NASCAR Truck Series at Iowa 2014 Results: Winner, Standings and Reaction

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2014

Erik Jones does a burnout after winning the NASCAR Trucks auto race, Friday, July 11, 2014, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

The NASCAR Truck Series roared on at Iowa Speedway with a victory for Erik Jones in the No. 51 Toyota in the American Ethanol 200. 

Iowa Speedway tweeted out the result:

The victory was the second consecutive one in the series for the No. 51 car. Kyle Busch manned the wheel on June 26 in the UNOH 225. 

While the 18-year-old may have been driving the much more experienced driver's truck, that shouldn't take away from an incredible performance. Jeff Gluck of USA Today noted the standout's winning ways early on in his career:

Finding the winner's circle wasn't easy for Jones. But it was a dominant performance turned in by the KBM team driver. With 48 laps to go in the race, Jones had already set a personal best in laps led, per NASCAR Trucks:

The race appeared to belong to KBM from the outset. Bubba Wallace was the early leader with Jones just barely trailing him. Thirty laps in, the lead was almost nonexistent, as noted by NASCAR Trucks:

It didn't take long for Jones to make his move from there. By Lap 48, he had already established his lead and would remain there for the majority of the race:

Adversity would soon strike in the form of Ryan Blaney and the No. 29 truck. On Lap 184, the 20-year-old made his move and pulled alongside the eventual winner:

Blaney would spend the last 16 laps of the race making Jones earn the victory, but he was unable to pick up his first victory of the season. At the end of the race, Blaney took to Twitter to post his reaction to his run:

Failing to edge out the No. 51 car down the stretch is bound to be disappointing. But the second-place finish isn't all bad. The Brad Keselowski driver was able to close the gap in the overall series standings and edges closer to current leader Matt Crafton.

Crafton was able to seize the top spot by virtue of his third-place finish at Iowa.  

Here's a look at the full top 10 from the race and what the overall standings look like as the series leaves Iowa:

2014 CWTS Standings
1Matt Crafton #88 - Toyota13302
2Ryan Blaney #29 - Ford232820
3Johnny Sauter #98 - Toyota-232370
4German Quiroga #77 - Toyota2311190
5Ron Hornaday Jr. #30 - Chevrolet307230
6Ben Kennedy #31 - Chevrolet1301290
7Timothy Peters #17 - Toyota-4299310
8Darrell Wallace Jr. #54 - Toyota293371
9Joey Coulter #21 - Chevrolet1282480
2014 American Ethanol 200 Results
FinSt#DriverSponsor / OwnerTruckLapsStatusLedPoints
1251   Erik JonesToyotaCare   (Kyle Busch)Toyota200running13148
2429   Ryan BlaneyCooper Standard   (Brad Keselowski)Ford200running2643
3688   Matt CraftonIdeal Door / Menards   (Duke Thorson)Toyota200running041
4921   Joey CoulterAllegiant Travel   (Maury Gallagher)Chevrolet200running040
51077   German QuirogaOtterBox   (Tom DeLoach)Toyota200running039
61931   Ben   (Steve Turner)Chevrolet200running038
71297   Jeff ChoquetteAdrian Carriers / Liz Girl Logistics   (Gary Adrian)Chevrolet200running037
850   Cole CusterHaas Automation   (Gene Haas)Chevrolet200running036
91619   Tyler ReddickBroken Bow Records   (Brad Keselowski)Ford200running035
10148   John Hunter NemechekSWM /   (Joe Nemechek)Toyota200running034

With Iowa now in the rearview mirror, Truck Series drivers will get a bit of a breather as they prepare for the next step on the tour in Eldora, Ohio, for the Mudsummer Classic on Wednesday, July 23. 

Blaney struggled to make his mark at the race, finishing 15th, while Crafton got a top-10 finish to his name at No. 8. With those two topping the standings this year, it will be worth keeping an eye on just how much they improve on those results in the 2014 edition of the event.