Following another week off in the Camping World Truck Series, the circuit heads to Iowa Speedway for the ninth race of the season.
Luckily for the entire field, Kyle Busch will not be joining them on the trip as he heads to New Hampshire for the Sprint Cup race. As for the driver who takes over his machine, Erik Jones is looking for another strong showing in the No. 51 truck for Busch's team.
Johnny Sauter also remains the points leader after another top-10 result at Kentucky. But with Matt Crafton continuing a strong season and finishing three positions ahead of the points leader in the UNOH 225, the points race is only separated by eight points.
With the CWTS now heading to Iowa Speedway, here's a look at the schedule, standings and a preview of the American Ethanol 200.
American Ethanol 200 Information
Where: Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa
When: Friday, July 11, 8:30 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports 1
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
|Pos.||Driver||Points||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
|5||Ron Hornaday Jr.||284||0||2||6|
|6||German Quiroga Jr.||272||0||1||6|
|8||Darrell Wallace Jr.||261||1||3||4|
|9||John Wes Townley||257||0||2||3|
Though he wasn't able to pull off a victory over his boss, Darrell Wallace Jr. did continue his climb up the CWTS standings.
Following a second-place finish just behind Busch, Bubba now sits eighth in the points standings and just 36 points behind Sauter. Though he had the week off from the truck series, Wallace made a statement at Daytona in the Nationwide Series, finishing seventh in the Subway Firecracker 250.
He also made a bigger statement off the track. While attending the BET Awards, the only African American driver in NASCAR took over their Instagram, and fans reacted with nasty remarks. So Wallace responded on Twitter:
The people who are upset over the Instagram takeover w/ NASCAR n BET..are what's wrong with the world today #ignorance— Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) June 30, 2014
Now that is a way to earn respect in the NASCAR world.
The last time he drove at Iowa, Bubba came away with a fifth-place result in the truck race. When he hits the track on Friday, expect him to continue his great results.
Who will win at Iowa?
As for Jones, Wallace's teammate, the 18-year-old hopes to get up front again at Iowa Speedway. Rather than getting knocked out like he did at Gateway Motorsports Park by German Quiroga, the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver could capture a checkered flag.
While Jones is in search of his first victory at Iowa Speedway, one driver who knows plenty about making it to Victory Lane at the track is Timothy Peters. The experienced racer currently sits at third in the points standings and had a strong showing at Kentucky, as Red Horse Racing notes:
As the points race tightens and the full-time drivers are finally given a chance to compete without the Sprint Cup racers, the event at Iowa should be intriguing. Thanks to a great blend of young and veteran drivers, expect another all-out brawl in Newton.
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