No. 7 Stemco/Duroline Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Race 11 of 25
MAKING CORNBREAD OUT OF CORN: Although Miguel Paludo and the No. 7 team are currently sitting 20th in the Truck Series standings. This rookie of the year contender has had better runs than the numbers show. Paludo has two top-10 finishes but has four top-15 finishes. The No. 7 truck had a top five finish going last weekend at Kentucky Speedway, but was caught in a late race incident with three laps remaining in the event relegating them to a 21st-place finish.
I’VE BEEN TO IOWA: Last season Paludo competed in the K&N Pro Series East division gaining valuable experience in preparation for his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Paludo qualified ninth and finished 13th during the K&N race at Iowa last season. The No. 7 team is hopeful their test in Milwaukee Wisconsin a few weeks ago will correlate some data to be effective this weekend in Iowa.
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CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 7 team will unload chassis No. 141 this weekend at Iowa Speedway. Chassis No. 141 last competed at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway where Paludo led five laps and earned a 12th-place finish.
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Last week at Kentucky Speedway, Paludo and the No. 7 team were on their way to another top-10, possibly top-five finish. However, another competitor went four wide into turn four on the first lap of what was to be the final restart of the race. The truck underneath Paludo broke loose sending both trucks sideways and into the outside retaining wall. The No. 7 truck sustained heavy rear-end damage and was unable to complete the event relegating Paludo to the 21st position.
Miguel Paludo Talks about Iowa Speedway
How excited are you to go back to a short-track? You have been very successful at the 1.5-mile tracks that we have been to the past few weeks. What kind of preparations will you make to adjust to going to a short-track?
“I feel like we are building momentum as a team. Throwing in a short-track at this point in the season is a nice mix. I raced at Iowa Speedway last year and I love the place. My crew chief, Rick Gay has a really good package for short-track racing and I’m confident we will run well.”
How frustrating is it to have a race like you did in Kentucky where you were very competitive, running up front, only to have it taken away on the last laps of the event?
“It’s very frustrating. Rick and the guys do such an amazing job week in and week out. During last week’s race the guys were doing great, the pit stops were fast and we were a top-five truck at the end of the race. It just goes to show that we are on the same page and our team is getting stronger each week. I try not to focus on what happened last week, take the good with the bad and move forward to Iowa this week and race for a top-five finish there.”
About Red Horse Racing:
Founded in 2005 by former Mobil Corporation executive Tom DeLoach and NASCAR veteran Jeff Hammond, Red Horse Racing aims to be a professional racing team that strives for excellence on and off the race track. Red Horse Racing hopes to build and maintain solid, mutual relationships with its partners to win races and championships and to represent itself in a professional manner. The team has four victories and five poles in its brief existence. DeLoach and Hammond also own Performance Instruction Training (PIT), the number one pit crew training center in the world that also has many corporate training options that include team-building, lean manufacturing, motorsports demonstrations and more.