TIMOTHY PETERS EARNS HIS BEST CAREER FINISH AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY BY BRINGING HOME SIXTH PLACE. Peters ran solidly in the top-10 for all of the 175-lap event en route to his 15th top-10 finish of the season and his first ever top-10...
TIMOTHY PETERS EARNS HIS BEST CAREER FINISH AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY BY BRINGING HOME SIXTH PLACE.
Peters ran solidly in the top-10 for all of the 175-lap event en route to his 15th top-10 finish of the season and his first ever top-10 at the New Hampshire one-mile oval.
LOUDON, NH. (Sept 18)- Timothy Peters was a little anxious heading into the race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Without any strong finishes at Loudon to rely on, he would have to count of crew chief Jeff Hensley's experience at the track. Right from practice, the team showed they would be a contender. Peters qualified eighth and never looked back. Running in the top-10 for all of the 175-lap event, Peters was poised for his second consecutive sixth place finish when the checkered flag dropped. Earning their 15th top-10 finish of the season, the #17 Red Horse Racing team was proud to have helped their driver reach another milestone is his career.
Two practice sessions on Friday morning helped Peters get re-acclimated to the track he had only visited twice before. Fighting the demons of two previous races shut out of the top-10, Peters was more determined than ever to get there in this race. Third quick in final practice, the team knew they had a good truck for Saturday afternoon and Peters backed that up by qualifying eighth on Saturday morning.
Temperatures in the 60's made for a very different race day; a reprieve from the heat was a welcome change for the #17 Red Horse Racing team. The green flag dropped and Peters was immediately on the move. Picking up the seventh spot on lap two, his progress was slowed by an early caution the same lap. Restarting seventh, Peters got shuffled up on the start and slipped back to ninth. He got back in his groove and took the eighth spot on lap 10. He radioed the crew that his Toyota Tundra was tight at both ends of the track. Hensley was watching the lap times and as Peters moved to the bottom groove of the track, Henley told him the bottom line was improving his speed.
Still running eighth 47 laps into the event, Peters told the team he needed to be freer in the center and off of the corners. Luckily the caution came out on lap 61 and the #17 was able to hit pit road. Taking four fresh tires, fuel, air pressure and track bar adjustments; Peters picked up one spot on pit road and restarted seventh.
Another quick caution on lap 71 slowed his progress once again. Peters got a good restart the next time around and picked up the sixth spot. Reporting that he really liked the way the truck felt after those adjustments, Peters continued his forward progress, picking up the fifth spot on lap 93. For the next 30 laps, the #17 ran steadily in the fifth spot. As the team was nearing their fuel window and preparing for a green flag pit stop, the caution flew on lap 127. Still asking for some help with a slight tight condition, Peters hit pit road on lap 128. Taking four fresh tires, fuel, additional air pressure and track bar adjustments, he restarted fifth.
Peters wasn't content with fifth so he made a move and successfully took the fourth spot on lap 132. The caution flew on lap 158 and Hensley told Peters to stay out. With only 12 laps remaining, Peters restarted fourth. On the restart, the #17 nosed its way to the third spot but before the pass was completed two trucks forced Peters three wide. As a result of the hard racing and door slamming, Peters slipped back to seventh. He rallied back to sixth at the 10-to-go mark.
A late race caution on lap 169 stopped his momentum once again. A truck Peters was racing with hit the wall and he moved up to the fifth spot for the restart. With only two laps remaining, each driver was racing hard for every inch of race track. On the last lap, another truck squeaked by the #17 and Peters crossed the stripe in the sixth spot. Happy to have earned a top-10 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Peters had something to celebrate.
"Our Tundra was good all week long," Peters said right after the race. "We knew the truck would be better than I would be. I've struggled here the past two years. That was a good test for us getting me better acclimated to the track. I learned a lot about the track and the way it drives and it changes during the race. We kept up with the changes on the truck. Jeff Hensley and these guys did a great job on the calls. I was a little upset about that last restart, but all in all, it was my best finish here so we'll take it to Vegas and see what we can do."
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Las Vegas, Nevada this week.