No. 17 NTB/Service Central Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race 18 of 25
CHI-TOWN: Timothy Peters and the No. 17 NTB/Service Central Toyota Tundra team head into this weekend’s race at the “Windy City” in hopes of turning their 1.5-mile program around. Over the course of 2011, Peters has an average finish of 19.6 at the five 1.5-mile tracks the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has visited thus far this season. . This weekend’s race could be a turning point in the young Red Horse Racing team’s season as they continue to inch closer to the top spot in the point standings. Last year, Peters was running third at Chicagoland Speedway before a mechanical failure ended his night early.
BACK TO WHERE IT BEGAN: The crew chief of the No. 17 NTB/Service Central Toyota Tundra is a native of Rockford, Illinois. Butch Hylton spent six years in Rockford before moving to North Carolina to join NASCAR in 1990. Hylton is not the only Illinois native on the No. 17 team. Craig Noble, team engineer, also hails from Illinois. Noble grew up in Farmer City, Illinois and is a graduate from the University of Illinois Engineering program. Noble made the move to NASCAR and North Carolina in 2007.
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Red Horse Racing is proud to welcome TBC Retail Group and their family of automotive retail brands to the No. 17 Toyota Tundra with driver Timothy Peters. The TBC Retail Group family of brands will serve as primary sponsor of the No. 17 Toyota Tundra for five races in 2011 including this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway to conclude the season. Red Horse Racing, TBC Retail Group, and Peters look forward to much success and a long standing relationship in the future. Fans can look for special offers on Facebook and Twitter from all the TBC Retail Group Brands which include: Service Central, Tire Kingdom, National Tire and Battery (NTB), Merchant’s Tire and Auto (Merchant’s) and Big O Tires.
MOST POPULAR DRIVER VOTING: The voting is now open to cast your ballot for this year’s most popular NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver. Fans can visit www.nascar.com in order to cast your vote for this year’s winner.Fans can vote once per day every day for their favorite driver.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 17 team will utilize chassis No. 001 this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. This chassis last competed at Bristol Motor Speedway where Peters earned his career-best Truck Series finish of fifth at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile”. Chassis No. 001 has competed five previous times in 2011 at Charlotte Motor Speedway where he earned his first pole position of 2011. Peters also piloted this truck at Kentucky, Nashville, Pocono and Bristol.
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Two weeks ago at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS), Peters and the No. 17 team fought a loose-handling race truck throughout the event and battled electrical issues at AMS. Peters was able to salvage a top-20 finish and cross the finish line in the 16th position. Peters remains third in the championship standings 14 markers out of the lead spot.
Timothy Peters Talks about Chicagoland Speedway:
What is it going to take to turn the Red Horse Racing 1.5-mile program around?
“My crew chief Butch Hylton and I sat down after Atlanta and formed a new plan. We think we know what the trucks need and what I need to go fast. That is the most important part is figuring out what I need as a driver to go fast. We ran really well here last year we were running third when I experienced a mechanical failure that ended our day. I’m really excited to get back to Chicagoland, I think this is a track that I can excel on and I’m ready to put Atlanta behind us for sure.”
What are your thoughts on the Truck Series traveling to Rockingham Speedway in 2012?
“I love it. Anytime we can go back to a track that is close to the roots of this sport I support that. I really love all the tracks we go to in one way or another. However, it is cool to be able to race at a track like Rockingham with all the history the place has, all the famous finishes. Knowing that you as a driver get the opportunity to be a part of that kind of history is cool. ”
About Red Horse Racing:
Founded in 2005 by former Mobil Corporation executive Tom DeLoach and NASCAR veteran Jeff Hammond, Red Horse Racing aims to be a professional racing team that strives for excellence on and off the race track. Red Horse Racing hopes to build and maintain solid, mutual relationships with its partners to win races and championships and to represent itself in a professional manner. The team has four victories and five poles in its brief existence. DeLoach and Hammond also own Performance Instruction Training (PIT), the number one pit crew training center in the world that also has many corporate training options that include team-building, lean manufacturing, motorsports demonstrations and more.