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Previewing the NASCAR CWTS M&M’s 200 at Iowa

By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer

The last time the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visited Iowa Speedway, William Byron took home the victory in thrilling fashion. Byron held off Cole Custer, Cameron Hayley, Ben Rhodes, and Tyler Reddick in a two-lap shootout by 0.431 seconds to take the victory. The two-lap shootout was brought about after Caleb Holman crashed with six laps to go.

Matt Crafton is the only former winner in the Truck Series at Iowa in the field this weekend. Crafton won at the 0.875-mile track in 2011.

Truck Series Championship

Chase Briscoe, Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek, Kaz Grala, Ryan Truex, Crafton, and Johnny Sauter are the only drivers with Playoff points. Bell has 13 Playoff Points, with Sauter having nine, Nemechek with six, Grala has five, while Briscoe, Crafton, and Truex have one each.

Truex is the only driver with Playoff Points behind the cutoff.

Although Nemechek is currently in the Playoffs thanks to his win at Gateway, sponsorship may be an issue for his NEMCO Motorsports team later in the season.

At Iowa, the first stage ends on lap 60, the second stage on lap 120, and the final stage on lap 200.

What to Watch For

There are several storylines going into this weekend’s race to watch for:

  • Bryce Napier will be in the No. 10 ASAP Appliance Service Chevrolet Silverado for Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing.
  • Ted Minor returns to the Series after last competing in 2014. Minor will be in the No. 14 Edge-Guard Chevrolet Silverado for Long Motorsports.
  • Ryan Truex will have Albertsons/Safeway as the primary sponsor for his No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota Tundra.
  • Matt Mills returns in the No. 42 Thompson’s Electric Chevrolet Silverado for Martins Motorsports.
  • Austin Wayne Self returns in the No. 45 Niece Equipment Toyota Tundra for Niece Motorsports.
  • Harrison Burton will be in the No. 51 Morton Buildings Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
  • Trey Hutchens will make his Truck Series debut in the No. 66 Chevrolet Silverado for Bolen Motorsports, running a throwback scheme honoring Harry Gant’s 1996 Truck.
  • Mike Senica will make his Truck Series debut in the No. 83 Chevrolet Silverado for Copp Motorsports.
  • Jesse Little returns in the No. 97 Toyota Tundra for JJL Motorsports.
  • Brandon Jones returns in the No. 99 SoleusAir Chevrolet Silverado for MDM Motorsports.

Where and When to Watch (All Times Eastern)

Practice 1: Friday, June 23, 10:00 a.m., on Fox Sports 1

Practice 2: Friday, June 23, 12:15 p.m., on Fox Sports 1

Qualifying: Friday, June 23, 6:00 p.m., not televised.

Race: Friday, June 23, 8:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1, SiriusXM Channel 90, and the Motor Racing Network.

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Seth Eggert has followed NASCAR his entire life. Seth is currently pursuing a writing career and is majoring in Communications and Journalism. He is an avid iRacer and video gamer. Seth also tutors students at Mitchell Community College in multiple subjects. He has an Associate's Degree in History.