BRISTOL — Talk about total domination.
Timothy Peters led all 204 laps to win Wednesday’s UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
He became the first driver to lead every lap in a Truck Series race at Bristol since Ron Hornaday Jr. in 1997.
“Boy, was she flawless tonight,” said Peters about his No. 17 Toyota. “What an amazing performance. This thing was phenomenal from lap one.”
It was Peters’ second win of the season and the fifth win of his career. The Danville, Va., driver was rarely challenged during the race which was slowed by six cautions. He easily pulled away from Red Horse Racing teammate Parker Kligerman on a green-white-checkered restart which was set up by polesitter Cale Gale’s crash on lap 193.
“I wasn’t too worried about it,” Peters said after winning by a .465-second margin of victory. “We had a great truck with a Joe Gibbs Racing engine in it. We just had to make sure the driver didn’t make any mistakes.”
The late restart caused a major change in the finishing order behind Peters and Kligerman.
Brad Keselowski and Ty Dillon, lined up third and fourth behind the lead duo, each ran out of fuel as the cars came to take the green flag.
Dillon, who came into Wednesday’s race tied with Peters in the point standings, wound up 21st and dropped to third in the standings behind Peters and James Buescher.
Keselowski, the winner of the last two Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol, finished 25th.
Ahead of them, Kligerman’s runner-up finish was a career-best finish, although he wished for one position better.
“We did everything we could to get track position,” Kligerman said. “I wish I would have had a better restart than that. I wanted to get a good restart and we got a good jump but then he just pulled away.”
Rookie driver Ross Chastain also scored a career-best with his third-place finish.
“I had some luck on some of those restarts, but I took advantage whenever I could,” Chastain said. “We came here expecting to run like this and had some lap times comparable to Timmy at the end.”
All three of the top finishers were driving Toyotas. Chevrolet drivers Joey Coulter and Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top five.
Peters now owns a 17-point lead over Buescher in the Truck Series standings. Dillon is now 25 points out of the lead.
The race was the second half of a Wednesday racing doubleheader. Ronnie Silk won a 150-lap race earlier in the evening for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series. Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman, who was going for a third straight win in the race, had two flat tires and finished 19th.