Bristol: Timothy Peters race race report

TIMOTHY PETERS OVERCOMES A LATE RACE FLAT TIRE TO EARN A 10TH PLACE FINISH AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. The ...

TIMOTHY PETERS OVERCOMES A LATE RACE FLAT TIRE TO EARN A 10TH PLACE FINISH AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY.

The #17 Strutmasters.com Tundra gave another strong performance on the high-banked Bristol Motor Speedway and Peters brought home his seventh top-10 finish of the season.

BRISTOL, TN. (August 19, 2009)- The high banking, concrete surface and the double-wide, high-tempered racing makes Bristol Motor Speedway one of Timothy Peters favorite tracks to race on. Wednesday night, Peters and his #17 Red Horse Racing team showed they knew how to tame the Tennessee short track. The Strutmasters.com Toyota Tundra started from the eighth spot and ran inside the top-10 for much for the 200-lap event. Hard racing and older tires made for a bad combination on lap 172 when the right front tire of the #17 machine went flat. Fortunately a caution came out and Peters was able to change tires and stay on the lead lap. He rallied back and fought his way through the field from the 14th position to the 10th spot when the checkered flag fell. Peters earned his second top-10 finish in a row and his seventh top-10 of the season.

The #17 Strutmasters.com team had a busy day on Wednesday. Two practice sessions, qualifying and the O'Reilly 200 were all packed into one day. The team worked diligently during practice to get their Toyota Tundra running perfectly for the race. By the end of final practice, Peters was third quick and feeling confident in his race truck.

He put the #17 Red Horse Racing machine in the eighth starting spot but had his sights set on the front. When the green flag dropped, Peters was on the move and determined to find the lead. Running consistent lap times, he had already picked up one position by lap six but needed some adjustments before he could go any further. The first caution came out on lap 35 and Peters told his crew that he needed to be tightened up a little bit. Crew chief Chad Kendrick called his driver to pit road on lap 37 for a track bar adjustment and fuel only. Peters restarted fifth.

The adjustment made the #17 Strutmasters.com Tundra come alive and Peters made the pass for the fourth and third positions on lap 45. Another caution came out on lap 50 but Peters stayed out on the race track. He restarted third but claimed the second spot just one lap later. He followed the leader, watching his every move and formulated a plan to get by him but another caution on lap 65 kept him from making the pass. When the field restarted once again, Peters got bottled up behind lap trucks, got passed and slipped back to the third spot. Kendrick came on the radio and told his driver to save his equipment since there were another 100 laps remaining in the race.

Peters became the victim of some hard racing with lap down trucks once again. When a truck that was a lap down wasn't letting the #17 machine go by, the two got together and the right front fender and nose of the #17 sustained damage. It hurt the aerodynamics of the truck enough that Peters slipped back to the fifth and then sixth positions before another caution came out on lap 149 for debris. Peters told the crew his truck was too loose on the bottom of the race track but a little too snug in the top groove of the track. Some competitors opted to hit pit road but Kendrick chose a different strategy and told his driver to stay out. Peters agreed that was the right decision and reassured the team they would get a good finish. The #17 Strutmasters.com Tundra restarted fifth.

The right front fender damage he sustained much earlier wreaked havoc on the #17 machine. Peters radioed the crew on lap 172 that his right front tire had gone flat. He tried to get to the bottom of the race track and hit pit road but got pinned up top by the train of trucks still coming. The caution came out on lap 173 and gave Peters a chance to hit pit road and get four fresh tires without losing a lap. The #17 lost track position and had to restart 14th for the final 25 laps of the race. Fueled by frustration, Peters went to work on his competitors and was able to work his way to the 11th spot in less than 10 laps. Peters was determined to get back inside the top-10. In the closing laps of hard racing, Peters was able to reach the 10th position and earn another top-10 finish for his Red Horse Racing team.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will head to Joliet, Illinois next weekend.

-credit: rhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Timothy Peters
Teams Red Horse Racing