St. Louis: Timothy Peters race report

TIMOTHY PETERS BRINGS HOME A SIXTH PLACE FINISH DESPITE BLOWING AN ENGINE ON THE FINAL LAP AT GATEWAY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY. The ...

TIMOTHY PETERS BRINGS HOME A SIXTH PLACE FINISH DESPITE BLOWING AN ENGINE ON THE FINAL LAP AT GATEWAY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY.

The #17 Red Horse Racing Tundra ran in the top-10 for much of the CampingWorld.com 200. Peters was poised for a fifth place finish when the engine blew on the final lap. He only lost one spot as he crossed the start finish line, earning his eighth top-10 finish of the season.

MADISON, ILL. (July 17)- After a disappointing day at Iowa the week before, Timothy Peters and the #17 Red Horse Racing team were looking for a solid finish to rebound. Heading to another short track just five days later, Peters was feeling confident Gateway International Raceway would be just the place to get back on track. The #17 Toyota Tundra started from the seventh spot and ran in the top-10 for most of the 160-lap event. Peters was sitting fifth in the final 30 laps and poised for a top-five finish when the engine let go coming to the white flag. Peters was able to finish the final lap and only lost one position, crossing the start finish line in the sixth spot. Fortunate to have finished at all with a blown engine, the #17 team considered themselves lucky to earn another top-10 finish, the eighth of the season. Peters maintained his fourth spot in the Camping World Truck Series driver point standings, and closed the gap on the third spot. He is now just nine points back.

The #17 Red Horse Racing team unloaded a chassis that seemed to be fast from the first lap. The team tweaked it a little during two practice session and Peters was confident he would have a good piece for the race. He qualified in the seventh spot and prepared for the race to begin just two hours later. Just as Peters was preparing to board his machine, NASCAR alerted teams of a problem with the electricity at the race track. Apparently a transformer in the area became overloaded and blew up resulting in power outage at the track. Teams waited for two hours for it to be repaired before NASCAR postponed the race to the following day.

By Saturday morning, Peters was more than ready to take the green flag. He had been hydrating for days to prepare for the triple digit temperatures on race day. Climbing aboard the #17 just after noon, Peters was ready to outlast the rest.

Peters lined up on the outside for the green flag and got shuffled back on the start, slipping back to the 10th spot on lap five. He came on the radio and told the crew that he needed a little help. The truck was too tight in the center of the corner at both ends of the race track. The caution came out on lap 12 but Peters opted to stay out. He restarted eighth and quickly worked his way to seventh. Still snug in the center of turns three and four, Peters also reported a drive train vibration on lap 29. He took over the sixth spot just before the caution came out again on lap 49.

Crew chief Jeff Hensley called his driver to pit road on lap 51 for four fresh tires, fuel, air pressure and track bar adjustments. The stop was so quick, Peters picked up three spots on pit road and restarted third.

Peters was maintaining his position when another caution came out on lap 72 for debris on the race track. He radioed the crew that the truck felt too loose at the beginning of the run. Peters hit pit road again on lap 74, taking four tires and fuel only. Some other trucks took fuel only so the #17 restarted seventh.

Racing hard for every inch of race track, Peters found himself in a few three wide battles. Telling the team his truck was feeling pretty good, Peters was making up ground. He took the sixth spot on lap 93 followed by the fifth spot on lap 98. Still running down the trucks in front of him, he passed for the fourth spot on lap 106. Reporting a slight tight center condition in turns one and two, Peters was relieved to see the caution fly on lap 123. Hitting pit road once again, he picked up four fresh tires and fuel. He lined up fifth for the restart.

The #17 was clicking off fast lap times and could reach the bumper of the fourth spot but couldn't make the pass. Peters told the team he was better in turns one and two but the competitor in the fourth spot was better in turns three and four. He tried his best as the laps wore on but couldn't seem to get the momentum he needed to complete the pass. With just two laps to go, Peters was focused on bringing home a top-five finish. Coming to the white flag, the #17 began to smoke and Peters reported the motor was blowing up. Unwilling to give up, he stayed in the gas the final lap to bring it home. On the final corner, one truck got by him and Peters crossed the start finish line in the sixth spot. He earned his eighth top-10 of the season and holds steady in the points battle in the fourth position.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Indianapolis, Indiana this week.

-source: rhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Timothy Peters
Teams Red Horse Racing