Darlington: Timothy Peters race report

TIMOTHY PETERS CAPTURES THE POLE AND A SECOND PLACE FINISH IN HIS FIRST START AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY Peters earned his second pole of the season and led the first 47 laps en route to a second place finish in his first career event at the...


Peters earned his second pole of the season and led the first 47 laps en route to a second place finish in his first career event at the track "too tough to tame".

DARLINGTON, SC. (Aug 14)- Timothy Peters had never raced on the historic track dubbed "the Lady in Black" but that didn't have him worried. The #17 team participated in a tire test at Darlington Raceway in the spring so Peters had an opportunity to learn the track before most of his competitors. With a leg up on the competition, Peters came out of the gate strong. He was one of the top-three fastest trucks in practice and backed that up with a qualifying lap that captured the pole. Leading the field to green, Peters dominated the first segment stretching his lead to over a second. After a pit stop, Peters got shuffled back a bit but always stayed in the hunt. During the last 50 laps, Peters was back in striking distance. He chased down the leader with everything he had but the leader had the advantage of clean air which made him impossible to pass. Peters settled for a second place finish in his first career event at Darlington Raceway. He also made up some ground in the Camping World Truck Series driver point standings, he is still third but only 16 points out of second place.

The #17 Red Horse Racing team unloaded Peters favorite chassis at Darlington Raceway which gave the driver who had never raced on the track "too tough to tame" some added confidence heading into the long day ahead. The team had two practice sessions to tweak on their Toyota Tundra but right from the start it didn't need much work. Peters was second quick in first practice and third quick in final practice.

Qualifying was just a few hours later but the track temperature had increased dramatically. After two laps, Peters jumped up to the provisional pole but had to wait out nearly 20 trucks that still needed to qualify. When the session was over, Peters was still on top and claimed his second pole of the 2010 season.

Just before 8:00pm EDT Peters led the field to green for the 147-lap dash to the checkered flag. He got a great start and easily lined up in front of the second place truck before heading into turn one. Red Horse Racing teammate Justin Lofton was right behind him when an early caution came out on lap four. Peters reported that his truck was really good and felt very balanced. Peters and Lofton restarted one and two on lap seven but one lap later the caution came out again. Peters and Lofton lined up side by side again and led the field to the restart on lap 12. Peters got another good start and increased his lead with each lap eventually extending it to over a second. On lap 20, Peters radioed the crew that his truck felt a little snug in the middle of turn three but that he was playing with his line around the race track to see if it would get better.

Peters was still leading when the caution came out on lap 46. Crew chief Jeff Hensley called his driver to pit road on lap 47 for four fresh tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments. With the goal of filling the gas tank completely, the stop took just a second longer and Peters was the second truck to leave pit road.

Restarting second on lap 50, Peters could tell immedialty that his truck was too loose. He reported that the #17 Apex Tool Group family of brands Toyota was really good getting into turn one but was too loose in turn two. Fighting with the loose condition, Peters slipped back in the field and eventually found himself in the sixth spot on lap 63. The caution came out on lap 74 and Peters was relieved to have the chance to hit pit road. He pulled in his pit box on lap 76 and the team put on four fresh tires that were set to the same air pressures he started the race with. They also filled the #17 up with fuel and sent Peters back out. He restarted seventh on lap 80.

Instantly Peters could tell the condition in his truck was much improved. Not battling the loose condition any more, he was able to begin his march back to the front. The #17 reached the fourth spot by lap 95. Hoping to make it to the end of the race without making another stop, Hensley asked his driver to start saving fuel during the caution laps. The field lined up for a restart on lap 103 and Peters started third, right behind teammate Lofton. The #17 was able to take the second spot on lap 105 and was positioned to battle for the lead. In the final 20 laps, Peters did everything he could to catch the leader who had the advantage of clean air. Unable to reach him before the last lap, Peters brought his Tundra home in the second spot, earning his fifth top-five of the season.

Peters was thrilled with his finish after the race, ""Definitely running the tire test here in March helped me as a driver get up to speed when we came back when it counted. We ran a different truck when we tire tested, but we brought a different one back -- which is my favorite truck -- so it gave me more confidence going into it. With that said, I already knew what the track would do. Obviously, it was probably 20 degrees cooler, but it did the same characteristics as it did today in practice. I'm very fortunate we were able to sit on the pole. I wish we could've capped it off. We got a little behind. We took scuffs on the first stop and just got way too loose. Finally made our last adjustment, we took stickers, but we were back in the dirty air and kind of had to use it up a little early to get back to the clean air up to the front. By that time, I created a push in my truck. All in all, it was a good night for our Apex Tool Group family of brands Toyota Tundra."

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Bristol, Tennessee this week.

-source: rhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Timothy Peters , Justin Lofton
Teams Red Horse Racing