ROCK AND ROLL: Timothy Peters is ready to ‘Rock’ and roll this weekend at the 1.017-mile track of Rockingham Speedway. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the track for the sophomore showing and after a solid run in 2012, Peters is ready to take his No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra to victory lane.
The Red Horse Racing driver has a bit of an advantage over the field as they enter the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine. Peters began his driving career in go-karts dating back to the early 1990′s and has captured two championships at the track.
PARTS PLUS: Timothy Peters has partnered with Parts Plus for an additional race this season. The No. 17 Toyota Tundra will serve as primary sponsor this weekend at ‘the Rock’. The Memphis-based warehouse distributor originated more than 56 years ago tracing back to a series of jobber programs. Since 2005, Parts Plus has been a member of the Automotive Distribution Network that has over 300 member distributors under five brand names and from over 400 separate warehouses across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico.
CHASSIS HISTORY: This weekend, Timothy Peters and his No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra team bring out one of their favorite chassis. Chassis No. 093 will race the 200-lap event at Rockingham Speedway. The chassis recorded two wins in 2012 at Iowa Speedway where Peters started the race from the pole position. The second win was captured at Bristol Motor Speedway where he led all 204 laps in dominating fashion. This is a chassis sure to tame ‘The Rock’.
REARVIEW MIRROR – MARTINSVILLE: Timothy Peters and the No.17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra collected a solid 4th-place finish during Saturday’s match at the paperclip. The hometown favorite qualified for the Kroger 250 in the third position and was comfortable in his Tundra at the beginning of the race. With a solid handling truck, only minor adjustments were needed throughout the course of the race. Peters collected a bonus point for leading a lap and was able to improve 13 positions in the drivers point standings, rising to 13th.
Timothy Peters talks about Rockingham Speedway:
What is it like to race at Rockingham Speedway? “It’s tire management. The place is really abrasive but it makes for a fun afternoon of slipping and sliding. The guy that goes to victory lane has the most forward drive and is the one who can take care of his truck.
Tire wear was the name of the game at Rockingham last year. Do you expect more of the same? “I think we will have the same tire, which means you’ll have the same type of strategy as last year. It’ll be who can treat the gas pedal the best so you don’t use up your tires too fast consequently they hold up on long runs. We had a good Toyota Tundra last year and learned some things that we want to do better. That should help us when we unload this weekend.
Does it help that while the Series had time off, teams were able to go and test there? “To somebody who has never been to Rockingham before, absolutely that can help them. We had a pretty good notebook from last year and Butch Hylton (crew chief) had been there a bunch of times when the Cup series ran there, so he keeps me in check when we go there.”