Timothy Peters Finishes Fifth, Earns Spot in Championship Four
Timothy Peters and the No. 17 Red Horse Racing team earned a fifth-place finish in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway and a berth in the Championship Four in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase. In two practice sessions early in the day on Friday, Peters fought a tight Toyota Tundra and posted the ninth and 17th fastest times. In three rounds of knockout, group qualifying, Peters transferred to the final round and secured the eighth spot in the starting lineup. The 150-lap event began with a series of caution flags, where Peters encountered a tight Toyota Tundra, and crew chief Shane Huffman counseled him to save fuel. Huffman called him to pit road under caution on lap 65 for four Goodyear tires, Sunoco fuel and a wedge adjustment. Following the stop, the balance on the red-and-white Tundra shifted to free and Peters climbed as high as third as he battled to earn a spot in the Championship Four, even as his Tundra tightened up. On the final restart with four laps to go, Peters held on to a top-five finish and earned the final seed in the Championship Four to battle for the NCWTS Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Start - 8
Finish - 5
Driver Points Position - 4
Owner Points Position - 9
Laps Led - 0
Timothy Peters Quote:
"We unloaded today and we were off a little bit. Shane (Huffman, crew chief) and all the guys worked really hard to get our balance. This is a pretty cool moment to sit up here, myself and Christopher (Bell) and then Matt (Crafton) and Johnny (Sauter) running for a championship - to be involved with the first Chase is pretty cool. This one goes to the men and women of Red Horse Racing - Shane Huffman and all the crew guys, the road guys - they work their butts off and the Lord has really blessed us for sure. We've been lucky a lot of times and maybe finished some races that we probably shouldn't have. Homestead is a pretty decent track for us so I'm looking forward to going down there and seeing what we've got."
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