Richmond: Timothy Peters preview

Testing at Richmond: "Richmond is a great racetrack. We tested there right after the race at Bristol and I really took to the track. We unloaded fast and the whole test went really well. I don't exactly know why but I seem to adapt to Richmond...

Testing at Richmond: "Richmond is a great racetrack. We tested there right after the race at Bristol and I really took to the track. We unloaded fast and the whole test went really well. I don't exactly know why but I seem to adapt to Richmond right away. Richmond has a lot of the characteristics of a short track mixed with some of the things that you find on some of the bigger race tracks we race on. The surface is great; it is just a lot of fun to drive. I am looking forward to racing there. Testing there helped give us some confidence so we should be ready to race when we go back."

How does running a limited schedule affect your confidence? "My confidence hasn't dropped at all. There were a couple of times where I thought it might, but it's not. I went back to South Boston and raced a late model and finished second. I ran the super late model a couple of weekends ago and qualified on the pole and led 21 laps until a part broke. It's there; we just need to get the runs together. Hopefully we'll have our Bailey's Dodge running better and the Bailey's family can spend some fun time in Victory lane with us before the year is out. It's kind of hard not to think of next year and get set for that, but we also need to try to get the finishes that we need for the rest of this year, too."

Notes:

* Timothy Peters will make his 12th career NCTS start in the Cheerios Betty Crocker 200 at Richmond International Raceway.

* Peters registered his best NCTS finish at Dover on June 4th coming home in the sixth position.

* Peters is currently 2nd in the NCTS Raybestos Rookie of the Year chase, 87 points behind Todd Kluever.

* Peters will pilot the BHR chassis "Rocket" this weekend at Richmond. It will be "Rocket's" seventh NCTS start. The chassis ran at Charlotte, Kentucky, Memphis, IRP, Nashville and Bristol with Peters behind the wheel.

What would you like to accomplish as we approach the end of the 2005 NCTS season: "I'd like to at least finish in the top 15 on the lead lap. I think we're getting it together. Our confidence is up more now than it's ever been. Things are coming around and everybody has really jelled together here recently, probably more than what we started the year out with. I'm definitely looking forward to it. If one person is off, then the whole team is off and I think it got like that at one point and I don't want that again. That's another thing that Bobby does for us. He gets our spirits built back up and that's a good thing about driving for him."

Team Owner Bobby Hamilton on Timothy Peters development: "He's fast and he gives good input and he definitely gets along with my people real well. He's got a ton of want. He's had a couple of bad things to happen to him. This is not knocking him at all: it takes time to learn how to race. When you've got Todd Bodine on the verge of winning a race, you don't run on the outside of him with him on the inside because he doesn't know if he's loose or not. That's what took him out at Charlotte. Todd felt bad about it. He [Peters] said 'Have you had any problem with him?' and I said no, I refuse to run on the outside of him because he doesn't know when he's loose. What I mean is that you learn that as you go. He and Robert Pressley had a skirmish at Nashville last week and he's like 'How come you never get in stuff like that?' and I said it's because I never let anyone have my right rear. If I'm up under a man and I'm going into the next corner and I'm up under him I just stay equal beside him. I don't give him the opportunity to get front or rear. You have the same length as his truck and it usually doesn't do anything because I know I'm going to pass him in the next corner. It's just little things like that he has to learn. He wants it so bad and he's so aggressive. He hasn't quite learned how to race defensive but I'm definitely willing to put the time in for him to learn that."

-BHR

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Todd Bodine , Todd Kluever , Timothy Peters