Todd Bodine clips Miguel Paludo as Paludo slows up to enter pit road.
Miguel Paludo does a great job missing the wall after spinning through Turn 4.
James Buescher and Miguel Paludo get together battling for the lead.
Ron Hornaday and Miguel Paludo end up in the wall after the No. 9 slides into the No. 32 off Turn 4.
In a bizarre set of circumstances, Miguel Paludo ends up making hard contact with the wall, but walks away unharmed.
On-track incidents send Quiroga, Burton to backup trucks
Red Horse Racing has had some success since owners Tom DeLoach and Jeff Hammond entered the Camping World Truck Series in 2005, but with a pair of almost fully sponsored Toyotas in a completely reorganized stable for 2011, the best might be right around the corner. "2011 is already starting off better than probably any season I've had in the last two or three years," DeLoach said. "We've made a lot of changes in personnel, and the attitude in the shop is probably the best I've ever seen it. The guys are energized -- pumped-up. We've had our speeches and we're committed." "In the end we made quite a few changes and we think we've re-stacked it in a way that addresses some of the issues we thought we had, and it'll get stronger, going forward." --TOM DELOACH DeLoach has put crew chief Butch Hylton together with defending Daytona season-opener winner Timothy Peters and added a second truck, fully-sponsored by Stemco/Duroline, in the No. 2 position, for Brazilian rookie Miguel Paludo . Paludo made his first four starts in the series in 2010 -- two of them with Red Horse -- and scored a top-10 finish in his series debut, at Bristol, of all places. He worked with veteran crew chief Rick Gay, who was Red Horse's competition director last year. But Gay wanted to get back on the pit box as a crew chief and that opened the door for six-time Truck Series race winner Terry Cook to join Red Horse as competition director. "I'm really looking forward to getting back to the crew chief role," Gay said. "I learned a lot last year that I think will only make me a better crew chief this season. The changes Red Horse Racing has made during this offseason have us all really excited for 2011." The best thing, both Gay and DeLoach agreed, is the synergy between the two veteran chief mechanics. "Butch Hylton and I are getting along great and the communication we have with each other will help make both trucks even better next year," Gay said. " Miguel has shown a great amount of talent and potential so far, and I can't wait to see what we can do together." DeLoach's team won in its inaugural season with rookie driver Brandon Whitt, won in its second year with veteran David Starr and has won a race in each of the past two seasons, with Peters winning at his home track, Martinsville Speedway and then scoring a stunning, last-lap Daytona triumph over eventual series champion and two-time Daytona winner Todd Bodine. DeLoach thinks the biggest barrier to success -- funding -- has been solved. DeLoach has virtually all of Peters' season covered via sponsorship from the Apex Tool Group and its Crescent Tools brand, along with K&N Filters and continues with discussions to cover the last few races, which is much better than 2010, when more than half the season was unsponsored. "There are plenty of drivers out there," DeLoach said. "The funding is the issue, and paying for it all." DeLoach called Peters' 2010 season, which included two poles, five top-five and 16 top-10 finishes "frustrating," because, after winning at Daytona, the second victory never came. And never did a challenge to Bodine's second career championship. "In the end we made quite a few changes and we think we've re-stacked it in a way that addresses some of the issues we thought we had, and it'll get stronger, going forward," DeLoach said. "The exciting thing to me, right now is with Butch Hylton joining us -- Butch and Rick Gay are spending a lot of time [together]. "It looks like they're connected and everything is discussed -- every little piece. They're really working together and they have each other's back, and I haven't seen that before and it's really refreshing after working on that for a number of years, to finally have it beginning to happen." The effective chemical balance began with the driver and crew chief, the owner said. "Butch and Timothy have clicked very nicely," DeLoach said. "Timothy respects Butch for background he brings to the table and Butch respects Timothy for what he's done so far in his racing career, but made it very clear to me that he had a Cup championship ring and a Nationwide championship ring and he wanted a Truck championship ring. "I told him we could agree on that part." DeLoach said he and Cook began talking about getting together last season and it took until the off-season to make it happen. DeLoach praised Cook's "people skills" saying, "Terry Cook is a big piece of trying to put all the ingredients together to work for us, and I'm pretty excited about that. "Terry's done everything from running his own cars to being involved with setting up the original ThorSport Racing team. He's made 297 starts in the Truck Series so he brings a wealth of background. He's had a lot of relationships with sponsors, so he understands that side of it." Cook and owner both feel they'll get an eyeful this season with Paludo , the Brazilian who qualified eighth at Texas in his Red Horse debut but crashed and finished 33rd. He impressed his owner when "he manned-up and said, 'don't you change a thing with what you're doing -- that was my fault,'" DeLoach said. "And I'll be darned if he didn't go to Homestead and, once he figured that place out, which is not an easy thing to do, finished in the top 10. "So we're pretty pumped about Miguel being here and Rick's excited about doing whatever we can do to get him to be the rookie of the year." Paludo won the Brazilian Porsche GT3 Cup two consecutive seasons, in 2008 and 2009, including winning 10 races the second season. "He's a rookie in the Truck Series, but by no means is he a rookie in the seat," DeLoach said. "I think you're really going to see a competent driver, in Miguel , show up and we saw his patience, and ability at Homestead." Red Horse ran a third truck at Daytona last season but didn't have the funding to continue it. DeLoach says he's not compelled to run the third team if it can't significantly help the other two and not be a drain on the organization -- and his informal deadline to do a third program has already passed. "I've gotten to the position where we're saying, 'wait,'" DeLoach said. "If a third team comes in, it's got to be fully-funded because we're not going to run someone out of the Red Horse checkbook. If it happens, it will be for a good reason and if it doesn't, that's OK." "Red Horse Racing goes to the track to win races and to win championships. And I have a real hard time believing we're fulfilling that objective if we just do a partial schedule, because we can't get the right people to be the crew on that if you have to say 'hey, come do a couple races and then come back later,' because I can't afford to cover them in all the down-time. "So a partial schedule does not appeal to me. Having a truck with a couple drivers is still doable because you could put together a competitive team. But I have a hard time believing you could truly be competitive running a part-time schedule." DeLoach didn't rule out doing a third truck later in the season, however. "If we don't do a full year, the only way we'd look at doing a third truck is near the end of the year," DeLoach said, "when we'd do a few races to tee up for the following year."
Miguel Paludo was the pole leader at Pocono Raceway and his second place finish was a career best, making him the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race.
Joey Coulter and Miguel Paludo hit each other and the wall as they come off Turn 2, resulting in Coulter spinning in Turn 4.
Lofton, Paludo also among drivers involved in wreck