TIMOTHY PETERS HOLDS ON TO THE POINT LEAD DESPITE ELECTRICAL ISSUES THAT RELEGATED THE ...
TIMOTHY PETERS HOLDS ON TO THE POINT LEAD DESPITE ELECTRICAL ISSUES THAT RELEGATED THE #17 TEAM TO A 23RD PLACE FINISH AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY.
Peters was running third when the battery in his Toyota Tundra went dead and he was forced to pit under green flag conditions. Losing five laps to the leader, the #17 ended the day in the 23rd position.
KANSAS CITY, KS. (May 2)- Heading into the fifth race of the season, Timothy Peters was taking on a track where luck had escaped him in the past. Armed with his favorite chassis, Peters was confident he could turn that luck around this year. After a solid qualifying effort, the #17 Toyota Tundra started from the 10th spot. It didn't take long for Peters to find himself up front. Just before the half way point of the race, Peters was running third but was noticing a problem with his truck. The battery power was lower than normal and eventually the truck turned off during a green flag lap. Peters made an immediate pit stop, and the team rushed to change out the battery, but the truck wouldn't refire. After working furiously on pit road, Peters got the truck refired but his chances of a solid finished had ended. Now five laps down to the leader, Peters and the crew focused on finishing the day and collecting as many points as possible. Peters earned a 23rd place finish and was able to maintain the lead in the Camping World Truck Series driver point standings by a margin of 22 points.
From the moment the #17 Toyota Tundra hit the track at Kansas Speedway it looked to be a contender for the win. Peters was fifth in both practice sessions and qualified his machine in the 10th spot for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250.
When the green flag dropped, it looked as though Peters was shot out of a cannon. Jumping from the 10th spot to the eighth spot in the first lap alone, he picked up another spot on lap two. An early caution came out on lap seven and Peters took the chance to report his truck was tight getting into turn three and tight in the center of turns one and two. Restarting sixth, Peters had momentum with him and was able to pass two trucks before entering turn two. Now in the fourth spot on lap 14, Peters was hungry for more. Just one lap later he picked up the third spot. Another caution flew on lap 16 but crew chief Jeff Hensley told his driver to stay out. Peters restarted third.
Still battling a tight condition, Peters began to lose ground. He slipped back to fifth, maintaining his lap times despite having his hands full in the cockpit. He was thrilled to see the caution flag wave again on lap 27. Heading to pit road for the first stop of the day, Peters picked up four fresh tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The team also opted to take a rubber out of the right rear which cost a few extra seconds on pit road. The #17 restarted 11th.
Shortly after the restart, two trucks in front of Peters wrecked but quick reflexes helped him avoid the accident. The truck behind the #17 wasn't able to slow down as quickly and taped Peters in the rear end. The team looked over the damage and determined that it wasn't bad enough to require repair.
Peters restarted eighth on lap 40 and quickly moved his way back into the top-five. Reaching the third spot again by lap 50, he was running quicker lap times than any other truck on the track. Still working on his march to the front Peters radioed the crew that the battery had only 10 volts. Just a few laps later it had fallen to nine. The driver turned off everything inside the truck that was drawing power but couldn't get the voltage to go back up. On lap 83, just as Peters crossed the start finish line, the engine cut off. He was able to limp around to pit road under the green flag conditions. The team worked quickly to get the battery replaced on pit road but the engine would not refire. They added fuel into the carburetor and pushed the #17 down pit road until it finally started up. Peters merged back on the track in the 25th spot, five laps down to the leader.
Dark clouds came and loomed over the speedway. Peters reported rain drops in turn one on lap 104. By lap 112 it was raining pretty hard and NASCAR halted the race. Just after the truck had been covered up, a thunderstorm carrying pea sized hail hit the Kansas Speedway. Lasting only 30 minutes, the sun came out and jet dryers hit the track. The drying process took about an hour and the trucks lined up to take the green flag once again.
Restarting the race under caution on lap 114, Peters headed to pit road to fill up with fuel. The green flag waved on lap 119 with the #17 in the 24th position. Hoping to pick up a few more spots before the end of the race, Peters ran a cautious race. As the laps wore down, Peters ran lap times as fast as he had early in the race, but wasn't able to pick up more than one spot before the checkered flag waved. Relegated to a 23rd place finish, he and the #17 team were relieved to still have the driver standings point lead despite all the bad luck they faced. Peters now sits 22 points ahead of second place.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck series will enjoy a weekend off before the next race at Dover International Speedway.