A final restart with two laps remaining proved critical for Timothy Peters, who jumped Ron Hornaday for the lead and went on to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Smith’s 350 last night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
When the green came out on that restart, Peters took advantage of Hornaday spinning his tires and was able to keep ahead of Johnny Sauter to claim his first-ever victory on a 1.5-mile track.
“It was a little sketchy because I didn’t know how it was going to go down,” Peters said. “Ron [Hornaday] was better with the clean air and we could run him down. We had a good shot right there and then there was a lapped truck on the bottom and that restart was everything. I spun my tires a little bit, but it counted when it mattered.”
Series points leader Matt Crafton appeared in position to win in Las Vegas but suffered from an ill-handling truck in the final laps and faded all the way to 11th for his first 2013 finish outside the Top 10. However, his lead in the NCWTS championship remains solid at 41 points over defending series champ James Buescher with five races left on the docket.
Miguel Paludo finished third, followed by pole sitter Ty Dillon and rookie Darrell Wallace Jr. Las Vegas’ own Brendan Gaughan finished eighth after leading some laps early on.