'At Richmond, you can race' Brandon Whitt and the ...
'At Richmond, you can race'
Brandon Whitt and the #38 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra team head to the .750-mile Richmond (Vir.) International Raceway, for Thursday night's Cheerios/Betty Crocker 200; the 18th 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 Richmond:
"My first time at Richmond, which was last season, was a pretty good experience for me and team. Sometimes on your first go around you can find some tracks extremely difficult to grasp. But, Richmond we picked up on pretty quick. We ran solid all night and ended up with a decent finish. One, we definitely think we can improve on.
"Richmond is a neat race track. It's pretty flat, but wide enough and banked just enough to where you can get up underneath someone cleanly and make a pass. That's totally different from the last track we raced at, Bristol. At Bristol, it's all about keeping your truck glued to the bottom and hoping the guy in front of you can't do the same, in the meantime you're hoping the guy behind you doesn't hit you.
"At Richmond, you can race. You don't have to stay in line all of time, and best of all, you don't have to bump somebody to pass them. I know it makes for great entertainment, but believe it or not, most of us don't want to race that way. It's just not good racing. But, Richmond has plenty of room to pass without slamming into the guy in front of you. Doesn't mean that technique won't be used, but most times, it doesn't have to be used.
"We've been qualifying extremely well for the past couple of months. That's all well and good, and it is an example of how much this team has improved. But, we'd like to be finishing a little better. We've been a little off the past couple of races, but that's part of the deal. You're not going to hit the ball out of the ballpark every at bat, and we understand that. We've become extremely competitive and that's the next step; consistently being able to compete for top fives and for wins.
"Richmond is a great place to get back in our groove and bring home another top 10. It's a companion race with both Busch and Cup, so you know the competition is going to be as good as it gets. In my opinion, that's great. You want to race against the best and we welcome the challenge. We think a lot of what we have going on here at Red Horse Racing and we'll be ready to show that to the great crowd that's sure to be on hand Thursday night. And, hey -- the last time we ran on a three quarter-mile track it ended up pretty good (Memphis victory)."