Martinsville II: Timothy Peters race report

TIMOTHY PETERS GETS CAUGHT UP IN MARTINSVILLE MAYHEM; A LATE RACE ACCIDENT RELEGATES HIM TO A 34TH PLACE FINISH AT HIS HOME TRACK. Peters was running solidly in the top-five when contact from behind sent him into the wall. Heavy damage to the...

TIMOTHY PETERS GETS CAUGHT UP IN MARTINSVILLE MAYHEM; A LATE RACE ACCIDENT RELEGATES HIM TO A 34TH PLACE FINISH AT HIS HOME TRACK.

Peters was running solidly in the top-five when contact from behind sent him into the wall. Heavy damage to the #17 Toyota Tundra took him out of the race early. Peters was forced to accept a 34th place finish after winning the same event one year ago.

MARTINSVILLE, VA. (Oct 23)- Timothy Peters looks forward to the two stops at Martinsville Speedway on the Camping World Truck Series schedule. Living just 15 minutes away, Peters calls the track his "home away from home." Coming into the weekend as the defending race winner had the #17 team feeling pressure to repeat this season. Peters qualified 12th and despite battling with a tight truck, he was making his way to the front. On the high banks and tight turns of Martinsville, anything can happen. Peters had done well to avoid trouble until lap 163. With nearly 40 laps to go, he was running fourth when he received heavy contact from behind on the restart. The truck right behind the #17 drilled the back bumper and turned Peters up into the outside wall. The #17 then came down the race track and slammed the hood into the inside retaining wall. The damage was too severe for Peters to drive his Tundra back to the garage. The team was out of the race early and was forced to accept a 34th place finish. Peters also suffered a hit in the driver point standings, falling to seventh place after Martinsville.

The #17 team used two practice sessions on Friday to get their Tundra in race winning form. With three local sponsors on board, Hayes Iron and Metal, Thunder Road Harley Davidson and Nelson Toyota, the team was even more determined to bring home a great finish. Fast in both practice sessions, Peters was anxious for qualifying. He went out near the end of the qualifying session but the truck just didn't drive like it had during practice. Earning the 12th starting spot, Peters wasn't worried. He had won from the 11th starting spot the previous year.

When the green flag dropped on Saturday afternoon, Peters could hardly contain his nerves. Ready to make his way to the front, he ran patiently in the 12th spot until the right opportunity came along. An early caution came out on lap eight and Peters reported that his Tundra was too tight. Waiting for the first pit stop, he was anxious to get the adjustments that would make his truck better. The caution waved again on lap 25 and crew chief Jeff Hensley called his driver to pit road. Picking up four fresh tires, fuel, air pressure and track bar adjustments, Peters lined up 26th for the restart. Many of the leaders hadn't hit pit road yet so he knew he would get the track position back when they did.

Peters may have restarted 26th on lap 28 but just four laps later he claimed the 18th spot. Another six laps and he was running in the 14th position. The caution came out on lap 39 and Peters took the opportunity to tell his team that his Tundra was better off of turn two and ok in the center of turns three and four but that he need even more help next time. Hensley brought him back to pit road on lap 42 for fuel and a track bar adjustment. Almost all of the lead lap trucks pit so Peters was able to gain track position with his short stop. He restarted 11th on lap 46.

The #17 broke into the top-10 on lap 48 and Peters moved into the eighth spot on lap 51. Another caution came out on lap 57 and he reported needing the center of the corners to free roll better. Still struggling with the tight condition, Peters wanted to try a different adjustment next time.

Peters restarted fifth on lap 62 and climbed to the third spot the same lap. Falling victim to hard racing, Peters got shuffled out of his groove and slipped back to sixth by lap 80. Another caution on lap 90 brought him back to pit road for another swing at the tight condition. Taking four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments, Peters restarted 16th.

It didn't take long for the #17 to make its way back through the field. From restarting 16th on lap 90, Peters moved up to eighth by lap 105. He continued his forward progress to the seventh spot before another caution on lap 147. Still reporting a tight off the corners condition, Peters told the team his truck was the best it had been so far. Hensley told his driver in order to win the race they would need to stay out for the rest of the laps; pitting would mean giving up too much track position.

Peters restarted fifth on lap 154. He claimed the fourth spot and was ready to go for third when another caution flew on lap 157. Peters lined up fourth for the restart. Apparently the lead trucks got off to a slow start which caused an accordion effect through the field on the restart. The #17 got drilled from behind and sent up the race track. The force of the hit with the outside wall sent Peters back down the track and into the inside wall, nose first. The damage was so severe; he could not drive the truck back to the garage. The team could not repair the damage and Peters was out of the race on lap 163. He was forced to accept a 34th place finish at a track where he has always had success. The finish also dropped Peters two positions in the driver point standings; he now sits seventh with four races remaining.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Talladega, Alabama this week.

-source: rhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Timothy Peters