NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race 23 of 25
|WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: Timothy Peters, a Danville, Virginia native will be traveling home this weekend. Peters lives approximately 15 minutes away from the entrance of Martinsville Speedway. The 31-year old Red Horse Racing driver has been watching races at the historic “paperclip” since he was a child. In 2005, Peters won the Bailey’s 300 Late Model race at Martinsville. That day he took home a grandfather clock and $25,000 prize. In 2009, only months after joining Red Horse Racing, Peters earned his first career Truck Series victory at his home track, Martinsville Speedway. Since then, Peters has compiled two more wins at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in 2010 and earlier this season at Lucas (Ind.) Oil Raceway.
LAP LEADERS: Peters ranks fourth among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway in laps led. Peters has led 169 laps at the track.
TESTING 1, 2, 3… It has been a full week of racing for Peters. After returning from Talladega Superspeedway, he traveled to Rockingham Speedway on Monday for a day long test session, followed by a trip to the Motor Mile on Wednesday for additional testing.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 17 team will unload chassis No. 137 this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Peters most recently piloted this truck to a ninth-place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September. This is also the same truck that Peters drove to a win at Lucas Oil Raceway earlier this season and a fifth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway in the spring. Chassis No. 137 has a 5.0 average finishing position in 2011.
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Last week at Talladega Superspeedway, Peters was able to avoid several on-track incidents to set up the No. 17 team for a solid top-10 finish. However, on the final restart with only two laps remaining the No. 17 truck acted as though it had run out of fuel going into turn one. Peters immediately dropped out of the draft onto the apron. A few hundred feet later, the fuel picked back up and allowed Peters to finish the event. The issue relegated the team to a 23rd-place finish.
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Timothy Peters Talks about Martinsville Speedway:
How good does it feel to be racing at home this weekend?
“It is always good to be home. I love racing at Martinsville. The track has so many good memories for me getting my first Truck Series victory there. It is nice when you can sleep in your own bed and then head to the track. I can’t wait to race at Martinsville this weekend, we had a good truck in the spring, but got caught up in a few on-track incidents, but managed to survive and finish fifth. I hope this race is a little less eventful for us but I am really excited to be coming back to a short-track this weekend and competing at Martinsville.”
After last week’s run at Talladega, how critical do you think this weekend is to deciding the championship?
I think a strong run in Martinsville is going to play a role in the championship hunt. This race may even be the deciding factor. We definitely need to run strong from here on out to get ourselves back in contention. Last weekend’s finish at Talladega was not what we needed, but throughout the season it has been shown that no matter how big of a lead you have it can dwindle with just one race. I would love for Martinsville to play a factor in closing the gap in the championship battle and help to get the No. 17 team back in the hunt for the title, but we will just have to see how everything plays out.
About Red Horse Racing:
Founded in 2005 by former Mobil Corporation executive Tom DeLoach and NASCAR veteran Jeff Hammond, Red Horse Racing aims to be a professional racing team that strives for excellence on and off the race track. Red Horse Racing hopes to build and maintain solid, mutual relationships with its partners to win races and championships and to represent itself in a professional manner. The team has four victories and five poles in its brief existence. DeLoach and Hammond also own Performance Instruction Training (PIT), the number one pit crew training center in the world that also has many corporate training options that include team-building, lean manufacturing, motorsports demonstrations and more.
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