Timothy Peters claimed his second win in the Camping World Truck Series this season after grabbing the lead from Ron Hornaday Jr. on a restart with just two laps to go in Saturday night's Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Peters challenged Hornaday for the top spot within the final 20 laps before Jennifer Jo Cobb blew a tire and crashed into the wall to force the ninth and final caution with eight laps left. Peters crossed the finish line 0.6 seconds ahead of Johnny Sauter, who moved up to second after the restart.
"I was really thankful for that last caution," Peters said. "I was getting good restarts all night long, and the truck was getting a really good bite. Everything went our way tonight."
It was Peters' seventh career victory in the series but his first on a 1.5- mile racetrack. His first win this season came in July at Iowa.
"It was a real good race," he said. "Track position was so important. You had to get all you could on the restarts. They were crazy."
Sauter's second-place run marked his best finish since he won the first two races this season (Daytona and Martinsville). He scored the victory at Las Vegas during his rookie season in 2009.
"We were just really good on restarts," Sauter said. "Our pit strategy was a little bit different than everybody else tonight. We put four tires on with 50 laps to go. On that last restart, it looked like Ron didn't get going and then he opened it up a little bit. I shot in the middle there, thinking I would have a run on the 17 (Peters). Just didn't have enough."
Miguel Paludo finished third, while Ty Dillon, the pole sitter, and Darrell Wallace Jr. rounded out the top-five. Hornaday ended up placing sixth. The four-time truck champion has not won a race since October 2011 at Las Vegas (43 races ago).
Matt Crafton finished outside the top-10 for the first time this season with an 11th-place run. Crafton's lead over James Buescher in the championship standings remained at 41 points. Buescher, the defending series champion, finished ninth.
Crafton led the most laps with 30 but faded in the last 25 laps.
"I don't know what happened," Crafton said. "All of the sudden, it just went dead-loose. In one lap, it went from being a little bit loose to not being able to drive it.
John Wes Townley finished seventh, followed by Las Vegas native Brendan Gaughan. Max Gresham was 10th.
Just five races remain. The series will take the next three weeks off before the season resumes on Oct. 19 at Talladega.