Timothy Peters Makes History by Winning First Valley Star Credit Union 300 Under New LED Lights

Timothy Peters signs autographs during the on-track meet and greet Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway for the 2017 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 under the lights. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Ridgeway, VA – Timothy Peters can now call himself the first race winner under the new LED permanent lights at Martinsville Speedway this past Saturday night. Collecting his second Valley Star Credit Union 300 victory holding off late race charges from both Peyton Sellers and Lee Pulliam.

Peters, a former full-time competitor in the Camping World Truck Series with Red Horse Racing, spent most of the second half of the 200-lap feature battling with Trevor Noles. The two would exchange the lead several times as Noels continued to use the cone to take the outside line on the restarts. Peters put the final nail in the coffin with just about fifteen laps to go. Two former national champions would keep Peters honest, however, in the closing laps mounting a charge for the race lead. There were just not enough laps left on the board. Peters would go on to collect the $25,000 check and famous Grandfather Clock trophy.

Sellers, who discovered an electrical issue on his machine at the lap 175 break, lost second to Pulliam by inches off turn four coming to the checkered. Jake Crum, who started from the pole position and dominated the first 100-laps, wound up in the fourth position after being involved in a caution down in turns three and four. Trevor Noles was able to salvage a fifth-place finish after using the outside groove like a pro in the closing laps.

We caught up with Peters have the race to find out just what this race meant to him and his team.

“It means a lot,” said Peters. “Especially the way the year has been with a little adversity. You just have to stay positive and on top of it. The biggest thing is you just never lose your faith. We come here under the lights and this was special this was history,” Peters said. “Thank you guys [Martinsville Speedway], thank the fans and thank MRN for doing this. There will be multiple winners but there is only going to be one first-time winner, I feel like we made history tonight and what better place to do it than in Barry Nelson, and everyone else at Autos By Nelson backyard.”

It is no secret that Timothy Peters has been on an up and down roller coaster ride since we have all converged on the half-mile paperclip. Peters was involved in a pretty violent wreck coming to the checkered flag then later on the next year had the truck team he was running for shut down mid-season. We asked Peters with all that has happened where does this win rank in his career?

“Winning the race is the icing on the cake,” Peters said. “I love short track racing and I love this race the most out of anything you can think of. When you win at home it’s always special you can ask anybody where they want to win, they want to win at home. They want to win this race. This is very prestigious; it certainly ranks up there with number one. You never get an old feeling of a taste of victory, that’s for sure.”

The finish was Pulliam’s second year in a row finishing in the runner-up position. This coming off on the heels of winning his fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National title. Continuing the trend of national champs not being able to win the race.

“Coming home second at this race means a lot to me,” Pulliam said. “I was just talking to Timothy last week and he was congratulating me for winning the nation. I told him I really hope that we can race for this win at Martinsville and for that clock. It is pretty cool to finish one and two. We just didn’t have enough. We struggled all day yesterday our guys changed stuff all day for qualifying. Just fought and clawed all day to get track position. We had about a third-place car and ended up getting second. Just got to give it to the guys, we have had a shot to win this thing every time we come since 2010. Racing under the lights created a whole new element.”

Pulliam went on to comment that at this point in the year you are so tired and worn out from chasing that national title it just makes winning races hard. He also went on to thank all of his guys, Eddie and Travis Kiker with Kiker Tree Services and his family for making everything possible for him this year and this race.

 

ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Results

  1. #12 Timothy Peters; 200
  2. #5 Lee Pulliam; 200
  3. #26 Peyton Sellers; 200
  4. #01 Jake Crum; 200
  5. #2 Trevor Noels; 200
  6. #57A Justin T. Carroll; 200
  7. #27 Tommy Lemons Jr.; 200
  8. #17 Stacy Puryear; 200
  9. #2C Brandon Pierce; 200
  10. #02 CE Falk; 200
  11. #25 Derrick Lancaster; 200
  12. #22D Grayson Cullater; 200
  13. #03 Brenden Queen; 200
  14. #2B Myatt Snider; 200
  15. #12A Austin Thaxton; 199
  16. #01A Philip Morris; 198
  17. #2A Dennis Holdren; 198
  18. #4 Annabeth Crum; 192
  19. #15 Kres VanDyke; 188
  20. #57 Eddie Johnson; 179
  21. #24 Mason Diaz; 176
  22. #12B Nick Smith; 171
  23. #88 Josh Berry; 155
  24. #92 Casey Wyatt; 154
  25. #17C Bruan Reedy; 154
  26. #77 Trevor Ward; 153
  27. #8 Thomas Scott; 144
  28. #87 Mike Looney; 122
  29. #16 RD Smith; 122
  30. #4A Timmy Phipps; 113
  31. #21A Travis Swaim; 80
  32. #22 Bobby McCarty; 78
  33. #2D Matt Leicht; 72
  34. #18A Jason York; 61
  35. #50 Jamey Caudill; 57
  36. #77D Blake Stallings; 55
  37. #14 Ryan Repko; 38
  38. #22C Scott Lancaster; 32
  39. #26C Danny Edwards Jr.; 24
  40. #21 Mike Darne; 14
  41. #44 Justin Johnson; 9
  42. #12C Ryan Wilson; 4

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