For the second time in as many races, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will visit a facility with a newly repaved surface as the teams and drivers head to Michigan International Speedway to compete in the VFW 200. Timothy Peters and the No. 17 Red Horse Racing team have prepared a brand-new Tundra for battle, hoping to increase their chances of finishing up front. Peters enters Michigan with an eight point lead over second place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) point standings, and finished second at the 2-mile oval last season.
Crew chief Butch Hylton guided the entire Red Horse Racing crew through critical damage repair at Pocono Raceway after a late race incident knocked their Tundra out contention for the win. The teamwork displayed by the team will help Peters bounce back from an unfortunate situation and gives him confidence heading into competition each week.
“It gives me all the confidence in the world that this Red Horse Racing team pulls together to work as hard as they do and it’s cool to see. It means that they care and that means a lot to me, which I knew before and never questioned that, but it really showed in the effort they put forth at Pocono. I’ve told these guys before, they’re my family away from family and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Peters explained.
Timothy at the Track: Peters and teammate Todd Bodine will participate in an open-garage autograph session at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, August 17th from 4-5:00 pm. Peters will also make an appearance on the SPEED stage for Trackside Live on Friday night to talk about his current NCWTS points lead and his goals for the rest of the season.
Chassis History: Electing to utilize the newest chassis in the Red Horse Racing fleet for this weekend’s VFW 200, the No. 17 team will bring chassis number 004 to Michigan for competition. This particular Tundra will see its very first laps on the track with Peters behind the wheel.
Previous Race Recap: Heading into Pocono Raceway last Saturday holding a solid lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings, Timothy Peters and the No. 17 Red Horse Racing team had high hopes to continue extending their reign over the rest of the field. Skillfully maneuvering his way through the first few rows of traffic, Peters raced in the top three from his eighth place starting position after lap one, but was taken out of contention after an incident in the tunnel turn. His crew made extensive repairs and Peters returned to the track to claim a 22nd place finish.
Timothy Peters on Michigan: How will the new pavement affect the racing on Saturday? “I just remember Michigan was pretty fast and during the race the trucks lost some grip and the groove widened out really close to the wall. I think after watching the Sprint Cup Series race all that has changed now- there’s going to be a lot more grip. I think you’ll see a lot more side by side racing because the groove doesn’t widen out, which is what I think the fans want to see. Plus, any time the Camping World Truck Series comes to town, I think we put on a good show anyway.”
How do you approach Michigan after a tough weekend at Pocono? “We just go into every race like nothing’s ever different. When you start worrying about the points is when stuff starts to hit the fan, but at the same time you have to keep it in the back of your mind. It’s kind of a double edged sword. We’ll go in and try to race as hard as we can, try not to have another race like we did at Pocono. It’s never easy to swallow but it’s a little easier knowing you were a contender, running up front like we were when it all happened. We just need to keep focusing on completing 100% of the laps.”