Monday, February 27, 2012
Daytona Int'l Speedway No. 11 and No. 17 Post Race Report
Red Horse Racing
No. 11 Good Sam Roadside Assistance Toyota Tundra
Point Standings: 5th
DAYTONA, Fla. -- Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine was prepared to capture his third victory at the famed Daytona International Speedway on Friday night in the No. 11 Good Sam Roadside Assistance Toyota Tundra. The Red Horse Racing (RHR) driver qualified in the 10th spot for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 and charged his way towards the front of the pack in the beginning stages of the race.
Paired with crew chief Rick Gay, Bodine made his first pit stop of the evening when the first caution was waved for an accident in turn four on Lap 18 - for a fuel only stop. odine and Gay's strategy was to stay in front of the pack for as much of the race as possible. They did just that and quickly moved into the top-five on the restart. By Lap 34 Bodine was paired up with teammate Timothy Peters drafting in the eighth and ninth place respectively.
When the second caution-flag fell for debris on Lap 43, Gay called his driver to pit road for four tires and fuel. The green-flag flew once again on Lap 46 with Bodine in the 19th-position. The caution-flag was displayed for the fourth time on Lap 63 for an accident on the frontstretch. Not being able to make the distance on fuel, Bodine brought the Good Sam Roadside Assistance Tundra to pit road to top off with Sunoco racing fuel. The veteran driver took the green on Lap 68 from the 15th position and moved up four spots when the fifth caution-flag was displayed for an accident in turn four on Lap 85.
The team stayed out on track to maintain track position and took the green in the eighth place on Lap 90. As the laps wound down, the intensity increased and the RHR teammates began pushing one another for position. Bodine was sitting third when the field was halted once again for a caution on Lap 95.
The field went back racing on Lap 99 resulting in a green-white-checkered finish. On the Lap 101 restart, Bodine settled into position to push teammate John King. The field was brought under red flag conditions on Lap 105 for an accident on the frontstretch. With heavy cleanup, the team discussed its final strategies.
Bodine was sitting in second place beside King when the field took the third and final attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. The Good Sam Roadside Assistance Tundra did not get the early push it needed and therefore lost track position on the outside line, but was gaining positions as the final caution waved in the 109-Lap event crossing the finish line in the sixth place.
Comments from the driver:
"I am so happy for John King and everybody at Red Horse Racing. These past two months the guys have worked their tails off to get all three of these speedway trucks primed and ready to go. We should've had all three in the top-three but I just couldn't get going on the restart.
"I tried to side draft him and it didn't work. I am so happy for this team. Everybody at Good Sam Roadside Assistance - I really appreciate that they have come on board. I hope they had fun and got some great coverage. Red Horse Racing is a great race team - Tom DeLoach deserves to be in Victory Lane."
No. 17 Tire Kingdom/Service Central Toyota Tundra
Point Standings: 2nd
DAYTONA, Fla. (February 24, 2012) --- As a past winner at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Timothy Peters knew where to place his No. 17 Tire Kingdom/Service Central Toyota Tundra to be in contention to win. The team qualified for the race in the 27th position with no fear of reaching the front of the pack before race's' end.
For much of the beginning laps crew chief Butch Hylton and Peters elected to stay in the rear of the field with their Red Horse Racing machine to let the field settle into position. The first caution of the evening flew on Lap 19 with Peters in the 32nd spot. Hylton brought Peters to pit road to the attention of the No. 17 crew for two right-side tires and fuel. Green-flag racing resumed on Lap 23 with the Danville, (Va.) native scored in the 20th spot.
Peters cracked into the top-10 on Lap 34 when he and teammate Todd Bodine became drafting partners in the eighth and ninth place. On Lap 43 the second caution of the evening was displayed for debris which allowed the Service Central Tundra to visit pit lane to top-off on fuel. Peters restarted ninth on Lap 46 and started to make his presence known towards the front of the field.
The team visited pit road for the second time when the fourth caution flag was waved for an accident on the frontstretch. A fuel only stop was what the team needed to make it to the end of what was scheduled to be a 100-Lap race. Peters catapulted off pit road and restarted fifth on Lap 68.
In superspeedway fashion, Peters was shuffled back through the draft and to the 10th place when the sixth caution flew on Lap 95. With his teammates in the third and fifth position, Peters was sure to make a move to put himself in the front of the pack. Green-flag racing resumed on Lap 99 for the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish but was quickly halted on Lap 101 for an accident in turn four.
Peters picked up three positions and was scored seventh when the field took its second attempt at the green-white-checker. The No. 17 driver skillfully navigated his way through the draft and was sitting in the third-place when the race quickly stopped as an accident on the frontstretch brought out red-flag conditions. After the extensive clean-up the field took the final restart and Peters lined up third on the board behind teammates John King and Bodine in the first and second position on the front row.
As the positions unfolded and the trucks circled around the 2.5-mile tri-oval for the final time, Peters stayed tucked in right behind teammate King and fought hard holding on to his track position. The Daytona winner ultimately crossed the finish line in the second-place pushing his teammate to his first NCWTS win while capturing his second top-five and third top-10 finish in five starts at the track.
Comments from the driver:
"How about John King. Go back to Top-Gun. You never leave your 'wing man', right? Awesome finish and awesome race here at Daytona for these fans. A great race for Toyota and a great one for our Tire Kingdom Toyota Tundra. I want to thank Tom DeLoach, JGR Engines, and Butch Hylton. I'm so happy for John, Chad Kendrick and Todd Bodine. This was a great night for our organization."
The Truck Series returns to action on Saturday, March 31st at Martinsville Speedway for the Kroger 250 which can be aired live on SPEED at 1:00 p.m., ET.