St. Louis: Timothy Peters preview

After Testing Timothy Peters is Confident for New Venue On his impression of Gateway: "We just tested there and I really like the facility. The track was nice, kind of like a big Martinsville. We were going to do a two-day test at Gateway but...

After Testing Timothy Peters is Confident for New Venue

On his impression of Gateway: "We just tested there and I really like the facility. The track was nice, kind of like a big Martinsville. We were going to do a two-day test at Gateway but the first day went really well and we decided to cut it to a one-day test. It was the first time that I had seen the track so it was really good to get some laps around there before we go back for the race. Turns one and two are a lot tighter than turns three and four."

Did having owner Bobby Hamilton at the test help you? "Bobby is always a big help to me whenever we go to these tests. He has so much experience on all these tracks. He really helped me especially in the center of the corner, keeping up my speed through the middle of the corner. I learned that I need to let off early going into the corner. I have a tendency to throw it in too hard. Overall the test at Gateway was real positive. It is a real fun place to drive and I am definitely looking forward to going back for the race. We were very competitive with our lap times and that is encouraging. "

Looking back on his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Martinsville: "Am I happy that we finished on the lead lap and with a top twenty finish in my first truck series start? Yes. Do I have higher expectations for myself and this race team in the future? Yes. I learned a lot at Martinsville, and it is good to get that first start over with so we can concentrate on getting better as a team. Crew chief Randy Seals and all the guys on this team did a great job and that helped me a lot."

Notes:

* Peters will be making his second career NCTS start in the Ram Tough 200 at Gateway International Raceway.

* Peters will pilot the BHR chassis "Beavis" this weekend at Gateway. Bobby Hamilton won with Beavis at Atlanta in 2004 and Darlington in 2003.

* At the age of 7, Peters made his racing debut in a go-kart.JBy the time his karting career was finished he had amassed 10 World Karting Association (WKA) national titles.

* By virtue of his solid 18th place finish at Martinsville, Peters has kept the No. 4 Bailey's Dodge in the top 15 in the all-important NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series owners' points. The No. 4 is in the 15th position, 176 points back from leader, the No. 04 driven by Bobby Hamilton.

* Peters has won Late Model track championships at two of the most competitive short tracks in the southeast, Orange County Speedway and South Boston Speedway.

Expectations from Gateway (crew chief Randy Seals): "We would like to start in the top 20 and then be able to finish in the top 10. If you finish in the top 10 in one of these NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races then you have done a good day's work because you have to beat 8 to 10 of the best racers out there. There are a lot of really good race drivers in our series right now. Track position is crucial at St. Louis, and while we won't take any unnecessary chances, we will try to help him with track position. I am very impressed with Timothy Peters after his first race. He was very patient, he kept his cool and didn't get rattled. He acted like a veteran. He did a great job racing hard when he needed to stay in position for the Lucky Dog and he was patiently aggressive. I was really pleased with his performance and I think a lot of people took notice."

Testing with Timothy Peters at Gateway (Randy Seals): "Timothy picked up on the configuration at Gateway really fast, there was no learning curve. After about four or five laps he was running competitive lap times. Bobby Hamilton worked with him on his line, and Timothy was able to give us really good feedback on what the truck was doing. It is very important for us to test as much as possible with Timothy and to get him acclimated to some of the racetracks that he has not been to. It is important for him to see the characteristics of a place like Gateway. It really helps when we get ready to unload for the race."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Timothy Peters