Ryan Blaney makes history at Iowa Speedway with maiden victory
Ryan Blaney made history in his No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ram on Saturday night in the American Ethanol 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway in Newton. When the 18 year old took the checkered flag, he became the youngest winner in series history.
"This is pretty unbelievable," Blaney, making only his third-career start in the Truck Series, said. The victory was also the first-ever for Brad Keselowski Racing.
Ryan did a great job all night.
"Feels great," No. 29 crew chief Doug Randolph said. "Ryan did a great job all night. It was a pleasure to watch him."
The crew chief watched his driver restart with the lead after pitting during a caution that came out with 37 laps to go and hold on to the top spot through three additional late-race restarts en route to the win.
Ty Dillon finished second in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, and Todd Bodine was third in the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota.
The former driver of the No. 29, Parker Kligerman, now driver of the No. 7 Red Horse Racing Toyota, started on the pole and led most of the early laps of the race until the second caution of the event came out on lap 35. Throughout several early cautions that laced the first half of the race, pit strategies varied, causing multiple pit sequences.
Even though Kligerman had one of, if not the fastest truck on the race track, he stayed out when the fifth caution of the race came out on lap 95, while most other trucks headed down pit road.
Kligerman was forced to pit for fuel and tires under green on lap 139 of the 200-lap race. The race remained green long enough to require most of the rest of the field to make green-flag pit stops. By the time the yellow flag waved with 37 laps to go, only three trucks, including the No. 29, remained on the lead lap, having not yet made their final stops.
Blaney was able to pit during the caution and restart the race in the lead. He remained up front for three more cautions, including one that came out with Kligerman spun with 21 laps to go.
On the final restart of the race with three laps remaining, Bodine was second to Blaney, but Dillon was able to get by Bodine for second with two laps to go, despite struggling earlier in the race.
"Halfway through the race, I was a little worried," Dillon said of the setup under his truck.
With his second-place finish, Dillon took the points lead from previous leader Timothy Peters, whose No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota was involved in the incident that brought out the yellow flag on lap 35.
Johnny Sauter finished fourth in the No. 13 ThorSport Racing Toyota, and Cale Gale was fifth in the No. 33 Eddie Sharp Racing Chevrolet.
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