Tundra driver Timothy Peters earned his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory in Saturday night's 250-mile race at Daytona International Speedway. Peters' win marks the fourth consecutive victory for a Tundra at Daytona...
Tundra driver Timothy Peters earned his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory in Saturday night's 250-mile race at Daytona International Speedway.
Peters' win marks the fourth consecutive victory for a Tundra at Daytona International Speedway.
Todd Bodine (second), Nelson Piquet Jr. (sixth) and Stacy Compton (seventh) also finished in the top-10 driving Tundras at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.
Toyota drivers Aric Almirola (12th), Tayler Malsam (17th), Justin Lofton (18th), David Starr (19th), Max Papis (21st), Kyle Busch (22nd), Mike Skinner (24th) and Ted Musgrave (31st) were also in the field.
TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 K&N Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How excited are you to win at Daytona? "First of all I've got to thank the fans for coming out here and supporting us tonight in this cold weather. Man, this Toyota Tundra drove like a Lexus tonight. I can't believe it. Words can't describe what I'm feeling right now and to start off the season like this, man it's very emotional. I guess it's everybody's dream to win at Daytona. It just feels different. But I'm glad because it doesn't get any better than winning. I could get used to this. Jeff Hensley (crew chief) and all the crew on the 17, Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra did an awesome job all week long in preparing this truck over the winter. In the draft, we were awesome. In practice on Wednesday and Thursday morning, we gave up a little bit by ourself knowing we could draft really well."
What happened in the last lap of the race? "Todd (Bodine) was just running his line and the 23 (Jason White) came up and gave us a good push and I was going to go with him and the 30 moved up and we all just bumped and got him (Todd Bodine) a little out of shape but it's the last lap at Daytona. I'm glad to be in victory lane. I said in an interview,'I'm going to Disneyworld.' So I'm going to go back."
What gave you the confidence to make the move on Todd Bodine in the final lap? "This is only my fourth plate race -- superspeedway race. I'm still learning. It doesn't matter if we were at Daytona, Atlanta, Martinsville. To race with these guys is just an awesome feeling. Call a spade a spade, Todd Bodine is the best Speedway racer. His results prove it. I wasn't gonna leave him until it was time to. My spotter, Kevin Ray, did an awesome job, keeping me calm, keeping me in line, telling me,'Let's try to make the move down the pack straightaway.' The 23 had an awesome run. When Todd went high, I went high, and we prevailed to the inside. It's very cool. I'm not giving him all the credit, but it is cool to beat those guys, too. But Todd and I are pretty good buddies, too. It's pretty cool to beat him at the same time."
TODD BODINE, No. 30 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
What was the difference at the end of the race? "No difference, you're sitting duck leading. I saw the replay as I sat down there in the mud. Timmy (Peters) just did it right. He went the outside I had to block and he came back under. It was a great crossover move. He did exactly what he was supposed to do. The truck was fast. It was a race of survival tonight. We got that flat tire we got fortunate to get right on pit road, didn't lose a lap. He got in the back of me and got me up. I was going to come back down but he did what he had to do. He's a great race car driver. He's a good kid. If I had to lose he's a good one to lose to. The GEICO Tundra was fast -- fast like it always is. It drives great, runs fast. It's disappointing for sure, but it's a great way to start the year with a second. It's a good points race. I know a lot of the other points guys had problems so it was a good night."
What did you think of the move that Timothy Peters made on the last lap? "Timmy did exactly what he was supposed to do. He tried me high and got a run going. He did a crossover and when he crossed over he got into the corner panel which turned me up the race track. I was lucky not to get in the wall. I did get in the wall a little bit. It was just a good race. That's what Daytona is about and fortunately we didn't wreck. It was a race of survival and we didn't wreck and the GEICO Tundra came home second. It's a great points race. Like I said before, if there's anybody that I want to get beat by it's Timmy (Peters). He's a great kid, he's a hell of a race car driver and we'll take the second and go on."
How did you save the truck during the final lap? "I've had some practice at that. It was really close. If he had been up another three or four inches and turned me a little bit harder then I would've been in the outside wall. We saved it. We got lucky with the flat tire that went flat in three and four and I got right to pit road so we didn't lose a lap. It was a good night. It was a great points race and that's how we've got to look at it. Unfortunately we didn't get the checker."
How long does it take you to put the frustration of not winning behind you and build on it? "We'll, to get over it. We're gonna be leaving the track in the motorcoach in a couple hours. I say by Jacksonville, I'll be over it. It's disappointing. No doubt about it. To go for three in a row at Daytona, that would have been a dream come true, but it's racing. It's hard racing. A kid like Timothy (Peters), he's got such a future in our sport. He's one of those kids that, with the right break, would be sitting over in a Cup garage right now. He's that good, that good a kid. That's how much I respect him. To get beat by him, that takes a little of the edge off. But it's tough. It's hard because all these guys started this race, all these guys on pit road worked hard to get their trucks ready to get out there and do their jobs. My team's no different. We have a great truck. It's always run fast. Came up one spot short."
NELSON PIQUET, JR., No. 1 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 6th
How did your first NASCAR race feel? "It was an amazing feeling. I'm just so happy to be able to finish the race and staying out of trouble, sort of, I had my touches and bumps here and there, but I managed to keep the truck in my hands. It was really tough. Just unexplainable so much pressure and fun all at the same time with the guys all around pushing and bumping. There on the last lap, hitting side-by-side and then trusting the last corner and just doing it flat and knowing that it needed to go and then gaining like three or four positions in the last lap of the last corner. It's amazing. It's much better than last week. I learned so much last week that it helped me a lot for this race. I'm really happy, the team did an excellent job. I need to thank Toyota and Red Horse (Racing) for helping me so much."
How has this week been unique for you? "Honestly, the last seven days were identical to everything else except for the ARCA race. I knew that today would be the big day where I would really feel what is NASCAR and what is bumping and racing here in America. I really felt it. I understand now why drivers just want to come back and race three or four races in a weekend. They don't care. It's really a lot of fun and once you get to know everybody and start bumping side-by-side with a friend of yours or even with a brother, it's a whole big family over here so it's really good."
What happened between yourself and Max Papis? "I think it was a bit of my inexperience over here. Everybody was pushing and I had pushed one or two trucks before. He (Max Papis) came out, he was by himself, I went to push him and I don't know if I pushed him on the wrong side or if our bumpers didn't line up or what happened. The moment that I touched him, he just went off. I really felt bad. I didn't know if it was the right time to apologize on the radio, but I have to give him an apology. I don't know if it was wrong because I'm still getting used to things over here. I don't know if people hit and take chances of the car in front of me. Several times they hit me and I had to hold on. I tried to do the same and line up with everybody and do the same and it didn't seem to work out very well. I don't know if it was my fault or his fault, but I just want to say,'Sorry,' to him."
STACY COMPTON, No. 60 SafeAuto Insurance Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
Finishing Position: 7th
How was your race tonight? "It was a great run for the SafeAuto/Wyler Toyota. This is a whole new group and we just put this deal together. We had a lot better truck than seventh. Just frustrated right now. We pushed Todd (Bodine) to the front, we pushed the 88 (Matt Crafton) up through there, stayed with them the whole time and as soon as we had position where I felt like we had a shot to get up there and battle for the win, we got dumped. That's just Daytona. It's frustrating. We had an awful good truck and I was able to lead a little and run up front most of the night. Just frustrated with a seventh-place finish."
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 51 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Positions: 12th
TAYLER MALSAM, No. 56 One Eighty Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 17th
JUSTIN LOFTON, No. 7 visitPIT.com Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 18th
DAVID STARR, No. 24 Zachry Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports with HT
Finishing Position: 19th
MAX PAPIS, No. 9 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 21st
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Heluva Good Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 22nd
How do you feel about your first Truck race as a team owner? "As long as I got TV time, that's all that matters. As long as I took Danica's (Patrick) spot in this race I'll be alright. It's frustrating. These guys worked all winter long and did everything they could to prepare great trucks. It just shows you how fast that thing was even tore up. We went straight to the front, we led a couple times and that thing was fast. There's really nothing else I could have done. I could have laid back like (Matt) Crafton did and play it safe, but when you're Kyle Busch all you want to do it go to the front. That's where I was heading."
What do you think about during the race as an owner-driver? "The thing I actually thought about the most was going out there and racing as hard as I could race even though it meant nothing just to get Heluva Good some TV time. That's all I was about. I know it's frustrating for them because they didn't get exactly what they wanted to or have a shot to win and get the coverage of that, but hopefully they at least got some TV time so we could get their name and branding out there. We're trying to sell some more races and I hate that this one was a bad one for them and us. We'll go on to Atlanta where it matters more about trucks and handling then it does here at Daytona."
Can you comment on Mike Skinner feeling you were drafting the wrong manufacturer? "Johnny Benson is still my driver. If you look at it, that's my boy so I'm going to be pushing Benson. There's still 40 or 50 laps to go, give a guy a break. I wanted to see Johnny Benson lead the race so I pushed him to the front, what's the big deal?"
Did you feel the drivers were driving crazier tonight? "That's been Speed Weeks so far. We've been watching how bad the Cup cars handle and then we've watched how bad the truck race looked. Nobody had a brain. Lap one we're bump drafting and everything and tearing up a bunch of great trucks. Austin Dillon needed more experience than what he got and I know he was the brunt of it, I don't know who started it. I can't point fingers, but it's just pretty dumb when every single truck out there had damage on it, I guarantee it."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RV Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports with HT
Finishing Position: 24th
What happened that took you out of the race? "We'd been working well with the 17 (Timothy Peters) and I had pushed him a little bit and he had pushed me a little bit. He just pushed me too hard there. I know he didn't mean to wreck us. He got on me and seen that I was getting squirrely so he let off. If you don't catch it just right, the bumpers don't line up. What he did was raise the back of my truck up and when the back wheels are up off the ground then you don't have much grip. We shouldn't have been in that mess to start with. There was another Toyota out there helping the wrong manufacturer, in my opinion, that was several laps down. What goes around comes around. I would really like to get through that and work with some of these people. We all kind of need to stick together if we can. I hate it for Toyota, I hate it for International Trucks, Monaco RV, Exide, PC Miler and all the people that help us on this International truck. It's cool, our Toyota was awfully fast tonight."
TED MUSGRAVE, No. 15 Hope to Haiti Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 31st
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