Timothy Peters wins at Iowa

Updated: July 14, 2012, 11:48 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWTON, Iowa -- Timothy Peters won the NASCAR Trucks Series race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night, notching his first victory of the season.

It's the fourth career win for Peters, who overtook Ron Hornaday Jr. with 10 laps left to become the third pole-sitter to win a trucks race in four events in Iowa.

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AP Photo/Charlie NeibergallTimothy Peters celebrates after winning his first NASCAR Trucks Series race of the season.

Peters gave his lead up to Hornaday on a restart with just more than 30 laps left. But the series points leader got another shot at Hornaday on a later restart and used the low inside line to take the lead for good.

Hornaday was second, followed by Matt Crafton, the winner in Iowa in 2011. Johnny Sauter was fourth and Justin Lofton was fifth.

James Buescher led for 91 of the 200 laps on Iowa's .875-mile oval before blowing his right front tire two-thirds of the way through the race.

With the Sprint Cup and Nationwide regulars in New Hampshire for the weekend, the trucks series had the track to itself for just the third time in nine races this year.

Peters, who entered with a four-point lead over second-place drivers Justin Lofton and rookie Ty Dillon, won the pole for the first time in 2012. Nelson Piquet Jr. also started on the front row, followed by Lofton and Buescher.

Peters grabbed the low line and slipped past Buescher for the lead 42 laps into the event. Buescher slipped back to fourth following a caution, with Hornaday moving into second, but Buescher regained the lead from Peters shortly after Jason Leffler got loose, leading to a restart.

Buescher and Peters quickly separated themselves from the rest of the field, with Hornaday falling more than three seconds behind in third place. But that all changed when Buescher's tire blew, sending him hurtling high up Iowa's steep-banked oval and into the wall.

Peters' win was a sharp contrast to his previous efforts in Iowa, where he hadn't finished better than eighth in three previous starts.


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