Timothy Peters was on point once again at the Rock, using his third top-five in '12 to secure the Truck points lead (Autostock).
Timothy on top
Peters a picture of consistency as another top-five at the Rock secures Truck lead
By Joe Menzer,
April 17, 2012 1:56 PM, EDT
Timothy Peters took over the points lead in the Camping World Truck Series following his fifth-place finish in the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 at Rockingham Speedway on Sunday. He covers that and other topics as the subject of this week's six questions.
1. What was it like to be part of the historic return to the track that hadn't hosted a NASCAR-sanctioned race since 2004?
Peters: It was great just to ride around the track. I've never been to a place where the fans were all over you like that. It's just an awesome feeling, and it's cool to see the excitement and the enjoyment of NASCAR being back.
You know it's a good day when you go away from the track with a top-five and you're disappointed.
-- TIMOTHY PETERS
2. Were you pleased with your finish?
Peters: Obviously, we had a solid day. You know it's a good day when you go away from the track with a top-five and you're disappointed. Guys worked really hard on pit road, (and crew chief) Butch Hylton did a great job calling the race. We had a great strategy all weekend long. We just got a little loose at the end -- and instead of wrecking it, we concentrated on bringing it home in one piece and heading onto Kansas. I like this wave of momentum we're on and hope to continue to ride it.
3. How do you feel about taking over the points lead in the series?
Peters: Our season has been going well. After the summer stretch last year, I would say Butch and I got on a role as far as our communication. Everything we talked about, it just worked -- it clicked. We closed that communication gap.
He did a great job of taking what we learned in the offseason and implementing that. He and all the crew chiefs and all the employees at Red Horse Racing basically did a great job of creating an assembly line to take advantage of how the trucks have great repeatability.
4. Do you feel it's only a matter of time until you get to Victory Lane this season?
Peters: I'm looking forward to going to Kansas (this Saturday). We've got a brand-new truck there, with some stuff where we took it even one step further. Right now, I rate our season an A-plus because we're consistent, we're qualifying up front and we're finishing up front. If we keep executing, the wins will come.
5. Has Butch been imparting some veteran, old-school wisdom on you?
Peters: Well, when we walked in the gate Friday morning (at Rockingham) our deal was we were going to make a qualifying run right off the truck (in the first practice). Then we made a 30-lap run and we were done.
I think our plan worked out really well. Obviously, the track hasn't changed as far as wearing on the tires. He was just afraid that if we would have run five laps, made an adjustment, then go back out -- especially if you were already comfortable with it -- you'd go back out and it would be totally different. So, I think our plan of attack was perfect. ... We had a good balance all day long and just tried to take care of our tires. It was exciting; it was slick. But I would have to say his previous experience (at Rockingham and as a crew chief) paid off for us.
6. Did you enjoy having Sunday to yourselves with the Cup race having been held last Saturday night in Texas?
Peters: I liked it. I've been to a lot of Cup races, and I kind of felt like we had Cup status (Sunday). All the people that were in the garage area, and with the fans coming to the driver's meeting and being able to see and touch what we're about, all in all, it was great. Because, let's face it, without the fans none of this stuff works.