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'As far as I'm concerned, it's a short track' Brandon Whitt and the ...

'As far as I'm concerned, it's a short track'

Brandon Whitt and the #38 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra team head to the 1.058-mile New Hampshire International Speedway this week for Saturday's New Hampshire 200; the 19th 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.

The thoughts of Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra driver Brandon Whitt heading into New Hampshire:

"We're pretty excited about going to New Hampshire. It's a real flat track, pretty similar to Milwaukee. I really like the flat track. It's kind of what I grew up on running late models. It is a great place, always produces great racing, and we're all looking forward to the track and eating some lobster.

"Probably the biggest challenge this Red Horse Racing team is going to face at New Hampshire this week is experience, or rather, lack of experience. Last year, which was our first time ever at New Hampshire, it rained a lot, so we didn't get much time on the track before the race to experiment with anything we had planned on doing.

"This year our flat-track program, really our entire short-track program, has continued to improve. I feel like what we've learned from this point last year up to this point this year, we can take and apply to New Hampshire. That should compensate for our lack of track time at the Magic Mile. Hopefully, we'll be able to keep up the pace we have going right now. We've been really competitive at short tracks all year, and if nothing goes wrong during our race, we normally have a good finish.

"When you grow up on a type of track you just become comfortable with it. There is something of a comfort level when you race on these flat tracks, it's something you've grown up on and have a lot of experience on. It is a place that produces great racing. It's kind of like a short track, not really with the one mile distance. But, you'll see racing similar to what you do on a short track. As far as I'm concerned, it's a short track.

"Our success on short tracks really demonstrates the growth of this race team. We're to the point we're qualifying well everywhere we go, and on short tracks, we're competing for wins, each time out. Hopefully, this Red Horse Racing team will have a good run, steer clear of trouble, and bring home a great finish."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brandon Whitt
Teams Red Horse Racing