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Fan’s View: Red Horse Racing Making Case for Truck Series Title

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Red Horse Racing, co-owned by retired Mobile Oil executive Tom DeLoach and NASCAR on FOX broadcaster and former crew chief Jeff Hammond, was known as Clean Line Racing under previous ownership. This year, the three-truck team in the Camping World Truck Series has five wins with four different drivers behind the wheel, and they have proven themselves worthy adversaries in the hunt for the Truck Series title. These four drivers brought varying levels of racing experience to the table at the beginning of the season, but each made Red Horse Racing grab some headlines throughout 2012.

Timothy Peters - leading Red Horse Racing this season is Timothy Peters, with the team since 2009 but racing in the series since 2005. Peters, in the #17, has finished in the top 10 in points in each of his full-time seasons in the series, and currently sits third in points, 25 points behind leader Ty Dillon. Peters has two wins this season - the July race in Iowa from the pole and Bristol from the outside pole - and has 12 top 10 finishes in 18 races.

Parker Kligerman - Kligerman, in his sophomore season in the Truck Series, started the season with Brad Keselowski Racing, but was released after the Pocono race in August in spite of being sixth in points. Red Horse Racing saw an opportunity, and just happened to have an extra Toyota Tundra that won at Daytona in February in their stable - they picked up Kligerman for the #7 ride before the next race in Michigan, and the dividends have paid off: he has moved up to fourth place in points, earned his first pole of the season at the September Iowa race, and won the first race of his career at Talladega this past weekend, giving the team two superspeedway victories this year.

Todd Bodine - Bodine, driving the #11, is a two-time Truck Series champ (2006 and 2010) and a winner for Red Horse Racing at Dover this season. He's in his first year with the team, but he's no stranger to any of NASCAR's top series - he's the only driver with 200 or more starts in all three national series (Cup, Nationwide and Trucks). He's currently 14th in points, but his experience has to go far on a team of youngsters.

John King - King's ride in the Truck Series was short lived (he was the original driver of Kligerman's #7 at the start of the season, shut down after five races due to lack of sponsorship), but it will long be remembered: he won amidst the mayhem at Daytona in February in just his eighth start in the Truck Series. The former Bill Elliott Development driver also had a top 10 finish in the next race at Martinsville for Red Horse Racing.

Paula is a long-time NASCAR fan who also covers the sport at Skirts & Scuffs and Examiner.com.

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