It was a disappointing opening race for the Red Horse Racing team as the results did not show how strong their Toyotas were Friday night. John Wes Townly led the way finishing 21st, with German Quiroga 25th, and Timothy Peters 27th. Below are the recaps for each driver.
John Wes Townley
Daytona, FL — John Wes Townley came to the NextEra Energy Resources 250 having won last Saturday’s ARCA Racing Series race from the pole at Daytona International Speedway. All indications were good for the young driver’s inaugural race with Red Horse Racing behind the wheel of the No. 7 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra. 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 a crash at lap 92 resulting in a 21st-place finish.
While both crew chief Mike Beam and John Wes Townley are serving their rookie year at Red Horse Racing, both of them are bringing a lot of experience to the table. Beam has had a long and varied career in all phases of NASCAR which merges nicely with the skills of John Wes Townley who has been racing since he was a child. Townley has competed in go-Karts, Bandoleros, K&N East, ASA Late Models, ARCA, Nationwide, and in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The depth of experience held by these two men promises to add a lot to an already highly talented group of people at Red Horse Racing for the 2013 series.
“I thought we had a pretty good truck and I thought about getting up there and giving Timothy (Peters) a push. Maybe we could have tried something there, but unfortunately something happened in front of Timothy and I was sort of boxed in. The check-up was just too extreme and I ended up getting in the back of him. We ended up tearing the nose up enough that it really hurt us the rest of the race. We’ll go to Martinsville and get the Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra back out there and see what we can do with it next time.”
Daytona, FL. — Timothy Peters and his No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra qualified 23rd for the Daytona International Speedway NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday night. 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. At lap 50, Peters got the cue from crew chief Butch Hylton to ‘Go’, as he made his move to the front. 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.
While Friday’s race turned out to not be a great evening for Red Horse Racing, it did demonstrate that all the drivers, as well as the crew chiefs, are going to bring a lot to the table in the upcoming season. What happened in the Camping World Truck Series is part of the appeal of racing on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. There’s more of the unknown factor that exists than the known on the shorter tracks.
“Usually, it’s a good plan to stay in the back of the pack, but it didn’t work well for me tonight. I have to take the blame for that because it’s worked well for me in the past. We just had some issues with the front shocks not wanting to release. Frustrating, but at the same time I have been coming here since 2006 and this is my first DNF so not a bad track record.”
Daytona, FL. — 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, spending the majority of the race running in the bottom groove. The race was proceeding in a very orderly fashion until lap 54 when a 14 truck pileup caught Qurigoa, 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.
Quiroga finished the race with his No. 77 NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra with the leadership and coaching skills of his crew chief, Dan Stillman. Stillman has been both a mechanic and driver throughout his NASCAR career and has a real understanding of all phases of the sport. He also has the ability to convey confidence and knowledge to the driver which will prove to be a great combination as they fight for the Rookie of the Year title, during the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
“I just want to thank the whole Red Horse Racing team. They did a great job putting this truck together. I was laughing at the beginning of the race because I was really comfortable and the truck was great. We were way faster than the other guys and we were just keeping it clean. Unfortunately, we got wrecked. We’ll put that No. 77 NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra up front, next time.”
-Red Horse Racing PR