Timothy Peters claimed his sixth-career win and became the first repeat winner in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing at Iowa Speedway in Newton on Saturday night with his victory in the American Ethanol 200.
“(Crew chief) Butch (Hylton) made a great call there to put on two, and it tightened the truck up to get that great restart.”
When the yellow flag waved with 34 laps to go, all the front runners headed down pit road, with several of those drivers taking only two tires. James Buescher, though, opted for four and restarted the race in the sixth position.
Peters then restarted the race second to Ty Dillon, and 17-year-old Erik Jones restarted third. Peters was able to take the lead from Dillon on the restart. On the next restart that followed the fifth and final caution of the race with 12 laps to go, Jones also got by Dillon to take second, but not after some physical racing between the two.
“We had to be aggressive on that last restart, and that’s what we did,” Jones said.
Things got worse for Dillon from there, as he scraped the wall and fell of the pace with three laps to go. He wound up outside the top-10 at the finish. Meanwhile, Buescher made his way up to third for the finish.
“I don’t know that the four tires were the problem,” Buescher said. “I shouldn’ve have asked for an adjustment, but I did.”
Ron Hornaday finished fourth, and another 17-year-old, Chase Elliott, rounded out the top-five.
German Quiroga started the race from the pole and led the way until he was beaten off pit road during the first caution of the race that came out for debris on lap 55. Soon after the restart, Quiroga made contact with Brendan Gaughan and fell back through the field.
In all, there were six lead changes throughout the 200-lap race. Aside from Quiroga’s run at the start of the race, most of the laps were led by Dillon or Peters.
Matt Crafton finished in the sixth spot, Miguel Paludo was seventh, Darrell Wallace Jr. eighth, Joey Coulter 18th and Dakoda Armstrong 10th.
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