Peck Finishes 27th in Pocono Debut
Matches Second-Best Truck Series Finish
LONG POND, Penn. (August 3, 2013) -It’s more than just a clever nickname. The track affectionately referred to as the “Tricky Triangle” has puzzled race teams for decades. Despite its menacing reputation on up-and-coming drivers, Todd Peck successfully navigated his No. 40 Arthritis Foundation Chevy around Pocono Raceway to a 27th-place finish in his inaugural outing at the 2.5-mile track. The finish matched his second-best finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Rain showers caused the qualifying session at Pocono to be cancelled. The starting grid for the Pocono Mountains 125 was set according to practice speeds, which put Peck 30th in the lineup. When the race got underway, Peck remained a picture of consistency. Running as high as 24th place, but not dropping below 31st, Peck learned the ins and outs of the track’s three unique turns.
“Our goal was to learn the track and build a solid foundation for our return,” Peck said. “We were successful in doing that. I feel like we gathered some good notes and have a lot of good information to take back to the shop with us. It will allow us to come back more prepared and to be more competitive at next year’s race.”
“As a driver, I knew that Pocono was going to be tough,” continued Peck. “It was definitely tricky, but I really enjoyed racing there. Turn1 was the hardest for me. Our truck was pushing through the center and drifting towards the wall. It handled really well in (Turns) 2 and 3. We were getting beat in Turn 1, but we wouldn’t lose any track position for the rest of the lap. That’s a really good start for us. We weren’t too far off in our setup and with a few tweaks, we’ll be really good. It’s all part of growing as a team.”
On hand in the Peck Motorsports pit stall were two kids with juvenile arthritis, along with their families, to watch the race. Peck, who was diagnosed with arthritis at age 16, invited them to the festivities to show them that the condition doesn’t have to slow anyone down.
“One of the things that we love most about our race program is that we have the opportunity to host the families with arthritis, Peck said. ” It’s great to see how excited they are when they tour the garage and see the race trucks. We have a lot of fun with them and look forward to hosting more families at our future races.”
Peck Motorsports’ next race is TBD. Hoping to find sponsorship to continue its progression, the team is eyeing Iowa as its next Truck Series race.
“We are really excited about our team’s progress,” said crew chief Keith Wolfe. “We’re running really well and showing constant improvement each time we hit the track. Our race at Pocono reflected that. Hopefully we’ll be able to race again soon and take another step in our advancement.”
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 Motorsports hoping to carry on the legacy of proud Pennsylvania racers. The team is currently looking for primary sponsorship in 2012 to support their 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 impact of this serious, painful and unacceptable 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.
Juvenile Arthritis (JA) affects more than 300,000 children in the U.S. JA is a term to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger. There are several different types of JA.