ENGINE TROUBLES TAKE TIMOTHY PETERS OUT OF CONTENTION IN IOWA; ...
ENGINE TROUBLES TAKE TIMOTHY PETERS OUT OF CONTENTION IN IOWA; #17 TEAM WAS RELEGATED TO A 27TH PLACE FINISH IN THE LUCAS OIL 200.
NEWTON, IA. (July 12)- Timothy Peters and the #17 Red Horse Racing team were ready to get back to short track racing and excited that the Newton, Iowa .8 mile track would be the first stop on the nine-week stretch. With the Camping World Truck Series making only its second trip to Iowa, Peters used two practice sessions to learn even more about the track. He qualified his #17 Toyota Tundra in the eighth spot. After three weekends off from racing, by Sunday morning Peters was more ready than ever to see the green flag wave. The #17 maintained its position in the top-10, eventually climbing to the fifth spot before engine troubles surfaced. On lap 93 Peters reported an issue with the engine and exactly 10 laps later, it blew up under green flag conditions. Peters limped his machine to the garage. Unable to do anything to fix it, the team was forced to sit out the remainder of the race and accept a 27th place finish. The DNF also caused Peters to slip one spot in the driver point standings. He is now fourth, just four points behind third place.
The #17 Red Horse Racing team unloaded the same chassis they raced at Michigan with high hopes for another solid run under its belt. The team worked diligently in two practice sessions on Saturday afternoon to get the condition just right. Peters put his Tundra in the eighth starting spot on Saturday evening.
Rain showers moved into the area on Sunday morning but had moved out by race time. When the green flag dropped shortly after one, Peters was ready for 200 laps of short track racing. He quickly jumped to the sixth spot on lap 1 then claimed the fifth position the following lap. He reported that his truck needed to be a little freer in the center of the turns at both ends of the track. He also wanted to be freer off the exit of turn four. Crew chief Jeff Hensley formulated a plan for adjustments on the first stop.
Peters was running eighth on lap 19 and still fighting the tight condition. He was thrilled to see the first caution come out on lap 38 so he could get some much needed help on pit road.
Hensley called his driver to pit road on lap 40 for four fresh tires and fuel. Peters also picked up two rubber adjustments and a track bar adjustment on the stop. Since taking a rubber out and putting another in is a time consuming adjustment, Peters lost a couple spots on pit road. He wasn't worried though, he knew he could get those spots back on the track.
Restarting 12th on lap 45, he worked his way to the eighth spot just three laps later. Slipping back to ninth, Peters radioed his crew that his truck was loose everywhere and had no rear grip. Peters and Hensley talked back and forth about how to make the truck better on the final pit stop. Another caution came out on lap 75. Needing to run more laps on those tires before putting on the last set, Hensley told Peters to stay out.
The #17 Toyota Tundra lined up eighth for the restart on lap 80. About 13 laps later, Peters was still struggling with the loose condition but became even more concerned when his engine started missing. Peters radioed the crew that his engine might be blowing up. Smoke started coming out of the tail pipes on lap 99 and by lap 104, the motor blew up on the race track. Peters brought out the caution flag and limped his #17 to the garage. Unable to finish the race, he was relegated to a 27th place finish. A frustrated Peters commented about his race. "The engine just let go. It started popping there about five laps before it actually let go. I can't complain. Joey Arrington and everybody at Arrington do us a great job week in and week out. That's racing. Our Toyota Tundra was okay. I've got all of the confidence in the world in Jeff Hensley and everybody on this Red Horse Racing team so we'll go to St. Louis and see what we can do there."
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to St. Louis, Missouri this week.