CERRO GORDO, N.C. – After a foray into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway last month, Ricky Benton Racing and Timothy Peters are heading back to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Charlotte will be the second start for Peters with Ricky Benton Racing in the Truck Series and third overall. At Martinsville in March, Peters piloted the No. 92 Black’s Tire and Auto Service/Carquest Auto Parts/Highland Construction Ford F-150 to a seventh-place finish. In Peters’ first career Cup start at Talladega, he brought home a 23rd-place finish.
“We have come a long way in a short time in how we communicate and work together both at the shop and at the track,” said Peters. “There is always a learning curve when you start working with a new group, but here it has been a very smooth transition here with (crew chief) Mike Hester and the other team guys.”
Peters is confident that growing familiarity will pay off at Charlotte, a track where he has had six top 10s in his last eight starts.
“The trucks always put on a good show at Charlotte and it is a race track I really like,” said Peters. “With what we’ve done so far as a team, I feel like we have a good shot at a strong finish.”
The No. 92 Ford F-150 will be sporting a special decal in support of TJ’s Team Foundation: More Than a Cape, a non-profit aimed at raising money for pediatric cancer research. Six-year-old T.J. Anderson lost his battle to liver cancer in February. Anderson was a big race fan and enjoyed watching races with his dad. His parents, Travis and Anna Anderson, founded More Than a Cape, a 501(c)(3) organization, in his memory.
“It is our mission to never have another family to feel the loss and pain that we have endured,” said Travis, of Charlotte. “Our children are our hope and our future, and they deserve more research and more funding”
“Travis and one of the guys on our team are friends and when I heard the family’s story, I wanted to do something at the Charlotte race to honor TJ’s memory and help their cause,” said team owner Ricky Benton. “For me and this whole team, family is the most important thing and it is a privilege to carry TJ’s Team with us this week.”