Timothy Peters and his No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra qualified 23rd for the Daytona International Speedway NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday night. Peters was driving a masterful race, laying back from the pack with teammate, John Wes Townley in order to have a dancing partner should the need arise. At lap 50, Peters got the cue from crew chief Butch Hylton to 'Go', as he made his move to the front. Peters began weaving through traffic in his Parts Plus Toyota Tundra and managed to make it to 11th place, until a five truck accident caught Peters, ending the evening for the No. 17 Toyota Tundra on lap 92.
While Friday's race turned out to not be a great evening for Red Horse Racing, it did demonstrate that all the drivers, as well as the crew chiefs, are going to bring a lot to the table in the upcoming season. What happened in the Camping World Truck Series is part of the appeal of racing on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. There's more of the unknown factor that exists than the known on the shorter tracks.
"Usually, it's a good plan to stay in the back of the pack, but it didn't work well for me tonight. I have to take the blame for that because it's worked well for me in the past. We just had some issues with the front shocks not wanting to release. Frustrating, but at the same time I have been coming here since 2006 and this is my first DNF so not a bad track record."