Nashville: Brandon Whitt preview

Looking for a win in manufacturer's race Brandon Whitt and the ...

Looking for a win in manufacturer's race

Brandon Whitt and the #38 McMillin Homes/Cure Autism Now Toyota Tundra team head to the 1.33-mile Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway, for Saturday's Toyota Tundra 300; the 16th 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 is 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 Cure Autism Now Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and funding autism research and accelerating the pace of scientific progress toward effective treatments and a cure. The organization is the largest private funder of biological research in autism, providing more than $20 million in grants since its inception in 1995.

The thoughts of McMillin Homes/Cure Autism Now Toyota Tundra driver Brandon Whitt heading into Nashville:

"Every time this team has had a chance to test, we've run well when we went back to race. Toyota had its teams out a couple weeks ago to test Nashville and we started off the day not where we wanted to be. But, that's the great thing about a test day. You don't have to unload and expect the truck to be ready to race. We had the opportunity to try some different things, tweak on this Tundra a bit and by the time we loaded up to go back to Mooresville (N.C.), we were feeling pretty good about the day and about our chances at Nashville this weekend.

"Nashville is a unique race track. It's a concrete, little over one-mile oval, so the first thing you think about is Dover, but, it's not like Dover. Dover is high banked and you really carry a ton of speed through the turns. Nashville is relatively flat in comparison and handling becomes more of an issue. For our sake, I sure hope Nashville is nothing like Dover. At Dover, we were fast and were going to be good. We took the green flag and never made it back around in one piece when we got involved in somebody else's trouble. But, that seems like ages ago.

"This team is on one heck of a hot streak right now and, man, when you're running like this you wish you could race two or three times a week. We've had good trucks all year, but the last few races it seems like we've had trucks capable of winning each time out. When that happens and you know everything's beginning to click, it's a great feeling to get behind the wheel.

"Qualifying is always important, everywhere we go. But, it seems the flatter the track, the more important qualifying becomes, because flat tracks are usually harder to pass on, and you really need that track position from qualifying well. Although, there is definitely a preferred groove at Nashville, the track is pretty wide, and there is room to pass. If you have a truck that can really get up off the turns, then you'll be able to pass, even on the outside.

"This weekend should be a lot of fun. We're racing under the lights at a great race track. It's another truck stand-alone race and they'll fill the place up. That's a great feeling, knowing that everyone in the stands has come out to watch us in the Truck Series. There's no better race to win than the one your manufacturer sponsors. We'll be sure to put on a good show and hopefully at the end of the night we'll have this McMillin Homes/Cure Autism Now Toyota Tundra up front with a chance to win the Toyota Tundra 200."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brandon Whitt
Teams Red Horse Racing