At the start of the 2017 season, Timothy Peters was focused on winning his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship with his long-time own Tom DeLoach. After scoring three Top 5 finishes to begin the year, DeLoach was forced to shut down his team due to a lack of sponsorship, leaving Peters without a full-time ride for the rest of the season.
The demise of Red Horse Racing allowed Peters to focus on running more Late Model events with his friend and car owner Barry Nelson, becoming a regular competitor for the 2017 Virginia Late Model Triple Crown Series. After recording two solid finishes at South Boston Speedway and Langley Speedway, Peters continued his success by winning his second ValleyStar Credit Union 300, and clinching the 2017 Virginia Triple Crown in the process.
"This win really means a lot to me," Peters said. "With the way the year has been, I've had to overcome a little bit of adversity, but how you handle it is always important. You have to stay positive and stay on top, but most importantly, you can never lose your faith. I have to thank my team, the fans, and the track for what they did. There will be multiple winners, but there will always be that first winner under the lights."
With his victory at Martinsville, Timothy Peters now joins an elite list of drivers who have won the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 multiple times. Peters plans to run a few more Late Model races with Barry Nelson before the year closes out, as well as a Truck race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Young's Motorsports, but is focused on helping Nelson build up his Late Model program with Brandon Pierce and Bobby McCarty as full-time drivers.
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