View from the bleachers

Timothy Peters. (Getty Images)
Timothy Peters. (Getty Images)
Timothy Peters. (Getty Images)

CONCORD, N.C.—On a quick turnaround to promote the June 14 Driving for Linemen 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis, driver Tim Peters stopped by Busch Stadium to throw out the first pitch Tuesday night’s rivalry game between the Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs.

Peters then spent the first four innings enjoying the game with the denizens of the left field bleachers.

Even though he was out of his element on the pitcher’s mound, Peters said taking the green flag at Daytona is a much more nerve-wracking experience.

“But this is no different from the stage that’s presented to us every weekend,” Peters told the NASCAR Wire Service. “This is just as much of a rush as it is strapping into my Toyota Tundra every week.”

Nor is baseball an acquired taste for Peters, who has followed the sport since childhood.

“I like the Cardinals, and not because I had the opportunity to throw the first pitch,” Peters said. “But living in southeast Virginia, it’s only six hours from the Atlanta Braves, so I always grew up kind of a Braves fan, too.”

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