Every Monday, Stock Car Spin runs a feature called Stock Car Shoutouts, which gives props to drivers who you may not hear much about and who had a good run the previous week. This week is slightly different, as we include in this week’s edition a winner from the previous week, and an unexpected guest.
So without further ado, Stock Car Spin would like to give a Shoutout to:
Timothy Peters: He won Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville. And while you may not have heard of Peters until this year, or perhaps even this week, the road to his first win in a premier NASCAR series was not an easy one. To make a long story short, Peters drove for Bobby Hamilton Racing in the Truck series in 2005-06 as a Dodge development driver. It didn’t work out. In 2007, he drove a few Nationwide races for Richard Childress Racing. Again, unsuccessfully. In 2008, he virtually disappeared off the NASCAR radar. But in 2009, Peters snached a Truck ride with Premier Racing, and drove for about the first half of the season. He then joined Red Horse Racing, his current team, and won his first race in his 64th career start. He has kept himself in the top 10 in driver points, currently sitting in 7th. His win on Saturday was also the team’s first win since Martinsville in 2006.
Michael Annett: Annett’s story isn’t quite as long, but is no less interesting. Annett spent his teenage years playing hockey. He spent some time in the United States Hockey League playing for the Waterloo Black Hawks. But his lifelong dream had been to race. And at age 18, he finally tested a race car. 2 years later, in 2007, Annett went to Victory Lane in the lone ARCA race at Talladega. He raced in one Nationwide race a year ago, and has been racing full-time in the series as a rookie for Germain Racing this year. Overshadowed by fellow rookies, Justin Allgaier and Brendan Gaughan, Annett has had a solid season, accumulating 4 top 10 finishes. He was on his way to a career best finish Saturday at Memphis before a caution came out for a piece of paper. Trying some strategy, Annett’s crew chief left him on the race track, and he inherited the lead. But with just inside 10 laps to go, it was taken away by eventual winner, Brad Keselowski. Annett, after a spin, would finish 16th. But he currently sits 10th in the points, the highest he’s been in his brief career.
Gopher, Digger the: He’s annoying. Very annoying. Very annoying. NASCAR on Fox’s brainchild, this pesky rodent has become Darrell Waltrip’s favorite little “driver”, leaving his other buddies, Junebug and Wild Thing, playing second fiddle. Yes, Digger is more annoying than a root canal gone bad. Alright, almost as annoying. But one thing you have never seen Digger do(and likely won’t, seeing as he is the brainbrother of Fox News) is mock prayer. That’s more than what a certain Big Ten plus one’s university mascot can say. And that, my friends, deserves a Shoutout. I don’t care if you are an annoying, animated rodent.