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Peters ready to turn truck season around

SoVaNow.com / July 11, 2013

Timothy Peters is a competitor to watch as the NASCAR Trucks championship hunt starts to get serious.

Peters and the Camping World are at Iowa Speedway Saturday.

It’s the first two trips to the Hawkeye state for the NASCAR Trucks, with a trip to Eldora’s dirt track on July 24.

Peters is undeterred by a sluggish beginning this season.

“It’s definitely started off a little rocky, but they don’t call it big time auto racing for nothing,” said Peters, who stepped back to late model action Thursday at South Boston Speedway.

“It seems like we turned it around about three weeks ago,” said Peters, after a Top Ten finish at Kentucky.

Peters believes he hit his stride in NASCAR Trucks action at the Iowa track a year ago, en route to a terrific campaign. Peters finished second in 2012 to eventual champion James Buescher. Peters won at Iowa Speedway a year ago, one of his two wins last season.

Peters sat on the pole and won the race at Iowa.

He’s tenth in the current points chase, 85 markers out of first place. The former SBS track champion believes he can close the gap. Peters is looking for more consistency and expects to win some events in the second half of the season.

Peters, soon to turn 33, has to line up a full season’s ride for 2014.

“I haven’t heard anything yet, but I think it’s going to be OK,” said Peters.

Peters is one of two former South Boston Speedway regulars in the Truck Series. Jeb Burton is second in the title hunt, 22 behind leader Matt Crafton.

Peters had a decent late model run at SBS last week. He avoided early trouble in the race and finished sixth behind eventual winner Lee Pulliam.



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