Timothy Peters Wins, Erik Jones And Matt Crafton Crash In Phoenixby Hunter Thomas November 14, 2015 0 comments
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AVONDALE, Ariz. – Timothy Peters held off a hard charging John Hunter Nemechek to win the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday night.
Peters only led 28 laps en route to his second victory of the 2015 season. He won at Talladega Superspeedway last month. Although Peters is a veteran of the series, Friday night’s win marks his first at Phoenix International Raceway. With the win, Toyota has now won its eighth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturer’s Championship, tying Chevrolet for the most in series history.
“Thank you to the good Lord for being with us tonight and for blessing us,” Peters said. “How about Toyota for clinching the manufacturer championship tonight. So great and proud to be a part of the Toyota Racing family. Thanks to Tom DeLoach (team owner), Red Horse Racing and all the guys back at the shop. What an amazing night.”
The two drivers that were dominate all night long happened to be the two fighting for the championship. Erik Jones and Matt Crafton battled hard throughout the event for the race lead until Crafton lost control and made contact with Jones bringing out the caution on lap 121. While exiting Turn 4, Crafton slid up the track, bouncing Jones off the outside wall. Crafton slid down the frontstretch and made heavy contact with his ThorSport Racing teammate, Johnny Sauter who had nowhere to go. The red flag was displayed for 11 minutes and 28 seconds. Erik Jones was able to salvage a ninth place finish, while Crafton finished 23rd.
“Just got loose under him,” Crafton said. “Got loose and I started chasing and when I chased it I was already free at that point and when I did chase it I touched him (Erik Jones) and then it just sent me the rest of the way around and I caught him at the same time and just sent me for a ride and got tore up. I hate it for all of us, I hate it for my guys and I dang sure didn’t want to do it with the 4 (Jones) and those guys. I want to be able to see a Toyota win the championship.”
Entering the weekend, Jones had a 17-point lead on Crafton. However, now Crafton is 32 points back sitting third in the championship point standings. Jones’ closest competition now is Brad Keselowski Racing’s Tyler Reddick, who finished fifth on Friday night. Reddick is only 19 points behind Jones with one race to go this season.
“At that moment I wasn’t thinking about the championship,” Jones said. “I was thinking about winning a race and that flashed before my eyes. I was somewhat worried about it, I wasn’t too concerned about it, I figured we’d be okay since obviously the 88 (Matt Crafton) was involved as well. Still a 19-point lead and that’s a solid margin to go into Homestead.”
Rounding out the top-five on Friday was John Hunter Nemechek in second, followed by John Wes Townley, Daniel Suarez and Tyler Reddick. Completing the top-10 was Spencer Gallagher, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver JJ Haley, Matt Tifft, Erik Jones and Mason Mingus.
The final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of the season will be take place at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 20. Coverage for the Ford EcoBoost 200 will broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 8 p.m. ET.