MARTINSVILLE MAGIC: The saying goes, 'home is where the heart is.' That holds true for Red Horse Racing driver, Timothy Peters and his home track of Martinsville Speedway. The Danville, VA native joined Red Horse Racing in 2009 and has raced in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 15 times at Martinsville Speedway.
His first Truck Series victory at the track came in 2009 where he led 84 laps in only his sixth race with the Red Horse Racing organization. In the five years the driver of the No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra has been with the team, he has finished seven out of eight races inside the top-10, with five of those inside the top five. There is just something about racing at home in front of your friends and family.
PARTS PLUS: Parts Plus goes home this weekend with Timothy Peters as the duo pairs for the Martinsville Speedway race. 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: Hometown favorite, Timothy Peters and his No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra team will unload chassis No. 137 this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Peters last raced this chassis on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, ON where he finished eighth. This chassis was also used earlier this season 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.).
REARVIEW MIRROR - TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY: Timothy Peters and his No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra qualified for the Fred's 250 presented by Coca-Cola in the 31st position. In a place where qualifying at the front does not dictate the outcome of the race, the team elected to make some changes to the Tundra before the start of the 94-lap event. With that, the team started at the rear of the field when the Truck Series went green at Talladega Superspeedway. Crew chief Butch Hylton and Peters knew the Parts Plus Tundra needed to head to the front of the pack to be in contention at race's end but on lap 66, a competitor made contact with the rear of the No. 17 Tundra sending him into the wall and ending the day for the team. Peters was scored 29th at race's end.
Timothy Peters on Martinsville Speedway:
How do you feel about your chances at another win at Martinsville Speedway?
"I feel pretty good about it. Martinsville fits my driving style. Maybe because this is where I started racing and where I grew up. I've had a lot of laps around Martinsville lately with my Late Model and then with the test last week in our Parts Plus Tundra. This is the time in the season when our momentum kicks into high gear. It'd be really nice to walk out on Saturday night with a grandfather clock."
What is one thing that excites you the most about racing at Martinsville?
"Being at home. You know it's always great to have your family and friends at the race track there to cheer you on and support you. Like Dorothy says, there's no place like home. I've got so many fond memories at this race track, it's just always great to be here."