HAMPTON, Ga. – Any fears that Timothy Peters had lost his momentum were erased last week at Bristol Motor Speedway, where the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader became the first driver since 1997 to lead every lap of a race.
Peters heads to Atlanta with a 17-point lead over chief rival James Buescher.
Momentum is one thing. Success on an intermediate track is another.
Peters has yet to win either at the 1.54-mile Atlanta track or a similar layout. Buescher’s three 2012 victories all have come on the intermediates – Kansas, Kentucky and Chicagoland. Rival Justin Lofton won at 1.5-mile Charlotte earlier in the year.
Beginning with Atlanta, five of the remaining nine races are on intermediate tracks. Being able to win there means picking up bonus points, which virtually all of the contenders believe will be crucial to winning this year’s championship.
“We had to start from the rear of the field at Chicago and I was able to drive all the way up to the lead and eventually finish third with the same Toyota Tundra we’ll have at Atlanta,” said Peters. “I feel like we’re ready to take it to the next level and get that [intermediate] win.”