Timothy Peters Late-Race Rally Nets a Top-10 Finish
Timothy Peters’ hot streak at Atlanta Motor Speedway continued on Saturday evening in the Active Pest Control 200 with a ninth-place finish, which was his third consecutive top-10 finish at AMS. The second race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season yielded the first top-10 finish for Peters and the No. 17 Red Horse Racing team after a late-race rally from a loose lug nut.
In the three practice sessions on Friday, Peters and crew chief Chad Kendrick constantly searched for the right balance, reaching a high point of 16th-fastest. On Saturday, the Red Horse Racing team turned a corner and Peters posted the third-fastest lap in round one of qualifying, and finished eighth in round two. Once the green flag dropped, Peters immediately said his Toyota Tundra was hindered by a tight balance on the exit of both corners. Kendrick and company made a chassis adjustment to complement four fresh tires at the end of Stage 1, where Peters was scored 11th. Those changes, and the cooling track temperature, awoke Peters’ No. 17. He climbed well inside the top 10 and advanced to fifth by lap 72. Peters gained one more position by the end of Stage 2, earning seven points by running fourth at the conclusion of lap 80.
After restarting fifth on lap 88 to begin Stage 3, Peters radioed that his truck had become much too free, and he fell to eighth when a caution flew on lap 105. Peters pitted for four tires under the caution, but was forced to make an extra pit stop for a loose lug nut. Consequently, Peters restarted from 20th on lap 113 and began a rally towards the top 10. In just 12 laps, Peters was back inside the top 10, and finished ninth after a two-lap dash to the checkered flag. Peters scored 35 points and is sixth in the NCWTS standings as the series heads to Martinsville Speedway on April 1.
Drivers Points Position: 6
Laps Led: 0
Timothy Peters Quote
“I have to hand it to my team on the Red Horse Racing Tundra. We weren’t where we wanted to be in practice, and they turned it around into a real strong truck tonight. We just had a mistake on pit road, but these boys rarely make mistakes. We’re in this together. We win as one, and lose as one. We came from some adversity, not only during the weekend, but tonight as well, and got a top-10. We’ll take this break to improve and show up at Martinsville to try to win ourselves a clock.”