Race: 3 of 22 – Rockingham SpeedwayApril 14, 2013
This Weeks Race:
North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine
Length: 1.017-mile Oval
200 Laps, 200 MilesTV: Live on SPEED at 1:30 p.m.ET
Radio: Live at 2:00 p.m. ET SiriusXM Radio Channel 90 and Motor Racing Network (MRN)
John Wes Townley
No. 7 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra
Avg. Start: 20 Avg. Finish: 20
ARCA Series: Starts: 1 Avg. Start: 16 Avg. Finish: 12
RETURN TO ‘THE ROCK’: After a successful inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Rockingham Speedway in 2012, the series returns for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine for its sophomore race at the 1.017-mile speedway. John Wes Townley will pilot the No. 7 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra for the 200-lap event in what will be his third race at the track.
In the series debut at ‘The Rock’, Townley raced a solid race having started in the 20th place and crossing the finish in 20th. In his 2008 ARCA Racing Series rookie season, Townley started 16th and finished 12th in his first race at the track.
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CHASSIS HISTORY: The first newly constructed chassis at Red Horse Racing in 2013 belongs to the No. 7 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra this weekend at Rockingham Speedway. Chassis No. 009 will hit the pavement for the first time after having wind tunnel testing earlier this year.
REARVIEW MIRROR – MARTINSVILLE: John Wes Townley started Saturday’s 250-lap event in the 17th position and was showing progress throughout the race in his No.7 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra. The young driver was looking for grip early on in his race but drove up inside the top-10 with 50 laps to go. Townley fighting to protect and advance his position on the track got slammed from behind, and with nowhere to go, made contact with the wall. The contact ended the day for Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra and Townley was scored 32nd at race’s end.
John Wes Townley talks about Rockingham Speedway:
How do you feel about racing at ‘The Rock’?
“It’s a track that has a lot of character. It can be a little challenging getting our Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra dialed in because of the tire wear. All-in-all it’s a really fun race track and I really enjoy racing there. It’s a racer’s race track.
How do Martinsville and Rockingham compare in tire management? Did you learn anything from Martinsville to help you prepare for this weekend?
“Tire management varies. You want to save the tires coming up off the corner and getting into the corners. You don’t want to burn the tires off in five laps. As far as correlation to Martinsville, it’s a completely different track the way you race but you still have a lot of wear. Having previous race experience helps us all around.”
No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra
Starts: 1 Top Five: 1 Top-10: 1
Avg. Start: 3 Avg. Finish: 5 Laps Led: 7
ROCK AND ROLL: Timothy Peters is ready to ‘Rock’ and roll this weekend at the 1.017-mile track of Rockingham Speedway. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the track for the sophomore showing and after a solid run in 2012, Peters is ready to take his No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra to victory lane.
The Red Horse Racing driver has a bit of an advantage over the field as they enter the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine. Peters began his driving career in go-karts dating back to the early 1990’s and has captured two championships at the track.
PARTS PLUS: Timothy Peters has partnered with Parts Plus for an additional race this season. The No. 17 Toyota Tundra will serve as primary sponsor this weekend at ‘the Rock’. 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: This weekend, Timothy Peters and his No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra team bring out one of their favorite chassis. Chassis No. 093 will race the 200-lap event at Rockingham Speedway. The chassis recorded two wins in 2012 at Iowa Speedway where Peters started the race from the pole position. The second win was captured at Bristol Motor Speedway where he led all 204 laps in dominating fashion. This is a chassis sure to tame ‘The Rock’.
REARVIEW MIRROR – MARTINSVILLE: Timothy Peters and the No.17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra collected a solid 4th-place finish during Saturday’s match at the paperclip. The hometown favorite qualified for the Kroger 250 in the third position and was comfortable in his Tundra at the beginning of the race. With a solid handling truck, only minor adjustments were needed throughout the course of the race. Peters collected a bonus point for leading a lap and was able to improve 13 positions in the drivers point standings, rising to 13th.
Timothy Peters talks about Rockingham Speedway:
What is it like to race at Rockingham Speedway?
“It’s tire management. The place is really abrasive but it makes for a fun afternoon of slipping and sliding. The guy that goes to victory lane has the most forward drive and is the one who can take care of his truck.
Tire wear was the name of the game at Rockingham last year. Do you expect more of the same?
“I think we will have the same tire, which means you’ll have the same type of strategy as last year. It’ll be who can treat the gas pedal the best so you don’t use up your tires too fast consequently they hold up on long runs. We had a good Toyota Tundra last year and learned some things that we want to do better. That should help us when we unload this weekend.
Does it help that while the Series had time off, teams were able to go and test there?
“To somebody who has never been to Rockingham before, absolutely that can help them. We had a pretty good notebook from last year and Butch Hylton (crew chief) had been there a bunch of times when the Cup series ran there, so he keeps me in check when we go there.”
No. 77 NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra
-No Previous Starts-
DEBUT AT THE ROCK: This may be the first visit to ‘The Rock’ for three-time NASCAR Mexico Series champion German Quiroga, but the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year contender has momentum from his NET10 Wireless team. Rockingham Speedway is known for tire wear, but if strong runs this season are any indication, the driver of the No. 77 Toyota Tundra will be battling up front for the win.
In the series first two races at Daytona International Speedway and Martinsville Speedway, Quiroga has made his presence known by racing in the front of the pack. At both race tracks, (Daytona a 2.5 mile superspeedway and Martinsville, a 0.526 mile track) Quiroga has demonstrated his ability to adapt and eagerness to arrive in the winner’s circle at any type of venue.
NET10 WIRELESS® RETURN FOR ‘THE ROCK’: In the Series third race of the season at Rockingham Speedway, NET10 Wireless will return as primary sponsor for German Quiroga and his No. 77 Toyota Tundra team. The no contract cell phone leader will continue to support the team as primary or associate sponsor all season. For more information on NET10 Wireless, visit www.NET10Wireless.com.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 77 team will utilize chassis No. 005 at Rockingham Speedway. Chassis No. 005 was new to the Red Horse Racing stable in 2012 and built for intermediate competition. The chassis has three races to its credit with, one top-five finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and an eighth place finish at Texas Motor Speedway. The chassis also collected an 11th place finish at the 2012 season closer at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
REARVIEW MIRROR – MARTINSVILLE: German Quiroga unloaded on Friday morning with a fast NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra. In his debut at the paperclip, Quiroga started fifth and ran in the top-five for the beginning of the race, never falling out of the top-10. It was Lap 71 when Quiroga reported something had broken in his Tundra. A broken rear axle claimed Quiroga on Lap 71 forcing the NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra team to a 29th place finish in the Kroger 250.
Germán Quiroga talks about Rockingham Speedway:
What have you done to prepare for your debut at Rockingham Speedway?
“I was at the race last year as a spectator, so I have a general idea of how the race is going to be. I will review practice, qualifying and race so I have more knowledge. Each race I gain better communication with Dan (Stillman, crew chief) and my entire NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra crew. We just came off of a top-five qualifying spot. We are on the right path to hopefully improve our results.
Are there certain characteristics about ‘The Rock’ that you’ve heard about that you are anxious about?
“For sure. Thankfully, we got to test at Greenville-Pickens Speedway before the Martinsville race and I learned a lot with tire management. In the NASCAR Mexico Series I had the advantage over the competition in tire management. I gained a lot of positions because of it. Greenville-Pickens and the race at Martinsville gave me a good feeling for this weekend.”
About Red Horse Racing:
Founded in 2005, Red Horse Racing is a professional racing team that strives for excellence on and off the race track. The Red Horse Racing team works to build and maintain solid, mutually beneficial relationships with its partners to win races and to represent itself in a professional manner. The team has 10 victories and 10 poles in its brief existence. Red Horse Racing ownership also operates Performance Instruction and 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.
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About NET10 Wireless:
NET10 Wireless® is a brand of TracFone Wireless, Inc., America’s largest no-contract cellular service provider with over 22.4 million subscribers, and a subsidiary of América Móvil S.A.B. de C.V. (“AMX”) (BMV: AMX; NYSE: AMX; Nasdaq: AMOV; LATIBEX: XAMXL). AMX is the leading provider of wireless services in Latin America. As of December 31, 2012, it had 261.6 million wireless subscribers-more wireless customers than AT&T and Verizon combined.
NET10 Wireless offers consumers flexible spending options for wireless service with premium phones on America’s best networks, all without a contract. With the recent introduction of NET10 Wireless Unlimited Family Plans, a family of two can save $1500 a year on their cellular service. Further updates and product information can be found on NET10Wireless.com.
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