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Peters spins and wins at Lucas Oil Raceway

NASCAR Truck Series
Saturday, July 30, 2011

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Timothy Peters, driver of the No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota, celebrates with crew members
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A flat tire turned out to be one of the biggest breaks of Camping World Truck Series driver Timothy Peters’ career.

That flat tire occurred just before the halfway point in Friday night’s AAA Insurance 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. It put him off cycle in terms of pit stops, allowed his crew to improve his truck and paved the way for Peters to take the lead with six laps to go.

Once in the lead, Peters went on to get his first victory of the season and third of his career.

"That’s what saved our night right there," Peters said.

The truck he passed with six laps to go belonged to James Buescher, who led from just past the halfway point until being overtaken by Peters.

Buescher, 21, was going for the first victory of his career in his 60th start.

"It’s definitely frustrating when you lose the lead that late," said Buescher, who led a race-high 97 laps. "Can’t get any closer to a win than that. But we had nothing for him."

David Starr was third, his first top five since October 2009 at Talladega. Rookie Miguel Paludo finished fourth, and Ron Hornaday Jr. was fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Matt Crafton, rookies Joey Coulter and Cole Whitt, polesitter Austin Dillon and Ross Chastain, who was making his first start.

Coulter was the last car on the lead lap as the final 107 of 200 laps were run under green. The race set a record for fewest cautions—four—for a truck race at the 0.686-mile track. The second caution, for 17 of the 28 laps run under yellow, was because of rain.

Peters’ fateful flat occurred just before he made contact with Steve Arpin. Peters said he didn’t even realize he had cut the tire until much later.

During the ensuing pit stop, crew chief Butch Hylton and his crew went to work with a series of adjustments to the track bar and tire pressures. Peters’ Toyota Tundra, which was slow off the truck Friday morning, came alive.

Points leader Johnny Sauter also suffered a cut tire, but he finished 23rd. He also damaged a track bar. Before those troubles, Sauter, who started the race leading the standings by 18 points over Dillon, had led 44 laps and appeared to be the driver to beat.

Dillon led 36 laps and closed to four points of Sauter. He also closed in on a postrace confrontation with Todd Bodine. The two tangled late in the race, and Dillon didn’t like it. He blocked Bodine’s way on pit road after the cool-down laps.

Bodine, who finished 12th, took the blame for the incident and apologized.

"I thought I was clear (of Dillon)," Bodine said. "Austin is the last person in the world I would do that to."

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR LAPS STATUS
1 16 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Red Horse Racing 200 Running
2 7 31 James Buescher Chevrolet Wolfpack Rentals 200 Running
3 12 81 David Starr Toyota ASI Limited / Zachry 200 Running
4 17 7 Miguel Paludo * Toyota Stemco / Duroline 200 Running
5 5 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Vlasic Pickles, Peppers & Relish / Kroger 200 Running
6 8 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Ideal Door / Menards 200 Running
7 3 22 Joey Coulter * Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing / Darrell Gwynn Foundation 200 Running
8 9 60 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet Fuel Doctor / Red Bull 199 Running
9 1 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 199 Running
10 15 66 Ross Chastain Chevrolet National Watermelon Promotion Board 199 Running
11 6 29 Parker Kligerman * Dodge Penske Truck Rental / R&B Transport 199 Running
12 18 5 Todd Bodine Toyota Big Red / International Trucks 199 Running
13 19 32 Steve Arpin Chevrolet Mike's Hard Lemonade 199 Running
14 11 8 Nelson Piquet Jr. * Chevrolet Bozzano / Jontex 198 Running
15 22 92 Clay Rogers Chevrolet fleetHQ.com / BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors 198 Running
16 10 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota U.S. Air Force Combat Control Team 198 Running
17 13 20 Johanna Long * Toyota Panhandle Grading and Paving 198 Running
18 29 9 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 198 Running
19 27 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet Monster Energy 197 Running
20 24 6 Justin Lofton Toyota CollegeComplete.com 197 Running
21 21 98 Dakoda Armstrong Chevrolet Ferrellgas / Agrisure 197 Running
22 25 18 Josh Richards Toyota Joy Mining Machinery 197 Running
23 4 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet SafeAuto Insurance Co. / Curb Records / Carrier 196 Running
24 2 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza 196 Running
25 28 101 Jake Crum Chevrolet Jake Crum Racing 196 Running
26 14 23 Jason White Chevrolet GunBroker.com 194 Running
27 32 296 Todd Peck Chevrolet National Arthritis Foundation 194 Running
28 26 63 Jack Smith Ford Seal Wrap 193 Running
29 20 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet S&W Services 193 Running
30 34 07 Ricky Moxley Chevrolet Wear Your Gear / www.Bobber .info 193 Running
31 33 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 189 Running
32 36 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Ford RacingGraphics.com 183 Running
33 30 142 Tommy Joe Martins Dodge Cross Construction 181 Running
34 35 100 Brad Queen Chevrolet Live Oak Real Estate 133 Engine
35 23 93 Shane Sieg Chevrolet S&W Services 127 Vibration
36 31 138 Mike Garvey Chevrolet S&W Services 7 Rear Gear

* Denotes Rookie

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