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Timothy Peters wins in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Timothy Peters raced to his second NASCAR Truck Series victory of the year and seventh overall Saturday night, pulling away on a late restart at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Jennifer Jo Cobb forced the final caution, hitting the wall in the second turn on the 1 1/2-mile track. Series victory leader Ron Hornaday Jr. had the lead on the restart with two laps to go, but quickly dropped to fifth and finished sixth.

``I was really thankful for that last caution to where we could get a good restart,'' Peters said. ``I was getting good restarts all night long; the truck was really getting a good bite. Just everything went our way tonight.''

Peters said the recent restart-procedure change that allows the second-place driver to beat the first-place driver to the start-finish line worked in his favor against Hornaday, notoriously known for his restart prowess.

``Watching Ron, when we were trying to pass him, he'd run middle to the top,'' Peters said. ``Anytime that he would get down on the white line, he'd get really loose. We scanned everybody, so I had information he was going to take the top and it played into our favor.

``It ain't too many times that you catch the restart king sleeping, and we caught him sleeping tonight.''

It was Peters' first win on a 1 1/2-mile track.

``This is a big event for us, not only just because it's the first mile and a half, it's in Vegas,'' Red Horse Racing owner Tom De Loach said. ``It's kind of really magic to stand up in front of this group, with the showgirls in the background, the whole deal. If there is any place you're going to win a mile and a half, this is the place to do it.''

Johnny Sauter was second, followed by Miguel Paludo, pole-sitter Ty Dillon and Darrell Wallace Jr.

Points leader Matt Crafton was 11th. With five races left, Crafton has a 41-point lead over James Buescher and 53-point advantage over third-place Dillon. Buescher was ninth in the race.

Peters also won at Iowa Speedway in July and has 10 top-10 finishes this year. He's sixth in the season standings, 85 points behind Crafton.

The 146-lap race was slowed by nine caution periods.

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