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Official Race Report
Race Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
Pit Reporters: Ray Dunlap, Hermie Sadler
Pre-race Host: Krista Voda
Friday, September 14th
12:30 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
2:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
2:30 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
6:00 - 7:20 PM [7:00 - 8:20 PM EASTERN] NCWTS PRACTICE
7:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, September 15th
11:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
12:30 - 1:30 PM [1:30 - 2:30 PM EASTERN] NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
2:00 - 4:30 PM NCWTS MINORS ADMITTED INTO GARAGE AREA WITH PROPER CREDENTIALS
4:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
5:00 PM [6:00 PM EASTERN] NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
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 and are tentative, subject to change.
Iowa Official Race Report page (pdf).(9-17-2012)
Blaney wins at Iowa: Ryan Blaney, driving the #29 Cooper Standard RAM for Brad Keselowski Racing, held off challenges during three late-race restarts to win the American Ethanol 200 Presented by Hy-Vee at Iowa Speedway. At just eighteen years of age, and in just is third series start, Blaney became the youngest driver to win in the Camping World Truck Series. #3-Ty Dillon was second, taking over the lead in the driver point standings by eight points. Rounding out the top ten were; #11-Todd Bodine, #13-Johnny Sauter, #33-Cale Gale, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #18-Drew Herring, #97-Jeff Choquette, #88-Matt Crafton, #32-Miguel Paludo. There were 7 lead changes among 6 drivers with 9 caution flags for 54 laps. Complete race results are posted on the Iowa Race Results page (pdf).(Unofficial)(9-15-2012)
Post-Race Fast Facts:
Inaugural American Ethanol 200 Presented by Hy-Vee
Race Winner: Ryan Blaney
Team: No. 29 - Cooper Standard RAM
Owner: Brad Keselowski
Crew Chief: Doug Randolph
*Ryan Blaney won the Inaugural American Ethanol 200 Presented by Hy-Vee, his first victory in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2012.
*This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in one races at Iowa Speedway.
*Ty Dillon (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Iowa Speedway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2012
*Todd Bodine (third) posted his second top-10 finish in five races at Iowa Speedway.
*Ty Dillon (second) was the highest finishing rookie.
*Ty Dillon leads the point standings by 8 points over Timothy Peters.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, September 15, 2012 @ 10:58 PM Eastern)
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Todd Bodine, #11 18 Places
Keystone Light Pole Award: Parker Kligerman, #7 137.507 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Penske Racing Engines, #29
Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race: Ty Dillon, #3
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Ty Dillon, #3
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Iowa: (and finish)
Caution 1: No benefactor
Caution 2: #84-Wayne Edwards, 24th
Caution 3: #07-Caleb Roark, 32nd
Caution 4: #14-Brennan Newberry, 21st
Caution 5 No benefactor
Caution 6: #3-Ty Dillon, 2nd
Caution 7: #88-Matt Crafton, 9th
Caution 8: #32-Miguel Paludo, 10th
Caution 9: #08-Ross Chastain, 11th
Driver Point Standings following race #15 at Iowa Speedway:
1) #3-Ty Dillon, 561
2) #17-Timothy Peters, 553 -8
3) #31-James Buescher, 550 -11
4) #7-Parker Kligerman, 530 -31
5) #88-Matt Crafton, 518 -43
6) #22-Joey Coulter, 515 -46
7) #6-Justin Lofton, 511 -50
8) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., 492 -69
9) #23-Jason White, 448 -113
10) #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., 447 -114
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Iowa Driver Standings page (pdf).(Unofficial)(9-15-2012)
Kligerman wins Iowa pole: #7-Parker Kligerman was the fastest qualifer with a top speed of 137.507 mph to win the Keystone Light Pole for the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. This is Kligerman's first series pole. #29-Ryan Blaney was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #13-Johnny Sauter, #31-James Buescher, #33-Cale Gale, #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., #32-Miguel Paludo, #3-Ty Dillon, #17-Timothy Peters. Did not qualify: none. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Iowa Lineup (pdf)(9-15-2012)
Post-Qualifying Fast Facts:
Inaugural American Ethanol 200 Presented by Hy-Vee
Keystone Light Pole Winner: Parker Kligerman
Team: #7 - TOYOTA / Red Horse Racing Toyota
Owner: Tom DeLoach
Crew Chief: Chad Kendrick
*Parker Kligerman won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the Inaugural American Ethanol 200 Presented by Hy-Vee with a lap of 22.908 seconds, 137.507 mph.
*This is his first pole in 41 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his first pole and sixth top-10 start in 2012.
*This is his first pole in three races at Iowa Speedway.
*Ryan Blaney (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2012 and his first in one races at Iowa Speedway.
*Nelson Piquet Jr. (third) posted his third top-10 start at Iowa Speedway. It is his 11th in 15 races this season.
*Cale Gale (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, September 15, 2012 @ 06:52 PM Eastern)
Kligerman quickest in final practice at Iowa: Parker Kligerman, driving the #7 Toyota/RHR Toyota, led the final practice session for the American Ethanol 200 Presented by Hy-Vee at Iowa Speedway with a top speed of 135.606 mph. Rounding out the top ten were; #29-Ryan Blaney, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Joey Coulter, #33-Cale Gale, #19-David Mayhew, #17-Timothy Peters, #18-Drew Hering, #31-James Buescher. There were 35 trucks on tack for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Iowa Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(9-15-2012)
Blaney leads opening practice at Iowa: #29 Ryan Blaney, driving the Cooper Standard RAM for Brad Keselowski Racing, had the fastest lap with a top speed of 137.135 mph to lead the opening practice session for the American Ethanol 200 Presented by Hy-Vee at Iowa Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #22-Joey Coulter, #7-Parker Kligerman, #13-Johnny Sauter, #18-Drew Herring, #33-Cale Gale, #88-Matt Crafton, #31-James Buescher, #6-Justin Lofton, #97-Jeff Choquette. There were 34 trucks on track for the opening session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Iowa Practice Speeds page (pdf)(9-14-2012)
Official Entry List: There are 36 trucks listed on the on the final entry list for the American Ethanol 200 Presented by H-Vee at Iowa Speedway. Note: #5-Wauters Motosports Ford withdrawn, #73-Tagsby Racing Chevrolet withdrawn. Complete entry list is posted on the Iowa Entry List page.(9-14-2012)
Iowa Preliminary Entry List: There are 38 trucks listed on the prelimiinary entry list for the American Ethanol 200 Presented by H-Vee at Iowa Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Iowa Entry List page.(9-10-2012)
#4-Augie Grill, making 1st series start, driving TBA Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports
#5-driver TBA, Wauters Motorsports Ford
#18-Drew Herring, making 1st series start, driving Dollar General Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports
#19-David Mayhew, making 1st 2012 start, driving TBA Ram for Brad Keselowski Racing
#27-Ryan Lynch, making 1st series start, Blankhood.com Chevrolet for Hillman Racing
#47-Benjamin Reynolds, making 2nd series attempt, TBA Chevrolet for ReynoldsRacing
#73-driver TBA, Stegar Lumber/Country Building Supply Chevrolet for Tagsby Racing
#97-Jeff Choquette, making 2nd series start, Adrian Carriers/Liz Girl Logistics Chevrolet
#98-driver TBA, ThorSport Racing Toyota, [hearing team may withdraw](9-10-2012)
#84-Chris Sevey, making series debut, ENSEVA/ P3 Power Protection/3E Electrical/Cline Tool Chevrolet(9-11-2012)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 15 -- American Ethanol 200
Iowa Speedway (0.875-mile oval) -- Newton, Iowa
Fast Facts for September 14-15, 2012
Goodyear Wrangler Intermediate Radials
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 350
Right-side -- 350
4 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4546
Right-side -- D-4562
Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,222 mm)
Right-side -- 88.3 in. (2,242 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 same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams ran at Iowa in July . . . this is also the same tire set-up that NASCAR Nationwide Series teams ran at this track in August . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Iowa.(Goodyear PR)(9-12-2012)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Iowa Speedway
Jeff Choquette Filling Shoes of Champion Grandfather
Racing may have skipped a generation of the Choquette family, but without a doubt ;Jeff Choquette has inherited his grandfather's talent behind the wheel of a race vehicle.
Choquette, driver of Gary Adrian's #97 Chevrolet will make his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series appearance in Saturday's American Ethanol 200 presented by Hy-Vee. The 25-year-old driver from West Palm Beach, Fla., finished 11th in his debut July 14 at the 0.875-mile Newton, Iowa, track. Without a pit road speeding infraction -- "Racing in modifieds, we don't do a lot of pit stops," Choquette said -- the result could have been even better. He returns with a goal of a top ten or even a top five.
Choquette's grandfather, Jack Choquette, now 83, won the 1954 NASCAR Modified championship driving the 97B car. He competed in six NASCAR Sprint Cup -- then Strictly Stock -- races in 1955-56. Choquette finished second to two-time champion Herb Thomas at Palm Beach Speedway, a 0.5-mile dirt track, in his first Strictly Stock appearance, a performance that could have presaged a stellar racing career in a later era.
Points Leader Peters Pursues Season Sweep in Iowa
With only four tracks hosting more than one NCWTS race a year, a season sweep is a rarity. Only four drivers have accomplished the feat, three of them series champions. Jack Sprague was the first at Phoenix International Raceway in 1996. Mike Skinner swept both Martinsville races in 2007 while Ron Hornaday Jr. won back-to-back in Texas in 2008. The gold standard is Brendan Gaughan's four consecutive wins at Texas in 2002--03.
Timothy Peters can join the select group on Saturday at Iowa Speedway, having won there in July. He'll have the usual cast lurking to ambush the #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota but some unfamiliar ones as well. Foremost is David Mayhew, a Keystone Light Pole Award winner last year in a Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet. Mayhew, who finished third, drives Brad Keselowski's #19 Ram this time out. Drew Herring becomes the latest to drive the #18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. He finished 11th for Joe Gibbs Racing at Iowa Speedway in August 2011. He logged a pair of top-10 finishes while leading 39 laps in a limited NNS campaign last year. August Grill, who has more than 60 career late model victories and won the Snowball Derby in 2007 and 2008, is set to make his series debut in the #4 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet.
Green a Lucky Color When It Comes With Sponsorship
Superstition around the race track isn't what it used to be; especially where the color green is concerned.Nobody can say with certainty why green cars historically were considered "unlucky," but some date the fear from 1920 Indianapolis 500 champion Gaston Chevrolet's fatal accident in Beverly Hills, Calif. Green being the color of a potential sponsor's livery did much for erasing the green car stigma. NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip (Mountain Dew) and Harry Gant (Skoal) proved green cars can be successful.
Four-time NCWTS champion Ron Hornaday Jr. thus has no misgivings about his Joe Denette Motorsports' #9 Chevrolet coming to Iowa Speedway this weekend. The Silverado carries the green, black and gold colors of new sponsor Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff, a tobacco-free smokeless product. Hornaday is reluctant to discuss personal superstitions -- although he admits picking up former owner Dale Earnhardt's habit of always leaving a building through same doorway in which he entered. He's hopeful his return to Iowa can erase 2012's winless season. The 51-time winner finished second in July's race after surrendering the lead with 10 laps to go.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
Peters carries a nine-point lead over ;James Buescher into the season's 15th of 22 races. Atlanta winner ;Ty Dillon, Parker Kligerman and Justin Lofton complete a top five separated by just 31 points. ... 2011 Iowa winner ;Matt Crafton is looking for his 55th top--five finish. He's seventh in points. ... With Dillon becoming the season's sixth first-time winner, the record (seven, 1997 and 1998) appears in reach. ... Three of four Iowa winners, including Peters, started from the pole.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(9-11-2012)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Open Week, September 4, 2012
Young-Gun Winners Backed By Veteran Crew Chiefs
The 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season has proven to be the most competitive season to date with 11 different winners in 14 races and six first-time winners, eight under the age of 30.
But what about the number of winning crew chiefs in the garage? There are 20 crew chiefs this season who have collected at least one career NCWTS win. Ten different crew chiefs with five different teams have visited Victory Lane in 2012-- three for the first time in the series.
Michael Shelton has won three times with James Buescher. Butch Hylton is a double winner with points leader Timothy Peters. Marcus Richmond also has won twice but with two different drivers, Kevin Harvick at Martinsville and Ty Dillon last week in Atlanta. The three "newcomers" are Mike Shiplett, Kasey Kahne at Rockingham; Daniel Bormann, Justin Lofton at Charlotte; and Harold Holly, Joey Coulter at Pocono. Holly is the veteran of that group having shared NASCAR Nationwide Series championship laurels with Jeff Green in 2000. "I'm just thrilled to death for Joey Coulter. He is such a great kid and has worked so hard to get here. This is as big as any of them, win-wise. We have such a strong support group and this team is just great," Holly said after Coulter's Pocono win. "I was telling Richard [Childress] that it had been a long time since I last had a win. Joey and I won some ARCA races together but ... the last NASCAR win was with Bobby [Hamilton] Jr. in 2004. It's a great feeling to be back in Victory Lane."
Eric Phillips is the leading active crew chief winner in the series and came close to a record-matching 27th victory at Atlanta when Kyle Busch led 75 laps before finishing second. Kyle Busch Motorsports' general manager Rick Ren is the all-time crew chief leader.
Sunoco Rookie Dillon Makes It 11 Different Winners
Winners, they just keep on coming. Ty Dillon, who out-dueled Kyle Busch over the final laps of last week's Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, is the sixth different first-time winner of the 2012 season and the first Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender to break through.
The last freshman to win in series competition was last year's champion and Dillon's older brother, Austin, who captured two victories in 2010. Austin Dillon won in his 12th start, Ty in his 17th. There have been rookie winners in only eight NCWTS seasons. "I've been waiting for this moment all of my life. I always dreamed about winning a NASCAR race and maybe one day becoming a champion and today, I accomplished one of those goals," Ty Dillon said. Dillon also is the 11th different winner in 14 races making this season the most competitive in NASCAR Camping World Truck history.
With a number of top drivers yet to visit Victory Lane-- four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr. and veteran Matt Crafton among them -- the series record of 14 winners definitely is in play. The record was set in 1998 and matched in 2005.
Points Tighten Significantly With Eight Races Left
A year ago, the first under the current point system, James Buescher's lead over Johnny Sauter was 12 points with eight races remaining. Put three drivers under an even smaller umbrella following leader Peters' 13th-place finish in Atlanta. Peters holds a slim, six-point lead over Buescher, who finished third. Dillon was the biggest beneficiary and has drawn to within nine points in his bid to become the series' youngest champion at age 20. Parker Kligerman, the only non-winner among the top seven in the standings, is fourth, trailed by Lofton and Coulter.
This is an open week on the schedule with competition set to resume Sept. 15 at Iowa Speedway. Peters was the winner at the 0.875-mile track in July. The remaining schedule is a mixed bag of tracks: a true superspeedway (Talladega), four intermediates, two short tracks and the Phoenix International Raceway mile. Among current championship contenders, only Peters (Iowa) and Buescher (Kentucky) are winners on those tracks.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
Ryan Blaney, Buescher and Dillon will utilize the open week to compete in Friday's NNS race at Richmond. Blaney and Buescher finished 8th and 12th, respectively, in April's event there. ... A much-anticipated Busch brothers duel in Atlanta didn't quite materialize with Kurt Busch finishing 10th. Owner Billy Ballew logged his 10th top-10 finish. ... Aric Almirola's fifth-place Atlanta finish marked the first top five for Wauters Motorsports.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(9-4-2012)