Dillon dominates at Iowa

Austin Dillon started from the pole and won his first career Truck Series race on Sunday at Iowa Speedway. Dillon held off Johnny Sauter in a green-white-checkered finish to become the second-youngest driver to win a Truck Series race behind Kyle Busch.

Dillon dominated the race by leading the race high of 187 laps.   Dillon, the grandson of owner Richard Childress put the famous No. 3 in victory lane for the second week in a row. Dale Earnhardt Jr. placed the Wrangler No. 3 in victory lane last Friday night at Daytona.  

Dillon appeared to easily have the race in hand, until a late caution flag with 3 laps to go setup one last restart. Dillon took the outside line and easily pulled away in the final laps as the other drivers battled behind him.  

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Matt Crafton finished third, Ken Schrader fourth and James Buescher finished fifth.  

Todd Bodine, Brian Ickler and Ron Hornaday were caught up in a wreck around the half way point of the race. Bodine was not pleased with Ickler before the next restart and bumped him from behind. NASCAR black flagged him and he was given a pass through penalty.  

“I don’t know if we had anything for the 3 truck, but we were running pretty good and just got wrecked by the 30 (Bofine) and pretty much rode out the rest of the race. These kinds of races are a little tough to bear, but we’ll be back at it in five days, and that’s a good thing.” Ickler said.  

Bodine finished 17th and holds an 88 point lead over Aric Almirola in the series standings.  

Almirola blew a front tire and hit the wall just 76 laps into the race and finished 28th.   “I blew a right front. It shows you how easy in this sport it is to go from the top to the bottom.” Almirola said.  

Timothy Peters blew an engine halfway through the race and finished 27th.   “The engine just let go. It started popping there about five laps before it actually let go. I can’t complain. Joey Arrington and everybody at Arrington do us a great job week in and week out. That’s racing.” Peters said.    

Unofficial Race Results Lucas Oil 200 presented by SPEED on Mediacom July 11, 2010 – Race 10 of 25

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps Status
1 1 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet 195 10 205 Running
2 5 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet 175 5 205 Running
3 10 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet 165 0 205 Running
4 13 2 Ken Schrader Chevrolet 160 0 205 Running
5 14 31 James Buescher Chevrolet 155 0 205 Running
6 3 60 Stacy Compton Chevrolet 150 0 205 Running
7 15 5 Mike Skinner Toyota 151 5 205 Running
8 6 162 Greg Pursley Chevrolet 142 0 205 Running
9 21 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet 138 0 205 Running
10 23 81 David Starr Toyota 134 0 205 Running
11 7 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 130 0 205 Running
12 22 12 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet 127 0 205 Running
13 4 18 Brian Ickler Toyota 124 0 205 Running
14 16 21 Chris Eggleston * Dodge 126 5 205 Running
15 11 7 Justin Lofton * Toyota 118 0 203 Running
16 20 186 Jamie Dick Chevrolet 115 0 203 Running
17 9 30 Todd Bodine Toyota 112 0 202 Running
18 29 47 Brett Butler * Chevrolet 109 0 200 Running
19 24 46 Brian Rose Dodge 106 0 199 Running
20 33 1 Carl Long Chevrolet 103 0 199 Running
21 31 6 J C Stout Chevrolet 100 0 199 Running
22 32 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet 97 0 198 Running
23 17 23 Jason White Dodge 94 0 172 Running
24 19 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet 91 0 171 Running
25 26 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb * Ford 88 0 125 Handling
26 12 7 Donny Lia Chevrolet 85 0 118 Accident
27 8 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 82 0 104 Engine
28 2 51 Aric Almirola Toyota 79 0 75 Accident
29 25 85 Brent Raymer Ford 76 0 40 Brakes
30 18 15 Steve Wallace Toyota 73 0 38 Accident
31 35 48 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet 70 0 27 Vibration
32 36 182 Paddy Rodenbeck Chevrolet 67 0 23 Rear End
33 28 187 Chris Jones Chevrolet 64 0 23 Ignition
34 27 95 Clay Greenfield Dodge 61 0 18 Overheating
35 34 124 Mike Harmon Ford 58 0 15 Overheating
36 30 93 Mike Garvey Chevrolet 55 0 5 Brakes

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