Timothy Peters (born August 29, 1980) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports. He was a former member of the Bobby Hamilton Racing and Richard Childress Racing driver development programs.
Peters at Talladega Superspeedway in 2018
|Born||August 29, 1980|
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|1 race run over 1 year|
|Best finish||62nd (2018)|
|First race||2018 GEICO 500 (Talladega)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|8 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||62nd (2007)|
|First race||2006 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis)|
|Last race||2007 Meijer 300 (Kentucky)|
|NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career|
|247 races run over 15 years|
|Truck no., team||No. 44 (Niece Motorsports)|
No. 87 (NEMCO Motorsports)
|Best finish||2nd (2012)|
|First race||2005 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)|
|Last race||2019 Sugarlands Shine 250 (Talladega)|
|First win||2009 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)|
|Last win||2018 Fr8Auctions 250 (Talladega)|
|Statistics current as of November 18, 2019.|
He began his NASCAR career in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2005. He had two Top 10 finishes in 16 events in the No. 4 Bailey's Cigarettes Dodge for Bobby Hamilton. In 2006 he drove the No. 4 Dodge Motorsports truck for Hamilton during most of the year, earning one top-ten at Milwaukee. However, Peters left the team in early September and joined Richard Childress Racing, where he was to share their No. 21 Autozone Chevy with Kevin Harvick in the Busch Series in 2007, before he was released after making six starts. He made two starts that season in the Craftsman Truck Series, driving the No. 46 for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, and had a ninth-place finish at Martinsville.
After making another start at Martinsville for Morgan-Dollar in 2008, he began driving the No. 17 for Premier Racing, a team that he co-owned. He and Premier ran a limited schedule in 2008 with a tenth-place run at Martinsville and was scheduled to run full-time in 2009. Peters scored two consecutive top-tens at Daytona and California, putting his team fourth in owners points. After Texas, Peters took both his sponsor and crew chief and joined Red Horse Racing for the remainder of the 2009 season. Peters won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on October 24, 2009, for Red Horse Racing at Martinsville Speedway, after pitting on lap 34 and making the distance. He came close of winning the last race at Homestead, but lost the lead with two laps to go, as Kevin Harvick won the race. In 2010, Peters passed Todd Bodine on the last lap to win the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
For 2011, Peters returned to RHR, and scored 12 top-10 finishes, as well as his third career win at the final race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Peters would finish 2011 5th in points.
For 2012 Peters won his first race of the season at Iowa and would later follow that up with a flag to flag victory at Bristol.
For 2013 Peters won his first race of the season at Iowa while Erik Jones finished 2nd and would later follow that up with a victory at Las Vegas while Johnny Sauter finished 2nd.
In 2014 Peters passed Kyle Busch with 5 laps to go in the NextEra Energy Resources 250. However, Busch would beat Peters dramatically by 0.017 to win the race leading the 2010 Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega as the closest truck finish.
Peters ran in the top five early at Iowa in July 2014, but got into an accident with Ron Hornaday Jr. In reply to Hornaday shoving Peters into the outside wall, Peters retaliated and spun Hornaday 2 laps after the previous collision. For his actions NASCAR parked him for the rest of the race, though Peters was too damaged to continue so his parking made no difference in Peters' final result. Peters finished 31st.
For 2015, Peters got 2 wins, he won from the pole at Talladega for the Fred's 250 and got back to back victories, because he also won the previous year, and would follow up with another win at a wreck filled Phoenix race, the Lucas Oil 150, getting his 10th Truck career win, after Championship contenders Matt Crafton and Erik Jones wrecked while battling for the lead.
2016 saw the first winless season of Peters' full-time truck career, but nonetheless he qualified for the final round of the inaugural Truck chase and finished fourth in the standings.
In 2017 after a normal start to the year, on May 22 after the Charlotte race, race team owner Tom DeLoach suspended operations of Red Horse Racing effective immediately unless finding of a sponsor. This left Peters and teammate Brett Moffitt without rides; at the time of the team's shutdown, Peters was sixth in points. He drove a single race for MDM Motorsports at Texas Motor Speedway in his last start to date. Out of turn 4 on the second to last lap of the race, Austin Wayne Self got loose and hit the wall. Self then came back down and hit Peters causing him to spin into the grass. The front end dug into the grass and got lifted up in the air. The truck then spun 180 degrees, and the front of the truck came down. This caused the truck to launch 10-20 feet in the air and land on its roof. The truck slid for hundreds of feet and didn't flip back over. He was okay after the crash and finished 13th. Peters drove two races for Young's Motorsports, Las Vegas with an 11th-place finish, and Homestead with a 10th-place finish.
For the 2018 season, Peters joined RBR Enterprises at Martinsville, finishing seventh. He and the team attempted Charlotte too, but rain ended up canceling qualifying, which sent the team home. It was the first time in his career he failed to qualify for a race.
In April 2018, he made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Talladega, driving the No. 92 Advance Auto Parts / BB&T Ford Fusion for RBR. Peters and the team came back to Daytona in the summer, but failed to qualify. In late August, he began racing for GMS Racing in the truck series, occupying the No. 25 entry for the team due to the release of Dalton Sargeant. Peters won the Talladega race after avoiding a last lap crash involving Noah Gragson.
Peters married his longtime girlfriend, Sara Haskins Peters, on May 19, 2007. They have two children, a son named Brantley, born in 2012 and Macie, born in 2015.
Motorsports career resultsEdit
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led. ** – All laps led.)
Monster Energy Cup SeriesEdit
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results|
|NASCAR Busch Series results|
|2006||Richard Childress Racing||29||Chevy||DAY||CAL||MXC||LVS||ATL||BRI||TEX||NSH||PHO||TAL||RCH||DAR||CLT||DOV||NSH||KEN||MLW||DAY||CHI||NHA||MAR||GTY||IRP||GLN||MCH||BRI||CAL||RCH||DOV||KAN||CLT||MEM
Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesEdit
* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
ARCA Re/Max SeriesEdit
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
|ARCA Re/Max Series results|
|2006||Richard Childress Racing||31||Chevy||DAY||NSH||SLM||WIN||KEN||TOL||POC||MCH||KAN||KEN||BLN||POC||GTW||NSH||MCH||ISF||MIL||TOL||DSF||CHI||SLM||TAL
- "Timothy Peters Career Statistics". Racing-reference.info. 1980-08-29. Retrieved 2011-11-19.
- "Truck driver Peters partners in ownership of new team – Craftsman Truck Series". Scenedaily.com. 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2011-11-19.
- "Timothy Peters brings crew chief and sponsor to Red Horse Racing | NASCAR News Now". SceneDaily.com. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2011-11-19.
- "Timothy Peters: A Hollywood ending at Lucas Oil Raceway ~ Skirts and Scuffs". Skirtsandscuffs.com. 2011-08-02. Retrieved 2011-11-19.
- NASCAR Wire Service (August 23, 2013). "Peters leads every lap for Truck triumph at Bristol". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on August 25, 2012.
- "Report: Red Horse NASCAR Truck Series team to immediately close". Autoweek. May 22, 2017. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
- Spencer, Lee (June 6, 2017). "Timothy Peters secures new Truck ride after Red Horse shuts down". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
- "2018 Alpha Energy Solutions 250". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
- "Timothy Peters driving for Ricky Benton in Talladega Cup race". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. April 18, 2018. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
- DeGroot, Nick (January 31, 2019). "Timothy Peters joins Niece Motorsports for three Truck races". Motorsport.com. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
- Hainsfurther, Adam (April 4, 2013). "All Fired Up: Timothy Peters has special motivation to get into victory lane at Martinsville". Danville Register & Bee. Danville, VA. Retrieved 2013-04-21.