TIMOTHY PETERS EARNS A 12TH PLACE FINISH AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY AND MOVES TO SIXTH IN THE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS Peters fell as far back as 18th but never gave up and rallied back to earn a 12th place finish in the WinStar World Casino ...
TIMOTHY PETERS EARNS A 12TH PLACE FINISH AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY AND
MOVES TO SIXTH IN THE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS
Peters fell as far back as 18th but never gave up and rallied back to earn a 12th place finish in the WinStar World Casino 350.
FT. WORTH, TX. (Nov 5)- Timothy Peters knew he only had three races left to get himself back in the top-five in Camping World Truck Series driver point standings and he knew Texas Motor Speedway was the perfect place to start that charge. Running top-five in the spring event, Peters and the team headed back to TMS with the same chassis and same set-up. Peters qualified 16th but knew his truck would be a contender in the race. He quickly worked his way up to 11th but started to struggle with a loose condition in the corners. Peters could never shake that loose condition but used that frustration to fuel him late in the race. After slipping all the way back to 18th and falling a lap down, Peters refused to give up and battled his way back on the lead lap. Peters secured a 12th place finish, helping him to move up one position in the point standings to sixth. He is now within striking distance of the fifth spot.
The #17 team used two practice sessions on Thursday afternoon to prepare their #17 Toyota Tundra for race conditions. With the temperatures hovering in the 50's the team knew adjustments would have to be made for the colder track temps. Fast in both sessions, the team prepared the #17 for qualifying later than evening. Peters put his Tundra in the 16th starting spot for the WinStar World Casino 350 the following night.
When the green flag dropped under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway, Peters was ready for battle. Taking his truck three-wide on the very first lap, he was determined to make up some ground. Peters worked up to the 11th spot by lap six but quickly began sliding backwards again. He slipped all the way to the 18th spot, reporting a loose condition getting into the corners but tight off of the corners.
Peters was relieved to see the caution flag wave on lap 40. He hit pit road on lap 43 for four fresh tires, fuel, air pressure and track bar adjustments. Crew chief Jeff Hensley told his driver that the adjustments would free him up on the exit of the corners.
Peters restarted 10th on lap 48 and claimed the ninth spot on lap 49. He slipped back to 12th just before another caution waved on lap 51. Reporting that the truck seemed to be stalling out, Peters stayed out on the race track and lined up 11th for the restart. Still struggling with the handling of the #17 Toyota, Peters fell back again to the 16th position. He came on the radio on lap 78 to tell the team he felt a vibration. Noting that it wasn't getting any better but not getting any worse, Peters held out for a green flag pit stop that wasn't too far away. Hensley called his driver to pit road on lap 92 under the green flag conditions and Peters picked up four tires and fuel. Hensley also called for air pressure and wedge adjustments.
The #17 merged back on track in the 21st spot but less than 10 laps later had cycled back to the 16th spot. Peters continued to gain ground, eventually reaching the 11th spot on lap 113 despite being marked one lap down due to the green flag pit cycle. The caution came out on lap 120 and Peters radioed the crew that his truck had no grip. Hensley instructed Peters to stay out in order to get his lap back.
Now back on the lead lap but forced to restart behind some lap down trucks, Peters lined up 12th on lap 126. Racing three-wide at times, Peters was fighting hard to get past the lap down trucks that separated him from the trucks he was racing for position. With the laps running out, Peters wasn't able to gain the ground he needed. He took the checkered flag in the 12th spot but the morale victory was earning a spot in the driver point standings. Peters put himself within striking distance of the top-five and two races left to make it happen.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Phoenix, Arizona this week.