Peters dominates truck action at Bristol


Timothy Peters turned in a dominating performance in Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway, leading every lap of the event en route to his second win of the season and sole possession of the series championship points lead.

“What an awesome feeling,” Peters said in victory lane. “I just thank the Lord for being with me and letting me win two in one year.”

Parker Kligerman finished second to his teammate to give Red Horse Racing a one-two finish. Ross Chastain was third.

Peters got out in front of pole sitter Cale Gale on lap one and didn’t look back. For the first 63 laps of the race’s 200-lap scheduled distance, Gale ran second until he was passed by Brad Keselowski on lap 64.

The race ran caution free until lap 81, setting a record for the longest green-flag run to start a truck race at Bristol and the longest opening green-flag run in a Truck Series event anywhere since the Milwaukee Mile in 2005.

Another Red Horse Racing driver, Todd Bodine, got off pit road second to Peters on that first caution to give the team the first two spots in the runninng order, but Keselowski got by Bodine to reclaim second on lap 112.

Bodine wound up getting caught up in an incident with Gale with 41 laps to go and sustaining enough damage to eliminate him from the event.

“The 33 (Gale) got up under us and just pushed,” Bodine said. “That was racing. That was close racing.”

Gale wrecked several laps later when the field bunched up on a restart to bring out another caution, the sixth and final caution of the race that set things up for a green-white-checkered attempt to finish the race.

Both Keselowski and Ty Dillon ran out of fuel soon after the final restart.

“I just kept running out of gas,” Keselowski said.

Peters and Dillon headed into Bristol tied for the points lead. After the race, Peters had a 17-point lead over James Buescher, who moved into second by finishing seventh. Dillon slipped to third.

Joey Coulter finished the race in the fourth spot and Joey Coulter rounded out the top-five.

 

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