Hometown hero Timothy Peters has built a successful career in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series that includes seven victories and a top 10 points finish in each of the last six seasons.
But, arguably, his greatest personal accomplishment was his Martinsville Speedway victory in 2009. This weekend, he hopes to duplicate the feat.
Peters, a resident of nearby Danville, Va., hopes the new truck body will only elevate his success on the Virginia short track. The 2014 truck body debuted at Daytona, and will make its first short-track start this weekend.
After he was passed by Kyle Busch with less than a quarter-mile to go in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Peters is coming to Martinsville set on getting his second win at his home track.
Although Peters enters with the points lead as the highest finishing championship contender from Daytona, he knows keeping that lead will be a challenge at one of NASCAR’s most challenging tracks.
Johnny Sauter will try and make it two spring wins in a row at Martinsville and the veteran will attempt to become the first driver since Kevin Harvick to win back-to-back spring races at the track (Harvick did it in 2009 and 2010). Also expected to contend is defending series champion Matt Crafton and defending pole winner of the Kroger 250, Jeb Burton.
Peters finished fourth in this race last year. If Peters is able to score the win this Saturday, he would become the sixth driver to record multiple wins at the track. Currently Dennis Setzer, Mike Skinner and Harvick all share the record with three wins.