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Posted by: newsla on Apr 01, 2014 - 05:31 PM
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2014 Martinsville: Red Horse Racing NASCAR Truck Race Recap


Red Horse Racing at Martinsville Speedway

Inclement weather once again cancelled NASCAR's new elimination-style qualifying on Saturday morning and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field was set per the NASCAR rule book, by practice speeds. The rain continued throughout the afternoon, forcing the postponement of the Kroger 250 and setting up a Sunday double-header at the historic Martinsville Speedway. The No. 17 Parts Plus team started third, the No. 7 Bullet Liner team seventh and the No. 77 NET10 Wireless team lined up in the eighth position. Following 256 grueling laps of side-by-side, fender-to-fender racing, the three Red Horse Racing teams finished in the top 10. Timothy Peters brought the No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra home in the sixth position, Germán Quiroga drove the No. 77 Toyota Tundra to a seventh-place finish, and Brian Ickler powered the No. 7 Bullet Liner Toyota Tundra to a 10th-place result. This is the fourth occasion that owner Tom DeLoach has had all three teams finish in the top 10 (Daytona International Speedway 2012, Texas Motor Speedway 2012, Homestead-Miami Speedway 2013, Martinsville Speedway 2014).

 

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Peters Finishes Sixth at Martinsville Speedway; Retains NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Points Lead

Hometown favorite, Timothy Peters and the No. 7 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra team started the rain-delayed Kroger 250 from the third position and remained a fixture near the front of the field at Martinsville Speedway until the final restart, when he was shuffled back to finish sixth. Inclement weather throughout Saturday afternoon forced the cancellation of both qualifying and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, postponing the second event of the 2014 season until Sunday. From the drop of the green flag, the Danville, Va. resident demonstrated that he was a contender for the win, taking over the lead for the first time on lap 16, and remained in the top five. With a well-balanced Toyota Tundra, crew chief Marcus Richmond called for four-tires and fuel during routine pit stops while under yellow-flag conditions. Peters continued to trade positions for the lead, pacing the field for a total of 49 laps. The eighth caution of the evening would force competitors into overtime and the first of two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish. On the final restart on lap 255, Peters was in the second position but was shuffled out of line. An accident on lap 256 following the white flag would freeze the field with the No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra in the sixth position. Peters will head to Kansas Speedway in May tied for the Camping World Trucks Series championship points lead with Johnny Sauter.

Start - 3
Finish - 6
Driver Points Position - 1
Laps Led - 49

Timothy Peters Quote:
"Martinsville Speedway produces some wild and exciting racing, and today that's exactly what it was out there. We got moved out of the way on that final restart, but that's Martinsville, you know; tempers are going to flare. I want apologize to all of the guys back at the shop. Thanks to Parts Plus, Valvoline NET10 Wireless, OtterBox, Bullet Liner, Liquid Performance and everybody that helps out this organization. We appreciate all of their support. Unfortunately, the fastest truck didn't win again. But we'll regroup and head to Kansas (Speedway) in May."

Germán Quiroga Scores Second Top-10 Finish of the Season in a Thrilling Martinsville Speedway Race

Germán Quiroga rolled off eighth in the No. 77 NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra for the Kroger 250 after Saturday's qualifying was cancelled due to rain and the field was set per the NASCAR rule book. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers were able to participate in both practice sessions on Friday, and Quiroga's starting spot was based off of a 19.727-second lap. Rain once again threatened the weekend's activities, postponing the race until Sunday night after the NASCAR Cup Series event. Once the green flag dropped Quiroga knew that some adjustments would be needed, telling his crew chief, Butch Hylton, that the Toyota Tundra's handling was too tight. During the second pit stop of the night the team made a track bar adjustment, refueled and put four fresh tires on the NET10 Wireless truck. The adjustments were exactly what the driver needed, and he began to make his way to the front from the 20th position. Quiroga quickly found himself in the top 10, running ninth with 30 laps remaining in the scheduled 250-lap event. A late-race caution meant that there would be a green-white-checkered finish. During the second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish and after the white flag was displayed to signal the final lap, Quiroga made contact with another driver who had gotten loose and started to spin in front of him. This brought out the last caution of the race and froze the field to set the finishing order. The Mexico City native was scored with a seventh-place result, earning his second top-10 finish in as many races this season.

Start - 8
Finish - 6
Driver Points Position - 7
Laps Led - 0

Germán Quiroga Quote:
"I feel very optimistic about this season with this second top-10 finish, and I'm certain that we will continue to have great results. I'm so confident in my team. We didn't have the truck we wanted at the start of the race, but Butch (Hylton), my crew chief, and the whole team worked hard to make the right adjustments and give me a NET10Wireless Toyota Tundra that I could compete with. I feel very confident where we're sitting in points and I'm looking forward to getting to Kansas (Speedway)."

Brian Ickler Perseveres at Martinsville Speedway to Bring Home a Top-10 Finish

Brian Ickler started the postponed Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway from the seventh position on Sunday evening, and battled in the closing laps to finish 10th in the second race on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. The 36-truck field took the green flag on Sunday following the NASCAR Cup Series event at the famed 0.526-mile Virginia short track and was faced with a much changed racing surface than they had practiced on Friday afternoon. In the opening laps, Ickler reported to crew chief Chris Carrier that the No. 7 Bullet Liner Toyota Tundra lacked right rear grip around the paper clip-shaped speedway. Carrier called for air pressure and chassis adjustments during each of the three scheduled pit stops in an effort to combat the loose-handling condition. The California native calmly maneuvered through spinning trucks as the intensity picked up in the closing laps. The late-race cautions forced two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish. Exercising patience when tempers typically begin to flare, Ickler was in the 10th position when the field was frozen due to the final yellow flag on the white-flag lap, earning his 11th top-10 finish in 24 career Camping World Truck Series starts and climbing to 13th in the driver championship point standings.

Start - 7
Finish - 10
Driver Points Position - 13
Laps Led - 0

Brian Ickler Quote:
"We had a solid weekend here at Martinsville (Speedway); this 10th-place finish doesn't really show how good this team is. The No. 7 Bullet Liner Toyota Tundra was fast all day on Friday, but coming back today and racing after the (NASCAR Sprint) Cup Series cars laid down 500 laps of rubber, the track was really slick. My crew chief Chris (Carrier) and the No. 7 guys worked really hard to adjust the truck's handling and get me what I needed. It's going to be hard to sit and wait to go to Kansas (Speedway) in May. April is going to be a long month. I am ready to climb back in the No. 7 Toyota Tundra right now and get back at it."


UP NEXT: KANSAS SPEEDWAY

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to action at Kansas Speedway for the Friday, May 9 SFP 200, marking the first time the series has battled under the lights of the 1.5-mile race track. The third race of the 2014 season is scheduled to be televised live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. It will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

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