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Timothy Peters Goes for a Wild Ride at Texas

By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor

Making his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the first time since Red Horse Racing shut down earlier this year, Timothy Peters would have everyone talking about the way he finished Friday night’s 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Running in the No. 99 truck for MDM Motorsports, Peters had kept his nose clean throughout the night and was on his way to a top-10 finish, but heading to the white flag, Austin Wayne Self broke loose and spun ahead of him and from that point, Peters was in for a hell of a ride.

Self would spin back across the track and make contact with Peters’ truck, sending it into the infield grass. The splitter on the front of his truck dug in and caused the right-front tire to get sheared off, sending his truck airborne for a second and spinning him around 180 degrees. As his truck landed back in the grass, the left side of the truck dug in, which caused the truck to flip and land on its roof on the asphalt apron of the frontstretch.

Once his truck finally came to a rest, Peters let the window net down to let the safety officials know that he was OK, but stayed in the truck while they worked to get it back right side up. After what seemed like an eternity, the truck was righted and Peters was able to climb out under his own power, giving a wave to the fans as he walked to the ambulance.

After getting checked out at the infield care center, Peters would be evaluated and released without injury.

“I’m fine,” said Peters outside of the care center. “It sucks, really. Shane Huffman and all of the guys at MDM brought a good truck and we were just trying to help them with their program and obviously that’s not helping them with their program by bringing home a destroyed truck. Looked like when the 22 got loose and he came down to the middle of the race track, I anticipated him going back up the track and kind of let off and went back to the throttle and he came back in front of us. So, after that it was just hold on.”

“Thanks to everybody here that gave me the opportunity. Metabo Power Tools for coming on board. Such great people and wanted to get them a little bit better of a finish than that ending. I’m fine. It’s just a testament to NASCAR, to everyone at MDM for building me a safe race truck. I’m fine. My pride is hurt more than anything. The safety crew did a great job of getting the truck turned back over. They were there Johnny on the spot, so kudos to them. Just hate it for everybody.”

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David Morgan is the Associate Editor for Motorsports Tribune. A 2008 graduate from the University of Mississippi, David has followed NASCAR since the early 90’s and became hooked at an early age after attending his first race at Talladega Superspeedway in 1993. He has traveled across the country since 2012 to cover some of the most prestigious events both IndyCar and NASCAR have to offer, with an aim to only expand on that in the near future.