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Friday evening’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race did not go the way Timothy Peters envisioned it would.
As he stepped out of his Toyota Tundra, he took a deep breath. The smile on his face said it all, showing a positive aspect in the midst of what could very well be a negative atmosphere for some.
Peters finished inside of the top 5 in each of the past two races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, creating high expectations for Friday’s spectacle. However, that was not the result for the Red Horse Racing driver come this year’s contest, ending the 134-lap race in ninth.
“We just missed it tonight,” Peters said post-race on pit road. “We win one and we lose one. We really started off the race really well. It was a great effort for our Red Horse Racing team, and we’ll build for this over the off-season. It just wasn’t our night.”
Finishing fourth in the championship standings, it’s the second best result of Peters’ Truck Series career, coming short of tying his career-best of second in 2012 to James Buescher.
Peters goes winless in a Truck Series season for the first time in his career. If he would have won tonight, he would have tied Dennis Setzer’s mark of eight straight years with at least one win in the Truck Series.
While Peters failed to win the title, he said hopes his run throughout the Chase will be enough to get sponsorship for 2017 as the No. 17 truck had a sponsor only for the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway.
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