Red Horse Racing’s Timothy Peters took the lead on the final restart in his Toyota to hold off Erik Jones for the win in the American Ethanol 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway.
The No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota of Timothy Peters got to the front on a restart that followed a caution with 34 laps to go in the American Ethanol 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway in Newton on Saturday night and led the remainder of the 200-lap event en route to his sixth-career series win. Seventeen-year-old Erik Jones took second in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, and James Buescher finished third in the No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet.
"I thought I had something for the 17 there at the end," Jones said.
When the yellow flag waved with 34 laps remaining, the front runners hit pit road for service. The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Ty Dillon, Peters and Jones took two tires. Meanwhile, Buescher opted for four and lost four positions, going from second when the caution came out to sixth for the restart.
"I don't know that the four tires were the problem," Buescher said. "I shouldn't have asked for an adjustment, but I did."
Dillon restarted with the lead, but Peters took the top spot on the restart and remained up front the rest of the way.
"(Crew chief) Butch (Hylton) made a great call there to put on two, and it tightened the truck up to get that great restart," Peters said.
Dillon then lost second to Jones after contact between the two drivers on the next restart that followed the fifth and final caution of the race with 12 laps to go. Things only got worse for Dillon in the closing laps after he scraped the wall multiple times with three laps to go and fell off the pace.
"We had to be aggressive on that last restart, and that's what we did," Jones said.
As Dillon fell back, Buescher moved forward, making his way up to third when Dillon had his problems. Ron Hornaday, driver of the No. 9 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet, finished the race in the fourth spot, and another 17-year-old, Chase Elliott in the No. 94 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet rounded out the top-five.
The No. 77 Red Horse Racing Toyota of German Quiroga started on the pole and was up front until the first yellow flag for debris on lap 55 when he was beaten off pit road by Dillon. There were six lead changes throughout the race between Quiroga, Dillon, Peters and Buescher.