Notes: * Running 12 NCTS races in 2005 with Crew Chief Randy Seals and sponsor Bailey's. * 2004 Late Model Track Champion at South Boston Speedway in Virginia.J * Two back-to-back late model track championships at Orange County Speedway in...
* Running 12 NCTS races in 2005 with Crew Chief Randy Seals and sponsor Bailey's.
* 2004 Late Model Track Champion at South Boston Speedway in Virginia.J * Two back-to-back late model track championships at Orange County Speedway in North Carolina (2002 & 2003).
* Won 10 World Kart Association National Titles.
* Won one-third of the Legend Car races he entered at various tracks.
Timothy Peters has combined hard work and determination at a young age to accomplish an impressive list of achievements. He is a ten-time World Karting Association National Title winner, three-time late model driver points champion, winner of over twenty seven late model races and twenty eight Legend Car races. Sounds like a long list of accomplishments for someone who is only 24, but Peters started early on his stellar career.
He received his first go-kart when he was only seven years old and has been racing ever since. Then with a little influence from his father, he began racing in the World Karting Association. During those early years, he left a lasting impact by racking up 10 WKA National Titles.
"My dad is the reason I am racing at this level," said Peters. "We did everything together when I was little and he always set up my go-karts and legend cars. My favorite past time was working on legend cars with him. Together we achieved this dream."
Since he was so successful early on Peters was ready to take the next step in the racing world. In 1995 he moved up the ladder to legend cars. After competing in several divisions over the next three years, he ran 72 races and won over one-third of the he races entered.
With his outstanding successes in his first two series, he was confident it would continue as he moved up to Late Model Stock Car Racing. He was right. Peters paid his dues before finally getting a big break in 2001. He signed up to race for Fallen Racing, winning six races that season before finishing second in the South Boston Speedway Championship.
He was recognized as a winner and Bailey's Cigarettes jumped on the chance to sponsor him the following year. So with a new sponsor behind him, Peters won nine races and went on to tackle the Orange County Speedway Track Championship. The next season, he backed that up by winning an impressive 11 races and garnered the championship once again.
"Running those two seasons was a great learning experience for me," said Peters. "I learned a lot about a stock car and the art of driving consistently. It was great to defend my track championship and winning several races gave me the confidence to move to the next level."
In 2004 Peters continued his winning ways by earning his way into victory lane seven times and finally won the South Boston Speedway Championship. Even better for the next Craftsman Truck Series superstar, he also took home his primary sponsor's race by winning the 2004 Bailey's 300 Late Model Invitational at South Boston Speedway.
Now he is ready to take on his newest challenge, competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Peters begins his rookie season driving a third truck for reigning NCTS champion Bobby Hamilton. The consistent element for him this year will be having Bailey's Cigarettes as a sponsor for 12 races.
"Bobby Hamilton is everything I thought he was and more," said Peters. "I have never been more impressed with an organization than I am with BHR. I know now why they are champions. Bobby is a great teacher and I am looking forward to being his pupil this season. I have a lot to learn and I don't know how you can learn from anyone better than the current champion."
Peters is determined to continue his stout career by running for the NCTS Rookie of the Year Title.
"I want to go to the truck races this season and be competitive and prove to everyone out there I am the real deal," Peters said. "I'm confident in my team that we can do that. We have great equipment and a good backing, so the combination is there."