After a green-white-checker and then another caution flag that ended the Fred’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Saturday, Timothy Peters claimed his first win of the 2015 season but his second-straight victory at Talladega. Brandon Jones matched his career-best finish of second, while Mason Mingus achieved a new career-best finish of third.
“This is just an awesome feeling,” Peters said. “The Toyota Tundra was just awesome today.”
Brian Keselowski, in his first-career Truck Series start as a substitute for the injured Austin Theriault behind the wheel of brother Brad Keselowski’s No. 29 Ford, cycled to the lead after green-flag pit stops with just under 20 laps to go. But on a restart with four laps remaining in the race’s scheduled distance, Christopher Bell pushed Jones out to the lead. Bell eventually was penalized for pushing Jones too aggressively.
During the fifth caution of the race that led to the green-white-checker attempt, Keselowski slowed as he ran out of fuel. Jones restarted the race with the lead and Peters alongside on the front row in second. Peters was able to get out to the lead before Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley got together and wrecked, bringing out the sixth and final yellow flag that ended the race.
Peters started on the pole and led laps early. Ben Kennedy and Townley also led laps early before Matt Crafton took the lead on lap 21. Crafton went on to lead a race-high 43 laps before picking up debris on his grille and falling to the back of the race field. Things went from bad to worse for the two-time reigning series champion. As he ran out of fuel with 18 laps to go. He then got caught up in two separate wrecks late in the race and wound up finishing 24th. As a result, he dropped from second to third in the points standings, 23 points behind points leader, Erik Jones. “These guys brought a great Toyota Tundra to the track today,” Crafton said. “We’re going to try to win the next four (races) and see what happens.”
Jones finished the race fourth after a miscommunication early in the race that resulted in his team changing two tires when the plan was to take fuel only and he wound up outside the top-20 for a restart after a lap 12 caution. After Talladega, Jones has a 18-point lead over new second-place driver, Tyler Reddick. Reddick finished fifth on Saturday. “Just happy we could come out of here with a good day and extend our points lead,” Jones said.
Finishing sixth through 10th at Talladega were Cameron Hayley, Johnny Sauter, Chris Fontaine, Chad Boat and Tyler Young.