NCWTS: Peters Makes Late Race Charge To Win At Lucas Oil Raceway

July 30, 2011 No Comments

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A race that was once consumed with the idea of weather being a factor, quickly turned into a fuel-mileage race by the end.

Timothy Peters took the lead from James Buescher with six laps to go and won Friday night’s AAA Insurance 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Buescher, led an impressing 97 laps, finished second. Following were David Starr, Miguel Paludo and Joey Coulter.

Johnny Sauter will keep his points lead, despite a crash that left him finishing 23rd. Sauter only leads Austin Dillon, who finished ninth, by four points.

Chaos might have been an understatement when looking back to the closing laps of Friday’s AAA 200. Several drivers ran out of fuel, and Dillon, trying to stretch his gas to the finish, was shoved into the wall by Todd Bodine approaching the white flag.

“I don’t know what the excuse is,” said Dillon, who called Bodine an idiot over his team’s radio. “I don’t know what happened.”

Bodine did own up to his mistake, saying he didn’t know Dillon was on the outside as he moved up the track.

“I never knew the 3 (Dillon) was out there,” Bodine said. “Austin and his boys have a right to be mad at me.”

Bodine and Dillon did meet briefly after the race, appearing to “clear” up any distaste for one another.

Peters lost control of his truck on lap 91 after contact with Steve Arpin. Peters spun out, causing what turned out to be the night’s last caution.

Weather played an “indirect” part in tonight’s running of the AAA 200, forcing teams to come up with a creative strategy to stay out front.

A brief shower put the event under caution from lap 41 to 57 with Sauter in the lead. After the field was put under green again, ominous clouds lingered beyond the track’s first turn. Only a few sprinkles fell, however, and the race was run to its full length.

Sauter, who led 44 laps, and Dillon, with 36, dominated the first half of the race.

With rain a distinct possibility, Buescher held a slight lead over Sauter, with Dillon, Bodine and Ron Hornaday Jr. also running in the top five.

The race’s first caution flew only two laps into the event as Johanna Long, Jason White and Ryan Sieg got tangled up while driving into turn one.

Tommy Joe Martins and Brendan Gaughan wrecked on lap 81 to bring out the third caution, and a spin by Peters produced caution No. 4 on lap 91.

It’s hard to believe the chapter titled “Lucas Oil Raceway” has come to a close, but with most things in life, another chapter must open.

Unofficial Results for the AAA 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway: 

Fin.
Pos.
Str.
Pos.
Trk
No.

Driver

Team

Laps
Driver
Rating

Winnings
1 16 17 Timothy Peters Gear Wrench/Red Horse Racing Toyota 200 104.9 $40,350
2 7 31 James Buescher Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet 200 128.4 $29,700
3 12 81 David Starr ASI Limited/ Zachry Toyota 200 105.2 $19,950
4 17 7 Miguel Paludo # Stemco Duroline Toyota 200 84.5 $17,275
5 5 33 Ron Hornaday Jr. Vlasic/Armour Chevrolet 200 104.2 $16,325
6 8 88 Matt Crafton Menards/IDeal Door Chevrolet 200 116.0 $11,850
7 3 22 Joey Coulter # RCR/Darrell Gwynn Foundation Chevrolet 200 94.6 $11,325
8 9 60 Cole Whitt # Fuel Doctor/Red Bull Chevrolet 199 101.1 $11,150
9 1 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet 199 110.4 $13,275
10 15 66 Ross Chastain National Watermelon Promotion Board Chevrolet 199 84.8 $12,325
11 6 29 Parker Kligerman # Penske Truck Rental Dodge 199 98.2 $10,950
12 18 5 Todd Bodine Big Red/International Tundra Toyota 199 89.2 $11,850
13 19 32 Steve Arpin Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet 199 71.7 $10,825
14 11 8 Nelson Piquet Jr. # Bozzano/Jontex Chevrolet 198 80.4 $10,800
15 22 92 Clay Rogers Fleet HQ/BTS Tire Chevrolet 198 72.9 $12,075
16 10 62 Brendan Gaughan Air Force Combat Control Team Toyota 198 66.8 $10,450
17 13 20 Johanna Long # Panhandle Grading & Paving Toyota 198 55.7 $10,400
18 29 9 Max Papis GEICO Toyota 198 55.0 $10,325
19 27 4 Ricky Carmichael Monster Energy Chevrolet 197 74.7 $9,025
20 24 6 Justin Lofton Lofton Cattle/CollegeComplete.com Toyota 197 61.5 $9,700
21 21 98 Dakoda Armstrong Ferrellgas/Agrisure/Driveforsaving.com Chevrolet 197 55.7 $7,675
22 25 18 Josh Richards Joy Mining Machinery Toyota 197 61.6 $7,600
23 4 13 Johnny Sauter Safe Auto/Carrier/Curb Records Chevrolet 196 100.8 $7,550
24 2 2 Elliott Sadler(i) Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet 196 68.8 $7,475
25 28 01 Jake Crum Jake Crum Racing Chevrolet 196 49.9 $7,600
26 14 23 Jason White Gunbroker.com Chevrolet 194 35.0 $7,400
27 32 96 Todd Peck National Arthritis Foundation Chevrolet 194 40.0 $7,725
28 26 63 Jack Smith Seal Wrap Ford 193 47.4 $7,350
29 20 39 Ryan Sieg S&W Services Chevrolet 193 37.2 $7,325
30 34 07 Ricky Moxley Wear Your Gear/BOBBER.info Toyota 193 34.5 $7,810
31 33 57 Norm Benning Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 189 33.5 $7,300
32 36 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb(i) RacingGraphics.com Ford 183 29.3 $7,285
33 30 42 Tommy Joe Martins Cross Construction Dodge 181 37.1 $7,275
34 35 00 Brad Queen Live Oak Real Estate Chevrolet 133 28.6 $7,245
35 23 93 Shane Sieg S&W Services Chevrolet 127 47.8 $6,955
36 31 38 Mike Garvey S&W Services Chevrolet 7 26.8 $6,920
# Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender. Bonus Points: includes winner, lap leader & most laps led points
(i) denotes ineligible for driver championship points

 

 


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