Peck Motorsports is back home after completing a full three-day weekend in Des Moines, Iowa including racing in the American Ethanol 200 at the Iowa Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It was the team's fourth start in the national series for driver Todd Peck and the team.
With support from Stopain, the topical pain reliever, and the Arthritis Foundation, the team started their weekend by visiting Iowa Ortho last Thursday. The team pulled up with their team transporter and unloaded their No. 96 Stopain Chevrolet for patients to see up-close and feel the excitement of Pennsylvania's only NASCAR team. Meanwhile, driver Todd Peck gave away Stopain samples and prizes to people visiting. The Arthritis Foundation Iowa chapter also came out to the event to help educate people about living an active lifestyle.
Friday, the team moved to the Iowa Speedway for a day of practice. Peck and the team were able to unload the race truck and go on the track to prepare for Saturday night's race. The team made improvements during practice and were ready for Saturday.
Saturday proved to be a full day for the young, improving team. They not only welcomed their sponsor Stopain to the track, but also hosted two families affected by juvenile arthritis, including two young children living with the condition. The families, hosts of Stopain and the Arthritis Foundation, were treated to a VIP experience at the track including a pace car ride, tour of the garage and meeting the Peck Motorsports race team. The NASCAR Foundation also joined the activities with gifts for the children.
On the track, the team practiced and qualified Saturday afternoon before racing live on SPEED Channel Saturday night in front of an audience over a million viewers. The 200-lap race gave the team tremendous race experience as Peck finished in the 28th position after fighting through engine woes throughout the night. The race capped off the weekend for the team before flying back to Pennsylvania on Sunday.
"It really was a fast three days," said driver Todd Peck. "We did a lot with Iowa Ortho on Thursday and had a good time with them and the Iowa Arthritis Foundation chapter. The families were awesome at the track and we can't thank Stopain and the Foundation for making that happen for them. The NASCAR Foundation stepped in this time with some gifts and the pace car rides too, that means a lot.
"We're all a bit disappointed with our finishing position on the track," continued Peck. "We are going to go back and look at our engine program and see where we can improve. We want to compete better than that for everyone that is supporting us. We will work hard to strive and get better in that area."
The team is now planning for their next event at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville (Va.) on October 27.
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