NCWTS: Timothy Peters Looks Forward To Dover

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Following a fifth place effort at Charlotte Motor Speedway two weeks ago, Timothy is riding the ‘momentum train’ into Dover International Raceway – a track where triumph has eluded him in seven appearances.

Peters, 34, is prepared to tackle the ‘Monster Mile’ with an assiduous mindset rather than an aggressive approach.

“Our expectations are to race the race track – kind of take a Darlington approach,” Peters explained in a pre-race media center appearance. “This place is not really intimidating, but it’s the type of track that if you try to be over-aggressive you can find yourself in the wall very quickly. It’s a long race, one of the longest races of the year for us. The first half you just kind of race 80 percent and then the second half you kind of get off defense and go to offense.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has run four races so far 2014, opening at Daytona International Speedway in February.  After a tedious wait for competitors the series will now run three straight races.

This is a critical time period for teams, according to Peters.

“(Dover) kicks off kind of our summer stretch to where we are on three, off one and back on three again,” Peters expressed. “The team is what wins you races and who prepares the best is who ends up coming out on top at Homestead. I put our race team up against any guys in the garage area.”

While some in the garage area dislike the current schedule, Peters glances more at the positives, rather than just the negatives.

“The good part about the schedule is that we have time and the bad part about the schedule is that we have time and we used that time to prepare our fleet,” He added.

Peters is more focused on the task at hand…winning.

Dover is a short one mile concrete circuit that fits Peters driving style perfectly,  It’s short, fast and maintaining track position is key – all things he’s developed his career on; especially given his background at the short track level.

“I consider this track kind of like one of the short tracks that I raced on back in my Late Model days.  Orange County Speedway (Rougemont, N.C.) for example,” Peters further commented. “A lot of folks refer to it like that, but on steroids. It’s very fast and you just have to keep that in your mind.”

“I have to do my job in doing that to keep good track position and the pit crew has to do their job too. It’s a big team effort and with 20 (laps) to go it’s time to turn the wick up and hopefully we’ll be there when the checkered flag falls.”

Peters is also concerned about the eight rookie drivers on the entry list for the Lucas Oil 200 this weekend, making patience a must-have.

“Again, I go back to the first half of the race is where you have to run about 80 percent because things happen so fast and you go back and look at the entry list – we have a lot of rookies here for the first time,” Peters said. “You take that into consideration and the second half is the time to go.”

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