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.
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 .
A 2015 rewind and a 2016 preview for the top five finishers last season in the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. Today: Timothy Peters , the fifth-place finisher in the truck series standings. Team: Red Horse Racing No. 17 Toyota Wins: 2 (Talladega, Phoenix) Strides: Few teams were hotter than Peters and the No. 17 bunch to close out the season, which ended with eight straight top-six finishes and all-important momentum for 2016. Setbacks: A sluggish start, with three DNFs in the first seven races of the year, offset the team's gains over the second half of the season. Quoteworthy: "I think this offseason that I'll see a lot of changes, a lot more motivation than ever -- not that we haven't been motivated, but it's just the way that we ended. You'll see more pieces of the puzzle come together. You'll see a lot of fire under people wanting to do well. I'm more so ready than ever to sit at that head table." What's next: Peters enters his eighth season with the Red Horse organization with a new crew chief, with Shane Huffman taking the reins from Marcus Richmond atop the No. 17 pit box.
Timothy Peters celebrates his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins in the last four races and the tenth of his career.
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.
Photo credit: Red Horse Racing BUY TICKETS: See the races at Martinsville Reunited and it feels so good. That's the mantra for veteran driver Timothy Peters and crew chief Chad Kendrick heading into Saturday's Alpha Energy Solutions 250 (3 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Martinsville Speedway. The race is the third of the 2017 season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and marks the first time that the Peters -Kendrick pairing has been back at the 0.526-mile track since their win there in 2009. "It's pretty cool being able to reunite and how things worked out," Peters told NASCAR.com. "Obviously, both of us getting our first win together was a pretty big deal at Martinsville. Since our last time that we won, pretty much we haven't worked together since but remained good friends. Chad's matured as a crew chief. I've matured as a driver and he's had great success at Martinsville. Going back this weekend is a great homecoming." RELATED: Recap every Martinsville race " Get results from October 2009 race That homecoming feeling is aided by two factors: both Peters and Kendrick consider Martinsville to be their home track, and the duo's back story goes back to short track and Late Model circuits all over Virginia. The two raced each other and both admitted they did not like the other at first. "He was THE guy to beat," Kendrick said. "He was the guy when I first started racing against him in the late '90s, I didn't really care for him. We didn't really know each other. We were just competitors and I didn't really like him. It was more of he was THE guy and you wanted to beat that guy." But a chance meeting at a chassis shop saw the two bond and become friends with Kendrick helping Peters work on his Late Model entry if he wasn't racing. That relationship carried forward when Peters got the call to go to Bobby Hamilton Racing where Kendrick worked as a mechanic for the team. From there, came the crew chief position with Peters in 2009 that started with Premier Racing before the two went to Red Horse Racing in the middle of the season. Opportunities took Kendrick elsewhere over the past seven years, including most recently a four-year stint atop the box at Brad Keselowski Racing. During that time, Kendrick scored five wins atop the box. Meanwhile, Peters has spent that time behind the wheel for Red Horse Racing, tallying an additional nine wins. RELATED: Being a crew chief 'the next best thing' for Kendrick
Watch from inside the cab as Timothy Peters' Chevrolet gets flipped back over and he emerges and walks away from a big wreck at Texas.
Timothy Peters wins the Simth's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Paulie Harraka and Ron Hornaday get together in the Tunnel Turn as Timothy Peters spins and clips Miguel Paludo.
Timothy Peters celebrates his first victory of the season and his second at Iowa Speedway.