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Peters Finds Perfect Gift For Team Owner In Bristol

Deb Williams | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Thursday, August 23 2012

Timothy Peters and his Red Horse team had little trouble winning at Bristol on Wednesday night. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

BRISTOL, Tenn. – When NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner Tom DeLoach wants to remember his 65th birthday all he’ll have to do is look at his trophy case and focus on the unique hardware from Bristol Motor Speedway.

Given to DeLoach by driver Timothy Peters, it was a gift any team owner would like to receive as the North Carolina native led every lap in the UNOH 200, which was extended to 204 laps due to a green-white-checker finish. It was the first time since 1997 that a driver had led every lap in a truck race. Ron Hornaday accomplished the feat in a 225-lap race on the 0.438-mile Louisville [Ky.] Motor Speedway.

“It’s very sweet tonight,” a smiling DeLoach said after the truck series 100th green-white-checker finish. “I am an incredibly blessed man. I’m blessed with a lot of people around me that are really good at doing their jobs. My only job is to kinda give them a playing surface so they can do it. Boy, did they ever do it tonight!”

Peters was never seriously challenged in the event. He ran the first 81 laps without a yellow flag, possessed more than a 2-second lead at one point, and put 15 trucks a lap down. At the checkered flag, he was less than a second ahead of teammate Parker Kligerman, but that was primarily due to the green-white-checker finish.

With his fifth career victory and second this season, Peters took a 17-point advantage over James Buescher in the standings. Entering the Bristol race, Peters was tied with Ty Dillon for the standings lead, but Dillon’s truck ran out of fuel on the final restart, dropping him from fifth to 21st at the finish. He now sits third, 25 points behind Peters.

Timothy Peters stands alone at the top of the truck series standings. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

Even though Peters never had to fight for the No. 1 position Wednesday night, the team was concerned it might have ruined its chances when Peters cut a left-rear tire during practice. In fact, Peters admitted he panicked when he cut the tire.

“We went from having a really good truck to an OK truck,” said Peters, who averaged 79.690 mph in the race slowed by six caution flags for 43 laps. “(Crew chief) Butch (Hylton) pulled us all in and told us to calm down. Let’s meet halfway in the middle on the changes from where we ended first practice. Qualifying was the determining factor when we knew we had a good truck.”

When it came time for the race, Hylton gave Peters some sound advice.

“Too heck with the points, let’s win the race,” Hylton told Peters.

And that’s exactly what Peters did.

“Timothy drover his guts out tonight,” said Hylton, a 22-year veteran of the sport. “His restarts were flawless. I know how hard he’s worked on that this year. I just feel blessed to have a race like that. It’s so rare to do this. It’s pretty cool.”

For DeLoach, it would have been a perfect night if his third driver, Todd Bodine, hadn’t cut a tire while racing with Cale Gale and had to settle for 31st. DeLoach was convinced Bodine would have finished in the top five as well if not for the accident.

“It was really looking like this was going to be even more incredible than it is,” DeLoach said. “I really think Todd would have been here. But as you look at it, one and two on your birthday is pretty doggone sweet.”

RACE RESULTS

1. (2) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 204, $36,525.

2. (9) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 204, $23,915.

3. (15) Ross Chastain, Toyota, 204, $20,460.

4. (8) Joey Coulter, Chevrolet, 204, $14,200.

5. (11) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 204, $12,700.

6. (5) Ryan Blaney, RAM, 204, $9,025.

7. (28) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 204, $11,125.

8. (17) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 204, $11,075.

9. (7) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 204, $11,025.

10. (32) Justin Lofton, Chevrolet, 204, $12,250.

11. (10) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 204, $11,925.

12. (21) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 204, $10,775.

13. (19) David Starr, Toyota, 204, $10,725.

14. (27) Jason White, Ford, 204, $10,675.

15. (23) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 204, $11,675.

16. (29) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 204, $10,525.

17. (22) Brian Scott, Toyota, 204, $8,220.

18. (6) Nelson Piquet Jr., Chevrolet, 204, $10,400.

19. (20) Caleb Holman, Chevrolet, 204, $8,100.

20. (13) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, 203, $8,675.

21. (12) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 202, $10,250.

22. (30) Bryan Silas, Ford, 202, $10,225.

23. (24) Chad McCumbee, Chevrolet, 202, $7,950.

24. (25) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 202, $8,925.

25. (4) Brad Keselowski, RAM, 201, $8,025.

26. (35) Russ Dugger, Chevrolet, 200, $8,825.

27. (36) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 196, $7,800.

28. (1) Cale Gale, Chevrolet, Accident, 193, $10,075.

29. (16) Jake Crum, Chevrolet, Accident, 187, $7,725.

30. (18) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 168, $7,700.

31. (3) Todd Bodine, Toyota, Accident, 159, $7,765.

32. (26) Jeff Agnew, Chevrolet, Accident, 91, $7,200.

33. (34) Chris Jones, Chevrolet, Accident, 81, $7,175.

34. (14) Clay Greenfield, RAM, Brakes, 53, $7,150.

35. (31) Dennis Setzer, Chevrolet, Brakes, 4, $7,125.

36. (33) Johnny Chapman, Chevrolet, Electrical, 2, $7,089.

RACE STATISTICS

Average Speed of Race Winner: 79.69 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 21 Mins, 52 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 0.465 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 6 for 43 laps.

Lead Changes: 1 among 1 drivers.

Lap Leaders: T. Peters 1-204.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): T. Peters 1 time for 204 laps.

Top 10 in Points: T. Peters – 497; J. Buescher – 480; T. Dillon – 472; J. Lofton – 466; P. Kligerman – 466; M. Crafton – 448; J. Coulter – 446; R. Hornaday Jr. – 422; N. Piquet Jr. – 418; J. White – 401.

– Deb Williams can be reached at dwilliams@racintoday.com

Deb Williams | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Thursday, August 23 2012
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