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ASHLEY ASKS…… Timothy Peters

The NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series is only two races into the season, but so far, Timothy Peters is off to a solid start with a pair of top-10 finishes. The veteran recently shared his thoughts with POPULAR SPEED entering this weekend’s Stratosphere 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

POPULAR SPEED: What are your thoughts going into Las Vegas Motor Speedway?

TIMOTHY PETERS: I really like racing at Las Vegas. So you know, six years ago we were able to win that race. It always gives you confidence to go to a place that you’ve had success at in the past, and with how our season has started off with finishing seventh and 10th with a new team, a lot of momentum all around. So we just got to keep pushing and continuing and hopefully this momentum will follow and we can improve our spot within the top-10 this weekend.

PS: What is the biggest challenge of Las Vegas Motor Speedway?

TIMOTHY: It’s not really a challenge; it’s just unique. Because it’s in the desert, it’s sandy when we get there and we’re the first ones to get on the race track. So it’s not as clean, but by the time we get to qualify, it’s really clean. So it’s a high groove race track, a lot of different parts of the track are fast, and a little fast. It’s just the characteristics of the track and knowing as a driver how to come in and accept the challenge the track gives you and work on the balance of the truck.

PS: What are your thoughts on the first two races of the season to date?

TIMOTHY: It’s exciting. Everybody is working hard – the guys, Chevrolet; the alliance with GMS fabrication is really cool. As a racer, you want to improve on those starts, and you have to hand it to those guys for taking a chance in owning a team. It’s showing now what it’s capable of with Ross running well, us running well. We’re just needing to capitalize a little more and we’ll get better. We’re collecting a lot of data and when you’re doing that, that’s good as it makes you faster.

PS: Looking ahead, what are your goals and expectations for the rest of the year?

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TIMOTHY: Right now, I’m hoping for more races for myself as we’re coming up on the last race that we agreed upon to do. The key is to finish these races, but you want to have a respectable finish. We’ve done that, we’ve executed. We’ve collected a lot of data out of the races.

We stayed out of trouble at Daytona – even then we still got collected in a crash, but came back for a top-10 finish. Obviously luck had a lot to do with that, but it’s still a top-10. At Atlanta, we ran around the 10th position all race long and then at the end, we found ourselves in 14th. Then we had a restart and were able to gain four spots with six laps to go.

When you show up and do well at places you can control your own destiny, like Atlanta and Las Vegas, you can get the results that you know you can get.

PS: What track on your schedule for 2019 are you most looking forward to?

TIMOTHY: All of them. As a racer, that’s what you want to do. To be honest with you, you always want to win at your home track and my track is Martinsville. That’s where we hope that we get to go, but we’re thankful for the races that we have.

PS: What track do you wish was on the NASCAR schedule that currently isn’t?

TIMOTHY: I’m a short track guy so I’d like to see some more short tracks put on. So if you could somehow work on that…. It just isn’t one in particular; I like them all.

PS: What is one change that you would make to improve the sport of NASCAR?

TIMOTHY: It’s a loaded question. I’m just going to say that we’re good with what we’ve got. I’m not sure if much of my input would help. I’m just thankful to participate in it.

PS: We’ve seen drivers explore running different series and cars. Is there anything on your bucket list to do?

TIMOTHY: No, not really. For me, the racing doesn’t get much better than what we do. We get to drive race trucks. That’s a dream of mine to always compete in the top level of NASCAR.  I have a beautiful family and it doesn’t get much better than that – spending time with family and getting to race fast trucks.

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Peters wins at Talladega; Crafton stays alive in Playoffs

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Racing for just the fourth time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season, Timothy Peters fought off a block from Noah Gragson on the final lap of the Fr8Auctions 250 at Talladega Superspeedway to become the first three-time winner at the 2.66-mile track.

Driving in the last of his three events for GMS Racing, Peters started a move to the outside of Gragson’s Toyota on the backstretch. When Gragson moved up to block, Peters stayed in the gas, and Gragson’s No. 18 Tundra spun across the nose of Peter’s Chevrolet into the outside wall.

NASCAR called a caution for the wreck, freezing the field with Peters in the lead.

For Gragson, there was the consolation of moving into the Round of 6 of the NCWTS Playoffs. Matt Crafton did likewise, despite being collected in a 10-car wreck on Lap 59 of 94 and finishing 26th. Gragson and Crafton join Round of 8 winners Justin Haley and Grant Enfinger, along with Brett Moffitt and Johnny Sauter, in the Round of 6.

Despite a sixth-place result, Stewart Friesen was eliminated from the Playoffs, as was Ben Rhodes, who ran 16th, one lap down, after his No. 41 Ford sustained damaged in the same wreck that sidelined Crafton.

But it was Peters who emerged from the last-lap chaos with the victory.

“Everybody’s wanting to win,” Peters said, who triumphed for the 11th time in his career and the first time since 2015. “Everybody’s wanting to block. I wanted to win, too, because this is my last go-around on the three-race stint. So, at the end of the day, I was going for it.

“These guys right here (the No. 25 GMS Chevrolet team) worked their butts off. It just feels so good, so good… Man, I love this place, and it’s so cool to be a three-time winner. But this is not about me. It’s about the team. This team put together this truck back at the shop, and I was just the lucky one who got to drive it today.”

Myatt Snider finished a career-best second, followed by pole winner David Gilliland, Haley and Wendell Chavous, who scored his only top five in 50 starts.

With his Playoff hopes on the line, Crafton had to sweat out the final 30 laps after exiting the race in the aftermath of the afternoon’s largest wreck. But Rhodes couldn’t recover the lap he lost because of the accident, and Friesen couldn’t challenge for the victory because his engine was down on power.

“I saw some people getting turned up in front of me, and I got hooked in the right-rear,” Crafton said of the wreck that put his Playoff chances in jeopardy. “The next thing I knew I was facing the fence and hit head-on…

“That’s Talladega for you. It’s all out of your hands from when we drop the green. I mean, when you’re racing and people are side-by-side bouncing off each other like that. We did everything we could do the first two segments and let her fly from there.”

Crafton, a two-time series champion, was fourth in Stage 1 and second in Stage 2, collecting 16 points that proved crucial to his advancement into the Round of 6. Crafton finished the Round of 8 four points ahead of Rhodes and six ahead of Friesen.

Sauter also sustained heavy damage in the Lap 59 wreck, but by then the regular-season champion had collected 17 stage points, enough to lock him into the next round.

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Red Horse Racing Ceases Operations Immediately

Just five races into his 13th year of team ownership in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Red Horse Racing’s Tom DeLoach is calling it quits, effective immediately.

In 532 starts with 23 different drivers, the team has scored 16 wins, 112 top-5 and 236 top-ten finishes. They also have garnered fourteen pole awards.

While the team will continue to seek outside corporate funding or entertain partnership opportunities, the employees were notified that they were free to seek jobs elsewhere. That includes the teams current drivers, Timothy Peters and Brett Moffitt.

The teams best season was 2012, when Timothy Peters finished second in the final series standings to James Buescher. 

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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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Timothy Peters Carries Confidence to Martinsville

Martinsville Speedway is a home race for Timothy Peters, and the 36-year-old veteran sees the half-mile track as a perfect opportunity to snap a winless drought dating back to November 2015.

Peters enters Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville sixth in points after finishing 17th at Daytona and a ninth at Atlanta.  This weekend, he heads to the site of his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory with a new truck and renewed optimism.

“I feel really good about our chances,” Peters told POPULAR SPEED.  “We’re bringing a brand new truck out of the Red Horse stable.  Excited to get on the racetrack.  Hopefully Mother Nature ill hold off.  I love short track racing, it’s what I grew up on.  Every time we go back to Martinsville, it puts a smile on my face.”

Martinsville has been good to Peters over the years.  Along with a victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series back in 2009, Peters is also a former winner of the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 – Martinsville Speedway’s annual Late Model Stock Car fall classic.

When Peters won at Martinsville in 2005, it was his goal at the time to get to where he is now, racing professionally full-time in one of NASCAR’s top three touring series.

“That was the goal,” Peters recalled.  “You always have dreams to race professionally full time.  I had a lot of people make that happen for me throughout my racing career, a lot of people.  The list goes on and on and on.  If it wasn’t for Mac and Steven Bailey with S&M brands, when they were heavily involved, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today.”

In his Late Model Stock Car career, Peters won championships at South Boston Speedway in Virginia and Orange County Speedway in North Carolina.  While he is now one of the biggest names in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, he has not forgotten his roots and still feels passionate about Late Model Stock Car racing.

Last season, he won a CARS Tour race at Orange County and, in 2015, he dueled Tommy Lemons, Jr. for the win in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville.

“I’m rooted deep into Late Model Stock Car racing and I love it,” Peters explained.  “A lot of the guys I raced with several years ago, I’m able to catch up and race with them again.  They are fierce competitors and deserve to be where I’m at but circumstances, they haven’t got there for whatever reason.  I enjoy going back and racing against tough competition.”

Peters still helps out the Nelson Motorsports team, which fields cars driven by up-and-comers Brandon Pierce and Bobby McCarty at South Boston Speedway. Occasionally, Peters shows up to compete himself, which he says helps keep him in good shape.

“I’m passionate about LMSC racing, I’m heavily involved with Nelson Motorsports,” Peters continued.  “We have two great drivers with Pierce and McCarty.  It puts a smile on my face to see both of these guys racing well and racing for wins.  I try to go back as much as I can when we have breaks in the first part of the schedule.  It keeps me in good shape and helps me evaluate the program so I can help them in the future.”

Peters was in contention for his second ValleyStar Credit Union 300 victory in 2015 but, instead of scoring the win, he ended up crashing into the inside SAFER barrier on the frontstretch.  Fortunately, Peters walked away from one of the most violent crashes of his career thanks to the safety improvements made to the cars and at the tracks.

Safety continues to be at the forefront of NASCAR racing after a concussion sidelined Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for much of the 2016 season.

“There’s no price on safety so, obviously, that was a pretty hard hit I took a couple years ago that I took,” Peters recalled.  “They built me a safe racecar, the guys mounted the seat properly.  I was a little sore but things happen.  They don’t call it racing or nothing.  You can’t stop improving on safety but it’s a lot more advanced than it was 20 years ago.”

This weekend, Peters is hoping to clinch a spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff with a victory.  A win on Saturday would be his first win since November 13, 2015, when he won a race at Phoenix International Raceway.

“Everybody at Red Horse has been working on our Tundras,” Peters remarked.  “Our owner, Tom DeLoach, has invested heavily in our equipment.  Not to say our equipment isn’t good, because it is, but we want to make it better so we’re one up on our competition.  We took a new truck to Atlanta.  We want to get back to victory lane and bring that championship home to Red Horse.”

While Peters has yet to score a victory in 2017, he is satisfied with the performance of the Red Horse Racing team so far.  He found himself in contention for the win in the season opener at Daytona back in February before getting swept up in the last lap crash.  He was able to rebound at Atlanta a week later, recovering from a pit road miscue to score a top-10 finish.

“Atlanta, we ended up ninth,” Peters commented.  “We were very, we had great potential for a top-five but had to come in and put a lug nut back on.  Daytona, it doesn’t get better than that.  You’re running second or third when you come across the line for the white flag and feel like you’re in good position.  We got caught up in that wreck coming out of two.  Our season is going good, we need it to be a little better.”

With his season going on the right track, Peters is now hoping to score his first win of 2017 in front of his hometown crowd at Martinsville Speedway.

Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250, the third race in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign, will commence at 3pm.  The race will be broadcast live on the Fox television network and can be streamed live on the Fox Sports GO app.

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Veteran Likely to Reign Victorious at Martinsville

While youngsters have won the first two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races of the season, it’s entirely possible a veteran will be in victory lane on Saturday.

In the past 16 truck events at Martinsville Speedway, only two have been won by a non-veteran driver – Darrell Wallace Jr.‘s pair of wins. It’s also worth noting seven of those saw Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regulars be victorious. However, the five remaining races got picked up by Matt Crafton (2), Timothy Peters (1), and Johnny Sauter (2).

With these three drivers in the field for Saturday, it’s likely the trend will continue as Crafton and Peters enter the weekend near the top of the statistical chart.

In the last 10 races at Martinsville, Crafton boasts the best average finish (7.8) of series regulars with two wins and seven top-10s. Notably, last year wasn’t as successful with finishes of seventh and 17th. The results don’t tell the whole story, as late-race contact put him outside of the top-five in both races. The ThorSport Racing driver enters the weekend with momentum, though, as he finished runner-up to Christopher Bell at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Meanwhile, Peters has the second-best average finish (8.4) of series regulars with eight top-10s in his last 10 trips to the paperclip. He enters the weekend on a short track streak, too, as he has posted a top-six in each of the last three races there. He also hasn’t done badly this year, either, finishing ninth at Atlanta.

While Sauter doesn’t have the best average finish (10.9), he has proven his worth with two wins and seven top-10s in his last 10 trips to Martinsville. He also enters the weekend with momentum as he finished third at Atlanta.

While the odds favor veterans, but it’s worth noting the youngsters may join them up front. Bell and John Hunter Nemechek may not have the stats; however, they were contenders last year for top-five finishes before late-race incidents. There’s also rookies Chase Briscoe and Cody Coughlin who have tons of short track experience and could surprise.

No matter who wins, though, the racing at Martinsville is always exciting as the trucks know how to put on a show.

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Moffitt, Kendrick Return to Red Horse

While it’s been known that Timothy Peters would be back with Red Horse Racing, the rest of the line-up wasn’t known – till now, as Red Horse Racing released the details on Thursday.

Brett Moffitt will return to Red Horse in 2016, driving the No. 7 Toyota Tundra at Daytona International Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway Speedway. There is a possibility for more races, however the team is in need of sponsorship to make it work.

Moffitt made six series starts last year with Red Horse, scoring three top-fives including a victory. The Iowa native was the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year in 2015, and has nine K&N Pro Series East wins to his name.

Butch Hylton will be the crew chief, as he continues his time with Red Horse. With 15 years of NASCAR crew chief experience to his name, he has scored eight XFINITY and eight Truck wins with various drivers through the years.

Meanwhile, as previously announced, this year will mark Peters’ ninth full-time season in the series after finishing fourth in the standings last year. Peters will have a new crew chief on the box, though, as Chad Kendrick will call the shots.

Kendrick has spent the last couple of years at Brad Keselowski Racing, though knows Red Horse very well. He worked with Peters in 2009, scoring the victory at Martinsville Speedway in their first year together. He also scored wins for Red Horse working with John King and Parker Kligerman in 2012.

“I think we have put together a championship caliber team,” said team owner Tom DeLoach. “Our goal this year is to be in contention for wins and in the mix for the playoffs and the championship at the end of the year.”

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Peters on Trucks: “It’s Grassroots Racing, and That’s What I Love”

Over the years, a lot of people have said the Camping World Truck Series has the best racing of the three divisions in NASCAR right now. That’s a statement that Timothy Peters is willing to agree with.

“Look how exciting it is, even without the playoff format before it was implemented,” he said. “It’s grassroots racing, and that’s what I love about it. I grew up in my late model stock car and it was all take, you weren’t giving anything. That’s what it is now. You’re running 200 laps and you’re qualifying every lap. There’s no take what I can get. Obviously, you need to keep that mindset but everybody wants to go to the front and that’s what I love about it.”

While there has been concerns about the amount of drivers expected in the series for 2017, following the announcements from Cameron Hayley and Rico Abreu, Peters says the sport is healthy.

“You’ve had a couple teams go out over the off-season. But the teams that went out, you’ve had double new ones come in,” he said. “I’m excited to be a part of it and hopefully it continues to grow through the roof.”

The Red Horse Racing driver says everything comes together perfectly in the series with it being the perfect mix of youth and veterans together, with the likes of him and Matt Crafton racing against up-and-coming drivers like Noah Gragson and Justin Hayley.

“If they’re in the right equipment, man, they’re tough to beat,” Peters said. “You can tell if they’re in the right situation with a new guy coming in, or a veteran. You get in there and mix it up. The truck races aren’t as long so you have to keep that in mind on a new guy or veteran, and what the situation has presented and what could happen during the race, as far as compromising your vehicle. You always keep that in the back of your mind, but you have to go all the time.”

The mix of competition, combined with the rules, have everybody looking for the series to put together an exciting action-packed season.

“I applaud NASCAR,” Peters said. “It’s going to 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.”

With the bonus points at a premium, Peters says it makes being strong throughout the race even more important.

“The breakdown with my crew chief and engineer and the fuel mileage has to be so precise now with what’s on the line and the bonus points,” he said. “Now that the bonus points stay with you through the playoffs, that’s big till Homestead. What we look at is there’s no stone unturned. Not that it was before, but everything is looked over with a fine tooth comb now.”

The Truck Series tested the idea of “known cautions” last year with the caution clock, which would bring forth a yellow flag every 20 minutes.

“I didn’t mind it,” Peters said. “I think what happens in the clock in ’16 is it can take a mediocre day and turn it into a better one. Now with the segments, there’s even more strategy but still the same scenario. If you’re having a day that’s not going how you wanted it to go, you can come in and change tires before the segment caution and try to put yourself from middle to the back of the top-10 to the top-five.”

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2016 Recap/2017 Outlook – Timothy Peters

Being consistent throughout the year, Timothy Peters was able to make it to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway en route to finishing fourth in the championship.

 

Car No.: 17

Crew Chief: Shane Hufffman

Team: Red Horse Racing

Wins: 0

Top-Fives: 8

Top-10s: 16

Points Finish: 4th

2016 Quick Summary: After posting a posting a 15th in the season opener at Daytona, the consistency Peters is known for quickly showed through in the races which followed, with two top-fives and five top-10s in the next nine races to place him third in points. As the series headed into the summer, the next five races saw rocky seas for the veteran as he posted two finishes outside of the top-10, including a 27th at Eldora Raceway, to be matched with a pair of top-fives. One of the most memorable top-fives of the year came at Michigan International Speedway when he finished second to teammate Brett Moffitt.

“Personally, it’s very frustrating, but you have to look at it – we’ve been consistent all year long, and the Lord had a plan today, and we finished second, and that’s the way we look at it,” he said. “Leading the most laps, that’s fine and dandy and wish we could have capped it off for sure. Again it goes back to a good company finish – one-two for Red Horse Racing. It hasn’t been done in a while; it’s been done before, but we had a great truck all day, and it’s all about execution.”

Everything worked out for Peters, though, as an eighth at Chicagoland Speedway allowed him to be one of the eight qualified for the inaugural Truck Series Chase. The Round of 8 saw Peters post finishes of fifth, ninth and third to easily transfer into the Round of 6. He started off the round well with a fifth at Martinsville Speedway, through finished 14th at Texas Motor Speedway due to a speeding penalty. A sixth place finish and untimely engine failure for William Byron, though, allowed Peters to transfer into the Championship 4.

Peters put together a solid effort at the season finale, running inside the top-10 during the event en route to a ninth place finish to place him fourth in the series standings.

2016 Highlight(s): The 1-2 finish at Michigan with teammate Brett Moffit may have stung a little, but it marked the best run of the season for Peters.

2016 Lowlight(s): Peters’ could’ve been known as Mr. Consistency was for the season in perfection style – if not for the 27th at Eldora Raceway. It also marks the first time in eight years that Peters has had a winless season.

2017 Outlook: While consistency kept him in the fray, Peters needs to find a bit more so that way he can battle for race wins, and then put himself into legitimate championship contention. Other than that, he’ll always be known as Mr. Consistency through his truck career, rather than a true championship contender.

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Solid Consistency Leads Peters to Championship Four

Sometimes it pays to be flashy and leading laps every week, and then sometimes it pays off to be quiet and stable on a weekly basis. Just ask Timothy Peters.

Being consistent throughout the entire Camping World Truck Series Chase has landed him one of the spots in the Championship 4 for Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Throughout the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, Peters kept his No. 17 Toyota Tundra inside of the top-10, battling for spots all night long. He came out on the upper end at the end of the evening, finishing fifth to get the fourth and final spot.

“It wasn’t too bad,” Peters said. “A little stressful, but Shane (Huffman, crew chief) was telling me that I needed to keep the 21 (Johnny Sauter) behind me when the 9 (William Byron) and Matt (Crafton) was behind the 21. I guess he was fifth and we were third. We made a big swing at it to free it up. The first round was too tight and the last run we started off too free but there towards the end we kept getting tighter and tighter. Definitely better than a fifth-place truck for sure. I’m not complaining.”

While other drivers posted wins and flashy comebacks, Peters was consistent through each round. He finished no worse than ninth in the first round including a pair of top-fives, followed by a pair of fifths and a 14th in round two.

“This is a pretty cool moment to sit up here, myself and Christopher (Bell) and then Matt (Crafton) and Johnny (Sauter) running for a championship – to be involved with the first Chase is pretty cool,” Peters said. “This one goes to the men and women of Red Horse Racing – Shane Huffman and all the crew guys, the road guys – they work their butts off, and the Lord has really blessed us for sure. We’ve been lucky a lot of times and maybe finished some races that we probably shouldn’t have. Homestead is a pretty decent track for us so looking forward to going down there and seeing what we’ve got.”

Peters will now hope to be the highest finisher of the four at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he has three top-fives and six top-10s in nine starts.

“Homestead has been a great track for me, and we’ve been able to finish in the top-five the last three years there, and I love that – worn out race track and ride right up by the fence and if that doesn’t work then you can go to the bottom,” he said. “Just a lot of different characteristics of that race track that can help your balance and I’m ready.”

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