By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
A top-10 finish after a slightly longer off-season than most is a good start for Timothy Peters. The Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway was the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start for Peters since the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway last year.
Peters finished seventh in the No. 92 BTS Tire & Wheel Ford F-150 after a relatively quiet race for the Providence, NC-native. He narrowly avoided several late incidents, including one that wiped out past champions Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter. Peters was battling with the duo when Sauter’s battery gave out. Crafton had nowhere to go and slammed into Sauter, spinning in front of the field. Somehow Peters and other competitors avoided disaster.
The race was one of the longest Truck Series races after several inches of snow forced a red flag after 24 laps on Saturday afternoon. Peters and his competitors were not able to return to the action until late Monday morning, promptly picking up where they left off. The 14-year veteran of the Truck Series quietly preserved his equipment while moving up through the field.
The seventh-place finish was the 123rd of Peters’ career and came in his 239th career start. It is also just his fifth top-10 finish in nine starts dating back to last year’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The top-10 was also just the 12th for Ricky Benton Racing.
RBR has historically competed in about 13 Truck Series races a season. The team made its’ Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in the 2018 Daytona 500. After starting 39th, the team finished 14th with David Gilliland.
After Martinsville, Peters’ plans are to be determined. Since the closure of Red Horse Racing, he has competed for MDM Motorsports, Young’s Motorsports, and most recently, Ricky Benton Racing.