Peters overcomes spin to win Indy truck race|
Clermont, IN (Sports Network) - Timothy Peters bounced back from a spin just
before the halfway point to win Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race
at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Peters made contact with Steve Arpin and then spun around for the fourth and
final caution on lap 90. During the caution, Peters pitted for fuel and four
new tires. All other teams made their final pit stops during a previous
caution 10 laps earlier.
The final 107 laps ran caution-free, allowing Peters to make his way through
the field. While the front runners were conserving fuel and tire wear, Peters
passed James Buescher for the lead with just six laps remaining.
Peters finished 2.6 seconds ahead of Buescher to claim his first win of the
season and the third of his truck career. Last week at Nashville, Peters led a
race-high 67 laps but ended up finishing third after a lengthy pit stop late
in that event.
"I had a tire come apart and spun out between [turns] one and two, but when I
came down pit road, [crew chief] Butch Hylton made a great call to put four
tires on," Peters said. "The guys have been doing a phenomenal job. We had a
little hiccup last week, but they made up for it this week."
Buescher took the lead from Parker Kligerman on lap 98 and then ran in front
for the next 96 circuits around the 0.686-mile oval before Peters made his
"We were more worried about the right-front tire than we were about fuel,"
Buescher said. "We were trying to conserve, since it was a long way to stretch
David Starr finished third, followed by rookie Miguel Paludo and Ron Hornaday
Jr., who had won this race the past two years.
Austin Dillon, the pole sitter, held the third position before Todd Bodine
made contact and put him into the wall. Dillon slowed on the track after
suffering a flat tire and wound up finishing ninth.
Dillon called Bodine "an idiot" over his team radio.
"I don't know what the excuse is, but it's just a part of racing for some
reason," Dillon said. "Todd and I usually race each other clean. I'm sure
he'll give me an explanation before next week."
Bodine took blame for the incident.
"I didn't know the No.3 truck [Dillon] was there," he said. "Austin and his
team have a right to be mad at me."
Dillon was on his way to taking over the points, since Johnny Sauter sustained
a flat tire and had to pit on lap 136. Sauter then suffered a sway bar issue
after making his stop. He finished four laps behind in 23rd.
Sauter held the top spot in the point standings, but his lead was reduced to
four points over Dillon.
Buescher is now 20 points behind Sauter, while Peters trails the leader by 22.
07/29 23:03:57 ET