William Byron makes it 2 Truck wins in a row, takes Speediatrics 200 at Iowa

(Photo courtesy Iowa Speedway)

The William Byron Express rolls on.

Byron earned his second straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory and third triumph of the season to capture Saturday night’s Speediatrics 200 at Iowa Speedway.

In just his ninth career Truck start, the 18-year-old Byron led the field to green on the final restart with two laps left and was not to be denied, holding off challenges from Cole Custer, Cameron Hayley, Ben Rhodes and Tyler Reddick, who finished second through fifth, respectively.

MORE: Results from Speediatrics 200 at Iowa Speedway

MORE: Camping World Truck Series standings after Iowa

Byron’s Toyota Tundra dominated Saturday night’s event, leading 107 of 200 laps, including the halfway point of the race (100 laps) on the .875-mile oval.

Byron also won last week at Texas and three races earlier at Kansas, giving him three wins in the last five Truck Series races.

“It’s awesome just to be part of Kyle Busch Motorsports and have the group of guys I do,” Byron said on Fox Sports 1. “It’s amazing. I’m so fortunate to be in this position.

“We had a couple setbacks, I stalled it on pit road and had a few setbacks on restarts. But we kept after it until that last restart. It’s awesome.”

HOW BYRON WON: Byron took the lead for good on Lap 191, outlasting a battle with Ben Rhodes and Cole Custer. With seven laps left, Caleb Holman was involved in a single-truck wreck, bringing out the final caution. The race restarted with two laps left and Byron pulled away to take the checkered flag.

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD DAY: Cole Custer and Ben Rhodes gave Byron a run for his money prior to Holman’s wreck, but Byron’s Kyle Busch Motorsports truck was just too strong in the end. Others having a good race: Daniel Suarez (6th), Ben Kennedy (7th) and Christopher Bell (8th). … This was the 150th win for Toyota in the Truck Series since it first began competing in 2004.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: NBC analyst Parker Kligerman hit the Turn 3 wall hard on Lap 43 after the right front of rookie Austin Wayne Self’s truck made contact with the left rear tire on Kligerman’s truck, causing it to eventually shred, sending him spinning into the wall and sustaining heavy damage. Kligerman finished 31st in the 32-truck field. … Kaz Grala and Rico Abreu wrecked on Lap 147, collecting Timothy Peters in the process. Grala finished 29th, while Peters (11th) and Abreu (18th) were able to continue on. … Tommy Joe Martins and Derek Scott Jr. wrecked with 22 laps left. Martins finished 30th, while Scott wound up 25th.

NOTABLE: While none of his four drivers won, Duke Thorson, owner of ThorSport Racing, still enjoyed a happy birthday Saturday, given that less than a week ago the team’s race shop was heavily damaged by a fire. Two of ThorSport’s drivers earned top-five finishes, and a third earned a top-10: Hayley (3rd), Rhodes (4th), Matt Crafton (8th) and Abreu (18th). “Yeah, you know, obviously as everyone knows it’s been a tough week at ThorSport Racing to say the least,” Hayley said. “We probably spent upwards of 36 hours – both me and the team – cleaning the trucks, getting things ready, working out of a parking lot trying to get to this race and to come out here with a third place finish is not just amazing for me but the organization as a whole. We really came together as a team.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I just keep pushing and I just don’t want to relax. I want to make sure that we keep going and bring fast Tundras to the race track. That’s what these guys are doing for me and I’m glad it’s paying off.” – William Byron.

WHAT’S NEXT: Saturday, June 25, Drivin’ for Lineman 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park in suburban St. Louis.

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NASCAR Power Rankings: William Byron, Kyle Busch rank 1-2


Kyle Busch moved closer to the top spot after his win Sunday at WWT Raceway, but William Byron keeps hold of No. 1 after another top-10 run.

The series heads to Sonoma Raceway this weekend, the second race of the season on a road course.


(Previous ranking in parenthesis)

1. William Byron (1) — He goes into Sonoma with six consecutive top-10 finishes after his eighth-place result at WWT Raceway. Byron has led a series-high 717 laps this season.

2. Kyle Busch (4) — Recorded his third win of the season Sunday. He is tied with Byron for most wins this year. Busch scored 59 of a maximum 60 points and won his first stage of the year Sunday. He has 16 playoff points. Only Byron has more with 17 this season.

3. Kyle Larson (3) — His fourth-place finish continued his up-and-down season. In the last nine races, Larson has two wins, four top fives, a 20th-place result and four finishes of 30th or worse. He has led 588 laps this season, which ranks second this year to Byron.

4. Martin Truex Jr. (2) — His fifth-place finish is his sixth top 10 in the last eight races. He ranks third in laps led this year with 383.

5. Denny Hamlin (7) — Runner-up result at WWT Raceway is his fourth top 10 in the last seven races.

6. Ryan Blaney (10) — Followed Coca-Cola 600 win with a sixth-place run at WWT Raceway. He had an average running position of 2.6 on Sunday, second only to winner Kyle Busch’s average running position of 1.9.

7. Joey Logano (9) — Third-place finish is his second top 10 in the last four races.

8. Kevin Harvick (NR) — His 10th-place finish is his fourth consecutive finish of 11th or better.

9. Ross Chastain (6) — Lost the points lead after placing 22nd, his third consecutive finish outside the top 20.

10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (NR) — Headed for his eighth top 15 in a row until he was collected in a crash after the contact between Austin Cindric and Austin Dillon late in Sunday’s race.

Dropped out: Chase Elliott (5th), Tyler Reddick (8th)

NASCAR will not penalize Austin Cindric for incident with Austin Dillon


Despite Richard Childress and Austin Dillon saying that Austin Cindric intentionally wrecked Dillon late in Sunday’s Cup race at WWT Raceway, NASCAR will not penalize Cindric.

Elton Sawyer, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, said Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that there would be no penalty to Cindric after reviewing the contact.

Dillon and Childress were upset about the incident, which brought out the caution on Lap 220 of the 243-lap race. Dillon said NASCAR should suspend Cindric for the contact, just as NASCAR suspended Chase Elliott one race for hooking Denny Hamlin in the Coca-Cola 600.

Contact between the left front of Cindric’s car and the right rear of Dillon’s car sent Dillon up the track into Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Dillon finished 31st. Cindric continued and placed 13th.

Dillon told Frontstretch.com: “I was wrecked intentionally by (Cindric), hooked right just like Chase and Denny and Bubba’s deal (in wrecking Kyle Larson at Las Vegas in 2022). He better be suspended next week.”

Childress said: “(Dillon) had drove up to about 10th until (Cindric) wrecked him in there on purpose, sort of a payback.”

Sawyer said a review of the incident included viewing video and data.

“We didn’t see anything — and haven’t seen anything — that really would rise to a level that would be a suspension or a penalty,” Sawyer said. “It looked like hard racing. One car coming up a little bit and another car going down.

“As we said last week, we take these incidents very serious when we see cars that are turned head-on into another car or head-on into the wall. I spent a lot of time (Monday) looking at that, looking at all the data, looking at TV footage and just deemed this one really hard racing.”

Sawyer said NASCAR plans to talk to both Cindric and Dillon “to make sure we’re all in a good place as we move forward to Sonoma.”



Seven Cup drivers entered in Xfinity race at Sonoma


Kyle Larson is among seven Cup drivers entered in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Sonoma Raceway.

The race marks the first time the Xfinity Series has competed at the California road course. Teams will get 50 minutes of practice Friday because this is a new event on the schedule. That additional time will give those Cup drivers more laps on the 1.99-mile road course.

MORE: Sonoma Xfinity entry list

Here is a look at what Xfinity rides the Cup drivers will pilot this weekend:

The race is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET Saturday.

The ARCA Menards Series West also is competing this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Cup driver Ryan Preece is entered in that event. Xfinity drivers Cole Custer, Riley Herbst, Sammy Smith and Parker Retzlaff also are entered in that race, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. ET Friday.


Winners and losers at WWT Raceway


Winners and losers from Sunday’s Cup race at WWT Raceway:


Kyle BuschWins the pole, leads the most laps and holds the field off over the last five restarts to win the race. He scored six playoff points, giving him 16 on the season, second only to William Byron’s 17. Busch left Joe Gibbs Racing after last season for Richard Childress Racing. Busch’s three wins this year equals what JGR has done so far.

Ryan BlaneyHis sixth-place finish moved him into the points lead. He last led the points after the spring 2022 Richmond race. Blaney also won a stage Sunday to collect another playoff point. He has seven this season.

Kyle LarsonFourth-place finish was a big turnaround after struggles earlier in the race. It has not been easy for this team the last few weeks. He has three top-five finishes and four finishes of 20th or worse in the last seven races.

Daniel SuarezHis seventh-place finish moved him up two spots to 16th in the standings, the final playoff transfer spot at this time.


Ross ChastainHe finished 22nd for his third consecutive result outside the top 20. He entered the weekend leading the points and fell to fifth afterward. He is 29 points behind new series leader Ryan Blaney with 11 races left in the regular season.

Tyler ReddickRebounded from an early spin to lead but had his race end after a brake rotor failed. He was one of four drivers eliminated by brake rotor failures. The others were Carson Hocevar, Bubba Wallace and Noah Gragson.