It came down to a late race restart at Las Vegas Motor Speedway between Timothy Peters and Ron Hornaday Jr that resulted in Peters pulling away from the field and winning his first career race on an intermediate track. Peters was second on the restart and pulled away after Hornaday spun his tires. Peters beat runner-up finisher Johnny Sauter by four truck lengths. It's Peters' seventh career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory and the second of his 2013 season. He was excited in victory lane.
"Man this is huge," Peters said in victory lane. "We were good as soon as we unload off the hauler."
Finishing in the third position was Miguel Paludo with Ty Dillon finishing in the fourth position and Darrell Wallace Jr finishing fifth. Finishing sixth was Ron Hornaday Jr with John Wes Townley finishing seventh, Brendan Gaughan eighth, James Buescher ninth and Max Gresham finished tenth.
The Smith's 350 started with Ty Dillon on the pole and Justin Lofton alongside. Dillon pulled away from Lofton and began to show how strong his truck was. Meanwhile, Ron Hornaday Jr's truck was strong. He started in the eighth position and by lap five he was third and by lap seven Hornaday was second. He couldn't gain much ground on Dillon, who was in the lead. Dillon's lead was one second by lap 13.
On lap 14 the races' first caution flag would fly when Miguel Paludo spun on the front stretch. Most of the leaders would pit for fuel and the race would restart on lap 18 with Brendan Gaughan in the lead and Matt Crafton in second. Crafton would pull away on the restart and was the leader when Brennan Newberry spun on lap 28 causing the races' second caution. The top 12 trucks would stay on the track and the race would restart on lap 33 with Crafton on the high side and Gaughan alongside. On the restart Crafton would spin his tires and Gaughan would shoot the lead.
On lap 37 Ross Chastain took the lead for the first time of the night when he passed Gaughan in turn four. Chastain was leading on lap 47 when Bryan Silas spun on the front stretch causing the races' third caution. The leaders would pit and several different strategies would take place that would result in Darrell Wallace Jr and Ryan Blaney on the front row for the lap 51 restart.
Wallace would take the lead and pull away from the field and was leading when the races' fourth caution flag flew for Brennan Newberry spinning on the backstretch. Newberry wouldn't hit anything and he would continue. Wallace was still in the lead on the lap 66 restart with Joey Coulter alongside. Wallace pulled out to a short lead because by lap 69 he would be running second after Ty Dillon moved to the lead. Dillon was leading when the races' fifth caution flag flew when Ross Chastain spun off turn four. Chastain didn't hit anything and continued. He finished 14th.
Several different strategies ensued and it was Gaughan and Ryan Blaney on the front row. Gaughan would pull away from Blaney on the initial start and would lead. On lap 81 it was Ryan Blaney in front as he passed Gaughan for the lead. Blaney had stretched his lead to a half of a second by lap 86. The lead was even bigger on lap 91 when Bryan Silas spun again causing the races' sixth caution. Silas didn't hit anything and continued. He finished 22nd.
Several leaders would pit but Justin Lofton stayed out and found himself as the leader on lap 94. On the restart Crafton would spin his tires and Lofton shot out to the lead. On lap 95 Brennan Newberry and Matt Kurzejewski crashed. Both drivers had damage and for Kurzejewski it was enough to end his day. Newberry finished 15th and Kurzejewski finished 24th.
On lap 101 the race would restart with Justin Lofton and Darrell Wallace Jr on the front row. Lofton lost the front row on the restart and Matt Crafton was in second and in hot pursuit of Wallace. On lap 104 it was Crafton who got the lead from Wallace and he was leading when Chad Hackenbracht spun on the frontstretch causing the races' eighth caution. Hackenbracht was driving the #51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He finished 17th.
On lap 112 the race would restart with Matt Crafton high and Darrell Wallace Jr on the low side. Crafton had the lead on the restart and Ron Hornaday Jr moved to second. He soon was fighting Crafton for the lead and on lap 120 Hornaday took the lead from Crafton and began to pull away. Crafton meanwhile started to drop back fast. By lap 131 Crafton was 12th and it was almost as if he had a problem. The team thought maybe he had a tire go down, because Crafton radioed in that he was suddenly loose. It turned out he didn't and the points leader was still miffed at the end of the race as to what the problem was.
Meanwhile, Timothy Peters moved to second and was putting pressure on Ron Hornaday Jr. The two came up on a lap truck and Hornaday used the truck as a pick and he pulled away from Peters. On lap 138 Jennifer Jo Cobb crashed after blowing a right front tire causing the races' ninth caution. Cobb finished 23rd after the damage really hampered her Dodge Ram truck.
The race would restart on lap 144 with Hornaday high and Peters low. Peters got off to a great restart and shot to the lead while Hornaday fell back. Peters pulled away from the field and sped to his seventh career Camping World Truck Series victory.
Other notables in the field included Matt Crafton in 11th, Jeb Burton in 12th and Ryan Blaney in 20th.
Crafton still leads the point standings by 41 points over defending champion James Buescher. Third in the point standings is Ty Dillon who is 53 points behind with Jeb Burton fourth 73 points back. Fifth in the standings is Miguel Paludo who is 77 points behind. Timothy Peters is sixth with Ryan Blaney seventh, Johnny Sauter eighth, Darrell Wallace Jr ninth and Brendan Gaughan rounds out the top ten.
The next race on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule is the Fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19th.
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