Peck Vows Revenge on Daytona and Mother Nature

23 Feb

Peck Vows Revenge on Daytona and Mother Nature

HANOVER, Penn. (February 18, 2014) –Todd Peck, driver of the No. 40 Arthritis Foundation/Pyramex Chevrolet, is ready to erase “racing at Daytona International Speedway” from his to-do list. Prepared to make his first start at the 2.5-mile tri oval in 2014, the Hanover, Penn., native’s chances were cut short before he could vie for his spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series lineup. Rain showers soaked the legendary race track and halted qualifying before the field was set for last season’s event. The starting order was established according to NASCAR rule book and Peck was the odd man out. Because he hadn’t competed in the full 2013 schedule, he didn’t have enough points to guarantee his spot in the race and had to pack his bags and go home early.

Peck is returning for this year’s NextEra Energy Resources 250. Once again, he is not locked into the field and will have to earn his spot in the season’s most prestigious race.

“This is what racing is all about,” Peck said. “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, right? When our team makes the field, I want it to be because we competed against the best Truck Series teams out there to secure a spot in the race. Last year, Mother Nature ruined our chances, but we’re coming back this year more focused and determined than ever. The most disappointing part about last year’s race at Daytona is that we didn’t even have the chance to make the field. We just want the opportunity to compete for a spot in the event. Our team has put together a great truck for the race and I can’t wait to hit the track. Daytona and Mother Nature may have gotten the best of us last year, but it’s a new year and they better watch out.”

In addition to Daytona, Peck will run a limited Truck Series schedule throughout 2015. His races are to be determined. Peck Motorsports will continue its partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, which will adorn the No. 40 truck throughout the 2015 season. Peck, who was diagnosed with arthritis as a child, paired with the Arthritis Foundation to remind everyone who has been diagnosed with the condition that they can still live an active and fast-paced lifestyle.

“We’re very optimistic about this season,” said Keith Wolfe, crew chief and general manager for Peck Motorsports. “We’re returning with the same crew we had last year and we’ve been working hard in the off season to improve our trucks. We have all the elements in place for a strong 2015. We’re hoping to set the tone for our year with a solid performance at Daytona. It’s a legendary track and our biggest race of the year. We’ll be competing against the best. To come away with a good run would the perfect way to start of the season.”

Peck started his career driving go karts. He worked his way up to the national level before advancing to the Allison Legacy Series. In addition to the Truck Series, he also competes in Super Cup Stock Car Series, in which he won the 2013 championship.