Timothy Peters makes NCTS debut in Martinsville
On making his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Martinsville: "I am really excited about finally going racing. It has been tough to wait through these first three races, but it has been a learning experience for me. We tested at Martinsville last Tuesday and Wednesday and that really helped me get familiar with the truck. It helped me get comfortable and it also helped build up my confidence. Just getting seat time in this Bailey's Dodge is invaluable. We put a bunch of laps on the truck in a variety of situations and all of that will help next weekend. I love Martinsville. If there is one track that we could race on all the time I would pick Martinsville."
On his Late Model experiences at Martinsville: "I have a lot of experience with the late models at Martinsville. I really should have won the last time we raced there in 2004. It has been frustrating because we have been so close to winning there. We have finished second, third twice and one time fourth at Martinsville, so it has been really good to us but we just haven't gotten that win. In the Late Model cars I just charged hard at Martinsville all the time; I hustled the car as hard as I could. I have learned real quick that you cannot afford to do that with these trucks, there is no comparison at all."
What did you learn from owner Bobby Hamilton during the recent test at Martinsville: "One of the most important things that Bobby taught me was not to overdrive the corners. If you slow yourself down a little in the corners and be real smooth it really helps your lap times improve. We made a lot of runs on older tires and the truck was really good. We were also good on new tires. Those sticker tires make you feel like Superman. We can get a little bit better on our qualifying runs but overall the test was great. Randy Seals and all the guys on this team worked hard to give me a good truck and Bobby was great to work with."
* Peters will be making his first career NCTS start in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.
* Peters will pilot the BHR chassis "Beavis" this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Bobby Hamilton won with Beavis at Atlanta in 2004 and Darlington in 2003.
* At the age of 7, Peters made his racing debut in a go-kart. By the time his karting career was finished he had amassed 10 World Karting Association (WKA) national titles.
* Ironically one of Peters' biggest rivals in WKA competition was Casey Atwood. Peters is replacing Atwood in the No. 4 Bailey's Dodge this weekend at Martinsville. Another of Peters' fellow WKA competitors was two-time IRL champion Sam Hornish.
* Peters has won Late Model track championships at two of the most competitive short tracks in the southeast, Orange County Speedway and South Boston Speedway.
What type of advice have you given your first time driver (Crew chief Randy Seals): "Keep the fenders on it and finish the race. One of his biggest challenges is going to be just staying out of somebody else's mess. It is important for him to manage his equipment, especially around fast trucks. Your natural inclination as a driver is to dive into the corners hard when you are racing other competitors. You have to take care of your brakes and your tires and have patience. I think Timothy will do a good job in taking care of his equipment."
Testing with Timothy Peters at Martinsville (Randy Seals): "You could see Timothy start to gain more and more confidence as the test went on. We concentrated on longer runs and he was good on older tires. We put 125 laps on one set of tires just to let him feel what the tires felt like when they were worn out. After that we bolted on a set of stickers and he adjusted really well to the new tires. I am very pleased with the test and I am looking forward to working with him."