Plenty of Stories for Iowa Truck Return

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Chase Elliott's controversial win last weekend in Canada is still not sitting well with Austin Dillon heading into Sunday's Truck Series return to Iowa Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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NEWTON, Iowa – The second visit of the year to Iowa Speedway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is chock-full of stories to follow.

Last week’s series debut at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park ended in controversial fashion when Chase Elliott made contact with Ty Dillon in the final turn and went on to score his first career win.  The turn of events created some bad blood between the two young drivers that hasn’t subsided over the past week.

"He won’t finish the race at Iowa," Dillon said after the altercation.

Elliott, who is in the field for Sunday afternoon’s Fan Appreciation 200 Presented by New Holland, insists he didn’t purposely crash Dillon for the win and was simply racing hard on the final lap.

"He obviously wasn't happy," said Elliott.  "He has a right not to be happy.  I wouldn't have been happy, either.  But at the same time, you've got to do what you've got to do.  He just told me I was better than that and we're probably going to have some problems at Iowa, so we'll have to play it by ear."

Elliott is hoping the momentum from career win No. 1 will carry over into Sunday’s race and result in an oval-track victory.

"We learned a lot during our last trip to Iowa, setup-wise, and that gives us a better starting point in practice," Elliott said.  "Now that we have one run here under our belts, the guys at the shop were able to make better preparations to fight the things we struggled with last time.  Coming off a win and returning to an oval doesn't hurt, either."

The feud between Elliott and Dillon will no doubt be in the spotlight in the series’ second visit of the year to Iowa.  Dillon will come to Sunday’s race after competing Friday night at Richmond International Raceway in the Nationwide Series Virginia 529 College Savings 250 and is looking forward to the busy weekend.

"It’s not something you technically prepare yourself for," Dillon explained.  "It won’t even really feel like a double-duty weekend because I’m racing the Nationwide Series on Friday then flying to Iowa for the Truck Series.  I’ll have completed one race before having to think about another one.  It’ll be like dirt racing when we travel to a different track every day over a four-day trip.  I’m used to that."

Timothy Peters is used to winning at Iowa and scored his second career win at the track back in July.  He became the first driver to repeat at the .875-mile speedway with the victory and sees no reason why he can’t make it a three-peat Sunday afternoon.

"A lot of momentum, for sure.  It’s cool to say that I'm in that category of 'First'.  I’m looking forward to getting back to a racetrack where we won at earlier this year and capitalize on another good run, and try to keep gaining in the championship standings," said Peters, who comes into the weekend 70 points behind leader Matt Crafton.

"Every time I go to Iowa, I love the racing and the racetrack.  It really fits my driving style."

Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will provide live coverage of Sunday’s Fan Appreciation 200 beginning at 1:30 p.m. (ET), with live streaming at MotorRacingNetwork.com.

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