Michigan: Timothy Peters race report

TIMOTHY PETERS EARNS HIS SEVENTH TOP-10 FINISH OF THE SEASON AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY. Peters maintained his position in the top-10 for the duration of the 100-lap event and close out the day with a sixth place finish on the Michigan...


Peters maintained his position in the top-10 for the duration of the 100-lap event and close out the day with a sixth place finish on the Michigan two-mile oval.

BROOKLYN, MI. (June 12)- Armed with six top-10's under his belt, Timothy Peters and the #17 Red Horse Racing team wanted to check off another one. Knowing that the key to winning championships lies in consistent top-10 finishes, the team stayed focused on the long term goal at Michigan International Speedway. Peters climbed aboard a brand new chassis for the 100-lap event and was happy with it right from the first practice lap. He qualified 12th and drove into the top-10 on the first lap, never looking back. Peters drove up to the third position before rain showers halted the event. The track was dried and racing resumed an hour later. Peters kept his momentum going during the second half of the event despite losing his tachometer. Peters made a green flag pit stop flawlessly without the use of speed control device. A late caution on lap 89 set the field up for a mad dash to the checkered flag. Peters claimed a sixth place finish, earning his seventh top-10 of the season in just nine events.

The #17 Red Horse Racing team unloaded a brand new chassis on Friday morning at Michigan International Speedway. Peters ran just a few laps and told his crew that the truck felt perfect. The team only had one practice to prepare the #17 for the race due to weather raining out the final practice session. Peters qualified his Toyota Tundra in the 12th spot on Saturday morning.

Under gloomy skies in the Irish Hills of Michigan, the green flag waved shortly after 2:00pm on Saturday afternoon. Peters started from the 12th spot but found himself in the 10th position by the completion of lap one. The caution came out on lap three and Peters reported his Tundra was good but just a little free. He restarted ninth and was racing three wide for position. Another caution came out on lap 11 and this time crew chief Jeff Hensley opted to bring Peters to pit road.

Pulling into his pit stall on lap 11, Peters picked up a track bar adjustment and fuel only. He restarted seventh on lap 18. Peters made an impressive pass on the restart and used the draft to his advantage to go all the way from the seventh spot to the third spot in one lap. He radioed the crew that his Tundra was sucking up with the other trucks really well but he was a touch free all the way through the corner. On lap 31, sprinkles were falling and NASCAR threw the caution on lap 33. Pit road was still open so Hensley called the #17 in on lap 35. Peters took four fresh tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. During the stop, Peters noticed that the tachometer on his dash that helps him gage how fast he is going on pit road was not working. As the rain continued to fall, it wasn't long before the track was soaked. NASCAR stopped the race and began drying the track.

Just over an hour later, the engines were fired once again and racing resumed. Peters restarted 10th on lap 41. He quickly worked his way to the eighth spot then eventually the sixth spot on lap 50. Peters reported his #17 machine was starting to get tight off of the corners. About 10 laps later, the tight condition had improved and Peters was happy with his truck's condition. On lap 75 green flag pit stops began and Peters ducked to pit road on lap 77 to make his. Without a working tach, Peters had to be careful that he didn't speed on pit road. He stopped in his pit stall for four fresh tires and fuel only and headed back out on the race track. He merged back in traffic in the 14th spot but by the end of the green flag pit cycle, he was sitting seventh.

The caution came out on lap 83 and Peters told his crew that the truck felt really good. They opted to stay out and he restarted from the sixth spot with 12 laps remaining. Peters got another great restart and claimed the third spot on lap 89. The caution came out again that same lap slowing the field down again. He restarted third with eight laps remaining. In the closing laps, Peters struggled with his trucks condition in traffic and a few other trucks were able to get by him. The #17 took the checkered flag in the sixth position, earning the seventh top-10 finish of the season. Peters is still third in the Camping World Truck Series driver point standings.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will enjoy three weeks off before heading to Iowa on July 11th.

-source: rhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Timothy Peters
Teams Red Horse Racing