TURNAROUND TIME: The 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season has seen its ups and downs for Timothy Peters and his No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra. Friday evening, Peters will take on the 1-mile oval of Dover International Speedway in hopes to capture the win that will turn his season around. In five wins, Peters has collected four of those victories on tracks less than 1-mile in length including Martinsville Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway (formerly International Raceway Park), Iowa Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. The ‘Monster Mile’ is his to tame on Friday evening.
PARTS PLUS: Timothy Peters’ No. 17 Toyota Tundra will again proudly represent Parts Plus at Dover International Speedway featuring their orange and red color paint scheme. Parts Plus has served as the primary sponsor for the first five 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: Timothy Peters and his No. 17 Toyota Tundra team will utilize Chassis No. 010 this weekend at Dover International Speedway. The chassis was most recently raced at Kansas Speedway where Peters collected his first top-10 finish of the season. Since Kansas, this brand new chassis had vital testing time during a two-day test at Texas Motor Speedway as well as spending time at the wind tunnel.
MEET & GREET: Peters, along with teammates John Wes Townley and German Quiroga will head to the Lucas Oil display in the FanZone outside turn four after qualifying on Friday, May 31st from 1:30 – 2:15 for a Truck Series autograph session.
REARVIEW MIRROR – CHARLOTTE: Timothy Peters qualified third for the NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and was battling for the lead before he brought his Parts Plus Toyota Tundra to pit road for early adjustments. The stop put Peters in seventh place but that didn’t stop Peters. From there, he worked his way back to the front and was battling for the race lead. During the lap 84 caution, Peters visited pit road when he hit another truck as he was coming out of his pit box and had to return to fix the damage. He restarted 19th but quickly brought his Tundra behind the wall to assure there would be no further damage. The No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra finished 26th, 12 laps down.
Timothy Peters on Dover International Speedway:
What is it about short track racing that fits your driving style? Four of your five wins are on tracks under 1-mile. “I look at Dover kind of like a big Orange County Speedway – fast, high banked. I’ve had a lot of success with my late model at Orange County. It’s something about the G forces in the corner and how fast you can hustle the Parts Plus Toyota Tundra at a mile race track. You wouldn’t think what you could do what’s being done speed wise. It’s an intimidating racetrack if you’ve never been there before but it’s a fun track to race.”
What is it about Dover that gets drivers and the fans excited? “It’s exciting for me as a driver because it’s like a roller coaster. You’re driving off down a hill and then up out of a hill. There is just so much movement with the truck going into turn one especially because the track just feels like it falls out underneath you. A fans perspective – if you are standing on the infield down in the corner, the track is above you. It doesn’t matter if it is a NASCAR Camping World Truck, Nationwide Series Car, or Sprint Cup Series car the sensation of speed coming into the corner is amazing.”