Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Timothy Peters has emerged as a strong contender to win this year's Camping World Truck Series championship after winning last weekend's race at Iowa Speedway.
Peters became the eighth different winner in nine races this season. He also moved atop the point standings. Peters holds a 12-point lead over Justin Lofton, while rookie Ty Dillon is 14 markers behind.
James Buescher is the only repeat race winner so far this season, earning his victories at Kansas and Kentucky. Buescher led the most laps at Iowa but crashed in the late going and ended up finishing 30th. He is now 40 points out of the lead.
"We know that the competition is going to get tough," Peters said. "The series has already proven that this season. With the tough competition, that means the mistakes need to be very slim on our part. If we keep running like we are and putting down the finishes that we have, we hope that next win is around the corner. It would be nice if we could knock off a couple wins in the summer stretch. Momentum from a win is going to keep us moving in the right direction."
Peters's worst finish so far this season is 11th, which came last month at Texas.
The series is running at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. Peters has three truck starts at this 1.5-mile racetrack, with his best finish of ninth coming in 2009.
"I've always liked Chicago," he said. "It was a great track for us to go test at before it got added to the Truck Series schedule. I've only had one good finish there when I joined Red Horse Racing in 2009. This year we have changed things around in our 1.5-mile program, and we have gotten our best results at these types of tracks. So, I am really looking forward to going back."
Todd Bodine, who is Peters' teammate at Red Horse Racing, is expected to make his 200th career truck start on Saturday night. Bodine, the 2006 and '10 series champion, has scored 22 victories, 90 top-five finishes, 121 top-10s and seven poles. He won the June 1 rain-shortened race at Dover.
Bodine has also competed in 241 Sprint Cup Series races and 321 Nationwide Series events to date.
Thirty-two teams are on the preliminary entry list for the American Ethanol 225.
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck. Date: Saturday, July 21. Race: American Ethanol 225. Site: Chicagoland Speedway. Track: 1.5-mile oval. Start time: 8 p.m. (et). Laps: 150. Miles: 225. 2011 Winner: Austin Dillon. Television: Speed. Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Satellite.
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