Peters wins Iowa truck race, widens points lead|
Newton, IA (Sports Network) - Timothy Peters increased his points lead in the
Camping World Truck Series by winning Saturday night's American Ethanol 200 at
Peters, the pole sitter, grabbed the lead from Ron Hornaday Jr. after the
final restart with 10 laps remaining and then held off Hornaday at the finish
by 1.6 seconds for his fourth career Truck Series win but his first since July
2011 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis (20 races ago).
With the win, Peters padded his lead from four points to 12 over Justin
Lofton, who finished fifth.
"This is just an awesome place to come," Peters said. "I love Iowa, and I love
going to places where our results were okay and turning them into the best
finish. Today was definitely a milestone in my career, because I never sat on
the pole and led the amount of laps like I did tonight to win the race."
Peters ran in front four times for a total of 87 laps around this 0.875-mile
racetrack. He became the eighth different winner in nine races this season.
James Buescher dominated most of the race by leading 91 of 134 laps, but
Buescher blew his right-front tire and slammed into the wall while running
in the top position. He ended up finishing 30th.
"Tough one to swallow...Had the truck to beat, just have to go on to the next
one," Buescher tweeted after the race.
Buescher became the first repeat race winner in trucks this season two weeks
ago at Kentucky.
Peters reassumed the lead after Buescher crashed, but following a restart on
lap 169, Hornaday charged from third and passed Johnny Sauter and Peters to
take the top spot for the first time. An accident involving Cale Gale and
Dakoda Armstrong setup the 10-lap sprint to the finish.
"We didn't have the truck to beat them, but once we were in front, we were
pretty good," said Hornaday, who led 22 laps. "I was saving fuel. I didn't get
enough fuel in the thing (during the last pit stop). I didn't get a chance to
clean my tires up, and I spun them pretty bad. So (Peters) got me on the last
Matt Crafton, who won this race one year ago, finished third, while Sauter
Jason Leffler, rookie Ty Dillon, Joey Coulter, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Parker
Kligerman completed the top-10. Dillon bounced back from a two-lap deficit
early in the race. He is now 14 points behind Peters.
Buescher fell 40 points out of the lead.
07/15 00:11:38 ET