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Peters leads every lap for Truck triumph at Bristol

August 23, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service,

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Timothy Peters ran to a wire-to-wire victory in Wednesday night's UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, snatching back sole possession of the points lead in the Camping World Truck Series.

Peters, who started second, jumped to the lead past pole-sitter Cale Gale at the drop of the green flag and led every lap to roar to his second victory of the season and fifth of his career. The effort broke a tie atop the standings with top rookie Ty Dillon, who ran out of gas while running in the top five on the final restart and finished 21st.

UNOH 200

2.Parker Kligerman Toyota
3.Ross ChastainToyota
4.Joey Coulter Chevrolet
5.Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet

Parker Kligerman, Peters' Red Horse Racing teammate, matched a career-best in second with Ross Chastain third in his best finish in the Truck Series. Joey Coulter and Brendan Gaughan completed the top five.

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Peters became the first driver to lead from green to checkered since Ron Hornaday paced all 225 laps at Louisville Motor Speedway on July 12, 1997. The 1-2 Red Horse Racing finish also gave team owner Tom DeLoach a fitting present for his 65th birthday.

"What an awesome feeling," Peters said in Victory Lane. " ... I just thank the good Lord for being with me and letting me win two in one year. We're working really hard, all the guys in the shop. The sky's the limit right now."

Peters withstood intense pressure on a handful of late-race restarts, most frequently from Brad Keselowski, the only driver racing in all three NASCAR national series this weekend. But the pressure from the Sprint Cup star subsided on the only attempt at a green-white-checkered finish that extended the race four laps past its scheduled 200-lap distance.

Kligerman slipped past Keselowski, his team owner until last week, on a restart with seven laps to go when the yellow flag flew for a final time for Gale's heavy crash on the backstretch. That gave Peters a buffer in the form of a teammate starting alongside for the final restart.

"It's my bad for getting a bad restart," said Kligerman, making just his second start for Red Horse. "I consider myself a lot better restarter than that, so I'll be beating myself up for the rest of the week, but congratulations to him. They've helped us so much."

The lengthy clean-up for Gale's wreck and ensuing overtime finish spelled doom for Keselowski and Dillon, who lined up third and fourth, respectively, for the final two-lap sprint. Keselowski's truck was the first to stall out; Dillon's sputtered to a near-stop moments later as Peters sailed away.

"I don't know -- really confusing. I should have had a good three or four laps of fuel left," said Keselowski, who finished 25th in a quest for his first Truck Series victory. "I don't know. Something happened, and we'll have to go back and figure out what it was. We had a pretty good day going."

The race was the first for a NASCAR national series on Bristol's reconfigured .533-mile oval. Track officials opted to grind the top groove of progressive banking ground down with the desired effect of making the action closer. It was, eventually, after the first 81 laps were run without a caution period -- the longest green-flag run to start a Truck Series race in more than seven years.


• Timothy Peters earned his fifth Truck Series victory in his 131st start.
• This is Timothy Peters' second victory of 2012, joining James Buescher as the only repeat winner this season.
• This is Timothy Peters' first victory at Bristol in his eighth start. His previous best finish was fifth last year.
• Timothy Peters is the 12th different driver to win at Bristol in 15 races. Four of Peters' five Truck Series wins have been on short tracks.
• This is the seventh time a driver has led every lap in a race. The last was Ron Hornaday at Louisville in July 1997.
• Timothy Peters becomes the second driver to lead every lap in a race at Bristol, joining Ron Hornaday, who did it in June 1997.
• Timothy Peters is the third driver to lead every lap in a race in the Truck Series joining Mike Skinner (three times) and Ron Hornaday (three times).
• Red Horse Racing scored its ninth Truck Series victory, fourth of 2012 and first at Bristol.
• Red Horse Racing finished 1-2 for the second time this season (Daytona).
• Toyota scored its fifth victory of 2012 and sixth at Bristol.
• Parker Kligerman (second) tied his best career finish.
• Ross Chastain (third) earned his best career finish in his 18th start.
• Joey Coulter (fourth) has six top-10 finishes in the past seven races.
• Brendan Gaughan (fifth) notched his third consecutive top-five finish and third top-five at Bristol.
• Ryan Blaney finished sixth in his Truck Series debut.
• Ty Dillon (21st) suffered the worst finish in his career.

Peters boosted his points lead to 17 points over James Buescher, who finished seventh Wednesday. Dillon faded from his tie for the lead to third, 25 points off the top.