RIGHT AND LEFT: Turning left and right isn't new for the driver of the No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra. Timothy Peters cut his teeth racing go-karts and earned 10 World Karting Association National titles. With momentum on his side, the Red Horse Racing driver is planning on keeping all four tires on the blacktop to earn the best finish possible on his championship hunt.
In preparations for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), Red Horse Racing went through two different avenues. Peters along with his teammates Germán Quiroga and John Wes Townley took a trip to Bondurant driving school in Phoenix, Arizona in June for a two day training session on the techniques of road course racing. The team took their skills from Bondurant to a test at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). The team is prepared as any to race around the 2.46-mile road course.
IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY: Timothy Peters will celebrate his 33rd birthday on Thursday, August 29th. Peters not only shares his birthday with NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Wendell Scott, they also share the same home town of Danville, VA. Be sure to send @TimothyPeters17 a Happy Birthday tweet.
PARTS PLUS: Parts Plus joins Timothy Peters as primary sponsor on his No. 17 Toyota Tundra as the Series crosses the border this weekend to Bowmanville, Ontario. 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. For more information on Parts Plus and locations near you, visit PartsPlus.com.
CHASSIS HISTORY: Timothy Peters and his No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra team will unload chassis No. 137 this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Peters last raced his chassis at Martinsville Speedway where he qualified third and finished fifth. Last fall at Martinsville, Peters put chassis 137 on the pole, setting a new track record of 96.411 mph (19.641 sec.).
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, August 31st from 1:45 - 2:45 pm in Paddock G in the north/west corner next to the Truck Series Garage.
REARVIEW MIRROR - BRISTOL: Timothy Peters and the No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra took on the role of a modern day gladiator as he battled his way around Bristol Motor Speedway. Peters captured the race lead on lap 63 and was determined to repeat his win at the half-mile. A late race caution forced the Tundra team to make a last minute decision to stay out on track with less than 10 laps to go. On the restart, Peters suffered a fuel issue and fell back to fourth. In spite of this Peters fought his way back through the field with seven laps to go. Peters battled for the lead all the way to the checkered flag spinning out as he captured the second-place finish. The second-place finish moves Peters up two positions in the driver point standings to fifth.
Timothy Peters on Canadian Tire Motorsport Park:
What are you most anxious/nervous about racing at CTMP?
"I'm really anxious. I know my only experience is behind the wheel of a go-kart but I think we will do well. It'll be like a riding a bike. Hopefully we'll pull off a good finish in our Parts Plus Tundra."
How will the test at VIR and Bondurant help you at CTMP?
"I think the most important aspect of both Bondurant and VIR was learning the technique with how you work the wheel and brake the left and right. They teach you a lot about eye sight and that you have to look at things differently. When we went to Bondurant, we were in a street car. The best part about it was learning the technique on how to approach and attack the corners differently. It really helped me when we went on to the test at VIR. I knew to be smooth with the throttle and when to use it and always be looking."