Charlotte: Timothy Peters race report



Despite getting caught a lap down after a green flag pit stop, Peters' and his Toyota Tundra battled back to bring home another top-10 finish, his fifth of the season.

CONCORD, NC. (May 21)- Timothy Peters had but one goal heading into the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; to finish in the top-10. In five previous races, Peters hadn't earned the finishes he deserved and he wanted this trip to "NASCAR's Home Track" to be different. Earning his career best start at CMS by qualifying seventh, Peters was in good shape to reach his goal. The #17 Red Horse Racing machine was strong all night. Peters was running down the field and had reached the sixth spot but needed to make a green flag pit stop for fuel. Unfortunately after Peters merged back onto the track the caution came out and he was caught a lap down to the leader. Using NASCAR's new restart rules, Peters was able to get his lap back by staying out when the leaders hit pit road. Not one to give up, he fought hard until the very end, earning a 10th place finish when the checkered flag flew. This marks Peters' fifth top-10 of the season in only seven starts. He now sits third in the Camping World Truck Series driver point standings, 86 points behind the leader.

When practice kicked off at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday morning, Timothy Peters set the pace right away. He was in the top-five in both practice sessions and felt confident his favorite chassis would have a shot at the win later that night. He put the #17 machine in the seventh starting spot and the team prepared for the 134-lap shoot out under the lights. Mother Nature had something else in mind. Storms blew into the area right before the race was scheduled to begin and delayed the start until nearly 11:00pm.

When the green flag finally waved, Peters was ready to flex his muscle. He was running ninth on lap nine when the first caution of the night came out. Peters told the team not to worry; that his truck was just starting to come to him. He restarted ninth but had fallen back to the 12th spot by lap 19. Another caution on lap 24 gave Peters a chance to debrief with the team. He reported that the truck was too tight and wouldn't run on the bottom of the race track. Crew chief Jeff Hensley called his driver to pit road on lap 26. Taking four fresh tires, fuel and air pressure and track bar adjustments, Peters restarted 13th.

Shortly after the green flag waved again, Peters worked his way to the 11th position. After several laps the #17 was running faster and faster lap times. He broke into the top-10 on lap 47 and took the ninth spot just four laps later. Peters reported that the condition had changed and now he was only able to run the bottom groove of the race track because he was too tight on the top lane. Still gaining ground, he took the eighth spot on lap 58. Still fighting the tight condition, Peters passed for the seventh spot and then the following lap took the sixth position.

On lap 68 competitors began making green flag pit stops but Peters waited until lap 76 before ducking to pit road for his green flag stop. Taking four tires and fuel, he merged back onto the race track in the 19th position. Just three laps after his stop under green, the caution flew and put all the trucks that had already made pit stops a lap down. Peters was able to use NASCAR's new restart rules to his advantage and stayed out on the race track when the other trucks pitted. He was able to pass the leader under caution and earn his lap back but had to restart from the 15th spot.

Behind the wheel of a fast truck, Peters exercised patience to get back through the field. He took the green on lap 94 and by lap 97 had already claimed the 13th spot. Peters was running out of time in the 134-lap event but he was making the most of every lap. He went three wide with two other trucks and completed the pass, picking up two spots at once. Running ninth, momentum was on his side until the caution came out again on lap 109. Peters reported that his Tundra was really good on the bottom groove but still too tight on the higher groove. Opting to stay out, Peters restarted ninth.

Only 17 laps remained in the race and every driver was battling for every inch of real estate. Peters ended up three and for a moment four wide fighting for position. He lost out in that battle and got shuffled back to the 13th spot. Another quick caution set up another restart where Peters was much more successful. He passed two trucks in one lap to claim the 10th spot. Once he had found the top-10 again, Peters was not giving it up. He fought tooth and nail in the final 10 laps to bring home another top-10 finish, his fifth of the season.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck series will enjoy a weekend off before heading to the Lone Star State. The next race will be at Texas Motor Speedway.

-source: rhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Timothy Peters
Teams Red Horse Racing