The Camping World Truck Series teams up with the Verizon IndyCar Series for this weekend’s action at Iowa Speedway, with the Trucks headlining on Friday night in the American Ethanol 200. Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Erik Jones both have starts in the series at Iowa, and both look to improve on the past.
Wallace Jr., in the No. 54 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra Friday night, will make his third start at Iowa, following up two top 10 finishes last season. He also has two Nationwide Series starts at the0.875-mile track, which also resulted in top 10 finishes.
"Iowa Speedway is one of my favorite tracks to compete at and I’ve finished in the top 10 in every start in the Truck Series and the Nationwide Series,” said Wallace Jr. on the KBM website. “The last few weeks have been a lot of fun following our win at Gateway (Motorsports Park) and second-place finish at Kentucky (Speedway). We also mixed it up a little and had a good run at Daytona (International Speedway) in the No. 20 Camry in the Nationwide Series for JGR. I know Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) and the guys have prepared a great Toyota Tundra for Iowa and I’m ready to carry the momentum from the last few weeks and hopefully, add another mark to the win column.”
Jones, in the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra, also made two starts at Iowa last season, finishing second in his first start last July and seventh in September. His season so far, by little fault of his own, hasn’t been spectacular – he’s been spun out in the closing laps in two of his three starts this season.
“My confidence level this year is definitely stronger,” said Jones. “I am able to show up at the track every week and have a better feel for what I need out of the truck and then be able to communicate what I need to the crew. We’ve had fast Tundra’s for all three races, unfortunately, we’ve had some unfortunate situations at the end of races that didn’t allow us to get the finishes we deserved – especially Gateway, I feel like we had the win in hand there. I feel really good going into Iowa. It’s another race where I’m confident that we can unload a fast ToyotaCare Tundra and go out and compete for the win.”
Qualifying for the American Ethanol 200 takes place Friday at 4:40 p.m. CT, followed by the green flag at 7:30 p.m. CT. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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