TIMOTHY PETERS TAKES THE CHECKERED FLAG AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY. A last lap pass put the ...
TIMOTHY PETERS TAKES THE CHECKERED FLAG AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY.
A last lap pass put the #17 K&N Toyota Tundra in Victory Lane on Saturday night to start the 2010 season off with a bang!
DAYTONA BEACH, FL. (February 13)- With the 2010 Camping World Truck Series Championship on their minds, Timothy Peters and his #17 Red Horse Racing team couldn't have hoped for a better start to the season. With only two Daytona starts under his belt before Saturday night, Peters drove the race like a seasoned veteran. Running in the lead drafting pack for much of the 100-lap event, Peters was in the perfect position on the final lap. With a push from behind, he made his move and took the lead coming out of turn four. The #17 K&N Tundra had a head full of steam and was able to beat one of the series best superspeedway racers to the checkered flag. Peters earned the second win of his career and the fourth for Red Horse Racing. Peters will also head to the next race at Atlanta Motor Speedway as the Camping World Truck Series points leader
The #17 Red Horse Racing team used two practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday to tweak their Toyota Tundra for the race. Concerned only about race set-up, the team knew they would have to give up some spots in qualifying. Peters put the #17 K&N Tundra in the 24th starting spot for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 scheduled for Friday night. Mother Nature had other plans for the series first race of the season. Persistent rain showers hung over the speedway all day and all night on Friday. The race was postponed and rescheduled for Saturday night.
When the green flag dropped shortly after 7:30pm, Peters immediately began using the draft to work his way to the front. Already in the 16th spot before the completion of lap one, Peters' progress was put on hold with an early caution. Red Horse Racing teammate Justin Lofton was collected in the lap one accident. Peters restarted from the 16th spot and just fifteen laps later was running in the 12th position. Another caution came out on lap 19 and crew chief Jeff Hensley called his driver to pit road. Peters picked up four fresh tires and fuel. Quick work on pit road put the #17 in the seventh spot for the restart on lap 24.
Now inside the top-10, Peters used drafting help to work his way to the third spot by lap 30. The caution flag flew on lap 32 when a big wreck collected several trucks. Peters was able to avoid the accident and all the debris on the race track. Under caution, Peters brought the #17 K&N Tundra to pit road for four tires and fuel. The team also made a track bar adjustment. Peters restarted 12th on lap 38, and just one lap later had already jumped to the seventh spot. Piloting a very fast truck, Peters worked his way to the fourth spot on lap 42. With drafting help from behind, the #17 took the lead on lap 43. Using the draft, Peters moved back and forth from the second spot to the fifth spot with each lap. Another caution came out on lap 50 and Peters told his crew chief, "I like it right there Jeff." Happy with the truck's handling, Peters pitted for gas only on lap 52. He restarted from the second spot.
Just past the halfway mark, Peters was still battling inside the top-five. Another caution on lap 61 gave him another chance to hit pit road and pick up tires. The team put on four fresh Goodyears and filled the #17 with fuel. After running two more laps under caution, Hensley called Peters back to pit road on lap 65 to top off with fuel. He restarted 16th.
Peters went from the 16th spot on lap 65 to the fifth spot on lap 67. He and his teammate in the #1, Nelson Piquet Jr., hooked their Tundra's together and headed to the front. Peters claimed the third spot on lap 70. The caution came out on lap 73 and Hensley told his driver they were going to be four laps short on fuel. Peters brought the #17 to pit road on lap 75 for a splash of gas. He restarted sixth.
With just 20 laps remaining, it was time to go. Peters didn't hesitate. As soon as the green flag dropped, he was off and running. Back in the third spot on lap 83, another caution stopped his progress. Opting to stay out, Peters restarted from the third spot for the final 13 laps of the race. He claimed the second spot and stuck to the rear bumper of leader, Todd Bodine. Peters ran in that position until the very last lap when it was time to make his move. Another truck behind Peters stepped out of line and headed for the outside of the #17. Peters jumped to the outside in front of that truck who then gave Peters a push. The push was enough to give Peters the lead and the momentum coming out of turn four. The #17 K&N Toyota Tundra was the first truck to the checkered flag in a margin of victory of only .068 seconds. Peters earned his second win in 69 Camping World Truck Series starts.