The Camping World Truck series in NASCAR is an assemblage of young and old. It's not that unusual to see several teenagers driving in a race and sometimes even winning. But the series is also where veteran drivers, who have been through the grind of year-in and year-out racing through many of NASCAR's divisions, settle in, finding lesser races without as many commitments to the drivers liking.
And there are also those who have put in their time racing Trucks but haven't been able to break out any further. Now, let's be clear about this. Most of the champions in Trucks are veteran drivers who have indeed put their time in. Heck, Ron Hornaday Jr. won the first of his four Truck championships when he was 38 and he was over 50 when he won his fourth. And yet last season, 21 year old Austin Dillon won the title.
So the mix of new and old in the Truck series is common. And whether you're a veteran of over 300 races like Hornaday or 130 like Timothy Peters, you're a veteran of the series regardless. And that is what the 32 year old Peters is - a veteran.
He's been running either part-time or full-time in Trucks for eight seasons now. This year will mark his fourth overall as a full-time racer, all with Red Horse Racing. He's from Danville, Virginia, and rather appropriately won his first Truck race three years ago at Martinsville, Virginia, which is only 30 miles from where he was born.
The year he won for the first time and while racing full-time, Peters finished eighth in the points, establishing himself as someone who belonged. The next year, he began the season with a last lap pass for the win at Daytona (sources - USA Today) and moved up two places from the year prior into sixth in the final standings, thus creating a solid foundation as a contender. By the way, Peters led the 2010 point standings for the first few months of the year.
Establishing a contender
Last season, Peters won at IRP to give him his third win in the series. He also grabbed seven top fives and clearly was established as a challenger for a title - Peters ended the season fifth in points. This year started off with a runner-up at Daytona and six straight Top 10s. A win at Iowa and then recently at Bristol (see related articles) firmly made Peters the current favorite as the season rolls on. He's been first or second in the standings the entire season, heading into this week's race at Atlanta.
So as the title asks, is 2012 Timothy Peters' year? Nine more races and we'll know for sure but right now he has a 17 point lead over James Buescher. Rookie Ty Dillon who drives the championship Truck from last year (his brother Austin won the title), sits third, 25 points back. Justin Lofton and Parker Kligerman are tied for fourth, 31 markers behind Peters.
There's still a lot that can happen but as each race that goes by, Peters looks more and more like a champion. 2012 just may be his year.
Sources - NASCAR, Racing Reference
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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