at the 0.526-mile track, Townley has a high finish of 18th. The No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team has their sights set on a solid run at the paperclip.

WHAT OFF WEEKEND?: While most of the Truck Series drivers had a few weeks of open track time, Townley was able to get on track and practice for the upcoming 250-lap race at Martinsville. The young driver took his talent to the NASCAR Nationwide series to compete on 'The World's Fastest Half Mile' at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he went on to finish 17th.

ZAXBY'S: Zaxby's has been indescribably good for over 20 years. John Wes Townley will compete with Zaxby's serving as primary sponsor for the entire 22 Truck Series race schedule. With over 565 locations in 13 states, Zaxby's offers an alternative to fast food with prepared-at-order Chicken Fingerz, Traditional or Boneless Wings, sandwiches, Zalads, and Zappetizers. The Athens, Georgia based chain also provides a variety of sauces ranging from Wimpy and Tongue Torch to Nuclear and Insane. It's no surprise that Zaxby's has been indescribably good for over 20 years. For more information, please visit Zaxbys.com, Facebook.com/Zaxbys or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys.

CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra will take a winning chassis to Martinsville Speedway. Chassis No. 003 tackled the monster mile in June to capture Red Horse Racing's first victory at the speedway. In addition, the chassis competed in four races during the 2012 season at both Martinsville Speedway races, the series first visit to Iowa Speedway in July, and Bristol Motor Speedway.

Most recently, the team tested chassis No. 003 at the half-mile track of Greenville-Pickens Speedway in preparation for this weekend's 250-lap event.

REVIEW MIRROR - DAYTONA: John Wes Townley went into the NextEra Energy Resources 250 having won the ARCA Racing Series race from the pole the week prior at Daytona International Speedway. After qualifying 28th, Townley hung back with teammate Timothy Peters so they could team up when the right opportunity presented itself to go to the front. Townley's highest running position was 13th, but the Zaxby's Toyota Tundra was damaged in a crash at lap 92 resulting in a 21st-place finish.

John Wes Townley talks about Martinsville Speedway:
You were able to get some track time during the off weeks. How does that prepare you for Martinsville?
"It's hard to get a good bearing as far as testing goes without being at the race track. The good thing is I was able to be on track and get in some good testing. I was able to spend some time with my guys and get to know them a little bit better during this down time and I think we'll be good to go for Martinsville. I've got all the confidence in the world in my team and I'm really looking forward to it.

Does your momentum from Daytona still carry into Martinsville after having time off?
"Yes, the momentum is still driving me from Daytona. It helps out a lot. Confidence wise, I feel great. What else drives me is that 'You're only as good as your last race' and we need to improve from where we finished at Daytona. We have a great team and a great sponsor with Zaxby's. I'm really looking forward to getting back on track and get the season rolling."


Timothy Peters
No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra

Starts: 14 Wins: 1 (2009)
Top Five: 4 Top-10: 9
Avg. Start: 9.8 Avg. Finish: 13.2 Laps Led: 228

Chassis: 137

BACK HOME, A LITTLE SWEETER THIS TIME AROUND: 'There is no place like home', and Danville, Virginia resident Timothy Peters returns home this weekend to Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250. For most drivers and teams, getting back on track at Martinsville Speedway is all about kicking the season into high gear.

But for Peters this visit to the 0.526-mile speedway is a little sweeter than in the past. Peters and wife, Sara welcomed their first child, Brantley Tony Peters into the world on December 17, 2012 and 'home' now brings a brand new meaning. Peters hopes the comfort of having his son near will bring him the extra boost to drive his No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra into Victory lane.

ON THE PLUS: The No. 17 Toyota Tundra will once again proudly represent Parts Plus while they serve as primary sponsor for Timothy Peters at Martinsville Speedway. The Memphis-based warehouse distributor originated more than 56 years ago tracing back to a series of jobber programs. Since 2005, Parts Plus has been a member of the Automotive Distribution Network that has over 300 member distributors under five brand names and from over 400 separate warehouses across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information on Parts Plus and locations near you, visit PartsPlus.com.

CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra team will utilize chassis No. 137 at Martinsville Speedway. In the series last visit at the paperclip, Timothy Peters put chassis 137 on the pole, setting a new track record of 96.411 mph (19.641 sec.). Peters went on to collect his 13th top-10 finish of the season, with a seventh-place finish.

Most recently, the team tested chassis No. 137 at the half-mile track of Greenville-Pickens Speedway in preparation for this weekend's 250-lap event.

REVIEW MIRROR - DAYTONA: Timothy Peters and his No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra qualified 23rd for the Daytona International Speedway NextEra Energy Resources 250. Peters was driving a masterful race, laying back from the pack with teammate, John Wes Townley in order to have a dancing partner should the need arise. Peters began weaving through traffic in his Parts Plus Toyota Tundra and managed to make it to 11th place, until a five truck accident caught Peters, ending the evening for the No. 17 Toyota Tundra on lap 92.

Timothy Peters talks about Martinsville Speedway:
How does this Martinsville race have a different feel for you than in the past?
"I am a little more relaxed now because Sara (wife), and Brantley (son) can either be with me at the race track or they are only twenty minutes away at home. As far as a state of mind, its comfort, it helps me. There is a possibility we'll bring him out and show him off.

You set a new track record and sat on the pole at Martinsville in the fall. What does that say about your team?
"The momentum for me is going home. I love Martinsville. I get to sleep in my own bed and I've had a lot of success there. Setting the track record and starting the race from the pole gives me momentum for this year's race. These guys have their noses down and are working hard. Butch (Hylton, crew chief) is always coming up with new ideas to try. I'm looking forward to strapping into our Parts Plus Toyota Tundra this weekend and picking up where we left off."

Germán Quiroga
No. 77 NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra

-No Previous Starts-

Chassis: 002

QUIROGA ANTICIPATES SHORT TRACK RACING: Martinsville Speedway may be Germán Quiroga's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the 0.526-mile oval but he is no rookie to short track racing. The Rookie of the Year candidate will once again wheel the No. 77 NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra on a track type where he feels most comfortable.

The three-time NASCAR Mexico Series champion has captured eight wins in the Mexico series on tracks smaller than one mile in length. Quiroga made his Truck Series debut at the 1.06-mile track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway where he earned a 16th-place finish.

NET10 WIRELESS® BACK FOR MORE: NET10 Wireless will once again serve as primary sponsor for Quiroga and his No. 77 Toyota Tundra at the Series' shortest track on pavement. This is the second of 12 races for NET10 Wireless as primary sponsor. The no contract cell phone leader will continue to support as associate sponsor in the remaining 10 races of the season. For more information on NET10 Wireless, visit www.NET10Wireless.com.

CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 77 team will bring chassis No. 002 to Martinsville Speedway. This chassis got a makeover during the three month racing hiatus. Last season, the chassis raced at Rockingham Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway and had its best finish (3rd) at Iowa Speedway in the series second visit to the track.

Most recently, the team tested chassis No. 002 at the half-mile track of Greenville-Pickens Speedway in preparation for this weekend's 250-lap event.

REVIEW MIRROR - DAYTONA: German Quiroga started the NextEra Energy Resources 250 in the 20th position in the No. 77 NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra at the historic Daytona International Speedway. During the course of the race he worked his way up into the top-10, to the eighth position. The race was proceeding in a very orderly fashion until lap 54 when a 14 truck pileup caught Quiroga, running 10th at the time. After the team repaired as much of the damage as they could on pit road, Quiroga was able to finish the race and bring the No. 77 Toyota Tundra across the finish line in 25th.

Germán Quiroga talks about Martinsville Speedway:
You are no stranger to short track racing. Does that give you confidence heading into Martinsville Speedway?
"I feel a lot more confident heading into Martinsville. With each race I gain more confidence. I have been able to spend time with Dan (Stillman, crew chief) and my team over the last month as they've been working hard putting trucks together. I feel more at home now. Red Horse Racing has really opened their doors to me and provided me with great people around me. Now it's my turn, to return the hard work and prove it on the race track. I am going to really try to focus in finishing the races. That's my first goal. But for sure, I am looking for my best result in the series.

Is there one characteristic of Martinsville Speedway that excites you?
"Just by looking at the truck my team has built, it's really awesome. I'd like to display it in my living room. Now, I'm ready to take it to the race track and race it. I am very excited, it's a great opportunity I am very comfortable and very happy with my team. Our communication has grown and I just feel great right now. I feel like I am surrounded by great people and look forward to our weekend in Martinsville."

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