Peters Edges Bodine For Truck Win
Timothy Peters slipped past Todd Bodine and into the lead on the final lap of Saturday night’s rain-delayed Camping World Trucks Series race at Daytona International Speedway and got the victory.
The pass, which came when Bodine attempted to put a block on Peters in the NextEra Energy Resources 250, deprived Bodine of a shot to win his third straight Speedweeks truck series victory.
Bodine finished second and Dennis Setzer was third.
Pole-sitter Jason White was fourth, followed by Matt Crafton and Stacy Compton.
Former Formula One driver Nelson Piquet Jr., who was driving in his first NASCAR event, was seventh.
The victory was Peters’ first at Daytona and the second of his career in the series.
“I can’t believe it,” Peters said of the win. “To win here at Daytona is just unbelievable. Look at the history that this place has behind it. To get out of that truck and to get soaked with Gatorade from the guys, knowing that you’re in Victory Lane at Daytona – it just sends chills down my back. It’s an awesome feeling.”
The winning move came on the backstretch.
“Todd (Bodine) was just running his line and the 23 (Jason White) came up and gave us a good push and I was going to go with him and the 30 moved up and we all just bumped and got him (Bodine) a little out of shape but it’s the last lap at Daytona,” Peters said. “I’m glad to be in victory lane. I said in an interview, ‘I’m going to Disneyworld.’ So I’m going to go back.”
Bodine had no problem with Peters’ move.
“Timmy did exactly what he was supposed to do,” Bodine said. “He tried me high and got a run going. He did a crossover and when he crossed over he got into the corner panel which turned me up the race track. I was lucky not to get in the wall. I did get in the wall a little bit.
“It was just a good race. That’s what Daytona is about and fortunately we didn’t wreck. It was a race of survival and we didn’t wreck and the GEICO Tundra came home second. It’s a great points race. Like I said before, if there’s anybody that I want to get beat by it’s Timmy (Peters). He’s a great kid, he’s a hell of a race car driver and we’ll take the second and go on.”No Comment