Ryan Blaney Becomes the Youngest Truck Series Winner

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NEWTON, Iowa — Eighteen-year-old Ryan Blaney withstood a series of late-race restarts to become the youngest winner in the Camping World Truck Series, prevailing in Saturday night’s American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway.

Making just his third Truck Series start, Blaney held off a final charge by Ty Dillon, who snared the points lead with a runner-up finish. The teen-ager, who drove a Brad Keselowski-owned truck to Ram’s first win in the series since 2008, celebrated in Victory Lane with his father, Sprint Cup series driver Dave Blaney.

“This is pretty incredible,” Ryan Blaney said. “… It’s unbelievable. Hopefully, we can get us a few more here.”

Said Dave Blaney: “He does so good and catches on so quick. It’s fun to watch.”

The 20-year-old Dillon, who closed to finish 0.168 seconds behind Blaney at the checkered flag, lauded the winner’s poise in the frantic final stretch.

“I wanted it bad there at the end,” Dillon said. “We were coming, but Ryan Blaney, he’s an amazing driver. I’m glad we didn’t have to race against him all year this year. He’s a great guy, and he really deserves this.”

Todd Bodine, who also praised the younger Blaney as “a chip off the old block,” finished third, his first top-five finish since his victory June 1 at Dover International Speedway. Johnny Sauter and Cale Gale completed the top five.

Dillon started the night third in the standings but capitalized on rough nights by his closest rivals. Timothy Peters, who won the July race at Iowa, fell from the points lead after a crash on Lap 34. Peters squeezed Matt Crafton on the exit of Turn 4, forcing both trucks into the wall.

Peters remained on the lead lap despite several stops for repairs but faded further after a late stop to replace a faulty battery and cool an overheating engine. He salvaged a 19th-place finish, two laps down.

James Buescher was in line to snatch the points lead from Peters until his spin with six laps to go brought out the last of nine cautions. He finished 17th, one lap off the pace.

The standings shuffle put Dillon atop the heap by eight points over Peters, with Buescher 11 points behind Dillon.

First-time pole-sitter Parker Kligerman led 107 of 200 laps but was bitten by pit strategy that forced him to stop for service during the race’s longest green-flag stretch. Kligerman rallied to as high as fourth place before spinning with 21 laps left. He wound up 23rd, three laps down.

Via the Nascar Wire Service

Results via Nascar.com

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 2 29 Ryan Blaney Ram Cooper Standard 47/4 200 Running
2 9 3 Ty Dillon * Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / NRA 42/0 200 Running
3 15 11 Todd Bodine Toyota Toyota Care 41/0 200 Running
4 4 13 Johnny Sauter Toyota Hot Honeys / Curb Records 41/1 200 Running
5 6 33 Cale Gale * Chevrolet Rheem 39/0 200 Running
6 3 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. Chevrolet DrinkB.com 38/0 200 Running
7 17 18 Drew Herring Toyota Toyota / Dollar General 0 200 Running
8 18 297 Jeff Choquette Chevrolet Adrian Carriers / Liz Girl Logistics 36/0 200 Running
9 12 88 Matt Crafton Toyota Rip It Energy Fuel / Menards 35/0 200 Running
10 8 32 Miguel Paludo Chevrolet Duroline Brakes 34/0 200 Running
11 22 08 Ross Chastain * Toyota South Carolina Watermelon Association 33/0 200 Running
12 19 23 Jason White Ford GunBroker.com 32/0 200 Running
13 14 22 Joey Coulter Chevrolet RCR / Darrell Gwynn Foundation 31/0 199 Running
14 21 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet RSS Racing 30/0 199 Running
15 16 09 John Wes Townley * Toyota Zaxby’s 29/0 199 Running
16 11 119 David Mayhew Ram MMI Wireless Services 0 199 Running
17 5 31 James Buescher Chevrolet Wolfpack Rentals 28/1 199 Running
18 24 99 Bryan Silas * Ford Rockingham Speedway 26/0 198 Running
19 10 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Toyota / Red Horse Racing 25/0 198 Running
20 26 165 Justin Jennings Ford LG Seeds 24/0 198 Running
21 23 214 Brennan Newberry Chevrolet NTS / IronClad Performance 23/0 198 Running
22 25 2 Tim George Jr. Chevrolet Applebee’s 22/0 197 Running
23 1 7 Parker Kligerman Toyota Toyota / Red Horse Racing 23/2 197 Running
24 32 84 Wayne Edwards Chevrolet Enseva 20/0 196 Running
25 34 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 19/0 194 Running
26 35 147 Benjamin Reynolds Chevrolet Diversified Consulting Solutions 18/0 194 Running
27 20 4 August Grill Chevrolet Turner Motorsports 17/0 188 Battery
28 33 196 Todd Peck Chevrolet Stopain / Arthritis Foundation 16/0 179 Oil Leak
29 27 27 Ryan Lynch Chevrolet Blankhood.com 15/0 173 Running
30 31 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Ram Horejsi Graphics / Driven2Honor.- org 14/0 171 Radiator
31 13 6 Justin Lofton Chevrolet Lofton Cattle 14/1 94 Accident
32 28 07 Caleb Roark Chevrolet Bennigans / Montana Mikes 12/0 94 Accident
33 7 9 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff 11/0 68 Accident
34 30 93 Chris Jones Chevrolet RSS Racing 10/0 5 Brakes
35 36 0 Chris Lafferty Ford Horejsi Graphics 9/0 3 Transmission
36 29 38 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet RSS Racing 0 2 Overheating
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