On Monday, Red Horse Racing released Johhny Benson, ending the operation of their No. 1 team.
On Tuesday, they announced that they had formed a partnership with Timothy Peters, who drives with Premier Racing. Peters, with his crew chief Chad Kenderick and Strutmasters.com, have joined the team and will continue running the No. 17 with their equipment.
I knew something was up, since the team only released Benson, crew chief Trip Benson, a car chief, a shock specialist, and two body hangers. Now we know why.
The Michigan Race will mark the first joint venture of this new partnership.
Peters has driven in all eight races this season with Premier Racing and Strutmasters.com has been with the team all season. First, adding race packages and just recently now becoming their full-time sponsor for the rest of the season.
He has two top 10s, three top 15 finishes, and is 19th in the points.
"We all appreciate the efforts of premier Racing who kept Timothy out there in a very tough economy.
"I am thankful for the opportunity to come over to Red Horse Racing," expressed Peters. "I really appreciate my opportunity at Premier Racing and all the support Strutmasters.com has given me.
"Obviously, all our hard work paid off because we were able to get Tom DeLoach's attention. I am thankful that he is taking a chance on me and I look forward to the future with RHR and Strutmasters.com."
With this new partnership, it will allow Red Horse Racing to continue operating two trucks with the sponsorship backing they needed, and it will put Peters in some great equipment.
"I've watched Timothy on the track and it's evident that he is a talented driver with impeccable attention to detail and a deep seeded passion to perform and we are pleased to have him join the Red Horse racing family," DeLoach said.
I don't know how I feel about this whole deal. I think it sucks that RHR made the move to begin with. Like both JB and Timothy, I'm just bummed they couldn't have made it a three-truck team.
While I may be wrong about this, I haven't seen anything rumor-wise to support it, but maybe this whole deal was between the team and Peters' sponsor prior to the moves made by the team.
It's the last line of the above quote that makes me think that: "I look forward to the future with RHR and Strutmasters.com."
I can't blame Peters for not passing on driving for a team with excellent equipment, and only hope the Premier Racing owners support the move.
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