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Peters has just enough fuel for first win of 2011

August 01, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service,

CLERMONT, Ind. -- Points leader Sauter finished 23rd following cut tire and broken sway bar

A flat tire turned out to be one of the biggest breaks of Camping World Truck Series driver Timothy Peters' career.

That flat tire occurred just before the halfway point in Friday night's AAA Insurance 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. It put him off cycle in terms of pit stops, allowed his crew to improve his truck and paved the way for Peters to take the lead with six laps to go.

AAA Insurance 200

2.James Buescher Chevrolet
3.David Starr Toyota
4.Miguel PaludoToyota
5.Ron Hornaday Chevrolet

Once in the lead, Peters went on to get his first victory of the season and third of his career.

"That's what saved our night right there," Peters said.

The truck he passed with six laps to go belonged to James Buescher, who led from just past the halfway point until being overtaken by Peters.

Buescher, 21, was going for the first victory of his career in his 60th start.

"It's definitely frustrating when you lose the lead that late," said Buescher, who led a race-high 97 laps. "Can't get any closer to a win than that. But we had nothing for him."

David Starr was third, his first top-five since October 2009 at Talladega. Rookie Miguel Paludo finished fourth, and Ron Hornaday was fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Matt Crafton, rookies Joey Coulter and Cole Whitt, pole-sitter Austin Dillon and Ross Chastain, who was making his first start.

Coulter was the last car on the lead lap as the final 107 of 200 laps were run under green. The race set a record for fewest cautions -- four -- for a Truck race at the .686-mile track. The second caution, for 17 of the 28 laps run under yellow, was because of rain.

Peters' fateful flat occurred just before he made contact with Steve Arpin. Peters said he didn't even realize he had cut the tire until much later.

During the ensuing pit stop, crew chief Butch Hylton and his crew went to work with a series of adjustments to the track bar and tire pressures. Peters' Toyota Tundra, which was slow off the truck Friday morning, came alive.

Points leader Johnny Sauter also suffered a cut tire, but he finished 23rd. He also damaged a track bar. Before those troubles, Sauter, who started the race leading the standings by 18 points on Dillon, had led 44 laps and appeared to be the driver to beat.

Dillon led 36 laps and closed to four points of Sauter. He also closed in on a post-race confrontation with Todd Bodine. The two tangled late in the race, and Dillon didn't like it. He blocked Bodine's way on pit road after the cool-down laps.

Bodine, who finished 12th, took the blame for the incident and apologized.


• Timothy Peters earned his third career victory in his 106th race. Peters' last victory came at Daytona in 2010.
• Timothy Peters became the ninth different Truck Series winner of 2011.
• This is Timothy Peters' first win at Lucas Oil Raceway in his fifth start. His previous best finish was 10th last year.
• Timothy Peters became the 12th different winner at Lucas Oil Raceway in 17 races.
• This is Red Horse Racing's fifth career victory, first win in 2011 and first win at Lucas Oil Raceway.
• Toyota has earned its eighth victory of 2011 and second victory at Lucas Oil Raceway.
• James Buescher (second) matched his career best finish for the third time. He led a race-high 97 laps.
• David Starr (third) scored his first top-five finish since Talladega in 2009.
• Miguel Paludo (fourth) matched his career best finish set at Daytona in Feb. 2011.
• Ron Hornaday (fifth) earned his seventh top-five finish of 2011 and first top-10 since his victory at Texas four races ago.
• Ross Chastain (10th), Ricky Moxley (30th) and Brad McQueen (34th) made their series debuts.
• The 33 cars running at the finish were the most in a Truck race at Lucas Oil Raceway.

"I thought I was clear [of Dillon]," Bodine said. "Austin is the last person in the world I would do that to."