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THE RACE: American Ethanol 200

TRACK: Iowa Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #9 of 22 for the 2012 season

Last Race: Kentucky Speedway

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Race / Track Info

  • Race Date: Saturday, July 14, 2012

  • Title Sponsor: American Ethanol 200
  • Start Time: 8:30pm/et
  • 2011 Winner: Matt Crafton
  • 2011 Pole: David Mayhew
  • Track Layout: .875 Mile
  • Length: 200 Laps, 175 Miles
  • Degree of Banking on Turns: 12-14 degrees
  • Degree of Banking on Frontstretch: 10 degrees
  • Degree of Banking on Backstretch: 4 degrees
  • Length of Frontstretch: 1,075 feet
  • Length of Backstretch: 869 feet


Television Coverage/TV Team

  • TV: SPEEDtv
    Friday, July 13, 2012
    First Practice: 7:00pm/et

    Saturday, July 14, 2012
    Qualifying: 6:30pm/et
    Pre-race: 8:00pm/et
    Race: 8:30pm

    In the Booth: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
    Pit Reporters: Ray Dunlap, Hermie Sadler
    Pre-race Host: Krista Voda


Radio Coverage


Event Schedule

    Friday July 13th
    12:30 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
    2:30 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
    5:00 PM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
    6:00 PM - 7:20 PM [7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EASTERN] NCWTS PRACTICE
    8:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
    9:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES

    Saturday, July 14th
    11:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM [1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EASTERN] NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
    2:00 PM 4:30 PM NCWTS MINORS ADMITTED INTO THE NASCAR GARAGE AREA WITH PROPER CREDENTIALS
    4:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETTING ROOM)
    5:00 PM [6:00 PM EASTERN] NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
    6:00 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING-PIT ROAD
    7:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY--CLEAR PIT ROAD
    7:30 PM [8:30 PM EASTERN] NCWTS RACE (200 LAPS, 175 MILES)
    8:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES

    Note: All times are listed in local / Central Time Zone unless otherwise indicated and are tentative, subject to change.


Race Rundown....news and links

  • Iowa Official Race Report page (pdf) .(7-16-2012)

  • Peters wins at Iowa: A restart with just ten laps remaining, saw pole-sitter, #17-Timothy Peters retake the lead from #9-Ron Hornaday Jr. to win the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. This is Peters first win in 2012 and his fourth career win overall. Hornaday finished second. Rounding out the top ten were; #88-Matt Crafton, #13-Johnny Sauter, #6-Justin Lofton, #18-Jason Leffler, #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Joey Coulter, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #29-Parker Kligerman. Tough night for #31-James Buescher who led the most laps with 91. Just as the caution flew on lap 135, Buescher blew the right front tire coming off turn two sending him hard into the wall; ending his night. Buescher finished 30th. There were 6 lead changes among 3 drivers with 7 caution flags for 39 laps. Complete race results are posted on the Iowa Race Results page (pdf).(Unofficial)(7-14-2012)

  • Post-Race Fast Facts:
    Iowa Speedway
    4th Annual American Ethanol 200

    Race Winner: Timothy Peters
    Age: 31
    Team: No. 17 - Toyota Toyota
    Owner: Tom DeLoach
    Crew Chief: Butch Hylton
    *Timothy Peters won the 4th Annual American Ethanol 200, his fourth victory in 127 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.BR> *This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2012.BR> *This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in four races at Iowa Speedway.BR> *Ron Hornaday Jr. (second) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Iowa Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2012.BR> *Matt Crafton (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Iowa Speedway.BR> *Ty Dillon (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.BR> *Timothy Peters leads the point standings by 12 points over Justin Lofton
    (Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, July 14, 2012 @ 10:42 PM Eastern)

  • Race Awards:
    Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Nelson Piquet Jr, #30 20 Places
    Keystone Light Pole Award: Timothy Peters, #17 136.21 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: Ty Dillon, #3
    (NASCAR Statistics)(7-14-2012)

  • Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Iowa: (and finish)
    Caution 1: #0-Chris Lafferty, 34th
    Caution 2:#2-Tim George Jr., 15th
    Caution 3: #75-Caleb Holman, 18th
    Caution 4: #23-Jason White, 14th
    Caution 5 #3-Ty Dillon, 7th
    Caution 6: #2-Tim George, 15th
    Caution 7: #08-Ross Chastain, 16th
    (NASCAR Statistics)(07-14-2012)

  • Driver Point Standings following Race #9 at Iowa Speedway:
    1) #17-Timothy Peters, 353
    2) #6-Justin Loftin, 341 -12
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 339 -14
    4) #31-James Buescher, 313 -40
    5) #29-Parker Kligerman, 306 -47
    6) #88-Matt Crafton, 305 -48
    7) #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., 296 -57
    8) #22-Joey Coulter, 292 -61
    9) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., 284 -69
    10) #32-Miguel Paludo, 262 -91
    Complete driver point standings are posted on the Iowa Driver Standings page (pdf).(Unofficial)(7-14-2012)

  • Official Entry List: There are 39 trucks listed on the final entry list for the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. Complete list is posted on the Iowa Entry List page.(7-13-2012)


Qualifying Results, Practice Speeds, Entry List....news and links

  • Pit Stall Selections

  • Peters wins Iowa pole: Timothy Peters, driving the #17-Toyota for Red Horse Racing, was the fastest qualifer with a top speed of 136.210 mph to win the Keystone Light Pole for the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. #30-Nelson Piquet Jr. was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #6-Justin Lofton, #31-James Buescher, #13-Johnny Sauter, #33-Cale Gale, #88-Matt Crafton, #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., #18-Jason Leffler, #32-Miguel Paludo. Did not qualify: # 96 Todd Peck, #47-Ben Reynolds, #50-Natalie Sather. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Iowa Lineup page (pdf).(7-14-2012)

  • Post-Qualifying Fast Facts:
    Iowa Speedway
    4th Annual American Ethanol 200

    Keystone Light Pole Winner: Timothy Peters
    Age: 31
    Team: #17 - Toyota Toyota
    Owner: Tom DeLoach
    Crew Chief: Butch Hylton
    *Timothy Peters won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 4th Annual American Ethanol 200 with a lap of 23.126 seconds, 136.210 mph.
    *This is his fifth pole in 127 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    *This is his first pole and eighth top-10 start in 2012.
    *This is his first pole in four races at Iowa Speedway.
    *Nelson Piquet Jr. (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2012 and his second in two races at Iowa Speedway.
    *Justin Lofton (third) posted his second top-10 start at Iowa Speedway. It is his sixth in nine races this season.
    *Cale Gale (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, July 14, 2012 @ 06:54 PM Eastern)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)

  • Piquet quickest in final practice at Iowa: Nelson Piquet Jr., driving the #30-Autotrac Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports had the fastest lap with a top speed of 135.496 mph to lead the final practice session for the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. #6-Justin Lofton was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #13-Johnny Sauter, #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., #17-Timothy Peters, #33-Cale Gale, #32-Miguel Paludo, #97-Jeff Choquette, #14-Brennon Newberry, #5-Paulie Harraka. Caution was out late in the session for the #09 John Wes Townley; accident in turn two. There were 39 trucks on track for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Iowa Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(7-14-2012)

  • Armstrong leads first practice at Iowa: Dakoda Armstrong, driving the #98 EverFi.com Toyota for ThorSport Racing, had the fastest lap with a top speed of 134.956 mph to lead the opening practice for the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. #22-Joey Coulter was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #88-Matt Crafton, #6-Justin Lofton, #97-Jeff Choquette, #09-John Wes Townley, #3-Ty Dillon, #13-Johnny Sauter, #32-Miquel Paludo, #18-Jason Leffler. There were 38 trucks on track for the opening session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Iowa Practice Speeds page (pdf).(7-13-2012)

  • Official Entry List: There are 39 trucks listed on the final entry list for the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. Complete list is posted on the Iowa Entry List page.(7-13-2012)

  • Preliminary Entry List: There are 39 trucks listed on the Preliminary Entry List for the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Iowa Entry List page.(7-9-2012)
    Some Notes:
    #2-Tim George Jr. returns as driver of the Applebee's Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing
    #15-Todd Shafer, making first start since 2006 driving the ThunderExhaust Toyota, owner, Steve Acor
    #27-driver TBA, Hillman Racing Chevrolet
    #47-Benjamin Reynolds, driver of the Diversified Consulting Solutions Chevrolet
    #50-Natalie Sather, driver of the Gateway Chevrolet for Make Motorsports
    #97-Jeff Choquette, making 1st series start, Liz Girl Logistics/Adrian Carriers, Inc Chevrolet(7-9-2012)
    UPDATE:
    #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup to sponsor JDM Chevrolet
    #96-Todd Peck, driver, Stopain/Arthritis Foundation Chevrolet for Peck Motorsports(7-10-2012)
    UPDATE 2:
    #38-Chris Jones, named as driver for RSS Racing Chevrolet
    #65-Justin Jennings, names as driver of LG Seeds Ford for MB Motorsports(7-11-2012)


Goodyear Tire Notes

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 9 -- American Ethanol 200
    Iowa Speedway (0.875-mile oval) -- Newton, Iowa
    Fast Facts for July 13-14, 2012

    Tire:
    Goodyear Wrangler Intermediate Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Left-side -- 350
    Right-side -- 350

    Set limit:
    4 sets for the event

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4546
    Right-side -- D-4562

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,222 mm)
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,245 mm)

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi
    Right Front -- 40 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 18 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi
    Right Front -- 36 psi; Right Rear -- 34 psi

    Notes: This is the first time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams have run either of these two Goodyear tire codes . . . compared to what was run at Iowa last season, this left-side tire (D-4546) features a mold shape change, while this right-side tire (D-4562) features a construction change to bring this set-up in line with what is run at similar tracks, as well as a compound change for better wear . . . NASCAR Nationwide teams ran this same left-side tire at Iowa in May, though this is a different right-side tire . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Iowa.(Goodyear PR)(7-9-2012)


NASCAR News & Notes

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Iowa Speedway

    Peters On Top, But Challenge Is To Stay There
    Timothy Peters rolls into Iowa Speedway for Saturday night' American Ethanol 200 as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings leader. His challenge: Stay on top.Peters and his #17 Red Horse Racing team haven't shown their best stuff at the 0.875-mile oval. He has one top-10 finish, eighth in 2009. Last year he was 11th following a 21st-place run in 2010.

    Should Peters slip, three rivals are close enough to pounce -- Justin Lofton, who lost the top spot to Peters last month at Kentucky Speedway, and top Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ty Dillon trail by four points. Kentucky winner James Buescher is nine points back in fourth.

    Like most NCWTS competitors, Peters got his start on short tracks and welcomes the rough-and-tumble racing they produce.   He calls Iowa Speedway unique -- a short track with a superspeedway feel. Racing is frequently side-by-side for multiple laps before a position is decided.   "I'm always a fan of short tracks when I go back. It's where I started racing and always provides a really good show," Peters said.

    Peters' teammate, two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck champion Todd Bodine, will be making his 199th series start in a run-up to July 21 at Chicagoland Speedway, where he'll become the first driver to make 200 starts in each of NASCAR' three national series.

    Iowa Great Place To Continue ThorSport Turnaround
    Beware the team with nothing to lose and everything to gain.   That in a nutshell sums up ThorSport Racing and its trio of drivers, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter and Dakoda Armstrong. Call it snake-bit, rookie blues or whatever but none of the three got off to decent starts and have plenty of ground to make up in the 2012 season' second half.

    Sauter got the turnaround rolling last month with a victory at Texas Motor Speedway. Crafton followed with a solid, fourth-place finish off a Keystone Light Pole performance two weeks ago in Kentucky. Armstrong, a Sunoco rookie, finished 13th at Kentucky to match his season-high and has finished on the lead lap in his past two starts.

    Crafton will be tough at Iowa, where he is the defending winner. He won a thrilling duel with champion-to-be Austin Dillon, who came within a third of a second from successfully backing up his 2010 Iowa victory -- his first in the series.

    Sauter' done everything at Iowa Speedway but win. He' the only driver to finish among the top five in all three previous races. Sauter was fourth a year ago and second in 2010.

    Armstrong made his debut at Iowa Speedway in 2009 and finished 21st. He hails from a farming family in New Castle, Ind., whose 8,000 acres produces the yellow #2 corn that eventually is shipped to plants to make ethanol. Sunoco' gasoline/ethanol fuel blend powers all entries in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as well as in NASCAR' other national divisions.

    Three Iowa Winners Have Little In Common
    Iowa Speedway. Three races; three winners; three second-place finishers.

    Only one could be considered a runaway, at least in NCWTS terms. Inaugural champion Mike Skinner beat now-NSCS driver Aric Almirola by 1.370 seconds in 2009. Austin Dillon edged Johnny Sauter by 0.635 seconds the next year with Matt Crafton the winner by 0.337 seconds a year ago over Dillon.

    There' no common thread to the three winners. Skinner was 52 years old, a Daytona 500 pole winner and veteran of more than 500 national series races. Dillon was just 20 -- and making his 12th NCWTS appearance.   Crafton falls somewhere in between. The 36-year-old Tulare, Calif., native, a NASCAR Camping World Truck "lifer," is closing in on his 300th start. His Iowa victory was only his second in 11 full seasons in the series.

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
    Ty Dillon won last year' Iowa Series ARCA event, a race that shares the billing with the American Ethanol 200. He also has a second-place finish in the track' NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. ... Natalie Sather, who failed to qualify earlier this year at Martinsville Speedway, will attempt to make her series debut in Iowa. She is a former sprint car and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model competitor. ... Joe Denette Motorsports and Max Gresham have ended their relationship. The team' #24 Chevrolet ranks 23rd in owner points. Gresham, a Sunoco rookie contender, is 20th in driver standings.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(7-10-2012)


  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Open Week, July 3, 2012

    Points Logjam Spotlights Four Championship Contenders
    And then there were four?

    Eight races down -- more than a quarter of the season complete -- nine points cover the first four names in the championship standings. Fifth-place Parker Kligerman, 32 points behind, isn't out of the running by any measure but the smart money right now is on one of the top four to win his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title.

    Timothy Peters is back on top for the second time in 2011 following last week's fifth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway. Previous leader Justin Lofton was swept up in a mid-race accident but recovered to finish 14th. Peters' lead is miniscule: four points over Charlotte winner Lofton and Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader Ty Dillon, who finished third.

    Momentum, however, has swung to Kentucky winner James Buescher. Buescher, the first to capture two wins in 2012, occupies the #4 position in the standings. The 22-year-old Texan, who's also running a majority of the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule including Friday night's Subway Jalapeno 250, leads or shares eight Loop Data categories. He's the series leader with a Driver Rating of 117.0.

    Peters' Title Bid No Mirage In 2012
    Timothy Peters could describe the 2011 season as a mirage. He contended for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship appearing as high as second in points before settling for a final ranking of fifth behind champion Austin Dillon. The mirage part? Peters and his #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota were fast but inconsistent.

    Peters won in Indianapolis among seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. But the season's highs were more than offset by lows which came in bunches. One stretch in late spring saw the Providence, N.C. driver follow three finishes of sixth or better by five out of six performances of 16th or worse. Dillon motored off into the record book in the late going while Peters struggled with a single top five over the final nine races.

    The organization appears to have learned its lesson. Through eight races, Peters has finished no worse than 11th and has completed every lap. He has yet to win but finished second at Daytona and Kansas. "I think it's a team effort. We have taken what we have and really made the best of it; Going out to get the best finish with what our Toyota Tundra gives us.," said Peters. "All the guys work hard and I try to not mess up where they are making gains. Our pit crew has also done a great job on pit road. I've always been the type of racer, not to jeopardize the equipment. We really want to get that win and I think we will soon."

    Truckers Holding Their Own Inside, Outside Comfort Zones
    In recent years, NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide series drivers have invaded the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series carrying away a significant share of the hardware. Not this year. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points-eligible drivers have won six of eight events. And they've also turned the tables so to speak on their fellow NASCAR national series competitors winning outside of what might be considered their comfort zone.

    James Buescher started the trend, winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series season opener in Daytona. More recently, Nelson Piquet Jr. claimed victory in the same series' event at Road America in Wisconsin.

    Three NASCAR Camping World Truck campaigners have entered Friday night's Subway Jalapeno 250 in Daytona: Buescher, attempting to become only the second to score a Daytona NASCAR Nationwide season sweep; Bryan Silas and John Wes Townley.

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
    T3R Racing's Bryan Silas and his wife Misty welcomed the couple's second child, Braydon Walter Lee Silas on June 26. ... NCWTS drivers Max Gresham and Cale Gale will compete in Gresham (Ga.) Motorsports Park's annual July 3-4 World Crown 400 late model event. NSCS' David Ragan and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competitors Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott also have entered. ... NCWTS competition resumes with the July 14 American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. The race kicks off a two-week swing through the Midwest that continues with a Truck-NNS doubleheader July 21-22 at Chicagoland Speedway.


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