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2013 Iowa: Red Horse Racing NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Sep 04, 2013 - 04:49 PM
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2013 Iowa: Red Horse Racing NASCAR Truck Race Preview


John Wes Townley
No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra

Truck Series Starts: 3 Avg. Start: 19.7 Avg. Finish: 15.7
ARCA Series: Starts: 1 Avg. Start: 5 Avg. Finish:12
Nationwide Series: Starts: 2 Avg. Start: 34 Avg.Finish: 26.5

 

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Chassis: 009
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WELCOME BACK: If any team is excited to return to Iowa Speedway it is the trio of drivers at the Red Horse Racing stable. John Wes Townley had his best showing in three starts at the 0.875-Mile tri-oval earlier this season. The No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team qualified 14th and finished 12th. With notebooks full of information, Townley has a shot at capturing his highest career finish during the American Ethanol 200 on Sunday.

NEW MENU ITEMS AT ZAXBY'S: Zaxby's, a southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings, has been indescribably good for more than 20 years. The Athens, Georgia based chain offers its guests prepared-at-order Chicken Fingerz, Traditional or Boneless Wings, sandwiches, Zalads and Zappetizers, along with a variety of nine sauces ranging from Wimpy and Tongue Torch to Nuclear and Insane. Mixing things up, guests can now enjoy Zaxby's new Cobb Zalad through summer's end. Additionally, Zaxby's offers a new line of premium milkshakes including the popular Birthday Cake and Banana Pudding Milkshakes and the new Chocolate Cookie Milkshake. The company operates more than 575 locations in 13 states. John Wes Townley will compete with Zaxby's serving as primary sponsor for the entire 22 Truck Series race schedule. For more information, please visit zaxbys.com, facebook.com/zaxbys or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys.

CHASSIS HISTORY: John Wes Townley and his No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team will race Chassis No. 009 this weekend at Iowa Speedway. Townley captured his career best finish (seventh) with this chassis early this season at Michigan International Speedway. This chassis also tied Townley's previous career high finish (eighth) at Charlotte Motor Speedway after earning his third highest Truck Series finish at Rockingham Speedway where he crossed the finish line 11th. Townley also collected a top-15 finish at Texas Motor Speedway.

MEET & GREET: Townley, along with teammates Germán Quiroga and Timothy Peters will join the NASCAR Camping world Truck Series drivers for an autograph session on Saturday, September 7th from 4:15 - 5:00 pm at Iowa Speedway at the Infield Fan Walk.

REARVIEW MIRROR - CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK: John Wes Townley continues to showcase his consistency and patience each and every NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Sunday's 64-lap event was no exception as the No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra driver started 25th and was able to make exceptional gains during the course of the race. A complete learning process for all involved, the young driver maneuvered his way through the field and earned a 12th-place finish.

John Wes Townley on Returning to Iowa Speedway:
What are your thoughts on returning to Iowa Speedway?
"I think I learned a lot the last time we were there - As far as which line to run around the track and about my Zaxby's Toyota Tundra. Now that the season has progressed a little bit, and we are having back-to-back races, I am in the mode. I feel more comfortable with my team and like I am doing my part as a driver.

Do you find it beneficial as a driver to visit a track more than once in a year?
"Of course, especially when it is a track you like. And I really like Iowa. It's good that you have an opportunity to rebound and learn from any mistakes you made on your first trip. You get to try and correct your mistakes in the same season without waiting till the following year."

No. 17
Timothy Peters
No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra

Starts: 6 Wins: 2 (July 2012, July 2013) Poles: 1 (July 2012)
Top-Five: 2 Top-10: 3
Avg. Start: 7.5 Avg. Finish: 11.2 Laps Led 126

Chassis: 015
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REPEAT WINNER: At Iowa Speedway in July, Timothy Peters became the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series repeat winner at the 0.875-mile tri-oval. After leading 39 laps, Peters collected his first victory of the 2013 season and sixth in his career. Peters has six starts at 'America's Place to Race' and will make his seventh start during the American Ethanol 200. The No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra driver has collected two wins, two top-five and three top-10 finishes with 126 laps led.

PARTS PLUS: Parts Plus will make the trip back to Iowa Speedway as primary sponsor of Timothy Peters No. 17 Toyota Tundra. 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: Timothy Peters and his No. 17 Parts Plus Team will unload Tundra Chassis No. 15 this weekend at Iowa Speedway. Most recently Peters captured a sixth-place finish at Michigan International Speedway with this chassis after making its debut at the 2.5-mile tri-oval of Pocono Raceway.

MEET & GREET: Peters, along with teammates Germán Quiroga and John Wes Townley will join the NASCAR Camping world Truck Series drivers for an autograph session on Saturday, September 7th from 4:15 - 5:00 pm at Iowa Speedway at the Infield Fan Walk.

REARVIEW MIRROR - CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK: There are a lot of tired jokes about NASCAR drivers only making left-hand turns, but this was certainly not true for Timothy Peters and the No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra. Peters qualified for the 64-lap race in the 15th-position placing him in the middle of the pack for the start. Peters skillfully moved up to sixth position before crew chief Butch Hylton started working the fuel strategy part of the race. Both driver and crew chief made good calls and the team earned an eighth-place finish.

Timothy Peters on Returning to Iowa Speedway:
What is it about Iowa Speedway that your team has found success?
"I really can't pinpoint one thing that makes our Parts Plus Tundra strong. We have a good setup that we of course won with last year. Every time I go to Iowa though, I love the racing and the race track. It really fits my driving style.

How does it feel going back to a track where you are the only repeat winner?
"A lot of momentum for sure. It's kind of cool to say that I am in that category of the 'First'. I'm looking forward to getting back to a racetrack where we won at earlier this year and capitalize on another good run and try to keep gaining in the championship point standings."

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Germán Quiroga
No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra

Starts: 1 Poles: 1 (July 2013)
Avg. Start: 1 Avg. Finish: 14 Laps Led: 56

Chassis: 002
Quiroga Pole
LET HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF: Red Horse Racing driver, Germán Quiroga wants a little more from Iowa Speedway this Sunday as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the 0.875-mile tri-oval. The three-time Mexico Series champion made history in July by becoming the first Mexican to win a pole in a National division of NASCAR. And he did it in style, setting a new track record.

After leading 56 laps, the No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra driver suffered damage after contact with another competitor and was relegated to a 14th-place finish. The Rookie of the Year contender will most definitely be a threat during the American Ethanol 200. Look for Quiroga in Pizza Ranch victory lane.

OTTERBOX®: OtterBox couldn't be more excited to return to Iowa Speedway with Germán Quiroga as primary sponsor. It appeared the Fort Collins, CO based organization seemed to be good luck earlier this season when Quiroga set a new track record and captured the pole. The company known for their protective solutions for the leading global handheld manufacturers, wireless carriers and distributors will sport the OtterBox yellow and black paint scheme. For more information on OtterBox visit www.OtterBox.com.

CHASSIS HISTORY: Quiroga and his No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra team will again utilize Chassis No. 002 this weekend at Iowa Speedway. At the July race, Quiroga set a new track record on the way to becoming the first Mexican-born driver to collect a pole in a National division of NASCAR. The Chassis also earned a 13th-place at Dover International Speedway and was raced at Martinsville Speedway in April where Quiroga qualified fifth.

MEET & GREET: Quiroga, along with teammates John Wes Townley and Timothy Peters will join the NASCAR Camping world Truck Series drivers for an autograph session on Saturday, September 7th from 4:15 - 5:00 pm at Iowa Speedway at the Infield Fan Walk.

REARVIEW MIRROR - CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK: Germán Quiroga and the No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra team continue to grow and learn in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie year. Quiroga qualified 12th and by lap 15 he was running inside the top 10 where he stayed for majority of the race. Crew chief Dan Stillman played fuel strategy well, keeping Quiroga out during a caution period because it was not within the fuel window to make it to the end. This was a good move as it put Quiroga in position to take the lead with 29 laps to go and picking up bonus points for leading the race. After the team pitted, Quiroga dropped back into the 19th position and made a charge for the front. Unfortunately, with four laps to go, a competitor slammed into Quiroga resulting in a spin which relegated him to a 15th-place finish.

Germán Quiroga on Iowa Speedway:
What are your thoughts on returning to Iowa?
"We were very fast in Iowa. Hopefully, now that we're going to go back we can make it (the win) happen. We struggled a little bit during the race, but we were fast. We had a very fast truck, so hopefully our Toyota Tundra is ready again and we can do fast laps and hopefully we can go to victory lane."

How do you evaluate your season to date? "It has been back and forth. I have learned a lot, for sure, and that's why I'm here. I still need to learn more, so it's a learning process. Hopefully it gets better and better and my goal is to be Rookie of the Year, but if that can't happen we're going to try to fight for top-10 in the championship and prepare for next year."

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