The Frontstretch: Tearing Apart the Trucks : Timothy Peters Closes in on First Career Win by Beth Lunkenheimer -- Friday August 14, 2009

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This weekend, the Camping World Truck Series continues to take a break while getting prepared for their annual mid-week show at Bristol Motor Speedway next Wednesday. When the trucks take the track, Ron Hornaday, Jr. will look to extend his record of consecutive wins to six. One driver who would like to see that streak broken is Timothy Peters.

In mid-June, Timothy Peters joined Red Horse Racing after defending champion Johnny Benson was dropped from his No. 1 Toyota due to a lack of sponsorship. While it’s hard to not feel some sort of animosity towards a driver who joined a team right after their star driver was released, it’s not his fault. Peters just happened to be a driver who already had sponsorship backing from Strutmasters.com but really needed better equipment.

The pairing really was a match made in heaven. Red Horse Racing and owner Tom DeLoach had the equipment that the 28 year old driver needed, and Timothy Peters had the stable sponsorship that DeLoach could never seem to find for Johnny Benson. When the season began, Timothy Peters drove for Premier Racing, but the team was on a very tight budget and didn’t have much equipment.

Despite starting off the season with two top 10 finishes at Daytona International Speedway and Auto Club Speedway in California, Timothy Peters failed to finish inside the top 10 in the following five races he ran for Premier Racing. Since joining Red Horse Racing, Peters has finished outside the top 10 three times in seven races. But one of those finishes was a 12th at Texas Motor Speedway in his debut with Red Horse Racing.

Timothy Peters has seen great improvement in his finishes since joining Red Horse Racing in mid-June.

In his most recent race at Nashville Superspeedway, the driver of the No. 17 Toyota scored his first career pole and finished 4th. He led 33 laps on the way to tying his best career finish. Now that Timothy Peters has joined Red Horse Racing, he has a much larger team of people to help set up the trucks each week.

Timothy Peters seems very happy to have the team to work on his trucks. Prior to joining Red Horse Racing, Peters and crew chief Chad Kendrick were usually the only ones working on the truck. Now there’s a group of people that have helped to take that load off and allow each of them to focus on improving themselves in their positions.

“Our team before consisted of me and (Chad Kendrick) working on the trucks. Now neither of us is responsible for so many different things so we can both concentrate on our jobs,” Peters said. “I can focus on being a driver and getting better each week.”

But despite the fact that the driver of the No. 17 Strutmasters.com Toyota has the crew to work on his trucks, he doesn’t just sit back and let them do all the heavy lifting. In fact, he joins the team on a regular basis in their work, and crew chief Chad Kendrick has definitely noticed.

“I haven’t worked with very many drivers, but I have never seen one as hands-on as he is,” said Kendrick. “He is here at the shop at 7:00 every morning when the guys get here, and he comes all the way from Virginia. He has worked on his own equipment for so long, it’s hard for him to let go and let us take care of it.”

It’s only a matter of time before Timothy Peters breaks through and scores his first career Camping World Truck Series win. Bristol Motor Speedway is the perfect place to make that happen. Brian Scott and Colin Braun have already added Camping World Truck Series wins to their resumes this season, and Timothy Peters could be the next.

Did You Know…

  • Johnny Benson hopes to visit Bristol Motor Speedway next week? Though he has been at home recuperating from shoulder surgery, the defending Truck Series champion hopes to visit the Bristol race barring any problems that pop up between now and then.
  • Hermie Sadler will be running at Bristol Motor Speedway next weekend? He will pilot the No. 48 with Victory Junction and The Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation on the truck fielded by Andy Hillenburg.
  • Billy Ballew Motorsports plans to field a third truck at Bristol Motor Speedway? Nate Monteith will pilot the No. 09 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota with Brad Parrott on the pit box as teammates to Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola.
  • Ryan Newman will return to Kevin Harvick, Inc. for the O’Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline? He will pilot the No. 2 Pringles Chevrolet, the same truck he won with last season at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Note to Readers : Don’t forget the Camping World Truck Series runs their next race on Wednesday, August 19th at Bristol Motor Speedway. Race coverage will start at 8:00 pm EST on SPEED with the CWTS Setup followed by the race at 8:30 EST.

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