TIMOTHY PETERS CAPTURES THIRD TOP-10 IN A ROW WITH EIGHTH PLACE FINISH AT POCONO RACEWAY In the inaugural Camping World Truck Series event at the 'Tricky Triangle," Peters earned his 10th top-10 finish of the season and remains a threat for the...
TIMOTHY PETERS CAPTURES THIRD TOP-10 IN A ROW WITH EIGHTH PLACE FINISH AT POCONO RACEWAY
In the inaugural Camping World Truck Series event at the 'Tricky Triangle," Peters earned his 10th top-10 finish of the season and remains a threat for the 2010 Championship.
LONG POND, PENN. (July 31)- Timothy Peters and the #17 Red Horse Racing team looked forward to hitting the Pocono Raceway for the first time. Peters had tested the 2.5 triangle shaped track once before so he had a leg up on most of the competition right from the start. He qualified his #17 Wiss Toyota Tundra in the 13th spot and prepared for a quick 50-lap dash to the checkered flag. Right from the first lap, the Pocono Mountains 125 was action packed. Peters was involved in some contact on lap one and pitted early to check for right front fender damage. Easily fixed, he headed back out and quickly worked his way back up to his starting position. Peters broke inside the top-10 half-way through the race and continued to charge forward. Racing three and four wide at times, Peters held his own until the checkered flag waved. He captured an eighth place finish, marking his third top-10 in a row and his 10th of the season in only 13 events.
The #17 Red Horse Racing team had two practice sessions on Friday to get Peters familiar with the track and get their Toyota machine running in race winning condition. Qualifying was held Saturday morning and Peters earned the 13th starting spot for the Pocono Mountains 125. Primed and ready to go, Peters took the green flag shortly after 1:00pm Saturday afternoon.
With only 50 laps in the race, each competitor was racing hard right from the start. On the first lap, the #17 made contact with another truck and wrinkled the right front fender of the Wiss Tundra. The caution flag came out and crew chief Jeff Hensley called his driver to pit road just to be safe. The team checked the damage,pulled the fender out and topped off with fuel. Peters had to restart from the 31st spot.
Not wasting any time, the #17 was three wide on the restart. Peters made one pass after another and found himself in the 25th spot just one lap later. He continued to work his way through the field, picking up the 18th spot by lap eight.
Peters was running in the 15th position on lap 11 and radioed the crew that his truck was starting to feel a touch free. Just four laps later, he reported that his Tundra was even freer in turn three. He had climbed to the 13th spot when the second caution of the day came out on lap 26. Peters mentioned that he needed help with the loose condition in turn three. He ducked onto pit road on lap 27 for four fresh tires, fuel, air pressure and track bar adjustments. Quick work on pit road put him in the 10th position for the restart.
The race resumed with just 20 laps to go. Peters was racing three and sometimes four wide fighting for every inch of race track. He slipped back to 12th before the caution flag flew again on lap 33. Peters reported his truck was starting to come back to him. Hensley made the call to stay out and the #17 restarted from the 11th spot on lap 37.
Taking his Tundra four wide again, Peters clawed his way back inside the top-10. Another quick caution came out due to a spin in front of him so Peters restarted from the ninth spot on lap 44. Just one lap of racing and another caution flew. The accident caused a lot of debris that took so long to clean up, it set the field up for a green white checkered finish.
Peters restarted 11th and claimed the 10th spot but before the white flag came out, the caution flew again. That caution caused a second attempt at a green white checkered finish. On the second try, Peters restarted 10th but in the final two laps, was able to move up to the eighth position. He captured his tenth top-10 finish of the season and remains fourth in the Camping World Truck Series driver point standings.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Nashville, Tennessee this week. The Nashville 200 at Nashville Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, August 7th.