Red Horse Racing's Timothy Peters is leading the truck points standings. The racing veteran knows his margin for error is slim to stay on top, considering the top four drivers are separated by a mere nine points, with the top seven within 50 points of the lead.
"Everybody's going to be tough," Peters said. "We just need to be a little bit better.
"We still have some fine-tuning to do. I'm proud of what we've put together, to have this momentum and to be able to compete."
Peters has yet to win, but has a series-high five top-five finishes and seven in the top 10. He has plenty of motivation to capture his first victory and overcome the challenge from his consistent competitors.
"We feel they're right there," Peter said. "They're not making mistakes. They're racing smart. That's what we're going to have to do as well."
Armstrong tops practice
Rookie Dakoda Armstrong, who is 16th in points and looking for his first top-10 finish, was the fastest in the only on-track action for the truck series Friday, posting a fast lap time of 23.341 seconds (134.956 mph). Joey Coulter was second in the 80-minute practice session with a time of 23.506 and 2011 Iowa Speedway winner Matt Crafton was third.
NCWTS drivers will have a final one-hour practice session beginning Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET. Pole qualifying will begin at 5 p.m. with the 200-lap race set for 8:30 p.m. ET.