Sunday, July 15, 2012

Peters Pads Truck Lead With Iowa Win

First win of 2012 for Peters
Timothy Peters padded his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point lead Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, wresting the lead from four-time series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. with 10 laps remaining to win the American Ethanol 200; his first victory of the season.

The race was dominated by Peters and James Buescher, who led 91 laps before a blown right-front tire sent him into the outside wall out of the race after 135 of 200 laps. He finished 30th.

Peters started on the pole, but trailed Hornaday on the final restart with just over 30 laps remaining. He hugged the bottom of the track as the green flag waved, surging past Hornaday on the inside to regain a lead he held to the finish.

Hornaday finished second, with defending race winner Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter and Justin Lofton completing the Top-5. Peters expanded his NCWTS lead to 12 points over Lofton, with Ty Dillon 14 back. Buescher drops to fourth in the championship standings, 40 points behind with nine of 22 races now complete.

"I love Iowa,” said Peters, pegging the final restart as the key to his victory. "We launched really well, got a really good restart and beat him… into Turn One. I was praying that the caution wouldn't come out.

 "This was definitely a milestone in my career,” he said. “I’ve never sat on the pole and led like we did to win the race."

Photo Credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

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