(Eds: With AP Photos.) By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer Timothy Peters and crew chief Butch Hylton used a weekend at Iowa Speedway a year ago as an opportunity to shake things up.
Twelve months later, Peters returned to Iowa and showed how much better he and the No. 17 truck have been since last summer.
Peters took his first pole of the season on Saturday night and beat Ron Hornaday on a late restart to win the first of two truck races at Iowa Speedway this season. The victory, the first of the year for Peters, extended his lead in the points race to 12 over Justin Lofton.
''We're just in a zone right now,'' he said. ''We're doing everything right. Butch Hylton and I have a package that is comfortable for my driving style and I'm able to get out there and hustle the truck without jeopardizing the equipment.''
For Peters, his recent breakthrough comes after years of decent but essentially unremarkable seasons.
Now 31, Peters has raced in the trucks series since 2005. After a sp...