Timothy Peters and Red Horse Racing have been around the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for awhile, and they’ve won races together. As a matter-of-fact, the pairing had resulted in two trips to victory lane this year, prior to Saturday night’s Sam’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. But in Vegas, Timothy Peters and the No. 17 Red Horse Racing team accomplished something they never had before — winning on a mile-and-a-half race track.
“We were good as soon as we came off the hauler,” Peters said in victory lane.
Peters passed Ron Hornaday on a restart with two laps remaining to take the lead and drive on to his third victory of the season. Johnny Sauter also got by Hornaday to take runner-up honors. Meanwhile, Hornaday fell back to sixth.
“It was a pretty crazy restart,” Sauter said. “We were really good on restarts all night.”
Despite spinning to bring out the first caution on lap 13, Miguel Paludo finished third. Ty Dillon was fourth, and Darrell Wallace Jr. rounded out the top-five.
The 146-lap race was mired by nine yellow flags that resulted in varying pit strategies throughout the race. Those varying strategies put drivers including Brendan Gaughan, Ross Chastain and Justin Lofton, among others, up front for periods of time.
Matt Crafton took the lead from Wallace with 42 laps remaining and pulled away from the field, seemingly on his way to his first win of the season. But the handling went away on his No. 88 and he began dropping through the field in the final 25 laps.
Hornaday moved into the lead, and Peters moved into second. Peters then challenged Hornaday hard for the top spot. Hornaday was able to hold him off until the final restart of the race when he gave way to Peters, Sauter and others.
Crafton wound up back in 11th after pitting during the final caution. It was his first finish outside the top-10 this year, 17 races into the season. Despite finishing outside the top-10, Crafton’s lead atop the championship standings remained at 41 points over second-place James Buescher. Buescher finished ninth.
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