After fourth Truck race of leading most laps, Erik Jones breaks through with Iowa win


It was the Jones’ Boys Show in Friday night’s American Ethanol 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway.

Erik Jones won his first Truck race of the season and fifth of his career, while Brandon – no relation – finished second.

For Erik Jones, who started from the pole for the fourth time this season (and third straight race), it was the fourth race this season that he’s led the most laps – and the first one where at the conclusion that he was finally able to reach Victory Lane.

It also was Erik Jones’ second consecutive Truck win at Iowa, having won there in this event last season.

Tyler Reddick finished third, followed by Matt Crafton, who remains atop the point standings.

Christopher Bell finished fifth, followed by Timothy Bell, Spencer Gallagher (who rallied back from an earlier wreck), Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and John Wes Townley.

How Erik Jones won: Certainly, starting from the pole helped. But there was so much more, particularly his domination, leading 112 of the 200 laps around the 7/8-mile track. Jones took the lead for the final time on Lap 157 and motored on the remaining 43 laps for the win, at one point stretching his lead to over three seconds. Here’s what Jones said after the race: “It’s been a long time coming and sure feels good to get a win here in Iowa. This was kind of where we turned our season around last year and got our Tundra into Victory Lane. It’s just awesome. What a day, what a day. Sat on the pole, led a ton of laps and won the race. That’s how you do it. And it feels good to finally to put it all together and win at the end of the day.”

Who also had a good day: Matt Crafton rallied for a fourth-place finish. Even so, he still maintains the lead in the Truck point standings. “We just couldn’t get the momentum up top, and it just takes so long when you get stuck down on the bottom, it’s so aggravating,” Crafton said. “Finally, when we got clear we had a really fast truck, but we could just not get clear of him. But all in all, not a terrible day.” … Give credit where it’s due: young Christopher Bell earned the highest finish of his young career by finishing fifth.

Who had a bad day: John Hunter Nemechek was having a very good day but inadvertently was caught up in a wreck with Caleb Holman on Lap 158. While Nemechek suffered minor damage, he went from what would likely have been a top 10 day to a disappointing 23rd-place finish. “I’ll have to take responsibility for that,” Nemechek told Fox Sports 1. “My spotter said clear, but it’s always the driver’s responsibility to check that. It’s one of those deals where we learn from it, move on and go get ‘em next week.”

Notable: Third-place finisher Tyler Reddick continues to have one of the fastest and most successful trucks in the series. With his third-place finish, Reddick now has two wins and four other top-five finishes in the last seven races. His lowest finish since that streak began is a still-respectable 13th-place finish at Kansas.

Quote of the day: “It’s awesome. We finally got the monkey off our back. It was actually a gorilla.” – Ryan Fugle, crew chief for race winner Erik Jones, who finally earned his first win of the season after several attempts fell short.

What’s next: The truck series has the next few weeks off. The next race is the UNOH 225 on Thursday, July 9 (7:30 pm ET), at Kentucky Speedway.

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Portland Xfinity race results, driver points

Portland Xfinity results
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Cole Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when the top three cars made contact and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway. Custer is the 10th different winner in 13 races this season.

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JR Motorsports took the next three spots: Justin Allgaier placed second, Sam Mayer was third and Josh Berry was fourth. Austin Hill completed the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek remains the points leader after 13 races. He has a 14-point lead on Hill. Nemechek leads Allgaier by 44 points.

Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Portland in overtime


Cole Custer held off Justin Allgaier at the finish to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race in overtime at Portland International Raceway. It is Custer’s first victory of the season.

JR Motorsports placed second, third and fourth with Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Josh Berry. Austin Hill finished fifth.

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Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when Parker Kligerman, who restarted third, attempted to pass Allgaier, who was leading. Sheldon Creed was on the outside of Allgaier. All three cars made contact entering Turn 1, allowing Custer to slip by. Creed finished seventh. Kligerman placed 14th.

Custer won the second stage when John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Creed’s car while racing for the lead on the final lap of the stage. The contact spun Creed and Custer inched by Nemechek at the line.

Early in the final stage, Creed gained revenge with contact that spun Nemechek, who went on to finish 10th. A few laps later, Nemechek and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith had issues. Smith spun Nemechek. After getting back around, Nemechek quickly caught Smith and turned into Smith’s car, damaging it.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Despite the contact on the overtime restart, runner-up Justin Allgaier managed to score his fourth consecutive top-three finish. … Sam Mayer’s third-place finish is his best on a road course. … Austin Hill’s fifth-place finish gives him four consecutive top-five results.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished 33rd after a fire in his car. … Riley Herbst placed 32nd after an engine issue. After opening the season with six top 10s in a row, Herbst has gone seven races in a row without a top 10.

NEXT: The series competes June 10 at Sonoma Raceway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Truck race results at WWT Raceway: Grant Enfinger wins


Grant Enfinger took the lead when the leaders wrecked in the final laps and held off the field in overtime to win Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

It is Enfinger’s second win in the last five races. He also collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the Triple Truck Challenge.

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Christian Eckes finished second and was followed by Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar and Chase Purdy.

Ty Majeski and Zane Smith wrecked while racing for the lead with six laps to go. Majeski, running on the inside of Smith, slid up the track and clipped Smith’s truck. Both hit the wall. That put Enfinger in the lead.

Smith finished 20th. Majeski placed 30th.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Grant Enfinger’s victory is his fourth top 10 in the last five races. … Carson Hocevar’s fourth-place finish is his fourth consecutive top-five result. … Stewart Friesen’s third-place finish moved him into a playoff spot with four races left in the regular season. … Matt DiBenedetto‘s sixth-place finish is his third consecutive top 10. … Jesse Love finished ninth in his series debut.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski had a chance to take the points lead with series leader Corey Heim out because of illness, but Majeski’s 30th-place finish after running at the front most of the day, leaves him behind Heim. … Hailie Deegan finished 32nd after contact sent her truck into the wall hard. … After finishing a career-high third last week at Charlotte, Dean Thompson placed 34th Saturday due to an engine issue.

NEXT: The series races June 23 at Nashville Superspeedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Xfinity starting lineup at Portland: Sheldon Creed wins pole


Sheldon Creed scored his first career Xfinity Series pole by taking the top spot for Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway.

Creed, making his 50th career series start, earned the pole with a lap of 95.694 mph on the 1.97-mile road course.

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Cole Custer will start second with a lap of 95.398 mph. He is followed by Josh Berry (94.242 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (95.127) and Charlotte winner Justin Allgaier (94.897). Road racing specialist Jordan Taylor, driving for Kaulig Racing, qualified sixth at 94.772 mph.

The green flag is scheduled to wave 4:46 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.