Timothy Peters Wins Talladega Truck Race With a Last-Lap Move

Timothy Peters Celebrates

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TALLADEGA, AL – Timothy Peters turned leader Noah Gragson on the final lap and went on to win the Fr8Auctions 250 NASCAR Camping World truck race at Talladega Superspeedway.  After the spin, Peters took the checkered flag under caution for his 11th career win and his third at Talladega.  That’s the most wins at the 2.66-mile speedway by a truck series contestant.

“If I kept my head on straight, I knew I had a chance to win,” said Peters.  The 38-year old driver has been relegated to a partial schedule in the truck series, one that was not of his liking.

“I wish my phone would ring a little more frequently,” said Peters, who thanked GMS Racing, who called Peters to drive a few races this year, a three-race deal that put him back into victory lane for the first time since 2015.

Peters only lead the final lap of the elimination playoff race. His only path to victory was to force Gragson out of his way to get to the front and did it in spectacular fashion.

“My spotter said clear, and I just wasn’t clear enough,” Peters said. “We are going down to the checkered flag, Noah is going for it, too. Was it a block? I don’t know. At that point it didn’t matter.”

There were many crashes during the race, which is the norm at Talladega.

Chris Fontaine was running second when he triggered a 10-truck accident with 36 laps remaining. That set up a red flag stoppage of nearly 12 minutes and more wrecks throughout the field.

Todd Gilliland was second when he tried to pass leader Grant Enfinger with 12 laps remaining, and contact between the trucks caused Gilliland to spin hard into the inside wall. Six laps later, Enfinger was knocked from the lead by Gilliland’s father, David, who was in second. The contact caused damage to David Gilliland’s truck and Gragson was able to take over the lead — until Peters moved him for the win.

Ben Rhodes and Stewart Friesen were eliminated from the playoff field. The six drivers still in title contention are Gragson, Enfinger, Johnny Sauter, Justin Haley, Matt Crafton and Brett Moffitt.

The Camping World drivers will now go from NASCAR’s longest track to its smallest as they head to Martinsville Speedway on October 27th for a short track experience on the half-mile track.

Unofficial Race Results for the 13th Annual Fr8auctions 250 - Saturday, October 13, 2018
Talladega Superspeedway - Talladega, AL - 2.66 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 94 Laps - 250.04 Miles

Fin Str Trk Driver Team Laps Stage 1 Pos Stage 2 Pos Pts Status Tms Laps Playoff Pts
1 3 25 Timothy Peters Kingman Chevrolet Chevrolet 94 40 Running 1 1 5
2 28 13 Myatt Snider # RideTV Ford 94 3 10 44 Running
3 1 51 David Gilliland Pedigree Toyota 94 7 38 Running
4 16 24 Justin Haley (P) Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet 94 8 8 39 Running 1 2
5 32 49 Wendell Chavous SobrietyNation Chevrolet 94 32 Running
6 11 52 Stewart Friesen (P) We Build America Chevrolet 94 31 Running
7 21 3 Jordan Anderson Rusty's Off Road Chevrolet 94 30 Running
8 27 28 Bryan Dauzat FDNY Chevrolet 94 29 Running
9 30 20 Max Tullman(i) YurPal.com Chevrolet 94 0 Running
10 10 02 Austin Hill Young's Building Systems/Randco Chevrolet 94 6 32 Running 3 8
11 22 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Osage Contractors Chevrolet 94 7 30 Running 1 3
12 24 22 Austin Wayne Self GO TEXAN Chevrolet 94 25 Running
13 13 18 Noah Gragson (P) Safelite AutoGlass Toyota 93 5 30 Running 1 3
14 26 33 Robby Lyons Sunwest Construction LLC Chevrolet 93 23 Running
15 15 7 Korbin Forrister TruClear Toyota 93 22 Running
16 14 41 Ben Rhodes (P) Carolina Nut Co. Ford 93 9 4 30 Running
17 8 16 Brett Moffitt (P) Toyota 92 20 Running
18 25 30 Scott Lagasse Jr.(i) Strutmasters.com Toyota 92 0 Running
19 4 98 Grant Enfinger (P) Champion Power Equipment/Curb Records Ford 92 1 28 Running 4 31 1
20 6 4 Todd Gilliland # Pedigree Puppy Toyota 82 6 1 32 Accident 2 13 1
21 29 45 Justin Fontaine # ProMATIC Automation/Superior Essex Chevrolet 82 16 Electrical
22 5 21 Johnny Sauter (P) ISM Connect Chevrolet 73 2 3 32 Accident 2 8
23 23 63 Bobby Gerhart Lucas Oil Chevrolet 61 14 Electrical
24 19 47 Chris Fontaine Glenden Enterprises Chevrolet 58 13 Accident
25 2 2 Spencer Gallagher(i) Allegiant Chevrolet 58 0 Accident 4 15
26 9 88 Matt Crafton (P) Fisher Nuts/Menards Ford 58 4 2 27 Accident 1 7
27 31 8 John Hunter Nemechek(i) Fleetwing Corporation Chevrolet 58 10 5 0 Accident
28 20 75 Parker Kligerman Food Country USA Chevrolet 58 9 11 Accident
29 12 54 Bo LeMastus # Fred's/Crosley Brands Toyota 58 8 Accident 1 1
30 7 87 Joe Nemechek Fleetwing Corporation Chevrolet 50 7 Vibration 1 2
31 17 12 Tanner Thorson K & L Ready Mix Chevrolet 48 6 Suspension
32 18 68 Clay Greenfield AMVETS Please Stand Chevrolet 47 5 Suspension
Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 48 Mins, 47 Secs. Average Speed: 137.911 MPH Margin of Victory: Caution
98,21,13,88,18,4,51,24,41,8
4,88,21,41,8,02,10,24,75,13
Race Comments: Timothy Peters won the 13th Fr8Auctions 250 at Talladega Superspeedway, his 11th victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Prior to the start of the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reasons indicated: Trucks?to the rear:?Nos. 8, 75, 02, 52, 21 (unapproved adjustments), No. 13 (unapproved tire change), No. 30 (engine change).
Failed to Qualify: (4) 6 Norm Benning, 83 Joey Gase(i), 0 Ray Ciccarelli, 15 Jamie Mosley.
Caution Flags: 6 for 21 laps: Laps: 22-25 (End of Stage 1 [68]); 42-45 (End of Stage 2 [51]); 50-52 (#12 Incident Backstretch [16]); 60-63 (#75,47,24,21,2,88,41,8,54,45 Incident Turn 4 [Red Flag: 11:42] [None]); 84-88 (#4, 98 Incident Turn 4 [02]); 94-94 ( [None]).
Lead Changes: 22 among 12 drivers:  0; S. Gallagher(i) 1-9; J. Sauter (P) 10-15; G. Enfinger (P) 16-21; J. Nemechek 22-23; A. Hill 24-25; S. Gallagher(i) 26; A. Hill 27-31; S. Gallagher(i) 32-33; A. Hill 34; S. Gallagher(i) 35-37; T. Gilliland # 38-41; B. LeMastus # 42; G. Enfinger (P) 43-48; M. Crafton (P) 49-55; J. Sauter (P) 56-57; G. Enfinger (P) 58-59; J. Cobb 60-62; T. Gilliland # 63-71; G. Enfinger (P) 72-88; J. Haley (P) 89-90; N. Gragson (P) 91-93; T. Peters 94;
Duralast GT Brakes ?Brake in the Race Award? - Stage 1 : Grant Enfinger, #98 Stage 1 Duralast GT Brakes ?Brake in the Race Award? - Stage 2 : Todd Gilliland, #4 Stage 2
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race : Ilmor Engines (IE), #51 Mobil 1 Driver of the Race : Myatt Snider, #13
Sunoco Rookie of the Race : Myatt Snider, #13
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Next Race: Oct. 27, 2018 - Martinsville Speedway

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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