William Byron Prevails in Exciting Duel at Iowaby Kyle Pokrefky June 18, 2016 0 comments
NEWTON, Ia. — William Byron took home his third checkered flag of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season on Saturday night, winning the Speediatrics 200 at Iowa Speedway.
Byron, 18, prevailed in a late-race duel full of excitement involving his No. 9 Liberty University Toyota and the respective top-five finishing trucks of Cole Custer, Cameron Hayley, Ben Rhodes and Tyler Reddick.
The defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion had the dominant truck of the night with 107 of the race’s 200 laps being scored with him as the leader.
With his win, Byron became the sole holder of the first Chase seed, breaking a tie with Matt Crafton. In terms of regular season points, it’s still Crafton at the front by 11 points over Saturday’s race winner.
“The truck was great all night,” Byron said. “My whole Liberty University team did a great job – Rudy [Fugle, crew chief] made great calls. I felt like the first run we were a little bit free and we were stuck in traffic was the main thing. Once we got that good restart and cleared the No. 8 [John Hunter Nemechek], we kind of set sail for the next couple of restarts.
“Obviously, there was a curveball there with some guys taking two tires and I made a mistake leaving the box and stalled it. Just a couple of rookie things there. I was able to make a few spots up on the next restart and when it came down to those last few restarts, I knew we could try the outside and I just kept moving up and up and up until I kept getting blocked and finally I just made it three-wide.
“I’m really just proud of this whole team, it’s amazing what we’ve been able to do.”
Completing the top-10 of the finishing order were Daniel Suarez, Ben Kennedy, Crafton, Christopher Bell and Johnny Sauter.
Other notable finishers of the race were Timothy Peters in 11th, Nemechek in 12th, Daniel Hemric in 15th, Rico Abreu in 18th and John Wes Townley in 19th.
In total, there were five cautions in the race for 39 laps including one red flag period. The race also featured four lead changes amongst four different drivers.
The first caution of the race was for a one-truck accident following a tire rub for Parker Kligerman on Lap 44 in Turn 4. The second caution was for the expiration of the caution clock on Lap 104 while the third caution of the night was for a Lap 148 accident involving the trucks of Kaz Grala and Peters.
The red flag flew following the fourth caution of the night for five minutes and 46 seconds following a Lap 179 accident involving Tommy Joe Martins and Derek Scott Jr.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to action next Saturday, June 25th at Gateway Motorsports Park with the Drivin’ for Linemen 200.
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