Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 11/11/14
READY TO DEFEND: Timothy Peters is looking forward to the American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen this weekend at Iowa Speedway. As the defending race winner, the No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra driver would like nothing more than to kick the team’s momentum into high gear with another trip to victory lane. Winning from the pole and leading 87 laps gave the Red Horse Racing driver another reason to enjoy America’s Place to Race. WELCOME HOME: A win at Iowa Speedway is not just special for Timothy Peters but also two members of his Toyota Tundra team who call the 0.875-mile track home. Dennis Croxell, a mechanic both in the shop and at the race track – was raised in Eagle Grove, Iowa just two hours from the Speedway. Getting his feet wet, Croxell started racing behind the wheel participating in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). It was in 1996 when he made his move to the NASCAR circuit working in the Truck Series. There is no better place for Ryan Mulder, front tire changer for Peters, to make his return than his home track of Iowa Speedway. Mulder broke his hand during a pit stop at Charlotte Motor Speedway and will be back changing tires at Iowa Speedway. Mulder knows what it means to win a championship, as his mother has two, both collected at Park Jefferson Speedway, a local dirt track in South Dakota, neighboring their hometown of Sioux City, IA. At the age of 16, Mulder got behind the wheel racing for three years before moving to North Carolina in 2008. After completing courses at Performance Instruction & Training (PIT) as a tire changer, Mulder began changing tires on the No. 7 Tundra in 2011 and the No. 11 Tundra in 2012. PARTS PLUS: The No. 17 team returns to their orange and red paint scheme this weekend at Iowa Speedway. Parts Plus, who has served as primary sponsor for seven races this season, returns with Timothy Peters for the 200 lap race. The primary sponsorship has been activated throughout the first six races of the season. 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: Back-to-back races for Chassis No. 010 at Iowa Speedway this weekend; This chassis collected a sixth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway two weeks ago after claiming a sixth-place finish at Dover International Speedway. The brand new chassis had vital testing time during a two-day test at Texas Motor Speedway in April as well as time at the wind tunnel after a 10th-place finish at Kansas Speedway. MEET & GREET: Peters, along with teammates Germán Quiroga and John Wes Townley will join the NASCAR Camping world Truck Series drivers for an autograph session on Saturday, July 13th from 2:30 – 3:15pm at Iowa Speedway under the Turn 4 grandstands. REARVIEW MIRROR – KENTUCKY: Timothy Peters entered the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway with a pep in his step after announcing a new primary sponsor for the 225-mile race. Tire Discounters and Valvoline NextGen served as co-primary sponsor on the No.17 Toyota Tundra giving Peters a new set of colors to represent in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage. Showing the green NextGen colors proudly, he qualified ninth for the 150-lap event. Peters was found inside the top-10 during the entire course of the race and made it up as high as second. When the checkered flag flew, Peters was scored in the sixth position – scoring his fourth top-10 finish of the season. His finish moved the Tire Discounters/NextGen Toyota tundra team up into the 10th-place in the driver point standings. Eight races into the season; Would you say this is the toughest season of your career? “No. It’s tough, don’t get me wrong. It’s just one of those years. They don’t call it racing for nothing. Last year we could do no wrong from the beginning through the summer stretch then towards the end we couldn’t do anything right. So now, maybe this is a sign of what is going to be our championship year because it seems like to date we can’t do anything right. Maybe now with the Parts Plus colors on our Toyota Tundra we can do everything right to get into victory lane from now until Homestead. What is the key to success at Iowa Speedway? “It seems like turns one and two are always everyone’s Achilles heel. If you have a shock package that can get you across those turns and still give you the attitude that you need for aero, that’s the guy that is going to come out on top. Because your aero package does play a big part there. Love going to Iowa; I was able to sit on the pole and win the race last year and hopefully we can go back and do that. The trophy sure is cool and the fans are great.” -Red Horse Racing PR
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