Race Weekend Central

Tracking the Trucks: American Ethanol 200 presented by Hy-Vee

*In a Nutshell:* Ryan Blaney took the checkered flag 0.168 seconds ahead of Ty Dillon to win the American 200 Saturday night at Iowa Speedway. Blaney survived four restarts and a hard charge from Dillon to grab his first career Truck Series victory in his third start. Todd Bodine, Johnny Sauter and Cale Gale rounded out the top 5.

*Who Should Have Won:* *Ryan Blaney.* Parker Kligerman started on the pole and looked to be the guy to beat, having led 107 laps on the night, until late-race pit strategy forced the driver of the No. 7 to make a green flag pit stop.

Tracking the Trucks: Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200

*In a Nutshell:* Ty Dillon took the checkered flag 3.227 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200 Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Dillon passed Busch for the lead with just six laps remaining and never looked back en route to his first career victory. James Buescher, Parker Kligerman and Aric Almirola rounded out the top 5.

Kyle Busch takes pole for the NRA American Warrior 300

Kyle Busch’s Nationwide team has already won a race but prior to Saturday they had not won a pole. The team owner took care of that during qualifying with a 31.450 second lap that was good for 176.280 mph. Busch edged out Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who laid down a 31.469 second lap at 176.173 mph. …

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Tony Stewart Takes Advocare 500 Pole at Atlanta

Tony Stewart is coming off of a weekend where he made headlines for what he did and said outside of the race car. This weekend he is starting off letting his driving speak for him as he laid down the fastest qualifying lap during Sprint Cup Qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart circled the mile …

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Tracking the Trucks: UNOH 200

*In a Nutshell:* Timothy Peters trounced the field and took the checkered flag 0.465 seconds ahead of teammate Parker Kligerman to win with UNOH 200 Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Peters took the lead before completing the first lap and never relinquished the top spot all night long. Ross Chastain, Joey Coulter and Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top 5.

*Who Should Have Won:* Timothy Peters. What more is there to say really? Despite several attempts by his competitors, Peters’ No. 17 Toyota was unbeatable Wednesday night. Add in that he and his crew were flawless on every visit to pit road and there’s no reason to believe anyone else should have won the race.

Tracking the Trucks: VFW 200

*In a Nutshell:* Nelson Piquet, Jr. took the checkered flag nearly ten seconds ahead of Jason White in Saturday afternoon’s VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Piquet, Jr. used a fuel mileage gamble and had enough in the fuel tank to score his first career victory. Dakoda Armstrong, Parker Kligerman, and James Buescher rounded out the top 5. Pole-sitter Joey Coulter failed to lead a lap and finished seventh.

*Who Should Have Won:* Nelson Piquet, Jr.

Memorial Funds set up after Pocono Race Tragedies

A trust has been set up to benefit the family of Brian Zimmerman, the fan who passed away from a lightning strike after the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. Fans can make contributions by sending a check, payable to: Brian Zimmerman Memorial Fund to: Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank Attn: Tellers 338 N Washington Ave …

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Tracking the Trucks: Pennsylvania Mountains 125

*In a Nutshell:* Nelson Piquet Jr. was the class of the field all day Saturday, winning the pole and running away and hiding during a long green flag run to start the season’s shortest race. But a rash of late-race cautions left the No. 30 vulnerable on a lap 44 restart, allowing Joey Coulter to snag the lead entering turn 1 and driving off to his first career Truck Series victory. James Buescher, Piquet, Matt Crafton and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 5.

Tracking the Trucks: American Ethanol 200

*In a Nutshell:* Timothy Peters took the checkered flag 1.586 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to score his first win of the season in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. Peters took the lead on an uncharacteristically bad restart for Hornaday and never looked back. Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, and Justin Lofton rounded out the top 5.

Kyle Busch Will Start LENOX Industrial Tools 300 From Pole

Kyle Busch was fast all day long on Friday, leading the only Sprint Cup practice of the day as well as the final practice session for Saturday’s 200-lap Nationwide Series race. And despite almost slapping the wall on his qualifying lap, Busch topped the charts there, too. Busch will start from the pole on Sunday …

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