- Tundra driver Timothy Peters (second) was the top-finishing Toyota driver in Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which was won by John Wes Townley.
- Tundra drivers Ben Kennedy (third), Matt Crafton (eighth), Erik Jones (ninth) and Cameron Hayley (10th) also recorded top-10 results at Las Vegas.
- Tundra drivers led 118 laps (of 146) at the 1.5-mile oval with Crafton (69 laps), Hayley (23 laps), Peters (13 laps), Sauter (13 laps) all taking turns in the front of the field.
- Jones continues to lead the unofficial NCWTS point standings by four points over second-place Crafton following Las Vegas. Tundra drivers Sauter (fourth), Peters (sixth), Hayley (seventh) and Kennedy (ninth) are also in the top-10 in the point standings after 18 of the 23 events in 2015.
TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
How was your race?
“It was a good run for the company and myself. We’ll take these two weeks off and try to attack the last five and get into victory lane.”
Are you looking forward to Talladega?
“Talladega is going to be exciting. I’m looking for redemption after the Speed Weeks that I had with our primary and then back up getting wrecked. We have a lot of confidence and momentum going to Talladega as the past winner, especially coming off these three finishes that we’ve had with the 17. I’m really looking forward to getting there. We had fast trucks at Daytona and get hooked up with Ben (Kennedy) and run fast all day coming down to the last lap, it’s every man for himself.”
Were you going to pit for fuel at any point?
“No, I asked that question after we made our green flag stop and Marcus (Richmond, crew chief) said we were good to go. We waited – you could count to one-one-thousandths when they dropped the jack and then he let me go and that was enough to get me to the end.”
BEN KENNEDY, No. 11 Local Motors Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
How was your race?
“We had a really good race. Scott (Zipadelli, crew chief) and the guys did an awesome job with our Local Motors Tundra. Really cool to have a good run out here. I know we were close on fuel and he told me not to worry about it, to keep doing what I was doing. Kind of had that going on in the back of my mind and I am happy with it. This is cool to come out of here with this as it’s one of the places of the Local Motors’ factory locations, so it was cool for us being tied in with them and having a good run like that. I’m happy for John Wes Townley, too. I’m not excited about taking a couple weeks off – I want to go back racing.”
What was your view on those running out of fuel ahead of you during the final lap and did you know you could make it?
“We were just trying – I knew we were close on fuel. Timothy (Peters) pitted a lap before me, so he was going to run out of fuel before I did. He saw everyone run out of fuel on the race track and coming down pit road. I had no idea we would end up third. I knew we were racing Timothy and then saw a bunch of those guys run out of fuel. In the back of your mind you kind of wonder if you’re racing for the win, but at the other end you’re thinking you need to save some fuel so you can actually make it to the end. It was really close for us, but thankfully the guys did the calculations right.”
MATT CRAFTON, No. 88 FVP/Menards Toyota Tundra, ThorSport Racing
Finishing Position: 8th
How would you evaluate your race day at Las Vegas?
“It was alright. We had a lot of speed during the day. The track didn’t free up as much as we thought it was going to in the first run, second run and then the third run we made a big swing at it and got a lot better right there at the end. We were trying to save fuel and then they said we weren’t going to be able to do it. At that point there was just nothing we could do. If we hadn’t got fuel I would have ran out of gas coming to the checkers. All in all, not a bad day – could have been a lot better, but could have been a lot worse, too.”
ERIK JONES, No. 4 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 9th
How would you characterize the day you had in Las Vegas?
“Just a lot of ups and downs I guess you would say. Started in the back there because they put a new motor in before the start of the race and it really woke our Tundra up. We rolled up to the top-15 pretty fast and then we were able to get into the top-five and then top-three towards the end there. I was saving and saving (fuel) and trying to get to the end and I saw the 17 (Timothy Peters) coming as we were coming to the white and decided it was time to go. Tried to hustle it and hope it was going to make it and unfortunately it didn’t and ran out coming to the white. Just overall good fight, really all we could do to get a decent finish out of it and keep our points lead at a decent margin. I think it’s the best outcome for us considering the start of how the day went.”
CAMERON HAYLEY, No. 13 Carolina Nut Company/Curb Records Toyota Tundra, ThorSport Racing
Finishing Position: 10th
JOHNNY SAUTER, No. 98 Nextant/Curb Records Toyota Tundra, ThorSport Racing
Finishing Position: 12th
CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 54 JBL Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 14th
How was your race?
“Our JBL Tundra was really good tonight; we just came up a little bit short on fuel. We had moments where we got up to third, had one of my first-ever green flag pit stops compared to Kentucky and think it went really well and made up some track position. We learned a lot and still have a lot to learn. Looking forward to the next three.”
MATT TIFFT, No. 51 NASCAR Slots Games Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 19th