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Saving the best for last.
That statement couldn’t be further from the truth on Saturday night at Iowa Speedway as Jesse Little wheeled his No. 97 JJL Motorsports Ford F-150 to a career-best sixth place finish under scorching temperatures at the 0.875-mile short track.
 
The one-day show for Little, crew chief Matt Noyce and the JJL Motorsports team didn’t start off as well as they had hoped. After struggling with the handling of their truck through the first and second practice sessions, Noyce and Little came together before qualifying prepared to make some radical changes hoping it would improve the performance of their blue oval.
 
Making it through two of the three rounds of knockout qualifying, Little chimed in 13th quickest overall giving the team family-owned team a solid footing for the approaching 200-lap race.
 
While the team continued to combat the handling of their No. 97 truck during the first two opening stages, the endless efforts from Noyce and Little behind the wheel paid dividends at the end of Stage 2 when Little stayed out and used track position to grab some stage points before setting up for the final 80-lap sprint to the finish.
 
A bolting fast pit stop by Little’s team kept the NASCAR Next alumnus inside the top-10 during Stage 3 and despite battling a lack of grip, Little hovered inside the top-10 fending off the challengers behind him while chasing former series champion Johnny Sauter for fifth.
 
Having to wrestle his truck in the closing laps with no grip, Little made significant gains on his distance from Sauter, but when the checkered flag waved – Little had to settle for sixth, a career-best in 17 Truck Series races.
 
The finish is also a good boost for a two-race stretch for the Sherrills Ford, N.C.-native who will also compete next Saturday at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park with backing from Rustic Rub. Co.
 
Little’s efforts on Saturday better a previous career-best eighth place performance at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway in February. Little notched his third top-10 in four races this year and recorded back-to-back top-10 runs at Iowa Speedway after finishing ninth in June 2017. 
Driver Quote:
 
"What a battle. "Everyone did their jobs. We stayed out of trouble and our pit stops were badass. Matt (Noyce, crew chief) did a good job with adjustments to our truck from start to finish.
 
“Moving forward, we will work harder at getting better from the start so weren’t not so far behind and having to play catchup all weekend. I’m really proud of this team and our preparation for Gateway starts now.
 
“I just want to thank everyone who supports our team, including PFC Brakes, Rustic Rub and many more. Without them, none of this would be possible.”

JJL PR

owa Race Information:
Started: 17th
Stage 1 Finish: 14th
Stage 2 Finish: 5th
Finished: 10th
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 0 
Status: Running
Driver Points: 9th 
Owner Points: 12th 
 
SOLID RUN AT IOWA SPEEDWAY SEES POINTS GAIN FOR MYATT SNIDER
 
"We probably had the best long-run truck of the entire field. I was able to absolutely fly by everybody tonight. We had a long tire run towards the end. Unfortunately, the right front started getting blistered, so we didn't have nearly as good of speed as we had before, but we were still good enough to maintain a top-10 finish. I'm just really proud of my guys. For how we started this day, it's just really incredible and goes to show how strong this team is. I've believed in them all year - we're a strong team and we show that day in and day out by how hard we work. Our results show on the track. I'm really proud of everyone for giving me a great Carolina Nut Co. / Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford F-150."
 
2018 Stats:
Starts: 9
Laps Completed: 1,402 of 1,496
Laps Led: 12  
Wins: 0 
Top-five Finishes: 0 
Top-10 Finishes: 3
 

 
Iowa Race Information:
Started: 15th
Stage 1: 14th
Stage 2: 13th
Finished: 11th
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 0 
Status: Running
Driver Points: 5th
Owner Points: 7th
 
GRANT ENFINGER SETTLES FOR AN 11TH-PLACE FINISH IN IOWA
 
"Overall a tough night for this Protect The Harvest team. We got caught-up in messes a few times throughout the night, but our ThorSport Racing crew worked hard to get the truck fixed every time, and fired off some really good pit stops. It just wasn't the night we were looking for."
 
2018 Stats:
Starts: 9
Laps Completed: 1,494 of 1,496
Laps Led: 13
Wins: 0
Top-five Finishes: 3
Top-10 Finishes: 6
 
Iowa Race Information:
Started: 11th
Stage 1 Finish: 20th
Stage 2 Finish: 11th
Finished: 17th
Laps: 195/200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running       
Driver Points: 7th
Owner Points: 9th
 
TOUGH LUCK CONTINUES FOR BEN RHODES AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
 
"We really struggled at Iowa Speedway from the time we unloaded, and I never felt like we really made any gains in practice. We qualified 11th, and we were back there in some iffy situations, around some crazy traffic. One thing led to another, and we got caught up in two wrecks. Unfortunately that ended our night with a brand-new truck, and we had to putt around for the rest of the race. I think there were some big learning takeaways from this. You always learn every time you hit the race track, so we know how to better prepare going forward."
 
2018 Stats:
Starts: 9
Laps Completed: 1,483 of 1,496
Laps Led: 136
Wins: 0
Top-five Finishes: 3  
Top-10 Finishes: 5



Iowa Race Information:
Started: 2nd
Stage 1 Position: 2nd
Stage 2 Position: 10th
Finished: 26th 
Laps: 135/200
Laps Led: 20
Status: Crash
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 8th
 
CRAFTON STARTS A TRACK-BEST SECOND AND LEADS LAPS, BUT A LATE-RACE INCIDENT RELEGATES THE MENARDS DRIVER TO A 26TH-PLACE FINISH AT IOWA
 
"Just racing around a bunch of people that are weapons, at the end of the day. I was trying to give my teammate room and the 52 moved up, we were racing three-wide, and cut a left front (tire). It's just the way our year has been."
 
2018 Stats:
Starts: 9
Laps Completed: 1,334 of 1,496
Laps Led: 35
Wins: 0
Top-five Finishes: 3
Top-10 Finishes: 4
 
ThorSport PR
For Brett Moffitt, Iowa wasn’t just his home on Saturday night, it was heaven. Moffitt fulfilled his destiny to win at his home track by leading the final 76 laps for his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory of the season. The Grimes, Iowa native captured his third-career NCWTS win in front of a large contingent of family and friends at Iowa Speedway on Father’s Day weekend, including his parents.
 
While the driver of the No. 16 S.M.A.R.T Series by Destiny Homes Toyota led a race-high 76 laps, he faced an uphill battled from the drop of the green flag after starting 16th. In typical fashion, Moffitt wasted no time picking up positions and entered the top 10 on lap two. Despite a lack of lateral grip, Moffitt stayed inside the top 10 and collected three points by running eighth at the end of Stage 1. Moffitt’s night became even more challenging after a lug nut hung between the right front wheel and hub during a four-tire pit stop during the stage break and sent him back to 14th.
 
Just like the initial start, Moffitt quickly picked off positions on the lap 69 restart and re-entered the top 10 on lap 70. He managed to battle his way to sixth by the time a pivotal caution flag flew on lap 103. The yellow flew 17 laps before the end of Stage 2 and provided crew chief Scott Zipadelli an opportunity to make a race-winning strategy play. Moffitt pitted under the caution for four tires, fuel, and air pressure adjustments and rejoined the field in 10th. During the six-lap dash to the Stage 2 finish, Moffitt blitzed through traffic to finish the stage third and became the first truck that pitted under the previous caution.
 
When the two lead trucks pitted under the stage break, Zipadelli kept Moffitt on track and inherited the race lead under yellow on lap 125. Moffitt took advantage of the outside lane on two restarts on laps 129 and 145 to solidify the top spot. Over the final 40 laps, Moffitt withstood a fierce and consistent charge from fellow Toyota driver Noah Gragson, including a last-lap swap for the lead in turn four. Moffitt beat Gragson back to the line to secure the second win for HRE and marked the first NCWTS win for an Iowa native at Iowa Speedway. 
 
 
Brett Moffitt Quote:
 
“We had to fight all day. Qualified not where we wanted to and on the first stop, we had a lugnut get caught between the wheel and the hub. So, we went all the way back there. But, the guys worked hard. We executed at the end. To have this Destiny Homes, AISIN Toyota in victory lane is unreal. Noah (Gragson) was certainly faster at the end and I was just fortunate enough to be able to hit my marks and hold him off.”
 
“To win here, I did it in the K&N (Pro) Series in 2011, and to do it in the Truck Series at a national level is huge. I don’t think many people know the sacrifices we’ve made to get to the racetrack as a team. It’s been really stressful. And to have that weight lifted, to win this race and prove what we can do is super special. And to have it be at my home track and on Father’s Day weekend. My dad has always been there for me. He’s been my rock in everything I’ve done. He’s keeps me going, keeps me motivated. If it wasn’t for him, I would have quit 10 times by now. To have all these things add up and to go to victory lane at Iowa Speedway under the circumstances, it will go down in my mind as one of the best victories of my life.”

HRE PR

For Brett Moffitt, Iowa wasn’t just his home on Saturday night, it was heaven. Moffitt fulfilled his destiny to win at his home track by leading the final 76 laps for his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory of the season. The Grimes, Iowa native captured his third-career NCWTS win in front of a large contingent of family and friends at Iowa Speedway on Father’s Day weekend, including his parents.
 
While the driver of the No. 16 S.M.A.R.T Series by Destiny Homes Toyota led a race-high 76 laps, he faced an uphill battled from the drop of the green flag after starting 16th. In typical fashion, Moffitt wasted no time picking up positions and entered the top 10 on lap two. Despite a lack of lateral grip, Moffitt stayed inside the top 10 and collected three points by running eighth at the end of Stage 1. Moffitt’s night became even more challenging after a lug nut hung between the right front wheel and hub during a four-tire pit stop during the stage break and sent him back to 14th.
 
Just like the initial start, Moffitt quickly picked off positions on the lap 69 restart and re-entered the top 10 on lap 70. He managed to battle his way to sixth by the time a pivotal caution flag flew on lap 103. The yellow flew 17 laps before the end of Stage 2 and provided crew chief Scott Zipadelli an opportunity to make a race-winning strategy play. Moffitt pitted under the caution for four tires, fuel, and air pressure adjustments and rejoined the field in 10th. During the six-lap dash to the Stage 2 finish, Moffitt blitzed through traffic to finish the stage third and became the first truck that pitted under the previous caution.
 
When the two lead trucks pitted under the stage break, Zipadelli kept Moffitt on track and inherited the race lead under yellow on lap 125. Moffitt took advantage of the outside lane on two restarts on laps 129 and 145 to solidify the top spot. Over the final 40 laps, Moffitt withstood a fierce and consistent charge from fellow Toyota driver Noah Gragson, including a last-lap swap for the lead in turn four. Moffitt beat Gragson back to the line to secure the second win for HRE and marked the first NCWTS win for an Iowa native at Iowa Speedway. 
 
 
Brett Moffitt Quote:
 
“We had to fight all day. Qualified not where we wanted to and on the first stop, we had a lugnut get caught between the wheel and the hub. So, we went all the way back there. But, the guys worked hard. We executed at the end. To have this Destiny Homes, AISIN Toyota in victory lane is unreal. Noah (Gragson) was certainly faster at the end and I was just fortunate enough to be able to hit my marks and hold him off.”
 
“To win here, I did it in the K&N (Pro) Series in 2011, and to do it in the Truck Series at a national level is huge. I don’t think many people know the sacrifices we’ve made to get to the racetrack as a team. It’s been really stressful. And to have that weight lifted, to win this race and prove what we can do is super special. And to have it be at my home track and on Father’s Day weekend. My dad has always been there for me. He’s been my rock in everything I’ve done. He’s keeps me going, keeps me motivated. If it wasn’t for him, I would have quit 10 times by now. To have all these things add up and to go to victory lane at Iowa Speedway under the circumstances, it will go down in my mind as one of the best victories of my life.”

HRE PR

Christian Eckes was battling for a spot inside the top 10 in the early stages of Saturday's M&M's 200 at Iowa Speedway when contact from another competitor sent him spinning entering Turn 3. Eckes was able to avoid contact with the inside wall and the Mobil 1 Racing team would recover nicely as the 17-year-old driver became more and more comfortable throughout the race. In the end, the talented youngster would end the day with a respectable eighth-place finish in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • Eckes posted the ninth fastest time in the final round of Saturday afternoon's qualifying session. With the outside lane being the preferred lane, the Mobil 1 Tundra would fall back to the 12th position five laps into the race and was scored 11th when the first caution of the race occurred on lap 24.
  • Shortly after the field went back green, the young driver found himself in a four-wide battle for the 10th position and got clipped by another competitor. The Mobil 1 Tundra went spinning into Turn 3 but was able to avoid contact with the wall or other oncoming competitors.
  • After hitting pit road for four fresh tires and full load of fuel, Eckes restarted from the 21st position on lap 37. He quickly began moving forward, moving into the 14th spot on lap 40 and then returned to the top 10 on lap 56. The New York native remained 10th when the field completed Stage One on lap 60. 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • Having already pitted for tires once, crew chief Cody Glick kept his young driver on the track between stages. When the leaders pitted, Eckes inherited the top spot and would lead the field to the start of Stage Two on lap 68.
  • With the rest of the field having fresh tires, Eckes lost several positions in the opening laps of the stage. He had subsided to the 17th spot just 12 laps later and was 16th when the fourth caution of the race occurred on lap 103.
  • Glick summoned his young driver to pit road for four fresh tires and fuel. Eckes would restart 16th when the field went back green on lap 116.
  • The 17-year-old driver would gain two spots over the next four laps to finish 14th in Stage Two. 
Final Stage Recap: 
  • Having pitted at the end of Stage Two, Glick elected not to pit between stages, which allowed the Mobil 1 Tundra to restart from the eighth position when the Final Stage went green with 73 laps remaining. A strong restart from the outside lane helped Eckes move up to the sixth position one lap later.
  • On lap 133, Eckes moved into the fifth position, where he remained when the field was slowed for the sixth and final time on lap 136.
  • With just one set of sticker tires remaining it was too early to pit for the final time, so Eckes would take the lap-144 restart from the fifth position. The Mobil 1 Tundra fell back to the seventh spot with 50 laps remaining and lost one more position with 40 laps to go.
  • Eckes would settle into the eighth position for the final 40 laps of the race and bring home a top-10 finish in his Truck Series debut. 

KBM PR

Noah Gragson found himself in the runner-up position, a half second behind Brett Moffit, with 20 laps remaining in Saturday's M&M's 200 at Iowa Speedway. In the closing laps, Gragson slowly reeled in Moffitt but was unable to work his way around the eventual race winner. After Moffit took the white flag Gragson followed him down the backstretch and then as the two entered Turn 3, made what he called a "video game" move diving to the bottom of Moffit through the middle of the corner and clearing him off the exit of Turn 4. Unfortunately, the Las Vegas native's momentum would carry him into the outside wall and Moffitt was able to work his way back around the Safelite Tundra before they crossed the start-finish line to collect the victory. Gragson ended up crossing the stripe 0.33 seconds behind in the runner-up position, just in front of his Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) teammate Harrison Burton, who finished third.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • Gragson posted the third fastest time in the final round of Saturday afternoon's qualifying session. With the outside lane being the preferred lane, the Safelite Tundra would fall back to the eighth position by the time the field crossed the start-finish line for the first time.
  • Gragson remained in the eighth spot when his teammate Todd Gilliland brought out the first caution of the race on lap 24. He communicated that his Toyota was "tight in the center," but his crew chief Rudy Fugle elected to keep his young driver on the track knowing it was too early to pit.
  • The Safelite Tundra restarted from the seventh position when the race went back green on lap 30. He would gain one position in the final 30 laps of Stage One to finish sixth. 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • Fugle summoned his driver to pit road between stages for four fresh tires, a full tank of fuel and a trackbar adjustment to try and loosen the handling of the Safelite Tundra. A speedy stop by the over-the-wall crew allowed Gragson to return to the track in the fourth position for the start of Stage Two.
  • The 19-year-old driver catapulted to the lead with a strong restart and would remain out front for seven laps. After giving up the lead, Gragson slowly began to fade back before settling into the fifth position on lap 93.
  • Gragson remained in the fifth spot when a one-truck accident slowed the field for the fourth time on lap 103. He communicated that his Toyota was "loose in and tight center" before hitting pit road when it opened.
  • The over-the-wall crew administered a four-tire and fuel stop with a wedge adjustment and returned their driver back to the track scored in the eighth position.
  • The talented teenager took advantage of his fresh tires, advancing four spots in the final 10 laps of Stage Two to finish fourth.
Final Stage Recap: 
  • Having pitted at the end of Stage Two, Fugle elected not to pit which allowed the Safelite Tundra to restart from the second position when the Final Stage went green with 73 laps remaining.
  • Gragson would fall back to the third position on the restart and remained there until the sixth and final caution of the race occurred on lap 135.
  • The NASCAR Next alum worked his way around David Gilliland for the runner-up position with 50 laps remaining and set his sights on Moffitt, who was a half second ahead of him.
  • Gragson would remain behind Moffitt for the final 49 laps as the race closed with a long green-flag run. Not wanting to settle for his second runner-up finish of the season, Gragson made a valiant effort for the win in the final corner but was unable to successfully complete the pass. The second-place finish was his fourth top-five finish across nine races in 2018. 
KBM PR
Todd Gilliland came to Iowa Speedway looking to add another win to his racing resume after two victories there in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, but it wasn't meant to be Saturday night in the M&M's 200.  The No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra incurred damage on lap 25 and eventually cut a right-front tire on lap 102 to end the race in 29th place.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Gilliland started the M&M's 200 in fourth place.
  • He reported his No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra was loose, but still maintained third place.
  • On lap 24, he got loose in turn one and pancaked the wall with the right side of the Tundra. He pitted to make what repairs the team could and returned to the race in 24th place.
  • He finished the first 60-lap stage in 21st place.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • Gilliland started the second stage 21st and did the best he could with a damaged truck.
  • While running 20th, he cut a right-front tire on lap 102 and hit the wall again, which ended his race. He was credited with a 29th-place finish.

KBM PR

Seventeen-year-old Harrison Burton earned his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) pole position at Iowa Speedway and led the field for the first 30 laps of the 175-mile race. After an issue at the end of Stage One which sent him to the rear of the field, Burton battled back to earn a career best third-place finish in his Morton Buildings Tundra.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Burton started from the pole and led the first 30 laps of the M&M's 200.
  • He finished the first 60-lap stage in third, but had an issue trying to restart his Tundra. He coasted to pit road before the pits opened to fix the problem, which sent him to the tail of the lead lap to start the second stage.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • Burton restarted back in 22nd place, but did not stay there for long. Within 10 laps he was up to 12th and got back into the top 10 by lap 91.
  • By the end of Stage Two on lap 120 he was in eighth place. Since he had pitted just before the stage ended, he moved up to third place to start the final stage.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • Burton started the final 80-lap stage in third place. His Morton Buildings Tundra was a bit tight and he fell back to fourth.
  • Burton battled veteran driver David Gilliland for third for several laps and eventually got by him with 21 to go.
  • With 15 laps remaining, Burton was gaining on first and second. As the laps wound down, he was in perfect position if the two trucks ahead of him got into each other fighting for the lead.
  • Coming to the checkered flag, KBM teammate Noah Gragson made his move but could not hold off the eventual winner, Brett Moffitt. Burton crossed the line third for his best career finish in the NCWTS.

KBM PR

Johnny Sauter, No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet

 

START: 7th

FINISH: 5th

POINTS: 1st

Notes & Quotes:

- After earning his eighth top- five finish in nine races this season, Sauter holds a 71-point lead over second-place Noah Gragson in the NCWTS driver championship point standings.

Quote: “This was a frustrating day to say the least. We just had no grip whatsoever, but our truck was fast, so if we had been able to figure out how to tighten it up, I think we would have been contending for the win. With that being said, there’s nothing bad about a top-five and this team is continuing to show our strength.”

 

Cody Coughlin, No. 2 JEGS.com Chevrolet

 

START: 14th

FINISH: 7th

POINTS: 11th

Notes & Quotes:

- Coughlin's seventh-place finish Saturday night is a track-best finish for him at Iowa Speedway.

- After his seventh-place finish, Coughlin remains 11th in the NCWTS driver points standings.

Quote: "Tonight was a good points race for us. We are really doing a good job getting top-10 finishes practically every week. Our next goal is to run consistently in the top-five and then eventually get the win. I can't thank Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) and my entire GMS Racing team enough for all of their hard work and perseverance."

 

Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet

 

START: 6th

FINISH: 16th

POINTS: 8th

Notes & Quotes:

- Earning valuable stage points throughout the night before alternator issues, Haley held on to his eighth-place position in the NCWTS driver point standings, still above The Playoff cut line.

Quote: Tonight isn't the night we wanted by far, but some things are out of our control. Our No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy was fast all weekend but a broken alternator ended our chances at the finish we deserved. I can't thank my guys enough for the hard work they put in to still get us a solid finish and salvage points. Now it's on to tomorrow and getting ready to make my first Xfinity start."

 

Dalton Sargeant, No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet

 

START: 10th

FINISH: 19th

POINTS: 10th

Notes & Quotes:

- Following the ninth race of the season, Sargeant is 10th in the NCWTS driver point standings and second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.

Quote: “Iowa is somewhere I’ve always enjoyed racing and really thought we could pick up a good finish and some positive momentum for the Peformance Plus Motor Oil team. Unfortunately, that wasn’t meant to be. I just had no where to go and got caught up in someone else’s mess. But I think we learned a lot this weekend and this team is moving in a good direction.”

GMS Racing PR