TIMOTHY PETERS BRINGS HOME AN 18TH PLACE FINISH AFTER GETTING CAUGHT A LAP DOWN DURING A GREEN FLAG PIT STOP. Peters was running in the top-10 until an ill-timed caution flag came out while he was making his green flag pit stop. Stuck one lap...
TIMOTHY PETERS BRINGS HOME AN 18TH PLACE FINISH AFTER GETTING CAUGHT A
LAP DOWN DURING A GREEN FLAG PIT STOP.
Peters was running in the top-10 until an ill-timed caution flag came out while he was making his green flag pit stop. Stuck one lap down, the #17 Strutmasters.com Toyota Tundra finished 18th at The Milwaukee Mile.
WEST ALLIS, WI. (June 20, 2009)- Timothy Peters was excited about his chances in the Copart 200. The flat, short track style of The Milwaukee Mile matches the type of race tracks Peters grew up racing on. He proved that experience paid off as he ran in the top-10 for 125 laps. When it was time to make a green flag pit stop, the pit crew was at the top of their game. Just as Peters was headed back on track, the caution came out and instantly put the #17 Strutmasters.com Tundra a lap down. Still running competitive lap times, Peters spent the remainder of the race fighting to get his lap back. Unable to make up any ground, he finished the race in the 18th position.
Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the fourth time this season. A Friday morning thunderstorm moved practice to the afternoon and cancelled qualifying. Quick in both practice sessions, Peters was ready for the race to begin. According to the NASCAR Rule Book, the #17's owner's points position put Peters in the sixth starting spot for the 200-lap event. Just before the race was scheduled to start on Friday night, another large thunderstorm moved into the area and postponed the race until Saturday afternoon.
The green flag dropped on the Copart 200 shortly after noon on Saturday. Peters slipped from sixth to eighth and told crew chief Chad Kendrick that he thought the air pressure was too low. Kendrick told his driver not to worry and that he was running faster lap times than the leader. When the caution came out on lap 37, Peters reported being too tight in the center and exits of the corners. Kendrick called him to pit road on lap 40 for four fresh tires. Peters returned on the following lap for fuel, and track bar and shock adjustments. Quick work on pit road put him in the seventh spot for the restart.
During the next green flag run, Peters reported that his Tundra was still too tight and he needed to be more free in the center. He told Kendrick that last change helped but that he needed more. The two discussed changes for the next pit stop as Peters took over the sixth position.
The race continued under green for 60 laps. Peters was fighting the tight condition and the #17 Strutmasters.com machine had slipped back to the ninth position. Nearing the fuel window, Kendrick called his driver to pit road under the green flag on lap 125, just five laps after the leaders began making green flag stops. Peters took fuel and a track bar adjustment and just as he was about to merge back onto the track, the caution came out. He lost a lap and to make matters worse, was issued a speeding penalty for exiting pit road too quickly. The #17 returned to pit road, now under the caution flag, to take four fresh tires and an air pressure adjustment.
Peters was forced to restart back in the 18th position. He reported that the truck was really tight back in traffic. When the caution came out 10 laps later, he returned to pit road for adjustments. Picking up track bar and wedge adjustments and a top-off of fuel, Peters restarted 17th.
The #17 Strutmasters.com Toyota Tundra seemed to change considerably under the next green flag run. Peters reported being very loose. He battled with the truck to keep his position and was happy to see the checkered flag wave. The #17 Red Horse Racing team took home an 18th place finish at The Milwaukee Mile.
The NASCAR Camping World Series will head to Memphis, Tennessee this week. The MemphisTravel.com 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park is scheduled for Saturday evening, June 27th. It will be televised on SPEED Channel at 6:00 p.m. EDT.