TIMOTHY PETERS EARNS A HARD FOUGHT 16TH PLACE FINISH AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY The ...
TIMOTHY PETERS EARNS A HARD FOUGHT 16TH PLACE FINISH AT PHOENIX
The #17 Strutmasters.com team fought handling issues for much of the 150-lap race but persevered to finish on the lead lap and earn a 16th place finish in the Lucas Oil 150.
AVONDALE, AZ. (November 13)- Timothy Peters and the #17 Strutmasters.com team knew this race at Phoenix International Raceway would be a challenge. It marked Peter's first Camping World Truck Series start at the track but the team had reason to be confident. It was the final short track race of the season and a chance for the team to use what they learned at Martinsville one month ago when Peters earned his first career victory. Two practice sessions on Thursday helped the #17 team get their Toyota Tundra ready for the Friday night race. Peters qualified 16th and felt like he had a good shot at earning another win for his Red Horse Racing team. When the green flag dropped, Peters could tell it was going to be a long night. Handling issues plagued the team and the #17 eventually lost a lap. Peters spent most of the race fighting for his lap back. Despite fighting the handling of his Tundra, Peters received his lap back and brought home a 16th place finish in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway.
The #17 Strutmasters.com team worked diligently during two practice sessions on Thursday to get their Tundra handling the way Peters needed it to. He qualified 16th and felt like the truck would be good for the 150-lap race under the lights in Phoenix. Most comfortable on a short track, Peters was anxious to get the Lucas Oil 150 started. .
When the green flag dropped, Peters went to work on the competition. He picked up the 14th spot on lap two. An early caution came out on lap seven and Peters radioed the crew that his Tundra was way too loose getting into turn one but was good in turns three and four. Crew chief Chad Kendrick called Peters to pit road on lap nine for fuel and shock and track bar adjustments. Peters restarted 30th.
The #17 Strutmasters.com Tundra wasted no time moving back through the field. Peters claimed the 19th spot on lap 20. Another caution came out on lap 34 and Peters told the team the front end of the truck was pushing badly. He told Kendrick he needed the nose of the truck back down on the race track because the track's surface felt so greasy. Peters hit pit road on lap 35 for four fresh tires. He returned the following lap for fuel and another shock adjustment. He restarted 14th.
Despite picking up spots on pit road, Peters could not hold onto them on the track. He was struggling so badly with the truck's condition that he slipped back to the 20th spot and lost a lap to the leaders. A caution came out on lap 90 and Peters headed back to pit road for more help. He took four fresh tires and returned the next lap for fuel and a shock adjustment. He restarted 18th.
Peters had to restart inside the leaders to race for his lap back. Unable to pass the leader, he was still in a good position, being the first truck one lap down. The #17 Strutmasters.com Tundra was handling a little better as Peters ran his fastest lap of the race on lap 98. A caution came out on lap 121 and Peters was awarded the "lucky dog," putting him back on the lead lap. He hit pit road one final time on lap 122 for fuel and additional adjustments. He returned the following laps for four tires and restarted from the 17th spot.
With just 24 laps to go, Peters had his work cut out for him. Each driver was fighting every lap for every inch of race track. Peters was able to work his way to the 16th spot but slipped back to 17th just before the caution came out on lap 145 setting the field up for a green/white/checkered finish. With one final shot at it, Peters was determined to get all he could get. He grabbed the 16th spot before another caution came out, ending the race. Peters brought home a 16th place finish in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Miami, Florida this weekend. The Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 20th. It will be televised on SPEED Channel at 8:00 p.m. EST.