Bruton Smith is not afraid to make changes to his tracks and at his half-mile high banked marvel called Bristol Motor Speedway, he made more changes, grinding off the top groove. And it appears there was at least one person who liked the changes: Timothy Peters.
In a dominating affair that took an extra four laps to finish, Peters led all 200 scheduled plus four more additional laps after a green-white-checker finish to claim his second victory of the season, while extending his lead in the Camping World Truck series. His Red Horse Racing teammate Parker Kligerman was second.
Peters is the first Truck driver to lead every lap since four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr. did it back in '97. By the way, Hornaday in a newly built truck, had a terrible night until the last caution, and was still able to labor for a Top 10.
Smith thought the racing at Bristol had widened the groove to the extent of offering multiple lanes to race, eliminating the old bumping and grinding - which didn't make for thrilling competition in his opinion. To get the fans back in the seats of the coliseum style stadium that is Bristol, Smith ground off the top lane of the progressive banking, narrowing the racing groove and reducing the 30 degrees at the top of the track to 28 degrees.
But amazingly, the race went green for the first 81 laps, offering very little side-by-side racing and very few passes. As a fan, I don't think the changes did all that much and if anything, they may have made the racing more boring. Actually, I liked the progressive banking and multiple grooves. But that's gone.
However, certainly Timothy Peters from Danville, Virginia, is one racer happy with the changes at the track and note that he has improved every race he's run at Bristol since '07. Red Horse Racing is in Mooresville, North Carolina, which is less than three hours from Bristol, Tennessee and with Peters dominant performance, maybe Bristol should become Red Horse Racing's home? I'm sure Peters thinks so.
Sources - NASCAR, USA Today
Daryle has been involved in motorsports most of his life and has three decades of experience inside racemarketing, plus for several years has blogged about every type of racing.
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