Camping World Truck Series Iowa 2017 NASCAR Race Info
M&Ms 200 presented by Casey’s General Store
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #11 of 23 for the 2017 season
Race:Friday, June 23, 2017 in Newton, IA
Title Sponsor: M&Ms / Casey’s General Store
Race Time: 8:30pm/et
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:47pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FoxSports1 – 5:30pm/et
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Times are local to the Track and subject to change
Thursday, June 22
5:00 PM 7:30 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, June 23
6:30 AM 7:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
8:00 AM NCWTS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM 10:25 AM NCWTS 1ST PRACTICE
11:15 AM 12:15 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
3:00 PM 3:45 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
5:05 PM (6:05 PM) NCWTS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
6:30 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
7:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM (8:30 PM) NCWTS RACE (200 LAPS, 175 MILES)
NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Nemechek wins Iowa: #8-John Hunter Nemechek won the M&Ms 200 presented by Casey’s General Store at Iowa Speedway Friday night after taking the lead with six laps remaining. Nemechek’s team opted for four fresh tires under a caution flag with a dozen laps remaining. The leader at the time, #21-Johnny Sauter, stayed on track. Once the green flag waved for the final restart, Nemechek powered by to take the lead. Sauter held on to finish second. #99-Brandon Jones, #98-Grant Enfinger, #4-Christopher Bell, #18-Noah Gragson, # 29-Chase Briscoe, #19-Austin Cindric, #97-Jesse Little, and #24-Justin Haley closed out the top-10.
There were four caution flags for 34 laps and five lead changes among five leaders.
See results on the Iowa race results page(6-23-2017)
Stage 1 – 60 laps, winner, #4-Christopher Bell
Stage 2 – 120 laps, winner, #21-Johnny Sauter
Stage 3 – 200 laps, winner, #8-John Hunter Nemechek
Iowa Truck Series Race Fast Facts:
John H. Nemechek won the 9th Annual M&M’s 200 Presented by Casey’s General Stores, his fifth victory in 62 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in four races at Iowa Speedway.
Johnny Sauter (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 11 races at Iowa Speedway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2017.
Brandon Jones(i) (third) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Iowa Speedway.
Grant Enfinger (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 42 points over Christopher Bell.
Truck Series point standings following Iowa:
1) #21-Johnny Sauter, 433
2) #4-Christopher Bell, 391, – 42
3) #29-Chase Briscoe, 357, -76
4) #88-Matt Crafton, 338, -95
5) #27-Ben Rhodes, 310, -123
6) #98-Grant Enfinger, 265, -133
7) #16-Ryan Truex, 292, -141
8) #8-John Hunter Nemechek, 280, -153
9) #18-Noah Gragson, 255, -178
10) #33-Kaz Grala, 247, -186
See complete standings on Driver points standings page and the owner’s standings are posted on the Owner points standings page.(6-23-2017)
Free Pass – Who got a lap back on each caution at Iowa: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #45-Self, 23rd
Caution 2: #27-Rhodes, 14th
Caution 3: #66-Hutchens, 16th
Caution 4: #13-Coughlin, 12th
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
Gragson on pole at Iowa: #18-Noah Gragson won the pole for Friday’s M&Ms 200 at Iowa Speedway with a speed at 136.151mph. His Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate, #4-Christopher Bell, will start alongside on row one. The rest of the top-10: #29-Chase Briscoe, #21-Johnny Sauter, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #27-Ben Rhodes, #24-Justin Haley, #16-Ryan Truex, #97-Jesse Little, and #98-Grant Enfinger.
Failed to qualify: #0-Jennifer Jo Cobb.
The starting lineup is posted on the Iowa starting lineup page(6-23-2017)
Iowa Qualifying Fast Facts:
Noah Gragson won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 9th Annual M&M’s 200 Presented by Casey’s General Stores with a lap of 23.136 seconds, 136.151 mph.
This is his second pole in 11 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his second pole and seventh top-10 start in 2017.This is his first pole in his first start at Iowa Speedway.
Christopher Bell (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2017 and his second in three races at Iowa Speedway.
Chase Briscoe (third) posted his first top-10 start at Iowa Speedway. It is his sixth in nine races this season.
Noah Gragson (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Gragson becomes the youngest NCWTS pole winner at Iowa Speedway at the age of 18 years, 11 months and 8 days. The previous record was held by John Hunter Nemechek at 19 years, 0 months and 7 days.
Qualifying will consist of three, multi-truck rounds. Qualifying rules
Jones paces final Iowa Truck practice:#99-Brandon Jones was fastest during final practice for Friday’s M&Ms 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 135.251mph. #16-Ryan Truex was second, followed by #27-Ben Rhodes, #21-Johnny Sauter, #33-Kaz Grala, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #24-Justin Haley, #88-Matt Crafton, #51-Harrison Burton, and #97-Jesse Little. 27 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Practice 2 speeds (pdf)(6-23-2017)
Bell fastest in opening Iowa Truck practice: #4-Christopher Bell was fastest during the opening practice for Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway at 135.257mph. #29-Chase Briscoe, #97-Jesse Little, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #13-Cody Coughlin, #19-Austin Cindric, #27-Ben Rhodes, #21-Johnny Sauter, #99-Brandon Jones, and #24-Justin Haley were the remainder of the top-10. 26 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Practice 1 speeds (pdf)(6-23-2017)
Truck Series entry list: There are 30 trucks entered for Friday’s M&Ms 200 at Iowa Speedway. See the complete list on the Iowa entry list page (pdf).(6-19-2017)
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – Race No. 9 – M&Ms 200
Iowa Speedway (0.875-mile oval) – Newton, Iowa
Fast Facts for June 23-24, 2017
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Set limits: Camping World Truck: 6 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4546; Right-side — D-4648
Tire Circumference: Left-side — 87.60 in. (2,225 mm); Right-side — 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 16 psi; Left Rear — 16 psi; Right Front — 36 psi; Right Rear — 34 psi
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series teams will run the same tire set-up at Iowa this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires these teams ran at Iowa last season . . . this left-side tire code (D-4546) has been run by Xfinity and Truck teams at Iowa since 2012, while this right-side tire code (D-4648) was introduced at the track in 2015 . . . this is the only track at which teams in either of these two series are scheduled to run these tire codes in 2017 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Iowa.
NASCAR NEWS & NOTES
Nemechek Scores First Win Of 2017 At Gateway
John Hunter Nemechek won his fourth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and first this season at Gateway Motorsports Park last Saturday.
Nemechek had a strong race, leading all 35 laps of the first stage of the race, and passing two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton late in the race for the win.
With the victory, Nemechek broke a seven-race streak of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races won by either GMS Racing or Kyle Busch Motorsports this season.
Nemechek also earned a spot in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs thanks to his win, joining current points leader Johnny Sauter, two-time winner this season Christopher Bell and Sunoco Rookie Kaz Grala, who have all won this season.
Nemechek’s win at Gateway Motorsports Park put him in elite company. His win on Saturday night was the first race he’s won in which his father and team owner, Joe Nemechek, was also a participant. Other sons to win a NASCAR national series race in which their father participated include Richard Petty, Kyle Petty, Davey Allison and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Briscoe Makes It Back-To-Back Runner-Up Finishes
Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender and Brad Keselowski Racing driver Chase Briscoe scored his second top-two finish of the season when he finished second at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Briscoe won his second career Keystone Light Pole earlier in the day, and used that to his advantage as he led a career-high 88 laps in the Drivin’ For Linemen 200 at Gateway. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender also won his first stage of the season as he won Stage 2 – earning his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff point.
On the season, Briscoe has three top-three finishes, and four top 10s through eight races. He has yet to finish outside the top-25.
Briscoe is currently tied with ThorSport Racing’s Grant Enfinger atop the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings at 104 points apiece.
Earning The Rookie Stripe
There are currently three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders in the top eight in points. If the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs began today, Chase Briscoe (fourth in points), Grant Enfinger (sixth in points) and Kaz Grala (one win, eighth in points) would all be in.
Close behind and on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff bubble are Sunoco Rookies Noah Gragson (10th in points), Austin Cindric (12th in points), Cody Coughlin (13th in points) and Justin Haley (14th in points).
As for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, the race is tight. Brad Keselowski Racing driver Chase Briscoe and ThorSport Racing’s Grant Enfinger are tied at 104 points each. Kaz Grala (-16), Noah Gragson (-21) and Austin Cindric (-46) round out the top five.
Iowa Speedway Quick Facts
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Iowa Speedway for the M&M’s 200 Friday, June 23 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1. MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), below are some series quick facts:
Pole Winners: 10
Youngest Pole Winner: John Hunter Nemechek (06/18/2016 – 19 years, 0 months, 7 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Mike Skinner (09/05/2009 – 52 years, 2 months, 8 days)
Race Winners: 8
Youngest Winner: Erik Jones (07/11/2014 – 18 years, 1 months, 11 days)
Oldest Winner: Mike Skinner (09/05/2009 – 52 years, 2 months 8 days)
Races Won From Pole (or 1st Starting Position): 4
Last Race Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): Erik Jones (06/19/2015)
Race Record: Erik Jones – 110.429 mph (07/11/2014)
Qualifying Record: German Quiroga Jr. – 138.62 mph (07/13/2013)
Beginners Luck In The Truck
In the last two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Iowa Speedway, the winners have both been Sunoco Rookies.
Those two rookies would also go on to win the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in their respective rookie seasons.
Last season, William Byron drove the No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra to Victory Lane at Iowa Speedway. Byron went on to become the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
In 2015, another Kyle Busch Motorsports driver, Erik Jones, won at Iowa Speedway in the No. 4 Toyota Tundra. Jones was the 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and also won the series championship that same season.
There are nine Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders making their track debut at Iowa Speedway in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series M&M’s 200. They include: Chase Briscoe, Wendell Chavous, Austin Cindric, Cody Coughlin, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala and Justin Haley.
Two current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers won their first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career race at Iowa Speedway; Ryan Blaney won in 2012, while Austin Dillon won in 2010.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.:
Four-Wide Salute At Gateway: To kick off the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park, the field went four-wide during the pace laps to recognized the 100th anniversary of Scott Air Force Base. Click here to view video of the moment.
Gilliland’s Gateway Run Ends Early: In his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, NASCAR Next driver Todd Gilliland’s night ended early due to a transmission issue. Gilliland has had poor luck in his first two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts as he had a suspension problem after contact at Dover.
Burton Back For KBM At Iowa: NASCAR Next driver Harrison Burton will be back in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this week at Iowa, running in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Burton has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season – finishing 13th at Martinsville and 13th at Dover.
Pair Of NASCAR XFINITY Series Drivers Camping At Iowa: NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Ross Chastain and Brandon Jones will both be running in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this weekend at Iowa. Chastain will be driving the No. 66 Bolen Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado, while Jones will be running in the No. 99 Matthew Miller Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado.
Owner Standings Update: GMS Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado remains in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner standings lead through eight races. Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Toyota Tundra (-38), ThorSport Racing’s No. 88 Toyota Tundra (-62), Brad Keselowski Racing’s Ford F-150 (-69) and ThorSport Racing’s No. 27 Toyota Tundra (-99) round out the top five in the owner standings.
Manufacturer Standings Update: Toyota Racing leads Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturer Standings by a single point, 296-295 through five races. Both manufactures have four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins each this season. Ford remains in third place with 245 points.