Timothy Peters raced to his second NASCAR Truck Series victory of the year and seventh overall Saturday night, pulling away on a late restart at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Jennifer Jo Cobb forced the final caution, hitting the wall in the second turn on the 1 1/2-mile track. Series victory leader Ron Hornaday Jr. had the lead on the restart with two laps to go, but quickly dropped to fifth and finished sixth.
”I was really thankful for that last caution to where we could get a good restart,” Peters said. ”I was getting good restarts all night long; the truck was really getting a good bite. Just everything went our way tonight.”
Peters said the recent restart-procedure change that allows the second-place driver to beat the first-place driver to the start-finish line worked in his favor against Hornaday, notoriously known for his restart prowess.
”Watching Ron, when we were trying to pass him, he’d run middle to the top,” Peters said. ”Anytime that he would get down on the white line, he’d get really loose. We scanned everybody, so I had information he was going to take the top and it played into our favor.
”It ain’t too many times that you catch the restart king sleeping, and we caught him sleeping tonight.”
It was Peters’ first win on a 1 1/2-mile track.
”This is a big event for us, not only just because it’s the first mile and a half, it’s in Vegas,” Red Horse Racing owner Tom De Loach said. ”It’s kind of really magic to stand up in front of this group, with the showgirls in the background, the whole deal. If there is any place you’re going to win a mile and a half, this is the place to do it.”
Johnny Sauter was second, followed by Miguel Paludo, pole-sitter Ty Dillon and Darrell Wallace Jr.
Points leader Matt Crafton was 11th. With five races left, Crafton has a 41-point lead over James Buescher and 53-point advantage over third-place Dillon. Buescher was ninth in the race.
Peters also won at Iowa Speedway in July and has 10 top-10 finishes this year. He’s sixth in the season standings, 85 points behind Crafton.
The 146-lap race was slowed by nine caution periods.