Peters Wires Trucks At Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Timothy Peters survived a green-white-checkered finish to complete a dominating performance during Wednesday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Peters, driving the No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota, started second and grabbed the lead on the opening lap of the event. As it would turn out, that was the only lead change of the evening as the series championship leader wired the field en route to victory.
Despite a late-race caution that extended the race to 204 laps for a green-white-checkered, Peters still managed to hold off his Red Horse Racing teammate Parker Kligerman to grab his second victory of the 2012 season.
The victory came on team owner Tom DeLoach’s birthday. It was the first time since 1997 that a driver led every lap in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.
“What an awesome feeling,” Peters said after climbing from his truck in victory lane. “These guys worked their butts off like they do week in and week out.
“Boy was she flawless tonight,” Peters said. “Happy birthday Tom DeLoach. He gave me an awesome opportunity back in 2009 and the skies been the limit ever since.”
Kligerman, in his second race for Red Horse Racing, was happy with his day.
“I’m just so proud of these No. 7 guys,” Kligerman said. “They’ve worked every day since we signed this deal two or three weeks ago. To come out here and have a good finish, have a clean truck, this is what we need.”
Ross Chastain earned a career-best third-place finish in his No. 08 SS Green Light Racing Toyota. Richard Childress Racing teammates Joey Coulter and Brendan Gaughan completed the top five.
Brad Keselowski was running third just before the final restart, but ran out of gas and settled for 25th. Ty Dillon, who came into the race tied for the championship lead, also ran out of gas on the final restart and finished 21st.
Peters now holds a 17-point lead over James Buescher in the series championship standings.