SoBo's 2004 Late Model champion reels off 6th-place run in Craftsman Truck Series action
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — South Boston Speedway fans have known that Timothy Peters is something special on the racetrack for quite a while. Now, followers of the Craftsman Truck Series are beginning to realize it as well.
In just his fourth start of the season for Bobby Hamilton Racing, based out of Nashville, Tenn., Peters rolled to a sixth-place run in Craftsman Truck Series action this past weekend in Dover, Del.
That is less than one year after Peters locked up the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division championship at South Boston Speedway. That marked the third straight year that Peters had won a NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series title. He won track championships at neighboring Orange County Speedway in 2002 and 2003 before laying claim to the crown at America's Hometown Track last season.
"It felt great," Peters said of his sixth-place performance at Dover. "It felt like I was right back there at South Boston Speedway again running up front.
"We ran good all day," Peters added. "We were up there in the top 10 throughout the race. We qualified in the top 10 and ran in the top 10 all day."
Peters got as high as second place in the event at Dover before posting the sixth-place run.
South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice said she watched with excitement as Peters competed in the top 10 throughout Saturday's event at Dover.
"We are all so proud of Timothy," Rice said. "We have always known that he is a great young talent. He showed that many times here at South Boston Speedway.
"It is good to see him enjoying success in the Craftsman Truck Series now," Rice added. "Of course we miss having him here racing at South Boston Speedway, but we are always thrilled when one of our competitors has a chance to move up the NASCAR ladder. We all wish Timothy the best and we also hope for much continued success for him."
Peters had his initial Craftsman Truck Series start of the season in April at Martinsville Speedway where he scored an 18th-place finish. He then managed a 16th-place run at Gateway International Speedway in Madison, Ill., before finishing 32nd at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte a few weeks ago.
Despite finishing 32nd at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Peters said that was the turning point for him in Craftsman Truck Series competition.
"I really think the turnaround point for us was Charlotte," Peters said. "We were running real strong and then had some bad luck and got taken out. "
When Peters was involved in a wreck at Charlotte he was running sixth and had been solidly planted in the top 10 for a good portion of the race.
Peters said Thursday that he will compete in approximately 15 total Craftsman Truck Series event this season, with his next event slated for Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.
"We had a good week at Dover, but now we're trying to get ready for Texas," Peters said.
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