July 29, 2011
Peters Wins in Indy
Indianapolis, IN (July 29, 2011) -What was first a weather race turned into a fuel-mileage race.
And Timothy Peters, who had the best truck when it counted, won it despite almost crashing out in the race’s first half.
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, who led 97 laps before yielding to Peters, finished second. Following were David Starr, Miguel Paludo and Joey Coulter.
Johnny Sauter kept the series point lead despite a crash that left him with a 23rd-place finish. He leads Austin Dillon, who finished ninth, by four points.
The race ended with a touch of chaos as 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 later admitted making a mistake, saying he didn’t know Dillon’s truck was on his 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 talked briefly after the race.
Peters, who led only the final six laps, 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. The race’s final 108 laps were run under green-flag conditions, and many drivers found themselves racing their fuel tanks to the end.