Timothy Peters leads wire-to-wire to win first Trucks Series race at revamped Bristol

BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 22: Timothy Peters, driver of the #17 Toyota/Red Horse Racing Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2012 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)

Timothy Peters won the first race on the revamped surface at Bristol Motor Speedway and did so in dominant fashion, leading all 204 laps Wednesday night in the UNOH 200.

Peters withstood two late-race cautions, including a green-white-checkered, to win his second-race of the season. He was assisted on the final restart however, as contenders Ty Dillon and Brad Keselowski both ran out of fuel and stalled the field from third on back. Peters was left unchallenged and extends his points lead to 17 points over James Buescher. Dillon fell from a tie for the lead to third, 25 points out of first - all for his failed pit strategy.

Peters had the field covered from the start. The first 83 laps were ran caution free and saw Peters jump to a massive lead. The gap closed-up once the leaders began to navigate traffic but Peters was able to dispose of the pack easier than Keselowski and Todd Bodine, his most consistent challengers.

The only major accident of the evening occurred with 40 laps to go as pole-sitter Cale Gale and Bodine collided at the end of turn 2, cutting the latter's tire, leading to Bodine spinning and hitting the turn 4 outside retaining wall.

Bodine was unable to finish the race and Gale lost the steering on his truck and was later collected on an accident with six laps to go, partially due to the lost track position.

But ultimately, it was a banner day for Red Horse Racing, who placed first and second with Peters and Patrick Kligerman. Ross Chastain finished third for Green Light Racing, his best finish in the Camping World Truck Series. The complete updated championship standings can be found here.

Thoughts on the new track surface plus a complete finishing order can be found after the jump.

My initial impression from looking at the surface is that Smith didn't order enough of the track receive the grating. Wednesday's race confirmed it. There's still a second groove and it's the preferred lane for passing. Lap cars complicate the process of passing but it's not the Bristol of yesteryear.

I have two responses to this. First, I could comment Bruton for taking the conservative approach, not wanting to shred too much of his surface, just in case it negatively affected the racing. Instead, I choose to criticize his staff's decision, largely maintaining the status quo, promoting the return of ‘old Bristol' just for the sake of selling tickets.

Instead of returning to Bristol's short track roots or enhancing the new track surface, I can't help but think fans were presented with a more diluted Bristol experience. Fans were neither awarded the qualities of classic Bristol or the benefits of new Bristol. In fact, the third groove actually started to work in with about 40 laps to go.

By the end of the race, the track resembled same new Bristol. That's good news for fans of the modern circuit, but not the nearly 75 percent that demanded changes. (For the record, I'll never believe Bruton's claims of 50/50; Twitter and reputable media outlets said otherwide.)

The finish was exciting but it's much too early to tell if that's an anomaly or an emerging trend. The overtime finish was assisted by Cale Gale's caution, but the race easily could have stayed green just like the opening laps which avoided accidents.

I also don't like that Peters led every single lap. But I suspect that this would have happened regardless of the track layout. Red Horse Racing had Peter's truck dialed-in and unbeatable.

So it's not my intend to bury the ‘new' Bristol. It's just that I wasn't overly impressed and I'm willing to watch this weekend's races before I make my final decision. Stay tuned...

But how about you - what do you think about the new Bristol Motor Speedway? Did the changes meet your expectation or did this first race on the altered surface leave you wanting something else? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter at @MattWeaverSBN or @NASCARRnR.

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Final Laps: Peters goes wire-to-wire, others come up dry (via TheOfficialNASCAR)

Race Results

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race Number 13
15Th Annual Unoh 200 - Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Bristol Motor Speedway - Bristol, TN - .533 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 204 Laps - 108.732 Miles - Purse: $464,637
Fin Str Trk Driver Team Laps Pts Bns Driver Rating Winnings Status Tms Laps
1 2 17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota 204 48 5 150.0 $36,525 Running 1 204
2 9 7 Parker Kligerman Toyota Toyota 204 42 108.7 $23,915 Running
3 15 08 Ross Chastain # Melon 1 Toyota 204 41 86.0 $20,460 Running
4 8 22 Joey Coulter Steak-umm Chevrolet 204 40 103.6 $14,200 Running
5 11 2 Brendan Gaughan(i) South Point Chevrolet 204 0 99.5 $12,700 Running
6 5 19 Ryan Blaney(i) Cooper Standard RAM 204 0 88.8 $9,025 Running
7 28 31 James Buescher Exide Chevrolet 204 37 85.1 $11,125 Running
8 17 9 Ron Hornaday Jr. Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup Chevrolet 204 36 73.6 $11,075 Running
9 7 88 Matt Crafton Menards/Great Lakes Toyota 204 35 83.4 $11,025 Running
10 32 6 Justin Lofton Millennium Private Jet Services/Lofton Cattle Chevrolet 204 34 76.5 $12,250 Running
11 10 13 Johnny Sauter Hot Honeys/Curb Records Toyota 204 33 92.5 $11,925 Running
12 21 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Chevrolet 204 32 65.2 $10,775 Running
13 19 81 David Starr Chasco/Zachry Toyota 204 31 73.2 $10,725 Running
14 27 23 Jason White Gunbroker.com Ford 204 30 59.5 $10,675 Running
15 23 27 BJ McLeod Boggy Creek Air Boat Rides Chevrolet 204 29 59.7 $11,675 Running
16 29 32 Miguel Paludo Duroline Chevrolet 204 28 55.3 $10,525 Running
17 22 18 Brian Scott(i) Dollar General Toyota 204 0 72.5 $8,220 Running
18 6 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. Drink B Chevrolet 204 26 94.6 $10,400 Running
19 20 75 Caleb Holman # Food Country USA/Wise Snacks/Pizza Plus Chevrolet 204 25 60.9 $8,100 Running
20 13 02 Tyler Young # Rando Chevrolet 203 24 58.3 $8,675 Running
21 12 3 Ty Dillon # Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet 202 23 80.5 $10,250 Running
22 30 99 Bryan Silas # Rockingham Speedway Ford 202 22 44.0 $10,225 Running
23 24 92 Chad McCumbee FleetHQ.com/BTS Tire & Wheel/QMI Chevrolet 202 21 45.9 $7,950 Running
24 25 09 John Wes Townley Zaxby's Toyota 202 20 49.6 $8,925 Running
25 4 29 Brad Keselowski(i) Reese Towpower RAM 201 0 102.7 $8,025 Running
26 35 84 Russ Dugger JPO Absorbents Chevrolet 200 18 33.5 $8,825 Running
27 36 57 Norm Benning Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 196 17 32.2 $7,800 Running
28 1 33 Cale Gale # Rheem Chevrolet 193 16 96.9 $10,075 Accident
29 16 01 Jake Crum Bandit Chippers Chevrolet 187 15 70.3 $7,725 Accident
30 18 98 Dakoda Armstrong # EverFi.com Toyota 168 14 47.2 $7,700 Running
31 3 11 Todd Bodine Toyota Care Toyota 159 13 91.1 $7,765 Accident
32 26 07 Jeff Agnew Mark 4 Suzuki Chevrolet 91 12 38.0 $7,200 Accident
33 34 93 Chris Jones RSS Racing Chevrolet 81 11 30.5 $7,175 Accident
34 14 86 Clay Greenfield Titan Tool/Star Road-Guard RAM 53 10 32.7 $7,150 Brakes
35 31 38 Dennis Setzer RSS Racing Chevrolet 4 9 28.0 $7,125 Brakes
36 33 5 Johnny Chapman Wauters Motorsports Chevrolet 2 8 26.8 $7,089 Electrical
Race Comments: Before an estimated attendance of 53,000, Timothy Peters won the UNOH 200, his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory. Prior to the green flag, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: #93, 6 (unapproved adjustments); 86 (driver change).
Failed to Qualify: (4) 36 Grant Enfinger, 0 Brandon Knupp, 68 Clay Greenfield, 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb.
Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 21 Mins, 52 Secs. Average Speed: 79.690 MPH Margin of Victory: 0.465 Seconds
Caution Flags: 6 for 43 laps: Laps: 82-87 (#93 accident Turn 4 [75]); 95-100 (#07 accident Turn 3 [39]); 148-155 (#32 spin Turn 4 [9]); 161-169 (#11 accident Turn 3 [27]); 188-193 (#01, # 08 accident Turn 1 [32]); 195-202 (#33, #22, #08 accident Backstretch [75]).
Lead Changes: 1 among 1 drivers: 0; T. Peters 1-204.
Top 10 Driver Points: (1) T. Peters 497;(2) J. Buescher 480;(3) T. Dillon # 472;(4) J. Lofton 466;(5) P. Kligerman 466;(6) M. Crafton 448;(7) J. Coulter 446;(8) R. Hornaday Jr. 422;(9) N. Piquet Jr. 418;(10) J. White 401.
Featherlite Most Improved Driver : Ross Chastain, #08 15 Places Keystone Light Pole Award : Cale Gale, #33 122.56 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race : Joe Gibbs Engines, #17 Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race : Timothy Peters, #17
Sunoco Rookie of the Race : Ross Chastain, #08
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Next Race: Aug. 31, 2012 - Atlanta Motor Speedway
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