TIMOTHY PETERS BRINGS HOME ANOTHER FOURTH PLACE FINISH AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY. Peters earns back to back fourth place finishes and extends his lead in the Camping World Truck Series point standings to 82. LEBANON, TN. (April 2)- Heading to...
TIMOTHY PETERS BRINGS HOME ANOTHER FOURTH PLACE FINISH AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY.
Peters earns back to back fourth place finishes and extends his lead in the Camping World Truck Series point standings to 82.
LEBANON, TN. (April 2)- Heading to another one of Timothy Peters' favorite tracks this week gave the #17 Red Horse Racing team a little extra confidence as they unloaded the "work horse" of the stable, chassis #138. Peters would rather be behind the wheel of this truck than any other, and it's no stranger to Nashville Superspeedway. Last August, this very truck helped Peters earn his first career pole. This weekend's story was no different. The #17 was fast in both practice sessions and looked to be a contender for the race win on Friday night. Peters qualified on the provisional pole but was knocked off by Kyle Busch late in the qualifying session. Content to start from the second spot, Peters knew he could get by Busch in the race. Once again proving this team has what it takes to run for a championship, the #17 Toyota Tundra ran up front for the entire 150-lap event including leading the race for 17 laps before making a green flag pit stop. Trouble on that stop put Peters back in the sixth spot but he didn't give up. In the final twenty laps he ran down two trucks to bring home his second consecutive fourth place finish. He also gained ground in the point's battle by increasing his lead to 82 points over the second place driver.
After two practice sessions on Friday morning, the #17 team knew they had a truck capable of winning the race. Second quick overall in final practice the team prepared the truck for qualifying. Grabbing the provisional pole, Peters was knocked off late in the qualifying session and started from the second spot for the 150-lap shootout under the lights in Nashville.
When the green flag dropped, the #17 got jumbled up on the restart and slipped back to the third spot. On lap 10 Peters told the team his Tundra was loose in turns one and two. Fighting the loose condition, he slipped back to the fourth spot before the first caution flag flew on lap 30. Reporting a loose center-off but snug in turn three condition, Peters told his crew chief, Jeff Hensley, not to make too big of a change because the longer the run, the better the truck was getting. Bringing the #17 machine to pit road on lap 34, Peters picked up four fresh tires, fuel, air pressure and track bar adjustments. Peters restarted fifth on lap 37.
Having the same trouble on the second restart, Peters slipped back to the sixth spot but after a lap the tire pressures came in and Peters was back in the game. He picked up the fourth spot on lap 38 and the third spot the following lap. He radioed the team that the adjustment helped a little and that his truck felt pretty good.
Peters ran down the second spot on lap 60 and as the laps wore on, the #17 machine just got faster and faster. Running laps times faster than the leader; he eventually caught Kyle Busch on lap 77 and took the lead. After leading for 17 laps, Busch got back by him but Peters wasn't worried since he knew they would both have to make green flag pit stops in just a few laps.
With no caution flag in sight, Hensley called his driver to pit road for a green flag pit stop on lap 99. Taking four tires and fuel and a minor air pressure adjustment, Peters was on his way. Trouble on the jack slowed the stop and the #17 Tundra lost precious track position. Peters merged back on the track in the fifth position. Just a few laps later, the caution flew and Peters told his crew the truck felt really good.
He lined up fifth for the restart but got shuffled back to sixth just after the green flag waved. Peters told the crew his truck wouldn't take off on the start but after a few laps felt great. With 25 laps to go, Peters knew it was time to claw his way back to the front. With the field so spread out, he had to run faster and faster lap times to catch the trucks ahead of him. On lap 130, with just 20 laps remaining, Peters caught the fifth place truck and took over the position. Not willing to give up yet, Peters kept up his pace and reached the fourth place truck with six laps remaining. He was able to hold onto the fourth spot until the end and earn his third top-five finish of the 2010 season.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck series will enjoy three weekends off before the next race at the Kansas Speedway.