Preston Peltier is a familiar name among the super late model scene as he has competed and been successful at tracks all across the country. Last season left him winless, though, and ended with a blown motor at the last race of the season.
Peltier and Roger Lee Newton have worked over the off-season to prep the No.33 Super Late Model and will be heading to Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenley, North Carolina to compete in the Dogwood 300 this weekend. Peltier has set high expectations to his start of the season on the east with the Pro All Star Series South (PASS South).
“Well to be quite honest last year was the first year in a long time going back to when we started racing super late models, that I hadn’t won. I didn’t win anything last year. We were close. Actually every time I drove the 33 car, aside from our first time out in it, I think our worst finish was third so we were always in the top three with it,” Peltier told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
“I kind of have high expectations because I am coming back to the kind of racing I know, back to the tracks I know, the setups I know, so I am looking for a win. I feel like I really need it confidence-wise more than anything.”
Recently the east-coast based racer made a career change that placed him in Colorado but that isn’t going to stop him from finding his way to east coast tracks as he plans on running around seven events with Newton.
When he isn’t racing on the east coast, Peltier has teamed up with a Colorado-based team owned by Eddie Vecchiarelli to run a majority of the big races on the west coast. He has competed with this team before as he ran the 2017 Winter Showdown, Summer Showdown, and Montana 200 with this same team and proved they were competitive.
“I really like that I get to run on both the coasts. My goal is to get both cars running good on both sides because when the car is running up front it increases business for the team when it comes to getting drivers in their seats.”
Peltier and Newton’s team took their No. 33 Super Late Model to Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) recently to make sure their season would be off to a better start than the way their 2016 season ended.
The team blew an engine in the Friday practice prior to the final CARS Tour race at Hickory Motor Speedway and did not compete in Saturday’s feature event.
“We were practicing on the Friday and it grenaded and what is funny is I have been doing this for a long time and that was the first motor we have grenaded. I have never had that happen to me.”
Peltier said that the test at Hickory did not go as well as he would have hoped. Unfortunately for them, engine issues arose once again. That put set-up work on hold as the team just wanted to make sure their car would make it to the feature event.
“We had a scare with the new motor. We had new oil lines built for the motor and it turns out one of them wasn’t crimped correctly. When we fired it up it ran for about 30-60 seconds without oil pressure. We pulled the motor, had it checked, and there was no damage. That was not the way we were planning on starting the season but fortunately everything was good and the motor is ready to go for the (Pro-All-Stars Series) race.”
Peltier and Newton’s first race together in 2017 will be this weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park in the Dogwood 300 on Saturday, March 4.
-Story by: Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: PASS Photo