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Fan Appreciation 200 Qualifying and Race Preview

Ross Chastain

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Ross Chastain won his first career pole today, and will lead the field when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Iowa Speedway Sunday afternoon. Chastain is an intriguing driver because despite driving for Brad Keselowski Racing, all the attention goes to Ryan Blaney. Perhaps this is the weekend Chastain breaks out and makes a name for himself.

Qualifying at Iowa Speedway has always been important. Of the seven races at the track, three pole sitters have won and a fourth driver, Ryan Blaney, won from the second starting spot last season. Another interesting stat worth adding is that Timothy Peters is the only driver to win multiple races since the trucks have been visiting the Newton track; he won from pole and most recently from the tenth starting spot.

Points leader Matt Crafton should figure to have a strong race. The former Iowa winner after all has been incredibly consistent this year, and Iowa is one of his most dominant tracks. Crafton has finished every single lap at Iowa and never finished outside the top-ten, with ninth being his worst run.

The only driver within a whiff of Crafton is James Buescher for Turner-Scott Motorsports. 47 points back, the 2012 Series Champion has not shared the same success the points leader has, as Buescher has never reached victory lane. The good news for Buescher however is that his best career finish of third came in the series’ last race at the track earlier this year. Buescher will roll off third Sunday afternoon.

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