Timothy Peters Eying Victory Over Consistency
Last season, Timothy Peters used consistency to be one of four with a championship shot at Homestead-Miami Speedway. So far, he’s doing the same in 2017.
Following a 17th at Daytona International Speedway, Peters backed it up with a pair of top-nine finishes to sit fourth in points.
While the same idea may work, there have been changes this year with an addition of points at the end of each Stage – meaning you can’t just bank on your finish at race’s end. The Red Horse Racing driver has taken advantage of those so far, scoring 17 points, noting how critical they will become Chase time in carrying through each round.
“I applaud NASCAR,” Peters said. “It’s put you in a situation where you want as many bonus points as you can. Same scenario – win, and you’re in, but if you get a guy that gets more bonus points than you have, you could be on the outside and looking in with a win.”
Although consistency may work, Peters hopes to make it easier on himself and score a win to solidify his chances. Going for victory is essential in the Chase, according to Peters, as it gives you breathing room.
“A win is more important than being consistent for sure because you can get that win and try to transfer early and then you have the other two races to see if you can R&D,” he said. “We never got that win so we constantly had to stay consistent and you really couldn’t have a bad run. I think throughout the Chase at Texas (October 2017) was our worst run and we finished 14th where we finished sixth in June earlier that year.
“It just really focuses a lot of importance on winning and going back and looking at it, you know that’s where myself included, I need to minimize my mistakes.”
Heading to Kansas Speedway, Peters knows they need a stronger run than Atlanta where they placed ninth in a brand new truck. There’s confidence, believing he’s fast enough to finish top-five. He has four top-10s in the Windy City, including a 2012 runner-up.
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