The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced at Iowa this past weekend. Iowa is a very familiar race track for me. I have raced here many times between the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the ARCA racing series. Iowa is a very fun and unique race track that was built by Rusty Wallace to promote great short track racing. I say he has done a heck of a job because Iowa Speedway puts on a great show each time we race there.
We practiced Friday morning for the American Ethanol 200 which the race would be run later that night. We knew we had to have a smart game plan for this one day show so as we turned our first few laps on the race track I knew we had a very good truck. We would only make minor changes in the practice session and end our practice short to conserve our tires for the race.
Qualifying would be up next. In round 1 of qualifying we had a great pick up in our time on the speed chart putting us 21st on the board. In our short break between round 1 and 2 we came up with a few ideas to possibly pick up a few more spots to start the race. In round 2 I drove our #94 truck as hard as we could to put us top 20 for the starting grid. Unfortunately I over drove the truck to much and actually cost us a spot, starting us 22nd. I was disappointed I did that because I know I am better than that but I was just trying hard.
The sun went down and everyone put their game face on for the American Ethanol 200. I was very optimistic about the race ahead of us because of how well our truck drove all day long. However when the green flag flew we were a little off on our drivability of our truck. What happens is we are forced to work in a different track condition all day in the sun, we have to take our best guess on how the track should change and we just missed it slightly. Luckily for us we caught a few cautions quick which allowed us to pit for our adjustments. We got the truck driving really well in the race and even had the chance to take advantage on one of the restarts to run as high as 3rd in the race. We fought hard all night long and would bring the #94 truck home with an 18th place finish.
It’s great for everyone to bring the truck home with a solid finish of 18th not to mention no damage. This only helps us take our truck and improve it more for the next race. I’m having so much fun driving this truck and it’s great to see the improvement each week in this team. The truck series is off for a couple weeks, but we will be hard at work to get that next big finish. Thanks for reading and stay tuned in for some announcements!