Virginia native Timothy Peters will race at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 13-14 in the Drivin' for Linemen 200.
MADISON – Timothy Peters likes what he sees from his team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition this season.
The Virginia native, who will race at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 13-14 in the Drivin’ for Linemen 200, is pushing for the lead in the heated points chase.
At last glance, Peters was running second to Matt Crafton in the year-long points standings. By the time the Gateway race takes shape, Peters intends to be atop the leaderboard.
“I know we’re only a few races into it, but I definitely feel like we have a shot at winning the championship this season,” Peters said. “We’ve worked really hard as a team, and having Marcus Redmond as my crew chief this year has been really great for our team chemistry.”
Peters added, “We’re not No. 1 right now, but there’s a lot of racing left. So far, so good.
“We’ll keep on trucking.”
The 33-year-old North Carolina resident visited Gateway recently and got to throw out the first pitch before a St. Louis Cardinals’ game with the Chicago Cubs. He enjoys other sports, but racing is in his blood.
“You can’t be inconsistent and momentum is so important,” he said of making his season a successful venture. “We have a Toyota truck with a new body design and our truck is faster and has a sleek look.”
He has three Top 6-finishes and a Top-15 showing in his first four races. He ran second to Kyle Busch at Daytona in his opening race of the season. Peters has races at Dover, Delaware and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth before coming to Gateway.
It’ll be a homecoming of sorts for Peters at Gateway. He ran in the last Truck race at the track in 2010. This year’s race is set to start at 7:30 on Saturday, June 14, the night before Father’s Day.
“My second race I drove in was at Gateway – back in 2005,” Peters said. “And the last time I was here was when the lights went out.”
Those lights went out for good until Curtis Francois purchased the facility and made major improvements. The NHRA dragsters returned first – two years ago – and they’ll set up shop again at Gateway on Sept. 26-28.
“The place looks great,” Peters said, surveying it last week. “It’s a very unique track. You have high-speed racing mixed with short-track racing.”
He added, “In the little bit of racing that I’ve done here, I know it’s a challenging track. You want to be out in front early here because the track isn’t forgiving. So momentum is a key. You need to be patiently aggressive.”
Peters is aiming to keep that momentum rolling by the time he reaches Gateway. Overall, he has seven Truck Series victories, the last one coming at Las Vegas in 2013. His first win came in at Martinsville, Va., in 2009, four years after his first season.
“There’s great talent in this series and you have a lot of good rookies out there,” Peters said, sizing up the competition. “It’s a strong field overall and that means the talent will give you a run for your money.
“It’s so unpredictable,” he noted. “And that’s what makes it so much fun.”