Timothy Peters takes Phoenix win after Matt Crafton, Erik Jones crash


Capitalizing on a crash between points leader Erik Jones, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter just over 30 laps from the finish, Timothy Peters beat out John Hunter Nemechek to earn his second Camping World Truck Series win of the year.

Peters won the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway for his second win in four races after also winning at Talladega Superspeedway.

Peter’s credited his spotter Chris Lambert for keeping him “alert” to the wreck between the leaders and the other six cautions that filled the race.

“We were a top-five truck tonight and we earned this one,” Peters told Fox Sports 1, later saying he was shocked when he saw Jones and Crafton crash.

“Knowing the damage the No. 4 had, that kind of put us in the catbird seat,” Peters said. “The main thing was just making sure we take advantage and try to cap off the win tonight and not charging into the corner entry, which I have a bad habit of doing.”

The win is Peter’s 10th of his Truck career and it came after getting ahead of Nemechek on the final restart with 24 laps remaining. It is also his seventh top-10 finish in a row.

“The last two years we’ve had great truck but we’ve been in the right place at the wrong time,” Peters said.

Jones finished ninth and Crafton finished in the garage in 23rd, 20 laps off the lead.

Heading into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Jones can clinch the title with a finish of 15th or better, 16th with at least one lap led or 17th with the most laps led.

MORE: Point standings

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HOW TIMOTHY PETERS WON: Peters avoided multiple wrecks and outran John Hunter Nemechek in the final 24 laps under green to secure the win.

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Daniel Suarez started eighth and finished fourth for his seventh top-five finish … John Wes Townley finished third, earning his third top five of the year and just his fifth of his career.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Championship contenders Erik Jones and Matt Crafton were in a three-car wreck with just over 30 laps remaining. Crafton, who entered the weekend 17 points behind Jones, finished 23rd. Jones finished ninth … William Byron, in his first career truck race, found himself in the Turn 3 wall on Lap 6 after contact with Brandon Jones, who spun into Cole Custer. Custer then careened back into Byron. Jones finished 32nd, Byron placed 31st and Custer went on to finish 26th … On Lap 17, Korbin Forrister was spun out on the frontstretch by Timmy Hill. Forrister couldn’t get his truck restarted, which  had to be taken to the infield, but not before Forrister chucked his HANS device at Hill’s passing truck … On a Lap 45 restart, Mason Mingus appeared to lock up his brakes, which started a chain reaction as Dalton Sargeant spun to avoid him and collected Rico Abreu and Ben Kennedy. Abreu finished 28th in his first Truck race.

NOTABLE: Toyota has clinched the Camping World Truck Series manufacturer’s championship. It is Toyota’s eighth title, tying Chevrolet for the most in series history … Nemechek has nine top-10 finishes in a season in which he hasn’t run in every race.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “This is unbelievable. I’m speechless.” – Timothy Peters after earning his second win of 2015.

WHAT’S NEXT: Season finale Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway at 8 pm ET on Nov. 20 on Fox Sports 1.

NASCAR suspends Chase Elliott one race for incident with Denny Hamlin

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NASCAR suspended Chase Elliott one Cup race for wrecking Denny Hamlin in Monday’s Coca-Cola 600, the sanctioning body announced Tuesday.

“We take this very seriously,” Elton Sawyer, senior vice president of competition, said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “The incident that happened off Turn 4, again after looking at all the available resources — in-car camera, data, SMT, which basically gives us (a car’s) steering, throttle, gives us braking — it was an intentional act by Chase in our opinion.”

Hendrick Motorsports stated that it would not appeal the penalty. Corey LaJoie will drive the No. 9 car for Hendrick Motorsports this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway. Carson Hocevar will drive LaJoie’s car this weekend.

Hendrick Motorsports also stated that it would submit a waiver request for Elliott to remain eligible for the playoffs. Sawyer said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that “I don’t see any reason at this point in time why wouldn’t (grant the waiver) when that request comes across our desk.”

This weekend will mark the seventh race in the first 15 that Elliott will have missed. He missed six races after breaking his leg in a snowboarding accident in early March. Elliott, who is winless this season, is 29th in points.

Elliott and Hamlin got together shortly before the halfway mark in Monday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

As they ran together, Elliott’s car slapped the outside wall. Elliott’s car then made contact with the right rear of Hamlin’s car, sending Hamlin into the wall.

“I got right-rear hooked in the middle of the straightway,” Hamlin said after the incident. “Yes, it was a tantrum. He shouldn’t be racing next week. Right-rear hooks are absolutely unacceptable. He shouldn’t be racing.”

Said Sawyer on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio: “In the heat of the battle, things happen, but they have to learn to react in a different way. … Our drivers need to understand that you have to handle that in a completely different way than hooking someone in the right rear and putting them in harm’s way, not only with just a major head-on collision like Denny had, but also other competitors.”

Sawyer also said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that “nothing gave us the indication that on that particular contact with the fourth-turn wall … that anything was broke” on Elliott’s car and could have caused him to come down and hit Hamlin’s car in the right rear.

NASCAR also announced that Scott Brzozowski and Adam Lewis, crew members on Michael McDowell‘s team, had each been suspended two races after McDowell’s car lost a tire in Monday’s race.

Winners and losers at Charlotte Motor Speedway


A look at winners and losers from Monday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:


Ryan Blaney — Blaney stopped his winless streak at 59 races and gave team owner Roger Penske his second major race victory in two days. Blaney had the best car but had to fight through restarts late in the race to win.

William Byron — Byron, the winningest driver this season, barely missed getting victory No. 4. He finished second and scored his fifth straight top 10.

Martin Truex Jr. — Truex logged his third top five of the season.

23XI RacingBubba Wallace was fourth and Tyler Reddick fifth, giving 23XI Racing a pair of top-five finishes for the first time in a points race.


Jimmie Johnson — The seven-time champion admitted having problems adjusting to the Next Gen car on a 1.5-mile track. He crashed early and finished last.

Legacy Motor Club — It was a bad night for Jimmie Johnson and his team’s drivers. Johnson finished last in the 37-car field. Noah Gragson was 36th. Erik Jones placed 32nd.

Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin — Two drivers who had strong cars didn’t make it to the finish after crashing near the halfway point. Hamlin said Elliott “shouldn’t be racing next week. Right-rear hooks are absolutely unacceptable. He shouldn’t be racing.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series results: Justin Allgaier wins at Charlotte


CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier finally broke through for his first win of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season Monday night.

Allgaier stretched his last fuel load over the final laps to finish in front of John Hunter Nemechek. Cole Custer was third, Austin Hill fourth and Ty Gibbs fifth. Gibbs ran both races Monday, completing 900 miles.

The win also was the first of the season for JR Motorsports.

Charlotte Xfinity results

Xfinity points after Charlotte

Justin Allgaier wins NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway


CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won a fuel-mileage gamble to win Monday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Allgaier stretched his fuel to outlast second-place John Hunter Nemechek. Following in the top five were Cole Custer, Austin Hill and Ty Gibbs.

The victory was Allgaier’s first of the year and the first of the season for JR Motorsports. He has 20 career wins.

MORE: Charlotte Xfinity results

After a long day at CMS, the race ended at 11:25 p.m. The race started Monday morning but was stopped twice because of weather before it was halted with 48 of 200 laps completed so that the Coca-Cola 600 Cup Series race could be run.

When the race was stopped, Gibbs, Nemechek and Allgaier were in the top three positions.

Gibbs won the first two stages.

Stage 1 winner: Ty Gibbs

Stage 2 winner: Ty Gibbs

Who had a good race: Justin Allgaier has had good cars in previous races but finally cashed in with a win Monday. He led 83 laps. … John Hunter Nemechek, in second, scored his fifth top-two run of the season. … Cole Custer scored his sixth straight top-10 finish. … Ty Gibbs lasted 900 miles for the day and led 52 laps in the Xfinity race.

Who had a bad race: Sam Mayer was running 10th when he spun off Turn 2. He finished 35th. … Sheldon Creed finished three laps down in 28th.

Next: The series moves on to Portland International Raceway in Oregon for a 4:30 p.m. ET race June 3.