Related: Complete results from Phoenix " Updated series standings AVONDALE, Ariz. – After the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series battle changed dramatically with a wreck involving the two series leaders, Timothy Peters held off John Hunter Nemechek to win Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway . Peters beat Nemechek to the checkered flag by .309 seconds to record his first victory at the one-mile speedway, his second of the season and the 10th of his career. But the real drama occurred 30 laps before Peters crossed the finish line in the 150-lap event. The dominant trucks of series leader Erik Jones and two-time defending champion Matt Crafton fell out of contention, wrecking during an intense battle for the lead. As Crafton and Jones raced side-by-side for the lead after a restart on Lap 120, Crafton's Toyota slipped underneath Jones' Tundra in Turn 4 and pinched Jones against the outside wall. Crafton shot to the left and knocked ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter 's Toyota into the inside wall, critically damaging both vehicles. Despite damage to the rear of his truck, Jones salvaged a lead-lap ninth-place finish and maintained a 19-point lead in the series standings over Tyler Reddick , who finished fifth on Friday night. Crafton wasn't as fortunate. His 23rd-place finish left him 32 points behind Jones, who can end Crafton’s title run with a finish of 27th or better next Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Jones can clinch his first championship outright with a finish of 15th or better in the season finale. "I made a mistake," Crafton acknowledged. "Mistakes happen and we're all human," he said. "I hate it for my guys because we had a great truck." Peters had to dodge a Lap 6 wreck involving Brandon Jones , William Byron and Cole Custer before he could think about winning the race. "When I saw it happen, and (the wrecking trucks) coming back across the race track, I can't tell you what I was thinking, but it was 'Here we go again,'" said Peters , who posted his seventh straight top-six finish in a stretch that includes two wins. "The last two years, we’ve had great trucks (at Phoenix), but we've been in the right place at the wrong time. "The Lord works in great ways, and tonight was our night. Even though we missed it by our chinny, chin, chin, I was able to miss it. The only damage on the truck is from me getting crazy burning it out (in the post-race celebration). I'm sure that won’t be a problem if we keep continuing to go down this path." Note: With Peters ’ victory, Toyota clinched its eighth manufacturers' championship in the Truck Series.
Timothy Peters celebrates his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins in the last four races and the tenth of his career.
Timothy Peters takes the lead after Crafton and Jones wreck, then holds off John Hunter Nemechek in the final laps to get his second win of 2015.
RELATED: Full results from Talladega " Updated series standings TALLADEGA, Ala. – Timothy Peters finished Saturday’s fred's 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway exactly where he started—at the front of the pack—despite an extraordinary ebb and flow between the opening green flag and the checkers. Peters was out front when NASCAR called the sixth caution of the race on the first lap of the only attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish, after contact between the trucks of John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher sent both crashing hard into the outside wall. The victory was Peters' first of the season, his second straight at Talladega and the ninth of his career. Brandon Jones , who led the field to the last restart on Lap 97, finished second after Gallagher, his GMS Racing teammate, pushed Peters to the lead. Mason Mingus ran third, a career-best, and Erik Jones finished fourth and extended his series lead to 18 points over second place Tyler Reddick , who came home fifth on Saturday. Jones picked the inside for the final restart, even though he could have started in front of Gallagher. Peters wasn't particularly surprised that Jones picked the preferred lane, rather than choosing the spot in front of his teammate. "I kind of thought that maybe he would take the outside," Peters said, "but we'd already gotten the radio from the tower that this was going to be the one and only attempt (at the green-white-checkered). At that point, teammates are good for 95 laps. "Coming to the checkered, you're on your own, and he kind of knew it was every man for himself. I appreciate the push that Spencer gave to me. I'm glad he’s OK after that wreck on the back ... The push that Spencer gave me was a little delayed, but it was enough to get us both in front of the 33 (Jones)." Throughout the afternoon, storylines materialized and disappeared as quickly as the smoke from the "Big One"—the almost inevitable multicar wreck that finally occurred on Lap 92 of a scheduled 94 and skewed both the finishing order and the series standings. Brian Keselowski , making his first series start in a Ford owned by his brother, Brad Keselowski , threatened to win the race—until he ran out of fuel before the last restart. "They (Keselowski’s team) said right from the get-go to save fuel, and I was," said Keselowski, who finished 17th after leading 10 laps. But you can only do so much when you're leading. "You've got to go, so I didn't save any when I was out front. I guess I should have, but that's a little bit of inexperience in the Truck Series probably showing up. We'll learn better next time." Two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton was shuffled to the rear of the field when debris struck to the grille of his No. 88 Toyota, but that was the least of his troubles. Crafton was a victim of the Lap 92 10-truck wreck ignited by contact between the Tundras of Johnny Sauter and Matt Tifft . Crafton finished 24th and fell to third in the standings, 23 points behind Erik Jones .
Jonthan Merryman talks with two-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Timothy Peters about a special win that has a deeper meaning than just taking home the trophy.
Practice 2 recap " Practice 2 results Timothy Peters led the final Camping World Truck Series practice at Martinsville Speedway on Friday, sweeping the series' practice sessions for the weekend's event. The Red Horse Racing driver closed out the Truck practice sessions with a high speed of 96.083 mph. Cameron Hayley came in as second-fastest at 96.063 mph. Tyler Young (95.453 mph), Daniel Suarez (95.319 mph) and Cole Custer (95.285 mph) completed the top-five fastest on the leaderboard. Peters , Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter are the only previous Martinsville winners in this weekend's field. Sauter was ninth-fastest (95.180 mph) and two-time Truck champ Crafton was 21st-fastest (94.073). Austin Cindric and Ross Kenseth are both attempting to make their Truck Series debuts at Martinsville. Kenseth was 11th-fastest (95.084 mph) and Cindric was 15th-fastest (94.675 mph). The Camping World Truck Series returns to the track for qualifying at 10:15 a.m. ET Saturday on FS1 ahead of the Kroger 200 (1:30 p.m. ET, FS1). Practice 1 recap " Practice 1 results Timothy Peters led the opening Camping World Truck Series practice at Martinsville Speedway on Friday. The Red Horse Racing driver started off the first session with a high speed of 96.020 mph. Peters also won last weekend's event at Talladega Superspeedway . Two-time Truck Series champ Matt Crafton came in as second-fastest at 95.752 mph. Cameron Hayley (95.612 mph), Spencer Gallagher (95.218) and Brandon Jones (94.775 mph) completed the top-five fastest on the leaderboard. Defending race winner Darrell Wallace Jr . is not running in this year's race, as he is now a regular in the XFINITY Series. Peters , Crafton and Johnny Sauter are the only previous Martinsville winners in this weekend's field. Sauter was sixth-fastest (94.397 mph). The Camping World Truck Series returns to the track for the final practice session at 2:30 p.m. ET before Saturday's Kroger 200 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1).
RELATED: Full starting lineup Timothy Peters scored the Keystone Light Pole Award for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 presented by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway (1 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM). Peters used a fast lap of 178.304 mph in the final round of qualifying to score his first pole of the 2015 and the seventh pole of his career. The veteran is also the defending race winner at Talladega. Joining Peters on the front row will be John Wes Townley (178.065 mph), who earlier this month won the Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . The second row will be comprised of Erik Jones (177.485 mph) and Daniel Hemric (177.343 mph), with Ben Kennedy (177.291 mph) and Matt Tifft (176.428 mph) making up the third row. The fred's 250 is the 19th race of the Truck Series season. Jones enters the race with a four-point advantage on two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton and a 16-point lead on Tyler Reddick . Andy Seuss and Ryan Ellis did not qualify for the 32-truck field.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Moments after accepting the trophy for fourth place in the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings with his former team, Johnny Sauter shed light on who would fill an important role for his new team. Sauter said that Marcus Richmond will move over to become his crew chief as he transitions to GMS Racing ahead of the 2016 season. Richmond spent the last two seasons with Red Horse Racing, helping guide Timothy Peters and the No. 17 Toyota to three victories during that span. "Obviously, we've already got things set in motion," Sauter said Monday night at the series' annual awards banquet. "As far as people and personnel, we've still got a couple guys that we're trying to assemble to make it what we want it to be, but obviously Marcus Richmond's going to come over and be the crew chief and he's got some key people that he thinks are going to help the program. … Lot of work to be done in a few short months, but they're working hard." GMS announced on Oct. 15 that Sauter would become a teammate to Spencer Gallagher after spending the last seven seasons driving the ThorSport Racing No. 98 Toyota. On Monday, Sauter revealed another key piece of the puzzle. Peters closed out the season with a change atop the pit box, with veteran Butch Hylton replacing Richmond for the finale. Though their work partnership may have ended, Peters said his long-running friendship with Richmond -- with roots all the way back to childhood years -- would endure. "Hate the circumstances for sure, but it was a mutual decision to part ways with Red Horse and Marcus," said Peters , who finished fifth in the season-long truck series standings. "Definitely, he and I are still best friends and wish him well."
Timothy Peters earns the victory at Talladega Superspeedway after Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley wreck during a green-white-checkered finish.
Timothy Peters celebrates an emotional victory in the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola after winning for the second year in a row at Talladega Superspeedway.