Polesitter Timothy Peters wins action-filled Truck race at Talladega

Timothy Peters celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 24, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama.


Timothy Peters celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 24, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama.
Timothy Peters celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 24, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama.

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Timothy Peters finished Saturday’s fred’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway exactly where he started—at the front of the pack—despite an extraordinary ebb and flow between the opening green flag and the checkers.

Peters was out front when NASCAR called the sixth caution of the race on the first lap of the only attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish, after contact between the trucks of John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher sent both crashing hard into the outside wall.

The victory was Peters’ first of the season, his second straight at Talladega and the ninth of his career.

Brandon Jones, who led the field to the last restart on Lap 97, finished second after Gallagher, his GMS Racing teammate, pushed Peters to the lead. Mason Mingus ran third, a career-best, and Erik Jones finished fourth and extended his series lead to 18 points over second place Tyler Reddick, who came home fifth on Saturday.

Jones picked the inside for the final restart, even though he could have started in front of Gallagher. Peters wasn’t particularly surprised that Jones picked the preferred lane, rather than choosing the spot in front of his teammate.

“I kind of thought that maybe he would take the outside,” Peters said, “but we’d already gotten the radio from the tower that this was going to be the one and only attempt (at the green-white-checkered). At that point, teammates are good for 95 laps.

“Coming to the checkered, you’re on your own, and he kind of knew it was every man for himself. I appreciate the push that Spencer gave to me. I’m glad he’s OK after that wreck on the back … The push that Spencer gave me was a little delayed, but it was enough to get us both in front of the 33 (Jones).”

Throughout the afternoon, storylines materialized and disappeared as quickly as the smoke from the “Big One”—the almost inevitable multicar wreck that finally occurred on Lap 92 of a scheduled 94 and skewed both the finishing order and the series standings.

Brian Keselowski, making his first series start in a Ford owned by his brother, Brad Keselowski, threatened to win the race—until he ran out of fuel before the last restart.

“They (Keselowski’s team) said right from the get-go to save fuel, and I was,” said Keselowski, who finished 17th after leading 10 laps. But you can only do so much when you’re leading.

“You’ve got to go, so I didn’t save any when I was out front. I guess I should have, but that’s a little bit of inexperience in the Truck Series probably showing up. We’ll learn better next time.”

Two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton was shuffled to the rear of the field when debris struck to the grille of his No. 88 Toyota, but that was the least of his troubles. Crafton was a victim of the Lap 92 10-truck wreck ignited by contact between the Tundras of Johnny Sauter and Matt Tifft.

Crafton finished 24th and fell to third in the standings, 23 points behind Erik Jones.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Fred’s 250 presented by Coca-Cola
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, Alabama
Saturday, October 24, 2015
1. (1) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 98, $67978.
2. (13) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 98, $48318.
3. (19) Mason Mingus, Chevrolet, 98, $36014.
4. (3) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 98, $27203.
5. (15) Tyler Reddick, Ford, 98, $20861.
6. (16) Cameron Hayley #, Toyota, 98, $20056.
7. (8) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 98, $19470.
8. (12) Chris Fontaine, Toyota, 98, $18939.
9. (20) Chad Boat, Chevrolet, 98, $16579.
10. (18) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, 98, $19675.
11. (14) John H. Nemechek #, Chevrolet, 98, $18616.
12. (17) Bobby Gerhart(i), Chevrolet, 98, $18428.
13. (10) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 98, $18318.
14. (27) Ray Black Jr. #, Chevrolet, 98, $18214.
15. (30) Korbin Forrister #, Chevrolet, 98, $18705.
16. (2) John Wes Townley, Chevrolet, 98, $18000.
17. (11) Brian Keselowski, Ford, 98, $17891.
18. (9) Spencer Gallagher #, Chevrolet, 98, $17787.
19. (32) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 97, $17655.
20. (25) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, 97, $16796.
21. (24) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 96, $16192.
22. (22) Austin Hill, Ford, 96, $15082.
23. (6) Matt Tifft, Toyota, 96, $14979.
24. (7) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 96, $15869.
25. (5) Ben Kennedy, Toyota, 96, $14909.
26. (28) Tyler Tanner, Chevrolet, Accident, 91, $14655.
27. (31) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, Accident, 91, $14551.
28. (4) Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, 91, $14215.
29. (21) Stanton Barrett(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 85, $14106.
30. (26) Clay Greenfield, Chevrolet, Overheating, 77, $13606.
31. (23) Terry Jones, Chevrolet, Accident, 35, $12106.
32. (29) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, Engine, 29, $11106.
Average Speed of Race Winner:  130.051 mph.
Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 00 Mins, 16 Secs. Margin of Victory:  Caution.
Caution Flags:  6 for 25 laps.
Lead Changes:  15 among 9 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   T. Peters 1-13; R. Black Jr. # 14; B. Kennedy 15-18; J. Townley 19; M. Crafton 20-39; T. Hill 40; T. Peters 41-42; M. Crafton 43; T. Peters 44; M. Crafton 45-66; E. Jones # 67-72; T. Peters 73-77; B. Kennedy 78-79; B. Keselowski 80-89; B. Jones # 90-96; T. Peters 97-98.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  M. Crafton 3 times for 43 laps; T. Peters 5 times for 23 laps; B. Keselowski 1 time for 10 laps; B. Jones # 1 time for 7 laps; E. Jones # 1 time for 6 laps; B. Kennedy 2 times for 6 laps; T. Hill 1 time for 1 lap; J. Townley 1 time for 1 lap; R. Black Jr. # 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 10 in Points: E. Jones # – 742; T. Reddick – 724; M. Crafton – 719; J. Sauter – 687; T. Peters – 642; C. Hayley # – 622; D. Hemric # – 612; J. Townley – 594; B. Kennedy – 565; S. Gallagher # – 559.

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