Timothy Peters Bringing Confidence, Momentum to Martinsville

Timothy Peters Bringing Confidence, Momentum to Martinsville

by October 25, 2014 0 comments

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RIDGEWAY, Va. — Timothy Peters is riding high on momentum and confidence entering Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway – his hometown race.

Peters, the winner of last Saturday’s Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway, snapped a 22-race winless streak last week that would mark his first victory of the season.

With his first win of the 2014 season underneath his belt, the driver of the No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota enters his hometown race with plenty of confidence within him. Coming off of his first win since September 2013, Peters feels as if he has a great shot to go back-to-back and win on Saturday.

“Nothing but a win,” Peters said of his goal for Saturday. “We know these wins are hard to come by. Being able to go to victory lane last week was definitely a big confidence and momentum booster for myself and the whole entire Red Horse Racing team.

“To have an opportunity to go back-to-back and really feel strong about it coming into Martinsville, we thought [about] that all week. You kind of have to look at Martinsville and Talladega as one and the same, you have to race the race track. If we can see the start/finish line, maybe we’ll have a shot at it.”

2014 has been a rather slow season for Peters and the No. 17 Red Horse Racing crew. Although he has picked up the pace in recent weeks with 11th and fourth-place finishes coming in the two races prior to Talladega, Peters had been stuck in the mud in seventh-to-eighth in the drivers’ standings while enduring a streak of eight races from July to September without a top-five finish. Peters’ win at Talladega has since catapulted himself up to fifth in the drivers’ standings – 77 points out of the lead.

The Danville, Virginia, native acknowledges his run of subpar results but notes that his success last Saturday should provide both himself and his team a springboard of sorts entering this weekend’s race and the three following races remaining on the calendar.

“This year has been a struggle, and a struggle as far as good luck,” Peters said. “Last week was kind of like the bad luck is out the window… and you’re able to get on the momentum train like we know we can get on and win races.”

Peters followed up his runner-up finish at Daytona to open up the season with a sixth-place result at Martinsville in March. The 2009 Kroger 200 winner led 49 of 250 laps in March’s Kroger 250 before being shuffled back in the pack late in the race after hitting some kicked-up grass on the racing surface.

“We found out in the spring you could be leading like we were and my truck goes through the grass on the infield, put some of it on the racetrack, and I was the first one to it and it kind of took our chances away at possibly getting a victory in the spring,” he concluded. “I look at it as the momentum we had the first two races is the same momentum that we have now. We capitalized last week and hopefully we can improve our position by five tomorrow.”

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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