It came down to two green-white-checkered restarts but James Buescher beat Ross Chastain to win the Fan Appreciation 200 at Iowa Speedway. It's Buescher's sixth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory and the second of his 2013 season. Buescher wasn't a winning truck all day but used pit strategy to win the race.
Finishing second was Ross Chastain, who had the dominate truck of the afternoon. Chastain got beat on a late race restart and just couldn't get in front on the final restart. Finishing in the third position was Ty Dillon with Johnny Sauter coming home fourth and Darrell Wallace Jr finishing in the fifth position. Finishing in the sixth spot was German Quiroga with Matt Crafton coming home seventh, Jeb Burton finishing eighth, Erik Jones ninth and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top ten.
Ross Chastain and Erik Jones led the field to green for the Fan Appreciation 200 and Chastain pulled away from the field. He led by one second on lap six and by lap 18 Chastain's lead was 2.2 seconds. The lead would remain the same until the races' first caution flag of the day flew when Chase Elliott crashed coming into turn one. Elliott was having issues with his Chevrolet Silverado prior to the incident and lost a right rear tire heading into turn one and hit the wall hard. Elliott's day was done and he finished 31st.
Most of the leaders would stop under the caution flag except for Ty Dillon. Dillon's team had decided to run a little bit of a different strategy and led the field to green on the lap 45 restart. Ross Chastain restarted fourth with James Buescher restarting second and Jeb Burton third. Dillon took the lead and began to pull away from the field. He led by 1.3 seconds on lap 53. Chastain had passed Burton for third and set his sights on Buescher in second. On lap 55 Chastain made the move on Buescher and appeared to have the best truck and began to chase down Dillon. By lap 61 Dillon's lead was cut down to just a half second.
Ty Dillon began to experience issues on his Chevrolet around lap 63 when Dillon reported his truck having issues with it's gages. Dillon's water temperature gage was pegged and the team had to keep an eye on it. Dillon wouldn't have issues and remained in the lead until lap 81 when he pitted for the first time under green.
Ross Chastain inherited the lead and led Brendan Gaughan by 4.7 seconds on lap 94. Chastain still had the lead when the race reached his half way point and still led by over four seconds. There was a different second place driver on lap 111 when Timothy Peters passed Gaughan for the second spot and tried chasing down Chastain. On lap 116 Gaughan began to experience issues on his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. The right front tire on Gaughan's truck began to shred and he would have to come on pit road to change tires.
Meanwhile in the front of the field Ross Chastain's lead was being cut significantly. By lap 119 Chastain's lead was down to 2.6 seconds. Green flag pit stops began on lap 119 which included leader Ross Chastain on lap 123. When the pit stops would cycle around on lap 130 Ty Dillon had a 6.9 second lead over Chastain, who had fresh tires.
Four lap later Dillon was leading when the races' second caution flag flew on lap 134 for debris. It was a huge break for Dillon who was experiencing battery issues on his #3 Chevrolet. Dillon pitted twice to change the battery and was forced to start at the rear of the field for the lap 140 restart which saw Ross Chastain and Timothy Peters on the front row.
On the restart Peters took the lead for the first time on the day and led by over a second on lap 164. The races' third caution of the day flew on lap 168 when debris was spotted on the backstretch.
The race restarted on lap 173 with Peters on the inside and Chastain on the outside. Chastain would get an excellent restart and would have the lead coming off turn two, as Peters got loose and slid up the track and fell to third. Peters was passed by Ryan Blaney, Chastain's teammate and Blaney began to show his muscle. Chastain's lead was 0.8 seconds by lap 182. Five laps later the races' fourth caution flag would fly when Brandon Jones and Jeb Burton got together. Both trucks would have minimal damage and would continue. Jones finished 20th while Burton finished eighth.
The race restarted on lap 194 with Ross Chastain on the high side and Ryan Blaney on the inside. Blaney was able to get ahead of his teammate and began to pull away on lap 195. However, when the field reached turn three James Buescher and Timothy Peters made contact sending Peters into a big slide, making contact with Ty Dillon. Both trucks would have minimal damage and continue.
Ryan Blaney led when the caution flag flew and it looked like he was going to lead the field to green for the races' first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. Blaney, however, would lose fuel pressure on his Ford and would lose speed and drop back to eighth during the caution before refiring his truck. Blaney had to restart eighth on the restart but his team decided to pit for fresh tires and fuel.
Blaney's miscue put Ross Chastain in the lead with James Buescher on the high side. Chastain got off to a good restart but Buescher was better and got the lead heading into turn three. That's where Brendan Gaughan and Joey Coulter got together ending with both trucks hard into the wall and putting the race under its sixth caution period. Gaughan had lost his brakes and slid into Coulter. Coulter's team was angry with Gaughan at first but settled down once Gaughan said he had no brakes. Gaughan finished 24th and Coulter finished 25th.
The race would make a second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish with Buescher on the high side and Chastain low. Buescher would have a fabulous restart and would pull away from Chastain and take the victory.
Other notables in the field included Timothy Peters in 12th and Ron Hornaday Jr in 17th.
Matt Crafton continues to be the points leader for the Truck Series. He has a 37 point lead over Buescher. Third in the standings is Ty Dillon, who is 58 points behind with Jeb Burton fourth in the points 66 points behind. Fifth in the points is Timothy Peters who is 71 points behind. Miguel Paludo is sixth in the points with Ryan Blaney in seventh, Johnny Sauter in eighth, Darrell Wallace Jr in ninth and Brendan Gaughan rounds out the top ten.
The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is the American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, September 13th.
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