NCWTS: Peters Makes Late Race Charge To Win At Lucas Oil RacewayJuly 30, 2011 No Comments
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:
|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|