It was a weekend of firsts for Red Horse Racing driver Timothy Peters as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced into Iowa Speedway for the American Ethanol 200. Peters captured the pole for the 200-lap event and was able to stay in the top three positions all night, capturing his first win of the season. The pole position was Peters' first of the season, alongside his first win at the 0.875-mile speedway. Peters leaves Iowa Speedway with a 12 point lead over second place in the championship point standings, the largest lead to date this year.
Peters led the field to the green flag and raced out front until the first caution flag was displayed on lap six for an accident in turn two. On the lap nine restart, Peters got loose racing into turn one and moved into the second position.
Lap 42 was when Peters regained the race lead, where he stayed for the next 34 laps. The team visited pit road during the lap 51 caution for four tires and fuel. A great stop by the No. 17 Toyota Tundra team kept Peters out front for the lap 56 restart.
The front position was taken from Peters on lap 75 but he continued to battle in the second spot for the race lead. The radio was quiet as Peters battled through lap traffic, slowly ticking away at the leaders pace.
At the halfway mark, Peters was just three tenths of a second behind the leader still sitting second. While racing through traffic, the driver was able to gain another tenth inching his way to the first position.
It was lap 135 when Peters regained the front running position after the leader fell victim to a blown right front tire that brought out the caution on lap 136. Crew chief, Butch Hylton brought Peters to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. The No. 17 pit crew did not disappoint and once again put Peters out front for the lap 142 restart.
With 35 laps remaining, oil was spotted on the track bringing out the fifth caution of the race. The Toyota team elected to stay out on the track after having just visited pit road only 30 laps prior. Lap 168 was when the field went back to green-flag racing.
On lap 169, Peters was caught by a veteran driver for the lead. After 22 laps and two additional restarts, Peters had a great restart to regain the lead when the field when back racing with 10 laps remaining. The No. 17 Toyota Tundra collected the American Ethanol 200 victory, leading a total of 87 laps. In nine races, Peters has earned one win, six top five and eight top-10 finishes. This is his second top-10 finish in four races at Iowa Speedway.
For Red Horse Racing, this was the first time since 2005 that a driver has won the race from the pole position. It also marks the third win of the season for the organization, one for each of their three respective teams (John King - Daytona International Speedway and Todd Bodine - Dover International Speedway). Since joining Red Horse Racing in 2009, Peters has collected one win in each season. Out of four races at Iowa Speedway, Peters is the third driver to capture the race win from the pole position
Comments from the driver:
"You don't get Toyota Tundras like this often and it was dominant. We sat on the pole. The testament goes to this team right here -- Butch Hylton (crew chief), all the guys back in the shop -- they work their butts off. Thank you so much. Joe Gibbs Engines -- how about that horsepower? This right here is for my dad. It will be 11 years Tuesday that I lost my dad, so this was for him. Man, I'm going to be a dad -- that's kind of scary in itself too."