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DATE: Saturday, July 14th
SITE: Iowa Speedway (2009) -- Newton, Iowa
TRACK: 0.875-mile oval - 1,075 feet (Frontstretch); 869 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 56,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 4th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8:30 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Matt Crafton
RUNNER-UP: Austin Dillon
POLE WINNER: David Mayhew (Finished 3rd)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 175
QUALIFYING RECORD: Mike Skinner, 2009 (137.052 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Mike Skinner, 2009 (99.181 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $460,961 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $38,850; 2nd Place - $24,225; 3rd Place - $19,875
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Matt Crafton116Cole Whitt14
2Austin Dillon57James Buescher3
3David Mayhew18Nelson Piquet Jr10
4Johnny Sauter69David Starr9
5Joey Coulter210Todd Bodine21
2011 American Ethanol 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 98.932 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 46 minutes, 8 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.337 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: David Mayhew (136.482 m.p.h.)
Past American Ethanol 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Matt Crafton (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 98.932 m.p.h.
2010 -- Austin Dillon (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 92.967 m.p.h.
2009 -- Mike Skinner (1st) -- Toyota -- 99.181 m.p.h. (record)
 
NOTE: Formerly called Lucas Oil 200 (2009-10) and Coca-Cola 200 (2011).
 
Past American Ethanol 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- David Mayhew -- 3rd
2010 -- Austin Dillon -- 1st
2009 -- Mike Skinner -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: UNOH 225 (June 28th)
SITE: Kentucky Speedway -- Sparta, Kentucky
MILES: 225
LAPS: 150
WINNER: James Buescher
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
THIRD: Ty Dillon
FOURTH: Matt Crafton
FIFTH: Timothy Peters
POLE WINNER: Matt Crafton (Finished 4th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 51 minutes, 16 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 121.330 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.805 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 31 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: M. Crafton 1-18; B. Silas 19; M. Crafton 20-26; J. Buescher
27-62; M. Crafton 63; J. Buescher 64-103; M. Crafton 104; T.
Dillon 105-107; J. Buescher 108-150.
American Ethanol 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
0Chris Lafferty (Concord, NC)Dodge/driven2honor.org
2Tim George Jr. (New York, NY)Chevrolet/Applebee's
3Ty Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
5Paulie Harraka (Fair Lawn, NJ)Ford/TBA
6Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Chevrolet/collegecomplete.com
07Jeff Agnew (Copper Hill, VA)Chevrolet/Team 7
08Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Toyota/South Carolina Watermelon
09John Wes Townley (Waitville, GA)Toyota/TBA
9Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Joe Denette Motorsports
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Dodge/driven2honor.org
11Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Toyota Care
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/Hot Honeys/Curb Records
14Brennan Newberry (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/NTS/IronClad Performance
15Todd Shafer (Ashland, OH)Toyota/thunderexhaust.com
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
18Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Toyota/Shore Lodge
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/Richard Childress Racing
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Ford/gunbroker.com
27To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Hillman Racing
29Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Dodge/Reese Towpower
30Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Autotrac
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Autotrack
32Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Chevrolet/Duroline Brakes
33Cale Gale (Mobile, AL)Chevrolet/Rheem
38To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/RSS Racing
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
47Ben Reynolds (Trumansburg, NY)Chevrolet/Diversified Consulting
50Natalie Sather (Fargo, NC)Chevrolet/Make Motorsports
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/Norm Benning Racing
65To Be AnnouncedFord/LG Seeds
75Caleb Holman (Abingdon, VA)Chevrolet/Food Country USA
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry
84Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Glenden Enterprises
88 *Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Toyota/Menard's
93Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
96To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Stopain/Arthritis Found.
97Jeff Choquette (West Palm Beach, FL)Chevrolet/Liz Girl Logistics
98Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Toyota/everfi.com
99Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/Rockingham Speedway
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish last three years)
Driver200920102011
Matt Crafton6th3rdWon
Johnny Sauter5th2nd4th
Joey Coulter------5th
James Buescher14th5th7th
David Starr26th10th9th
Todd Bodine19th17th10th
Timothy Peters8th27th11th
Justin Lofton---15th12th
Ron Hornaday Jr4th24th19th
Parker Kligerman------22nd
Ty Dillon---------
 
Mover of the Week
Brad Keselowski - Started in 17th position and finished 2nd
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - James Buescher
Darkhorse - David Starr
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ron Hornaday Jr) - Finished 9th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ty Dillon) - Finished 3rd
 
NOTES:
In a race that had only six lead changes among five drivers, it was Matt Crafton who finished on top, as he defeated Austin Dillon by less than a second for his second career Camping World Truck Series title.

Starting from the 11th position on the grid, Crafton worked his way to the front by lap 161. Dillon reclaimed the lead on the 188th circuit, but Crafton regained the advantage one lap later and held on for the win. Dillon dominated most of the race, leading twice for 127 laps. Pole sitter David Mayhew finished third after leading the opening 21 laps.

Crafton's win came in his 258th career Truck Series race, snapping a 79-race winless streak dating back to May 16, 2008 at Charlotte.

In 2010, then rookie Dillon became a first time winner in the Camping World Truck Series by clipping Johnny Sauter by 0.635 of a second.

Dillon, the grandson of NASCAR multi-team owner Richard Childress, put on a dominating performance by leading 187 of 205 laps. However, he had to hold off Sauter in a green-white-checkered finish to capture his first truck win in just 12 starts. Jason White blew a right-front tire in the closing laps, which setup the two-lap overtime finish. Dillon, who made his series debut in 2009 in the inaugural race at Iowa, started on the pole and became the second pole sitter to win this race.

Mike Skinner led all but 20 of the 200 laps in 2009, and had just enough fuel to hold off Aric Almirola in a four-lap shootout to the finish to capture the inaugural Truck race at Iowa Speedway.

Skinner, the pole sitter, gave up the lead to Almirola shortly after the halfway point when Almirola beat him out of the pits during a caution. But Skinner reclaimed the lead following the restart. He saw his near five-second lead vanish when the seventh and last caution set up the final four-lap sprint. After the restart, Skinner pulled away from Almirola, but his truck appeared to be running out of fuel as he wiggled it somewhat with less than three laps remaining. The victory was the 27th of his Truck Series career and one of three wins in 2009.

The next Camping World Truck Series race is the July 21 American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Austin Dillon won last year's race there.

07/10 16:53:52 ET

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