Monday, February 15, 2010

Timothy Peters gets Second Career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Victory

Timothy Peters wins daytona February 13, 2010 - DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- With a last-lap pass of superspeedway ace Todd Bodine, Timothy Peters won Saturday night's NextEra Energy 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway.

With a push from polesitter Jason White, Peters passed Bodine on the backstretch and won the race to the finish line. Bodine, who had won the previous two season openers at Daytona, crossed the stripe in second place but spun into the infield grass after taking the checkered flag.

"I can't believe it -- this thing drove like a Lexus tonight," Peters said of his No. 17 Toyota Tundra. "We just won Daytona! I was just content where I was at, but the 23 (White) came up and gave me a great run.

"I can't believe it -- I'm going to Disney World!"

Peters' only previous win in the series came at .526-mile Martinsville Speedway.

Dennis Setzer, White and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five, as Bodine took solace from his second-place run -- magnified by wrecks that ruined the nights of defending series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. and Mike Skinner, perennial contenders for the truck series title.

"You're a sitting duck leading," Bodine said ruefully. "I saw the replay when I was sitting down there in the mud (after spinning). Timmy did what he had to do.

"We're disappointed. There's no doubt about it. But second's nothing to sneeze at."

Two separate crashes on the pace laps -- before the race had started -- promised an action-filled evening, and, indeed, before the race was a lap old, Aric Almirola took the field three-wide in Turn 3. Austin Dillon, making his first superspeedway start, broke loose between trucks and ignited a nine-truck collision that damaged the trucks of Kyle Busch and Landon Cassill, among others.

"I really don't know what was happening," Dillon said after exiting the infield care center. "I was sucking up to Jason White, and someone got under me. Just looked like they weren't being very patient there to start. Just caught in the middle and got banged around there a few times and tried to save it -- just nothing I could do there."

Hornaday was the victim of a 10-truck wreck after a bump from Ricky Carmichael turned him into the outside wall at the end of the backstretch on Lap 32. The same wreck ruined the winning chances of front-row starter Elliott Sadler. Skinner's race ended early after a tap from Peters launched him into the Turn 3 wall on Lap 62.



Finish Start Truck # Driver Team Laps Pts/Bns Status
1 24 17 Timothy Peters K&N Toyota 100 190/5 Running
2 15 30 Todd Bodine GEICO Toyota 100 180/10 Running
3 14 46 Dennis Setzer Plane Guts Dodge 100 170/5 Running
4 1 23 Jason White GunBroker.com Ford 100 165/5 Running
5 17 88 Matt Crafton Herculiner/Menards Chevrolet 100 155 Running
6 22 1 Nelson Piquet Red Horse Racing Toyota 100 150 Running
7 12 60 Stacy Compton SafeAuto Insurance / Wyler.com Toryota 100 151/5 Running
8 9 95 Johnny Benson Plane Guts Ford 100 147/5 Running
9 32 6 Donny Neuenberger EZ-Slider Chevrolet 100 138 Running
10 36 01 JJ Yeley Koma Unwind Chillazation Drink Chevrolet 100 139/5 Running
11 29 47 Brett Butler # Fuel-Doctor.com Chevrolet 100 135/5 Running
12 7 51 Aric Almirola Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota 100 127 Running
13 34 07 Sean Murphy Dietz & Watson Chevrolet 100 124 Running
14 31 00 Carlos Contreras Potenica Blast Energy Shot Chevrolet 100 126 Running
15 27 76 Ryan Hackett Sears Sand & Gravel Ford 99 118 Running
16 30 39 Ryan Seig Waste Pro Chevrolet 95 115 Accident
17 6 56 Taylor Malsam Toyota / One Eighty Toyota 94 112 Running
18 19 7 Justin Lofton # visitPIT.com Toyota 93 109 Running
19 25 81 David Starr Zachry Toyota 86 106 Running
20 2 2 Elliott Sadler Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet 85 108/5 Running
21 11 9 Max Papis GEICO Toyota 84 105/5 Accident
22 16 18 Kyle Busch Heluva Good! Toyota 83 97 Running
23 8 12 Mario Gosselin Tiremonkey.com Chevrolet 73 94 Accident
24 20 5 Mike Skinner International Trucks / Monaco RV Toyota 61 96/5 Accident
25 35 57 Norm Benning Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 51 88 Accident
26 3 3 Austin Dillon # Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 50 85 Running
27 5 33 Ron Hornaday Jr. Longhorn Chevrolet 48 82 Running
28 13 14 Rick Crafford Lilly Trucking of Virginia Ford 37 79 Electrical
29 4 4 Ricky Carmichael Monster Energy Chevrolet 32 76 Accident
30 21 21 Donny Lia ASI Limited/Gunbroker.com Dodge 31 73 Accident
31 18 15 Ted Musgrave Hope for Haiti Toyota 29 70 Accident
32 33 48 Bryan Silas Rockingham Speedway Chevrolet 18 67 Clutch
33 26 49 Chad McCumbee FT-11 Degreaser /  Rockingham Speedway Chevrolet 9 64 Ignition
34 28 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb # DriverBotique.com Ford 1 61 Accident
35 10 13 Johnny Suter ThorSport Racing Chevrolet 0 58 Accident
36 23 98 Landon Cassill # ThorSport Racing Chevrolet 0 55 Accident
#denotes rookies
TOP 10 IN POINTS FOLLING RACE: 1. Timothy Peters 2. Todd Bodine 3. Dennis Setzer 4. Jason White 5. Matt Crafton 6. Stacy Compton 7. Nelson Piquet 8. Johnny Benson 9. JJ Yeley 10. Donny Neuenberger

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