Peters Banks on History Repeating Itself in Wednesday Night Doubleheader
It would be hard to top Timothy Peters' experience in the UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway. He did something only two other drivers had accomplished in nearly 200 national series races at the Last Great Colosseum - leading every lap on his way to a win.
So if he cannot top the performance, the 32-year-old Peters hopes history at least repeats itself at Bristol Motor Speedway in the UNOH 200, Wednesday, August 21.
"It's cool coming back to a place where we led every lap," said the Red Horse Racing driver. "Last year I came in the same truck I won Iowa with, and we're able to do the same thing again this year. Hopefully, that means the stars will align for us."
Despite his dominating 2012 performance, the Danville, Va. native acknowledges that battling on the World's Fastest Half Mile is challenging - an attribute that seems to heighten excitement and shorten fuses for those circling the venue's legendary banks.
"Everyone gets pumped up for good, short-track racing under the lights," he said. "It can be so difficult to pass there, and it seems like every time they pull that last loop on a driver's helmet at Bristol the intensity goes up - like it cuts off our oxygen a little and makes us act a little crazy."
Peters began his racing career at age 8, cutting his teeth driving go-karts at his hometown track located behind the Danville Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company before eventually moving on to Legends cars and Late Model Stock cars. A lifetime fan of motorsports, racing at the iconic half-mile holds special significance for Peters who made the jump to NASCAR's truck series in 2005.
"There's just something to be said about racing on the World's Fastest Half Mile," he said. "How cool is it to see a pick-up truck go 120 mph around that place? You can't see that anywhere else, not to mention the track's history and success some of the biggest names in our sport had there. I was a huge Darrell Waltrip fan growing up, and you always knew he had the chance to go to victory lane at Bristol."
To see if Peters can once again hoist the trophy in Bristol's victory lane and watch the gladiators of NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series and Whelen Modified Series brawl inside the bullring, click here or call toll free at (855) 580-5525. Tickets for the Wednesday night doubleheader start at just $30, and kids 15-and-under get in free with a ticketed adult.