On Saturday, September 15, 2012, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers raced at Iowa Speedway in the American Ethanol 200. Though this was an important race to many who are near the top of the standings, the race came down to two of the youngest members of the field. Ryan Blaney had the lead when a late caution came out. Blaney, who is not a regular in the series, was racing for Brad Keselowski Racing. When the race restarted with just a few laps to go, it was between Blaney and rookie driver Ty Dillon. In the end, Blaney managed to keep the lead and take the checkered flag. At just 18, he is now the youngest driver to ever win a Camping World Truck Series race. Previously, this record was held by Kyle Busch, who won his first race at just 20 years of age.
Thanks to the second place finish, Dillon is now leading in the standings. The rookie has been having a great first season. The race proved to be disappointing for several other top contenders. As Dillon only leads by eight points, the race for the championship is far from over. Dillon is the grandson of team owner Richard Childress and the brother of Austin Dillon. Austin Dillon had a successful time in the Truck Series before he moved up to the Nationwide Series, where he is also having a great rookie season.
Blaney is the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Dave Blaney and the grandson of Lou Blaney. Lou Blaney first raced in 1958 and continued racing sprint cars for more than 20 years. Dave Blaney has been racing since the 1980s and first joined NASCAR in 1992. Dave Blaney has just one NASCAR win. In 2006, the driver won in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He was there on Saturday to see his son get his first NASCAR victory.
It's great to see a young driver get his first victory. He was genuinely happy and is off to a great start in his career. If he becomes a series regular in the next season or two, there can be little doubt that he will be a strong opponent. As the third generation racer hones his skills, it seems he may have a bright future in NASCAR. It appears that there are several young racers beginning their careers in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and 2013 should be a very competitive season.
Kristin Watt has been a NASCAR Winston Cup, now Sprint Cup, fan for as long as she can remember starting way back when she was a little girl and her mother would sit on the couch with her every Sunday during the season to watch the races. Back then, they were fans of Bill Elliott and newcomer Davey Allison.
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