Tundra driver Timothy Peters, who resides in Danville, Va., earned his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win in Saturday afternoon's race at Martinsville Speedway. Peters led the final 84 (of 200) laps to earn the 12th...
Tundra driver Timothy Peters, who resides in Danville, Va., earned his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win in Saturday afternoon's race at Martinsville Speedway.
Peters led the final 84 (of 200) laps to earn the 12th victory for Toyota in 2009 and the 63rd since joining series competition in 2004.
Along with Peters, five Tundra drivers also earned top-10 finishes at half-mile Virginia short track, including Todd Bodine (second), Denny Hamlin (sixth), David Starr (eighth) and Terry Cook (10th).
Toyota drivers Aric Almirola (12th), Stacy Compton (14th), Max Papis T(21st), Mike Skinner (23rd), Brian Scott (24th), ayler Malsam (28th), TT.J. Bell (30th) and Peyton Sellers (31st) were also in the field.
Five Tundra drivers are among the top-10 in the unofficial point standings -- Skinner (third), Bodine (fourth), Scott (fifth), Peters (seventh) and Starr (ninth) - with four races remaining in the 2009 season.
TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 1 Strutmasters Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How does it feel to get your first truck series victory at your home track? "Words can't describe what I'm going through right now. These two guys up here -- Tom DeLoach (team owner) for believing in me and giving me an opportunity. Chad Kendrick (crew chief) for sticking with me when neither one of us knew what would happen in our future. Chip Lofton with Strutmasters.com. Mike Smith (track public relations) and Clay Campbell (track president) -- I can't say enough about these guys for the show that they put on not only for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series here at Martinsville Speedway but the Balley's 300 also, a Late Model stock race. It's been bitter sweet -- a long time coming. This was is for my dad."
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
How was your race today? "It was pretty good. We struggled a little bit in practice. Of course the first practice was shortened. (Mike Hillman) Jr. (crew chief) made some really good calls and made some good calls there at the second practice and we adjusted during the race and got pretty good. Got a little track position, saved some fuel. The Lumber Liquidators Tundra was decent. I tell you, though, for Timmy (Peters). He's such a good racer and such a good kid. It's about time he gets to victory lane. One other thing I want to say is that the pink helmet I had for breast cancer awareness month pay attention to EBay because it's going to go on there after Talladega. We're trying to raise money for a great cause."
How did your truck handle during the race? "We had a great Tundra. This Lumber Liquidators Tundra was really good. We struggled a little the first practice. We got the thing to turn through the middle of the corner. That's what you've got to have at Martinsville. Be able to turn and get good forward bite and we were. At the end of the race we got a little tight in the middle. I had to use it up a little more than I wanted to coming through traffic. When Ron (Hornaday) and (Mike) Skinner and those guys got behind me I knew I had to go then. I couldn't wait and I burned it up a little bit. It was a great day. A top-five here from what we we've had this year, we'll take it and go with it."
Did you feel like you had a race-winning truck today? "I'm really tickled to see Timmy (Peters) win. He's such a good kid. He's a great racer. I had a good Lumber Liquidators Tundra. I had to use it up a little more than I wanted coming back through the pack. I was doing pretty good taking my time. Ron (Hornaday) and Mike (Skinner) and those guys got up behind me and then I had to go and I had to use it up and beat the right-front up a little more than I wanted to. We got to the end barely. I think another 10 laps and Colin (Braun) probably would've got us but we had a good run. The guys worked hard. We weren't that good in the first practice but we made some great changes for the second one and we dialed it in fairly good. We didn't know what we had. We made a couple changes for the race. It was a pretty good day all in all."
What was the difference today compared to finishes at Martinsville in the past? "Better luck. We ran really well in the spring. I think we were running second and got a flat tire, had to go to the back, came all the way to fourth with the green-white checker and got spun out going into three on the last lap and crashed. We've had a lot of bad luck here but we've run really well too. We just came up a little short again. You're right. The family legacy here, I've got to get a grandfather clock before I'm done that's for sure to be the only three brothers to ever win here."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports @Finishing Position: 6th
DAVID STARR, No. 24 Zachry Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports @Finishing Position: 8th
TERRY COOK, No. 25 Cajun Industries Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Finishing Position: 10th
How was your race today? "The Harris Trucking Cajun Industries Toyota Tundra was pretty good all day. This is probably one of the better trucks we've ever had here at Martinsville. Worked track position early but then we realized the competition was coming and it was time to get tires. And probably waited just a tick too long to get tires and lost some track position. We had a problem with the brakes at the beginning. We were just trying to be a little aggressive with our brake package and overheated the brakes early which coincidentally late in the race made the brakes work night quite as good. This is probably one of the better trucks that we've ever had here and this team has been in a little bit of a slump for the past five or six weeks so we wanted to come out here with a solid top-10 finish, we got it and it's on to Talladega."
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals/AKawareness.com Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports @Finishing Position: 12th
STACY COMPTON, No. 60 SafeAuto Insurance/Melling Engine Parts Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing @Finishing Position: 14th
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing @Finishing Position: 21st
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 PC Miler Navigator Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports @Finishing Position: 23rd
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
Finishing Position: 24th
TAYLER MALSAM, No. 81 One Eighty Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 28th
T.J. BELL, No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 30th
PEYTON SELLERS, No. 17 Danville Ready Mix/SFP Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing @Finishing Position: 31st
-credit: toyota motorsports