Michigan: Timothy Peters race report

TIMOTHY PETERS CAPTURES AN EIGHTH PLACE FINISH IN HIS FIRST OUTING WITH RED HORSE RACING Peters quickly impressed with his top-10 run at Michigan International Speedway. It was his first race behind the wheel of the ...

TIMOTHY PETERS CAPTURES AN EIGHTH PLACE FINISH IN HIS FIRST OUTING WITH RED HORSE RACING

Peters quickly impressed with his top-10 run at Michigan International Speedway. It was his first race behind the wheel of the #17 Strutmasters.com Toyota Tundra for Red Horse Racing.

BROOKLYN, MI. (June 13, 2009)- Timothy Peters and his #17 Red Horse Racing team had something to prove this weekend in Michigan. Strong right out of the gate, Peters showed he and his new team are a force to be reckoned with. After qualifying 18th, and having to start at the back of the field, it didn't take Peters long to work his way to the front. Maintaining his position in the top-10 for much of the 100-lap event, he was able to bring home an eighth place finish and earn his third top-10 of the season.

Peters and the #17 Strutmasters.com team used two practice sessions on Friday to get their truck just right for the Michigan 200. Peters qualified 18th but shortly after qualifying was over the team found a problem with the water pump in the engine. Fixing the problem was considered making an unapproved adjustment and NASCAR made the #17 Toyota Tundra start at the back of the field. Peters wasn't worried though; he knew his Tundra would go straight to the front when the green flag dropped.

Just after 2:00pm on Saturday afternoon, the Michigan 200 was underway and Peters was on the move. Just four laps into the race, he had already moved up an impressive 13 spots and took over the 23rd position. Peters radioed the crew that his truck felt really balanced. When an early caution came out on lap eight, crew chief, Chad Kendrick opted to call his driver to pit road for fuel only. He restarted 20th.

Peters continued his forward march and broke into the top-10 on lap 19. Still reporting that his truck felt great, he took over the ninth and then eighth spots just five laps later. The caution flew on lap 28 and Peters was ready for a new set of tires. Telling Kendrick that he didn't need any adjustments, he headed to pit road on lap 29 for four fresh tires only. Peters returned the following lap for fuel and was sitting in the eighth position for the restart.

When the race returned to green, Peters passed two more trucks and claimed the sixth position. He rode comfortably in that spot until another caution flag flew on lap 58 and he once again headed to pit road for service. Picking up for fresh tires on lap 60 and fuel on lap 61, Peters restarted sixth.

The final forty laps brought some wild and crazy racing in the front of the field. Peters kept his #17 Strutmasters.com Tundra in the mix and was taking it three wide at times to complete passes on the leaders. Shifting back and forth between the sixth and ninth positions as the laps wound down, Peters was determined to bring home a good finish for his new team. On lap 75, he went for a dramatic three-wide pass and right after he took over the spot, he noticed a dramatic change in the feel of the truck. Peters asked his crew chief if he made a change on the last stop, and Kendrick told his driver that he had made no chassis adjustments during the race. Fighting a tight condition, Peters was struggling to keep his #17 in the hunt. Spotter, Mike Calinoff, helped Peters change the line he was driving on the race track to ease the tight condition. He held on to bring home an eighth place finish for his Red Horse Racing team. It was his third top-10 finish of the season.

The NASCAR Camping World Series will head to Milwaukee, Wisconsin this week.

-credit: rhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Timothy Peters
Teams Red Horse Racing