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Peters wins truck pole in Darlington

by Pete McCole
Saturday, August 14, 2010


Timothy Peters
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Timothy Peters topped the field for Saturday night’s Too Tough To Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series makes their first to the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval after a six-year absence.

Peters’ lap of 170.845 mph was enough to hold off James Buescher for the pole, putting his Toyota Tundra at the head of the field for the second time this season and the third of his six-year Truck Series career.

Peters was the third quickest in the final practice session held earlier in the day. Saturday night’s race will mark his first career Darlington start.

Buescher came up just short of the top spot with a top speed of 170.738 mph in the no. 31 Chevrolet, to put him second on the grid, his fifth top-three start in the last eight starts.

Peters’ Red Horse Racing teammate Justin Lofton qualified third, followed by Aric Almirola and Ron Hornaday. Ken Schrader, Stacy Compton, Todd Bodine, Austin Dillon and Brian Ickler rounded out the top ten qualifiers.

Saturday night’s race will be the first visit for the trucks to Darlington Raceway since 2004, the last year the track hosted two race weekends.

Many of  the drivers in the 36-truck field turned their first ever lap at the track during Saturday’s first practice session, which hummed along incident-free, although several drivers earned their first “Darlington stripe” with a brush against the turn four wall.

With nicknames like the Lady In Black and The Track To Tough To Tame, Darlington has earned a reputation as a track that chews up stock cars and trucks alike and spits them out – a track that is difficult to master and favors the veterans over the inexperienced.

“Experience does give (the veterans) a huge advantage,” said Bodine. “We got thousand of laps here, and understand the subtle nuances about this racetrack that can make you fast or make you slow, and that’s something that these rookies are going to have to learn on their own.”

Bodine is the only driver in the field with a Darlington victory, albeit coming in the Nationwide Series back in 2003.  He was one of several veteran drivers who attended the meeting for rookie drivers prior to the first practice session, sharing their experiences on how to avoid becoming a victim of the “Lady In Black”.

“We pretty much put the fear of the Lady in Black in them, so I’m sure all of them are being very, very careful,” said Bodine. “We told them about all the little things that can go wrong, that this place can jump up and bite you, and obviously they paid attention.

“We’ve all been told 100 times, that you race this track, you don’t race each other. We probably said it 20 times in that rookie meeting - race the racetrack, if someone runs you down, don’t think you’re going to race them side by side for a lap or even half a lap, because you can’t do that here. You’ve got to race this racetrack to get to the end.”

Schrader, who is making is fifth start of the season driving for NASCAR Sprint Cup owner Kevin Harvick, has turned more laps at Darlington than anyone in the field with 55 career starts in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series.

More than anything else, Schrader says, the Darlington’s new surface – re-paved in 2008 – would play a big role in Saturday night’s race.

“The traffic is going to be huge, and there’s got to be a little bit of give-and-take,” said Schrader. “It wasn’t as bad before with the old pavement and the way the tires gave up because you slowed down so much so quick….you could get around them easy.

“Now, with no one slowing up, for one to pass the other, they’re both going to have to be involved.”



1 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Apex Tool Group 170.845 28.784 Leader
2 31 James Buescher Chevrolet Wolfpack Rentals 170.738 28.802 -0.018
3 7 Justin Lofton* Toyota 170.537 28.836 -0.052
4 51 Aric Almirola Toyota Zyclara by Graceway Pharmaceuticals 170.106 28.909 -0.125
5 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet E-Z-Go Street Legal Vehicle 169.965 28.933 -0.149
6 2 Ken Schrader Chevrolet Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q / Kroger 169.859 28.951 -0.167
7 60 Stacy Compton Chevrolet SafeAuto Insurance Company 169.713 28.976 -0.192
8 30 Todd Bodine Toyota 169.514 29.101 -0.317
9 3 Austin Dillon* Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Remington Arms / Tracker 169.374 29.034 -0.250
10 18 Brian Ickler Toyota Toyota Tundra 169.321 29.043 -0.259
11 23 Jason White Dodge / Outdoor Channel Outfitters 168.845 29.125 -0.341
12 5 Mike Skinner Toyota International Trucks / Monaco RV 168.434 29.196 -0.412
13 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet In Country Television / Curb Records 168.428 29.197 -0.413
14 81 David Starr Toyota Zachry 168.238 29.230 -0.446
15 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Ideal Door / Menards 167.951 29.280 -0.496
16 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet Monster Energy 167.922 29.285 -0.501
17 07 Donny Lia Chevrolet SS Green Light Racing 167.871 29.294 -0.510
18 150 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Liberty Tire Recycling 167.362 29.383 -0.599
19 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet S&W Services 166.823 29.478 -0.694
20 192 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet / BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors 164.122 29.963 -1.179
21 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb* Ford / 164.062 29.974 -1.190
22 46 J C Stout Dodge Team Gill Racing 162.227 30.313 -1.529
23 12 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet / James Carter Attorney 162.019 30.352 -1.568
24 89 Mike Harmon Ford Lafferty Performance 161.423 30.464 -1.680
25 6 Brett Butler* Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing 159.486 30.834 -2.050
26 187 Chris Jones Chevrolet Copy Wizard 159.398 30.851 -2.067
27 21 Butch Miller Dodge SS Green Light Racing 157.873 31.149 -2.365
28 85 Brent Raymer Ford Ford. Drive one. 157.032 31.316 -2.532
29 93 Mike Garvey Chevrolet S&W Towing 156.139 31.495 -2.711
30 01 Jeremy Petty Chevrolet Koma Unwind Chillaxation Drink 155.330 31.659 -2.875
31 124 Chris Lafferty Chevrolet Blue Ox / Lafferty Performance 154.836 31.760 -2.976
32 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 153.521 32.032 -3.248
33 47 Lance Fenton Chevrolet 152.309 32.287 -3.503
34 172 John Jackson Chevrolet DGM Racing 142.875 34.419 -5.635
35 216 Justin Hobgood Chevrolet 141.554 34.470 -5.686
36 95 Dillon Oliver Dodge Team Gill Racing - - -

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