Timothy Peters survives wild Talladega finish

imothy Peters, driver of the #25 Kingman Chevrolet Chevrolet, poses with the winner's decal on his truck after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fr8Auctions 250
Timothy Peters after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fr8Auctions 250
Getty Images for NASCAR

Timothy Peters took the lead when leader Noah Gragson wrecked on the final lap of the Fr8Auctions 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday and held on for his first Camping World Truck Series victory of the season.

Peters won for the third time at Talladega, and the 11th time in his Truck Series career.

David Gilliland finished second, while Myatt Snider, Justin Haley and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top five.

The race served as the cutoff for the Round of 8 for the Truck Series as two drivers were eliminated. Unofficially moving on to the Round of 6 are: Johnny Sauter, Justin Haley (win at Canadian Tire), Noah Gragson, Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton and Grant Enfinger (win at Las Vegas).

True to Talladega’s unpredictable reputation, wrecks and damage to trucks came early and late. Twice in the final six laps, the leader wrecked. First, Enfinger spun from the lead after making contact with David Gilliland on Lap 88 of 94. Then, Gragson did the same on the final lap, and Peters was able to squeak by for the checkered flag.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]In a race that featured seven cautions, one came when playoff driver — and four-time 2018 winner — Moffitt suffered damage to the right front of his No. 16 Toyota on Lap 38 when the No. 12 of Tanner Thorson spun in traffic and made contact.

Moffitt was forced to take his No. 16 to pit road for repairs, and by Lap 44 he found himself in 31st out of 32 drivers, one lap down. Though he remained in a precarious position throughout the race, he was helped just a few laps later.

That’s when the “Big One" came on Lap 59 when the No. 47 of Chris Fontaine spun through traffic while he was running in second place. The wreck caught several playoff drivers, including the No. 88 of Matt Crafton and the No. 41 of Ben Rhodes and the No. 21 of Johnny Sauter. Crafton was forced to exit the race because of damage to his No. 88.

In all, 10 trucks were involved in the collision, which brought out the red flag for cleanup for 11 minutes, 42 seconds.

Spencer Gallagher, who led 15 of the first 59 laps, was among those forced from the race because of damage sustained in the “Big One."

Rhodes entered the race seven points below the cut line for the Round of 6, and the damage to his truck in the “Big One" did not help his cause for advancing in to the Round of 6.

Results

Fin Str Trk Driver Team Laps Status
1 3 25 Timothy Peters Kingman Chevrolet Chevrolet 94 Running
2 28 13 Myatt Snider # RideTV Ford 94 Running
3 1 51 David Gilliland Pedigree Toyota 94 Running
4 16 24 Justin Haley (P) Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet 94 Running
5 32 49 Wendell Chavous SobrietyNation Chevrolet 94 Running
6 11 52 Stewart Friesen (P) We Build America Chevrolet 94 Running
7 21 3 Jordan Anderson Rusty's Off Road Chevrolet 94 Running
8 27 28 Bryan Dauzat FDNY Chevrolet 94 Running
9 30 20 Max Tullman(i) YurPal.com Chevrolet 94 Running
10 10 02 Austin Hill Young's Building Systems/Randco Chevrolet 94 Running
11 22 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Osage Contractors Chevrolet 94 Running
12 24 22 Austin Wayne Self GO TEXAN Chevrolet 94 Running
13 13 18 Noah Gragson (P) Safelite AutoGlass Toyota 93 Running
14 26 33 Robby Lyons Sunwest Construction LLC Chevrolet 93 Running
15 15 7 Korbin Forrister TruClear Toyota 93 Running
16 14 41 Ben Rhodes (P) Carolina Nut Co. Ford 93 Running
17 8 16 Brett Moffitt (P) Toyota 92 Running
18 25 30 Scott Lagasse Jr.(i) Strutmasters.com Toyota 92 Running
19 4 98 Grant Enfinger (P) Champion Power Equipment/Curb Records Ford 92 Running
20 6 4 Todd Gilliland # Pedigree Puppy Toyota 82 Accident
21 29 45 Justin Fontaine # ProMATIC Automation/Superior Essex Chevrolet 82 Electrical
22 5 21 Johnny Sauter (P) ISM Connect Chevrolet 73 Accident
23 23 63 Bobby Gerhart Lucas Oil Chevrolet 61 Electrical
24 19 47 Chris Fontaine Glenden Enterprises Chevrolet 58 Accident
25 2 2 Spencer Gallagher(i) Allegiant Chevrolet 58 Accident
26 9 88 Matt Crafton (P) Fisher Nuts/Menards Ford 58 Accident
27 31 8 John Hunter Nemechek(i) Fleetwing Corporation Chevrolet 58 Accident
28 20 75 Parker Kligerman Food Country USA Chevrolet 58 Accident
29 12 54 Bo LeMastus # Fred's/Crosley Brands Toyota 58 Accident
30 7 87 Joe Nemechek Fleetwing Corporation Chevrolet 50 Vibration
31 17 12 Tanner Thorson K & L Ready Mix Chevrolet 48 Suspension
32 18 68 Clay Greenfield AMVETS Please Stand Chevrolet 47 Suspension

# DENOTES ROOKIE

Leave a Reply