Peck Successful in Intermediate Track Debut
Runs as High as 17th, Earns Approval for Competing at Additional Intermediates
SPARTA, KY (June 27, 2013) – Peck Motorsports took another step forward in its development as a NASCAR team. The Pennsylvania-based squad competed at an intermediate track for the first time since entering the Camping World Truck Series in 2011. In the team’s sixth NASCAR start, Todd Peck, driver of the No. 07 Arthritis Foundation Chevrolet, piloted his truck to a top-30 finish at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway. The driver’s performance earned him NASCAR approval to race at all of the remaining intermediate tracks.
After starting 29th in Thursday night’s UNOH 225, Peck methodically worked his way up the leader board. It may have been his first time racing at Kentucky Speedway, but he proved to be a quick learner. He picked up one position after the other, reaching as high as 17th place. Unfortunately Peck’s race was sidelined 100 laps into the 150 lap event. His engine overheated and he was forced to make a premature entrance into the garage. He finished in 29th place.
“We accomplished all we set out to do,” Peck said after the race. “Every turn of every lap was a learning experience for us today. It was our first time competing at an intermediate track and we wanted to gather as many notes as we could to help our setups going forward, and I wanted to get a feel for driving the faster tracks. It was definitely an important step for us and I’m really proud of how well we ran. Unfortunately we had some mechanical problems that took us out of contention, but we were getting faster and faster as the race went on. We were running in the top 20 before we had issues. I hate it that our race ended early, but I’m really excited with our team’s progress.”
“We had a solid truck all day long as Todd learned to get around a 1.5-mile race track,” said crew chief Keith Wolfe. “I’m always proud of Todd’s advancement as we move to larger tracks and higher speeds.” Peck had some very special guests in his pit stall to cheer him on in Kentucky. In conjunction with the Arthritis Foundation, Peck hosted two children who have juvenile arthritis and their families at the race track. Peck toured them through the garage prior to the event, showed him the hauler and invited them to have dinner with the team.
“We always have fun hosting kids with arthritis and their families,” Peck said. “I was diagnosed with arthritis as a child, so I know what they’re going through. It was their first time seeing a race, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be their last. They had a great time and I think we’ve made them fans for life. I hope that the kids saw that arthritis hasn’t slowed me down and that they continue to live an active and healthy lifestyle.”
Peck Motorsports will race in more events in 2013 in a TBD schedule.
About Peck Motorsports
Peck Motorsports is the only professional NASCAR race team headquartered in central Pennsylvania. Founded in 1988, Peck Motorsports is a family operation. Brothers Dr. Mike Peck and Tom Peck operated the team with success throughout the 90s. Today the team is still led by Dr. Mike Peck, but this time with son Todd Peck behind the wheel.
The family has a long, trusted history in the sport. Tom Peck has numerous top-10 and top-five finishes in the highest ranks of NASCAR. Todd Peck is the next generation of Peck family members to carry on the legacy of the proud Pennsylvania racers. The team is supported by Addiction Management Center, FK Rod Ends, Keystone BioFuels, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Lithium Pros, Pyramex and R-E-S. The team also has a collaboration with the Arthritis Foundation.
About the Arthritis Foundation
Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of this serious and painful disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.