Brooklyn, Mich. – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points leader Timothy Peters and the No. 17 Red Horse Racing team traveled to Michigan Speedway with a brand new chassis ready for battle in the VFW 200. Looking for stability and the correct balance throughout the weekend, Peters and his crew never relented in their search and survived an intense 200 miles to come home in 13th.
The new racing surface on the two-mile oval threw most teams, including the No. 17 Red Horse Racing team, a curve ball during practice and qualifying. After searching for a good balance and stability in his Tundra, Peters qualified ninth and stayed just outside the top-10 looking in after the first few laps. He reported to crew chief Butch Hylton before the first caution and round of pit stops on lap 12 that he wasn’t getting enough stability and was pretty loose all the way through the corners. Hylton called for fuel and a chassis adjustment to help remedy the handling situation.
The first round of changes wasn’t quite enough and Peters elected to ride just behind the lead pack until the next opportunity for pit stops. That chance would come on lap 40, when the crew made some significant changes to help tighten up their Tundra. Making the changes in near record time, the Red Horse Racing crew sent Peters back out for battle.
Peters relayed to Hylton and his crew that the changes seemed to help, but he still needed to be tightened up more in order to run with the front pack. The next opportunity for another adjustment came just past halfway; as Peters brought his Tundra down pit road under the fourth caution of the afternoon for another substantial change.
With encouragement and backing from his team, Peters raced solidly within the top-15 for the second half of the event and laid down fast lap times that helped him close the gap between himself and the front pack. A fuel mileage gamble played out as the final 41 laps of the event were run caution-free and Peters was forced to come down pit road with just a few laps remaining to receive enough fuel to make it to the finish. The NCWTS points leader fought back and moved forward in the closing laps following the stop to finish 13th.
Hylton was complimentary of his crew after a race filled with several strategy calls and extensive changes made during pit stops to their No. 17 Red Horse Racing Tundra.
“This Red Horse Racing team just never quits,” Hylton explained. “No matter what happens during the race, we will always get it done. We didn’t have the best Tundra today but sometimes that’s the way it is. Our guys never stopped working as hard as they could and made all the changes they needed to very quickly. We threw everything we could at it today and that’s all you can do. But the teamwork that this organization shows is what it takes to make it to the top.”
Peters echoed his crew chief’s compliments of the No. 17 crew following their efforts at Michigan.
“It was kind of a frustrating day because I ran wide open the whole race and just couldn’t go anywhere. But despite that, I couldn’t be more proud of these guys that work on this Toyota Tundra than I already am. They’re behind me week in and week out and they never stopped working to make this truck better all day long. All in all, we’ll leave here and go to Bristol and just redeem ourselves and do what we did at Iowa. I like Bristol and I really feel at home at short tracks like that,” Peters concluded.