Iowa: Timothy Peters race report

TIMOTHY PETERS KEEPS THE STREAK OF TOP-10'S GOING WITH AN EIGHTH PLACE FINISH AT IOWA SPEEDWAY Peters and the ...

TIMOTHY PETERS KEEPS THE STREAK OF TOP-10'S GOING WITH AN EIGHTH PLACE FINISH AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

Peters and the #17 Strutmasters team earn their fourth top-10 in a row and ninth top-10 finish of the season at the inaugural race at Iowa Speedway.

NEWTON, IA. (September 7, 2009)- Timothy Peters and the #17 Red Horse Racing team were optimistic about the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Iowa Speedway. Peters loves racing on short tracks and the 7/8-mile Newton, IA track proved to be no exception. The #17 Strutmasters.com started from the 12th spot but wasted no time breaking into the top-10. Peters battled a loose condition but was able to bring home an eighth place finish to keep the streak of top-10 finishes alive.

NASCAR gave teams four practice sessions on Friday and one final practice session on Saturday to help acclimate the trucks and drivers to the new track. The #17 Strutmasters.com team worked to get their Tundra handling just right and by the end of practice, felt like they had a strong truck for the Lucas Oil 200.

Peters put the #17 Toyota Tundra in the 12th starting spot and when the green flag dropped, he settled in for the 200-lap event under the lights. A quick caution on lap one and another on lap five slowed his progression and Peters restarted from the 12th spot. It didn't take long for his charge to begin. He picked up the 11th spot on lap 24 and then broke inside the top-10 on lap 35. Running in the ninth spot, Peters reported that the #17 was free off of turn two but that air pressure should fix it.

A caution flag flew on lap 57 and Peters headed to pit road for relief on lap 59. He took four fresh tires and an air pressure adjustment and returned the following lap to fill up with fuel. Peters restarted eighth on lap 63.

Peters was determined to work his way to the front but knew he needed to exercise patience getting there. He was racing door to door with another competitor when that truck spun behind him. It was a close call for Peters but he escaped with no damage and kept right on going. Still running eighth, Peters reported that the #17 Tundra was too free. Another caution on lap 109 gave him the opportunity to hit pit road for the final time. He picked up four fresh tires and an air pressure adjustment. He came back in the next lap to fill up with fuel and let the team make a track bar adjustment. Some trucks employed a different strategy and took two or no tires. That put Peters in the 11th spot for the restart.

A hand full of laps into the next green-flag run, Peters had captured the 10th spot. All of the trucks were spread out on the track but the #17 was running some of its fastest lap times of the race and was able to run down the ninth and eighth place trucks over the next forty laps. In the closing laps of the race Peters had teammate TJ Bell right in front of him. Wanting the spot, Peters tried everything to reach and then pass Bell but ran out of time before he could get by him. Peters brought home an eighth place finish at Iowa Speedway, marking his ninth top-10 finish of the season. Peters also gained ground in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver point standings climbing two positions to the ninth spot.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to St. Louis, Missouri this weekend.

-credit: rhr

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