Peters leads all 204 laps for Bristol Trucks victory
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- Timothy Peters won the NASCAR Trucks Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, leading all 204 laps for his second victory of the season and fifth overall.
"Boy, was she flawless tonight,'' Peters said about his No. 17 Toyota. "What an amazing performance. This thing was phenomenal from lap one.''
The Danville, Va., driver was rarely challenged during the race which was slowed by six cautions. He easily pulled away from Red Horse Racing teammate Parker Kligerman on a green-white-checkered restart that was set up by Cale Gale's crash on lap 193.
"I wasn't too worried about it,'' Peters said. "We had a great truck with a Joe Gibbs Racing engine in it. We just had to make sure the driver didn't make any mistakes.''
The first driver to lead every lap in a Truck race at Bristol since Ron Hornaday Jr. in 1997, Peters leads the season standings - 17 points ahead of James Buescher.
The late restart caused a major change in the finishing order behind Peters and Kligerman.
Brad Keselowski and Ty Dillon, lined up third and fourth behind the lead duo, ran out of fuel as the cars came to take the green flag.
Dillon, who came into the race tied with Peters in the points standings, wound up 21st and dropped to third in the standings.
Keselowski, the winner of the last two Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol, finished 25th.
Kligerman had his best career finish.
"We did everything we could to get track position,'' Kligerman said. "I wish I would have had a better restart than that. I wanted to get a good restart and we got a good jump but then he just pulled away.''
Rookie driver Ross Chastain was third, also a career best.
"I had some luck on some of those restarts, but I took advantage whenever I could,'' Chastain said. "We came here expecting to run like this and had some lap times comparable to Timmy at the end.''
All three of the top finishers were driving Toyotas. Joey Coulter was fourth, and Brendan Gaughan fifth - both in Toyotas.
The race was the second half of a doubleheader. Ronnie Silk won a 150-lap race in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series. Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman, who was going for a third straight win in the race, had two flat tires and finished 19th.