Timothy Peters hits Vegas jackpot in NASCAR Trucks

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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.

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.