TIRE TROUBLES RELEGATE TIMOTHY PETERS TO A 19TH PLACE FINISH AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY FT. WORTH, TX. (November 6)- Timothy Peters and the ...
TIRE TROUBLES RELEGATE TIMOTHY PETERS TO A 19TH PLACE FINISH AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
FT. WORTH, TX. (November 6)- Timothy Peters and the #17 Strutmasters.com team had their sights set on a solid finish in the Lone Star State. Peters was armed with his favorite chassis; one that had never finished outside of the top-10. The #17 Tundra was strong right from the time it unloaded; giving the team confidence they would have a shot at the win on Friday night. Peters qualified 24th and started his charge to the front when the green flag dropped. Working his way inside the top-10, Peters seemed poised for another great finish. On lap 59, the team gambled with pit strategy and gave Peters two right side tires on the pit stop. Hoping the decision would result in track position, the team soon found out the two tire stop would cost them dearly. The condition of the #17 Strutmasters.com Tundra changed dramatically with the new right side tires. Peters reported that he needed four new tires but knew he would have to ride it out until the next pit opportunity. A long green flag run helped put Peters a lap down and he never could get back on the lead lap. He fought for each and every spot and ended the WinStar World Casino 350 in the 19th position.
When the #17 team unloaded Peters' favorite chassis on Thursday morning, it was running great right off the truck. Peters told the team his Tundra was driving like a dream in practice. After two practice sessions, Peters put the #17 in the 24th starting spot for the 147-lap event. When the green flag dropped on Friday night, he was ready to make his charge to the front.
The Strutmasters.com Tundra was running in the 21st spot on lap 10 when Peters reported that his truck was too tight behind other trucks but was loose all the way through turns three and four. The first caution came out on lap 17 and Peters headed for pit road. Taking four fresh tires the first time by, he returned the following lap for a right front shock adjustment, a track bar adjustment, and fuel. He restarted 25th.
With the condition of his Tundra improved, Peters started his charge to the front. From the 25th spot on the restart, he broke inside the top-10 on lap 49. Another caution on lap 55 brought Peters back to pit road. In an effort to gain even more track position, crew chief Chad Kendrick called for a two tire stop. The crew gave Peters two fresh right side tires. The driver reported that he liked the balance of the truck so no adjustments were made. Peters restarted 10th.
The #17 Tundra picked up the ninth spot on lap 60 but just two laps later had slipped back to the 12th position. Peters came on the radio and told the team the tires felt horrible. Fighting with the truck, he continued to slip back in the field, landing in the 18th position by lap 67. Unable to manage the #17, Peters fell to the 23rd spot and went a lap down to the leader on lap 86. The caution came out just two laps later giving Peters a chance to get four fresh tires. He hit pit road on lap 90 so the team could change four tires and returned the following lap to fill up with fuel. Peters restarted 22nd.
Marred a lap down, Peters was running fast lap times but couldn't reach the leader on the track to get his lap back. A long green flag run helped him pick up a few spots before the end of the WinStar World Casino 350. Peters brought home a 19th place finish at Texas Motor Speedway.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Phoenix, Arizona this weekend.