Race Weekend Central

William Byron Holds Off Cole Custer for Iowa Triumph

William Byron was fired up Saturday night at Iowa Speedway. Going from fourth to first during the final restart with two laps remaining in the Speediatrics 200, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender brought home his third victory of the season for his Kyle Busch Motorsports squad.

Leading a race-high 107 laps — the first time he has led over 100 markers in a race — Byron took home his second straight win, holding off a hard-charging Cole Custer in the process.

The caution came out with six laps remaining in the race, with Caleb Holman wrecking in Turn 1. The incident forced a restart with two laps to go, and Byron capitalized by gunning to the front.

Pole-sitter John Hunter Nemechek led 53 laps on the evening, but finished 12th after being forced to pit road late for a lug nut issue.

Parker Kligerman, who entered the race 16th in the standings, wrecked on Lap 41, putting an end to his day. At this time, it is unclear if he will be able to make the series’ next race at Gateway.

Thorsport Racing, which had a major fire at its Ohio shop this past week, failed to lead any laps at Iowa. However, Cameron Hayley led the team’s effort, finishing third, along with Ben Rhodes recording his first top 5 of 2016 with a fourth-place finish.

Click here for the results from Saturday’s Truck Series contest.

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Joseph started with Fronstretch in Aug. 2014 and worked his way up to become an editor in less than a year. A native of Whitestone, New York, Joseph writes for NASCAR Pole Position magazine as a weekly contributor, along with being a former intern at Newsday and the Times Beacon Record Newspapers, each on Long Island. With a focus on NASCAR, he runs our social media pages and writes the NASCAR Mailbox column, along with other features for the site.

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