Texas II: Brandon Whitt preview

Riding a momentum wave into Lone Star track Coming off their third straight top-10 finish, Brandon Whitt and the ...

Riding a momentum wave into Lone Star track

Coming off their third straight top-10 finish, Brandon Whitt and the #38 DW Boogity Grill/Red Horse Racing Tundra team head to the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway for Friday night's Texas 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. The team's eighth-place finish at Atlanta, similar to Texas, bodes well. Whitt finished 15th in the June Texas race.

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 third 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 Texas:

"This is racing, so you would figure speed is a big deal no matter where we go. Sure, racing is about going fast but Texas is about going really fast. That's what makes it such a cool track.

"Horsepower and handling. . . Texas is every element of racing rolled into one. You have to have a great engine. You have to handle well through the turns. The crew has to be right on top of things, and the driver does too. If you have everything working together and you have a little luck, it can be a really nice night at Texas.

"We have to feel pretty good right now going into this race. First of all, we're coming off three pretty solid runs in a row. Las Vegas (ninth-place finish) was a nice night for us on a mile-and-a-half track, so that gives us a nice feeling for Texas. We followed that up with the third-place finish at Martinsville, and the eighth this past weekend at Atlanta. We've run pretty well on the mile-and-a-half tracks, we're on something of a roll right now, so we feel pretty good about what might be there for us at Texas.

"For a second-year team, we've come a long way. We had a pretty solid rookie season and, even thought we've had to fight through a little bad luck here and there, we've really progressed. We won the race at Memphis and we think we might have some pretty great things left in us, even with just four races left in the season.

"We're working on some things sponsorship-wise for 2006. I know (owners) Tom Deloach and Marty (Gaunt), as well as Jeff Hammond, are talking to different people, but they are still open for next season as well. As good a year as we've had and as good a finish as it looks like we're putting on this season, there are some companies out there who could have a great sponsorship package with a team that's going places. I feel pretty good about every bit of that."


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