Saturday night's American Ethanol 200 showcased some of the best the Camping World Truck Series has to
offer, and at the end of the night it was Timothy Peters who collected his first win of 2012.
Peters led four times for 87 laps, but the race was dominated early by Turner Motorsports' James Buescher.
Buescher led twice for a race leading 91 laps, but at lap 135, just as a caution flew for an accident involving Jon Wes Townley, Buescher blew a right front tire. He would spend several laps in the garage before returning to finish 30th.
After Buescher was taken out of contention, Peters had his hands full with the ever lurking Ron Hornaday. Hornaday started the race eighth and quickly made his way to the top five, where he spent the remainder of the night.
It wasn't until a restart on lap 168 that Hornaday went three wide with Peters and then second place Johnny Sauter to take the lead. Ten laps later on yet another restart, Sauter attempted the same move but to no avail, with Hornaday retaining the lead.
Further back in the pack, newcomer Dakoda Armstrong spun Cale Gale, setting up a restart with just ten laps to go. It was an uncharacteristically poor restart for Hornaday, who lost the lead to Peters, who never turned back and took the checkered flag.
“I can't thank these guys enough for what we accomplished [Saturday]. Hopefully this is one of many more.” Peters said in Victory Lane.
With the victory, Peters extended his points lead over Justin Lofton to 12 points.
Hornaday finished second, followed by the ThorSport Racing teammates of Matt Crafton and Sauter. Rounding
out the top five was second in points Lofton with his fourth top five of the year.
Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Jason Leffler rebounded to finish sixth after spinning on lap 63. It's Leffler's fourth straight top ten of the year.
Rookie Ty Dillon has yet to finish outside the top ten in the Truck Series this season, and his streak continued in Iowa, but it wasn't easy. Dillon struggled with the handling of his No. 3 Bass Pro Chevrolet most of the night, and after an early pit stop and ill timed caution he fell off the lead lap.
On lap 163 Dillon regained his lap and was able to drive his way back up to seventh place.
Nelson Piquet, Jr. rebounded from a crash and 29th place finish in Kentucky with a top ten in
Iowa, finishing ninth. Piquet, Jr. started the race second and ran in the top ten the majority of the night. It was the Brazilian's sixth top ten finish of the year.
Rounding out the top ten, with his fifth top ten of the season, was Parker Kligerman.
The Camping World Truck Series next heads to the Windy City for the American Ethanol 225 from the Chicagoland Speedway. Coverage of Saturday night's race begins at 7:30 pm ET on SPEED.
Thanks to NASCAR on SPEED, Racing Reference and NASCAR.com for the information, quotes and statistics used in this piece. Photo credit to Yahoo.