On Monday, Lee Spencer of Motorsport.com wrote some terrible news that struck this fan hard. Tom DeLoach, the owner of Red Horse Racing, told Spencer that he was shutting down immediately. After 13 seasons in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck (and NASCAR Camping World Truck) Series, the native of Statesboro, Georgia was unable to fund the team on his own money. DeLoach has been in NASCAR for a while, becoming a primary team in the series. He single-handedly made Timothy Peters a staple name in the Trucks, especially when veterans such as Terry Cook were on their way out. In 13 seasons, Red Horse has won 16 races with several drivers, most notably Peters.
A former chemical engineer, Tom DeLoach entered NASCAR by purchasing Clean Line Motorsports along with Jeff Hammond in 2005. Their driver at the time period was Brandon Whitt, who they retained under the Red Horse moniker. That season, Whitt won the O’Reilly 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park, passing Truck legend Ron Hornaday on the final lap. In 2006, the team got their second win with David Starr behind the wheel of the #11. 2007 was a tough season for DeLoach, as Aaron Fike was hired to drive the #1 before being suspended after race 13 for failing drug tests. After that, several people, including Whitt, David Green and Jason Leffler helped keep the team afloat.
In 2008, Starr returned to the 11 after circulating through different drivers. The next season, 2009, was what put Red Horse on the map. In June, the team hired Timothy Peters to drive the #17 Strutmasters truck. He earned his first win at Martinsville that season. After that, Peters in the 17 became the standard. In 2012, they had a massive upset victory as John King, with all of eight races of experience won the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona. The team would have to fold quickly after, but still an amazing upset. Peters came in 2nd in points that season, including leading every lap at Bristol with a pregnant wife.
Timothy Peters and Red Horse Racing were this author’s favorite Truck series driver and team since Bill Lester and Bill Davis Racing left NASCAR. Red Horse Racing was an underrated team working with less money than the super teams, despite the heavy Toyota influence. The loss of Red Horse Racing will hurt the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as both Peters and Brett Moffitt were in the top 10 in points. Now they both need rides. Rides are probably not available and the business of money makes this ever so painful. Behind Matt Crafton and ThorSport, Peters and Red Horse Racing were the other stalwart team in the Truck series.
Teams such as Eddie Sharp Racing and Turner Scott Motorsports have come and gone. Losing Red Horse Racing to bankruptcy is just unfortunate and leaves a bankruptcy in the heart of this fan. It will be hard for these guys to get on their feet and now it is possible their immense talent could be lost.