Timothy Peters took the lead late, then pulled away to win the AAA Insurance 200 NASCAR Truck Series race Friday night.
Peters, who spun because of a tire problem that forced a caution near the race’s midpoint, pushed into second place during the final 20 laps, then passed James Buescher on lap 194 of the final NASCAR trucks race to be held at Lucas Oil Raceway. It was the 30th year the race was held at the 0.686-mile track.
Buescher finished second. The 21-year-old has never won a race, but finished in the top 10 for the ninth straight race.
David Starr finished third and Miguel Paludo was fourth. Ron Hornaday Jr., who had won the race the previous two years, placed fifth.
Johnny Sauter, the points leader, remained at the top of the standings after placing 23rd, and Austin Dillon, the polesitter, was ninth coming off his win in Nashville last week.
After an opening-lap crash that involved Johanna Long, Jason White and Ryan Sieg, Dillon led for the first 36 laps before Sauter took over the lead.
Rain began to fall, forcing the second caution of the night during lap 41. Parker Kligerman found himself in front after several of the leaders went to the pits during a caution, then Buescher took the lead after the next caution.
Buescher and Kligerman drove side by side for several laps before Sauter passed Kligerman and moved into second at the halfway point.
Sauter slowed to a near halt during lap 135 after being in fourth place, leaving Buescher, Dillon and Matt Crafton to fight for the lead. Sauter pitted and got two tires replaced, then returned to the track, leaving a trail of sparks along the way.
Peters began to make his push, and slowly reeled Buescher in before passing him.