Atlanta II: Brandon Whitt preview

'Trucks at Atlanta a little different from Busch or Cup' Brandon Whitt and the ...

'Trucks at Atlanta a little different from Busch or Cup'

Brandon Whitt and the #38 DW Boogity Grill Toyota Tundra team return to the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway, located in Hampton, Ga., for Saturday's Atlanta 200; the 22nd race of the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.

The sophomore driver from El Cajon, Calif., Whitt scored his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory at Memphis Motorsports Park in July, becoming the first to do so from the Rookie Class of 2004. Known for his penchant of being fast and loving speed, Whitt is considered one of the top up-and-coming young drivers in stock car racing. His truck his owned by Red Horse Racing, which consists of general manager Marty Gaunt, a winning veteran leader of motorsports teams; Jeff Hammond, a NASCAR Nextel Cup championship crew chief now serving as an analyst for FOX Sports; and Tom DeLoach, a former Mobil Corp. executive who, with Hammond, owns and operates PIT Instruction and Training LLC, the number one pit crew training center in the world.

This will be the second race Ameritrax, Lawry's and The DW Boogity Grill -- named after NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip and his coined, "Boogity, boogity, boogity" phrase -- have sponsored a racing vehicle. The grill is "the ultimate grill'n experience." It is the first folding, portable charcoal and gas, barbecue/stove combo grill, and will be on the hood and quarterpanels of the #38.The DW Boogity Grill (available at www.dwstore.com) comes in three models -- the Classic Racer in bright red enamel; and 2 Stainless Steel versions. A durable carrying bag is included with each grill. Talk about fast, the DW Boogity Grill is easy to set up since no screws, bolts or tools are required for assembly and use.

The thoughts of DW Boogity Grill Toyota Tundra driver Brandon Whitt heading into Atlanta:

"Atlanta is a super fast race track. The banking is such to where we won't let off much if at all around the track especially in qualifying; we just stay in the gas. That's hard to imagine until you actually do it. When you're barreling down into turn one on that qualifying lap, your gut says 'lift' but you brain has to kick in and let you know that you can do it, you can stand in it the whole way around.

"Truck racing at Atlanta is a little different than what Busch and Cup guys do there. With the trucks and the obvious boxier frame, the draft will come into effect pretty significantly there. You can feel it in the truck coming off of turn two if you're tucked in behind a truck in front of you, you'll start to suck up to his rear bumper. It's a blast to race these trucks at Atlanta and I look forward to it.

"Another reason to look forward to it is the way our superspeedway program has been coming along. Toyota keeps giving us all the horsepower we need and J.J. (crew chief, Jamie Jones) keeps setting these trucks up to handle great. We've seen vast improvement from the end of last season up to this point in our superspeedway program.

"There are a few tracks out there that we feel we should have had better finishes at this season, and Atlanta is one of them. We were running up inside the top 10 all day, when we had some problems on pit road towards the end of the race and didn't get the finish we knew we were capable of. But, I have to go on record as saying our pit crew has stepped it up 100 percent from where they were at the start of the year, and right now I'd put them up against anyone on pit road.

"We're hungry for a great finish at Atlanta, and quite frankly there's not a track left this season where we don't think we should be competing for a win. We've got a little momentum going and it's something we want to continue and to roll into next season. Everyone on this DW/Boogity Grill Red Horse Racing Tundra team believes we're as good as virtually every team out there in the Truck Series and we're anxious to continue to prove it this weekend."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Brandon Whitt
Teams Red Horse Racing