Dover: Timothy Peters race report



The right front tire on the #17 Toyota Tundra blew, sending Peters into the wall. As a result of the damage the motor overheated and ended the day early for the Red Horse Racing team.

DOVER, DE. (May 14)- Heading into the sixth race of the season, Timothy Peters was focused on maintaining his lead in the Camping World Truck Series driver point standings. Knowing the team could not afford any mistakes, the crew came to Dover on top of their game. Practicing in the top-five, Peters put the #17 in eighth starting spot for the Dover 200. Looking forward to the 200-lap event, Peters was confident he would have a good run on the track famously nicknamed the "Monster Mile." Unfortunately the "Monster" would bite the points leader on lap 145. The right front tire on the #17 Tundra blew and Peters couldn't avoid contact with the wall. The hard hit damaged the brake rotor and the engine causing it to overheat before Peters could get back to the garage. Unable to fix the overheated engine, Peters was done for the day, marking his first DNF of the season. Perhaps the greatest disappointment was losing the point lead. Peters fell to third in the standings, 72 points behind the leader.

From the moment the #17 Toyota Tundra hit the concrete, high banks of Dover International Speedway, it was fast. Fifth in final practice, Peters and his team were confident they had a truck that would contend for the win. Peters qualified his machine eighth for the 200-lap event.

When the green flag dropped on the Dover 200, Peters wasted no time heading for the front. Picking up two spots on the first lap, he was running sixth. An early caution came out on lap four and Peters radioed the crew that his truck was tight entering then loose all the way through the corners. He restarted seventh on lap eight but it wasn't long before he started to slip backwards in the field. By lap 17, Peters was running ninth. The caution flag came out again on lap 19 and Peters told his team he needed adjustments because his truck had become way too loose.

Hitting pit road on lap 20, the #17 picked up four tires, fuel, and air pressure and track bar adjustments. Most of the leaders didn't pit so Peters had to restart 17th. Five laps later, Peters still struggling with his truck. Reporting a tight condition getting into the corners, he said the truck felt like it was on top of the track.

Peters was happy to see the caution come out on lap 52. He hit pit road for four fresh tires and fuel. The team also reversed the previous track bar adjustments and made another air pressure adjustment. The #17 restarted 16th on lap 58.

With the condition of his Tundra improved, Peters was able to work his way to the 13th spot by lap 68. Reporting a snug on entry condition, he told crew chief Jeff Hensley that he needed the most help on the exit of the corners. When the caution came out on lap 85, Peters headed for pit road. The team used a little strategy to get their driver some track position. Taking only two right side tries, fuel and a spring rubber, Peters went from 13th when he hit pit road to the third spot for the restart.

Peters got bottled up on the restart and found himself in the sixth spot just one lap later. Reporting a very tight condition, he continued to slip back eventually falling to the 11th spot by lap 102. When the caution came out again on lap 113, Peters asked if he could come back in for adjustments. At the direction of Hensley, Peters hit pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment on lap 115. Out of fresh tires, Hensley opted to bring Peters back in just before the restart to top off with fuel. This way he would have enough fuel to finish the race.

Peters restarted 18th on lap 118 and was happy to see the strategy work out when another caution flag flew on lap 122. Most of the leaders hit pit road for fuel and Peters was able to stay out. He gained track position and lined up fourth for the restart on lap 127.

Still fighting the condition of his truck, Peters fell to the ninth spot by lap 140. Maintaining his pace, Peters got a surprise when the right front tire on his machine blew out and sent his truck into the outside retaining wall on lap 145. The hard hit damaged the brake rotor and broke the quick-connect on the radiator hose allowing all the water to leak out. With no water, the engine overheated before Peters could get the #17 to the garage. There was nothing that could be done to repair the engine so the #17 team was done for the day and forced to accept a 25th place finish in the Dover 200.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck series will race at home this upcoming weekend. The next race will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

-source: rhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Timothy Peters
Teams Red Horse Racing