Saturday's Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway might be enough to make Timothy Peters a believer in numerology.
Driving the #1 Red Horse Racing Toyota for the first time this season, at a venue he considers his home track, Peters collected his first victory in 64 starts in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series.
"The #1 was number one today," said the 29-year-old Peters, who drove the #17 Tundra in the first 20 races of the season. "I can't believe it. Words can't describe what I'm feeling right now.
"The #1 qualified 11th and finished first, but I think I'll probably go back to the 17."
Race runner-up Todd Bodine was one position short of becoming the third Bodine brother to win a grandfather clock trophy at the 0.526-mile short track (Geoff and Brett Bodine both won at Martinsville), but he shared in the euphoria of Peters' first win.
"Timmy's such a good kid," Bodine said. "He's as down to earth and as hard-working a guy as you're going to find. Until he got into the team with (Red Horse Racing owner) Tom (DeLoach), it was him and three guys putting the truck together, driving it to the racetrack and racing it and coming home and fixing it and going back.
"He worked his tail off to get to where he is. That's why I'm tickled to death to see him win."
Colin Braun ran third, followed by series points leader Ron Hornaday Jr. Kevin Harvick, who lost two laps after pitting under green on lap 64 because of a flat tyre, rallied to finish fifth.
Hornaday expanded his series lead over ninth-place finisher Matt Crafton to 224 points. Mike Skinner, third in the standings, was the victim of a three-car accident on lap 168. He finished 23rd and dropped 326 points behind Hornaday.
Peters claimed the win with only one set of pit stops, under the first caution on laps 34 and 35 of the 200-lap event. Under truck series rules, drivers can get fuel or tyres, but not both, during a single stop.
DeLoach said Peters will drive for him next season but that sponsorship is still an issue for 2010.
"Tim will be with Red Horse Racing next year," Deloach said. "We just don't know what the paint scheme will be."
by Reid Spencer / Sporting News