Peters Hits The Big Time In Vegas
LAS VEGAS – A great restart with two laps left allowed Timothy Peters to drive away from the pack to his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the season Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
It looked like Saturday’s Smith’s 350 was going to belong to veteran Ron Hornaday Jr. Despite a crash with teammate Brennan Newberry earlier in the race, Hornaday had managed to chase down and pass championship leader Matt Crafton for the race lead with 26 laps left.
Peters was close behind Hornaday, taking second from Crafton one lap later. Soon the two Truck Series veterans were nose to tail as they battled for the race lead. Peters was able to get alongside Hornaday with 11 laps left, but Hornaday used a lapped car as a pick to block Peters.
Peters fell back behind Hornaday, but before he could take another shot at the race lead Jennifer Jo Cobb blew a tire and crashed in turn two to bring out the yellow flag.
That set up a two-lap dash to the finish. Hornaday restarted in the outside line, but spun his tires during the restart. That allowed Peters to snatch the lead away as Johnny Sauter charged up to the second position.
With trucks bouncing off each other behind him, Peters was able to pull away to his first career victory on a 1.5-mile oval. It was also the first victory for Red Horse Racing on a 1.5-mile oval.
“This is big,” said Peters. “We were good as soon as we unloaded off the hauler. It is going to be a long night.”
Sauter’s second-place finish was his best run since winning the first two races of the season.
“It was a pretty crazy restart,” Sauter said when asked about the last restart with two laps left. “That last restart it looked like Ron didn’t get going and he kind of opened up a little bit and I shot in the middle there and I thought man, I’m going to have a run on the 17 (Peters). Just didn’t have enough.”
Miguel Paludo finished third despite an early spin. Ty Dillon and Darrell Wallace Jr. completed the top five. Hornaday faded to sixth at the checkered flag. John Wes Townley, local favorite Brendan Gaughan, James Buescher and Max Gresham completed the top 10.
Crafton finished 11th, his first finish outside the top 10 all season.