Truck Race Preview: Iowa

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The Truck Series will compete at Iowa for the 11th time. (Photo: Getty Images)

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series news, notes and fast facts in advance of Friday night's M&M's 200 at Iowa Speedway.

Radio: MRN, 8 p.m. (ET)
TV: FS1, 8 p.m. (ET)
Race Distance: 175 miles (200 laps)
Stage Lengths: Stage 1 (Ends on lap 60), Stage 2 (Ends on lap 120), Final Stage (Ends on lap 200)

Races: 10
Pole Winners: 10
Youngest Pole Winner: John Hunter Nemechek (6/18/2016 - 19 years, 0 months, 7 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Mike Skinner (9/5/2009 - 52 years, 2 months, 8 days)
Race Winners: 8
Youngest Race Winner: Erik Jones (7/11/2014 - 18 years, 1 month, 11 days)
Oldest Race Winner: Mike Skinner (9/5/2009 - 52 years, 2 months, 8 days)
Races Won from Pole: 4
Last Race Won From Pole: Erik Jones (6/19/2015)
Race Record: Erik Jones - 110.429 mph (7/11/2014)
Qualifying Record: German Quiroga - 138.620 mph (7/13/2013)

  Last Race Most/Largest Fewest/Smallest
Trucks: 32 36 - 6 Times (7/11/2014) 32 - 3 Times
Lead Changes: 4 12 (9/8/2013) 4 - 2 Times (6/18/2016)
Leaders: 4 6 -2 Times (9/8/2013) 3 - 2 Times (7/14/2012)
Cautions: 5 9 (9/15/2012) 4 (7/11/2014)
Caution Laps: 39 54 (9/15/2012) 19 (7/11/2014)
Lead Lap Finish: 20 20 (6/18/2016) 10 (7/11/2014)
Running at the Finish: 28 31 (7/13/2013) 22 (6/19/2015)
Laps Led (Winner): 107 187 (7/11/2010) 9 (9/8/2013)
Margin of Victory*: 0.431 5.86 (6/19/2015) 0.168 (9/15/2012)

*Since 1993 (advent of digital timing and scoring); does not include races completed under caution

Nemechek Scores First Win Of 2017 At Gateway
John Hunter Nemechek won his fourth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and first this season at Gateway Motorsports Park last Saturday. 
 
Nemechek had a strong race, leading all 35 laps of the first stage of the race, and passing two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton late in the race for the win. 
 
With the victory, Nemechek broke a seven-race streak of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races won by either GMS Racing or Kyle Busch Motorsports this season. 
 
Nemechek also earned a spot in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs thanks to his win, joining current points leader Johnny Sauter, two-time winner this season Christopher Bell and Sunoco Rookie Kaz Grala, who have all won this season. 
 
Nemechek’s win at Gateway Motorsports Park put him in elite company. His win on Saturday night was the first race he’s won in which his father and team owner, Joe Nemechek, was also a participant. Other sons to win a NASCAR national series race in which their father participated include Richard Petty, Kyle Petty, Davey Allison and Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
 
Briscoe Makes It Back-To-Back Runner-Up Finishes
Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender and Brad Keselowski Racing driver Chase Briscoe scored his second top-two finish of the season when he finished second at Gateway Motorsports Park. 
 
Briscoe won his second career Keystone Light Pole earlier in the day, and used that to his advantage as he led a career-high 88 laps in the Drivin’ For Linemen 200 at Gateway. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender also won his first stage of the season as he won Stage 2 – earning his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff point. 
 
On the season, Briscoe has three top-three finishes, and four top 10s through eight races. He has yet to finish outside the top-25. 
 
Briscoe is currently tied with ThorSport Racing’s Grant Enfinger atop the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings at 104 points apiece. 
 
Earning The Rookie Stripe
There are currently three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders in the top eight in points. If the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs began today, Chase Briscoe (fourth in points), Grant Enfinger (sixth in points) and Kaz Grala (one win, eighth in points) would all be in. 
 
Close behind and on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff bubble are Sunoco Rookies Noah Gragson (10th in points), Austin Cindric (12th in points), Cody Coughlin (13th in points) and Justin Haley (14th in points). 
 
As for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, the race is tight. Brad Keselowski Racing driver Chase Briscoe and ThorSport Racing’s Grant Enfinger are tied at 104 points each. Kaz Grala (-16), Noah Gragson (-21) and Austin Cindric (-46) round out the top five. 
 
Beginners Luck In The Truck
In the last two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Iowa Speedway, the winners have both been Sunoco Rookies. 
 
Those two rookies would also go on to win the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in their respective rookie seasons. 
 
Last season, William Byron drove the No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra to Victory Lane at Iowa Speedway. Byron went on to become the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. 
 
In 2015, another Kyle Busch Motorsports driver, Erik Jones, won at Iowa Speedway in the No. 4 Toyota Tundra. Jones was the 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and also won the series championship that same season. 
 
There are nine Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders making their track debut at Iowa Speedway in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series M&M’s 200. They include: Chase Briscoe, Wendell Chavous, Austin Cindric, Cody Coughlin, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala and Justin Haley.
 
Two current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers won their first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career race at Iowa Speedway; Ryan Blaney won in 2012, while Austin Dillon won in 2010. 
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.:
 
Gilliland’s Gateway Run Ends Early: In his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, NASCAR Next driver Todd Gilliland’s night ended early due to a transmission issue. Gilliland has had poor luck in his first two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts as he had a suspension problem after contact at Dover. 
 
Burton Back For KBM At Iowa: NASCAR Next driver Harrison Burton will be back in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this week at Iowa, running in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Burton has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season – finishing 13th at Martinsville and 13th at Dover. 
 
Pair Of NASCAR XFINITY Series Drivers Camping At Iowa: NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Ross Chastain and Brandon Jones will both be running in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this weekend at Iowa. Chastain will be driving the No. 66 Bolen Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado, while Jones will be running in the No. 99 Matthew Miller Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado.
 
Owner Standings Update: GMS Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado remains in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner standings lead through eight races. Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Toyota Tundra (-38), ThorSport Racing’s No. 88 Toyota Tundra (-62), Brad Keselowski Racing’s Ford F-150 (-69) and ThorSport Racing’s No. 27 Toyota Tundra (-99) round out the top five in the owner standings. 
 
Manufacturer Standings Update:  Toyota Racing leads Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturer Standings by a single point, 296-295 through five races. Both manufactures have four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins each this season. Ford remains in third place with 245 points. 

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