On Saturday, July 14, 2012, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. This race was the first of two in July for the Camping World Truck Series and it was the ninth race of the season for the series. Timothy Peters got his first pole of the season in qualifying. It came down to Ron Hornaday Jr. and Peters for the victory and in the end the pole sitter, Peters, managed to grab the lead to take the checkered flag.
The standings stayed relatively the same. Peters retained first place and increased his lead over Justin Lofton. Peters is ahead by 12 points. Ty Dillon, the grandson of Richard Childress and brother of fellow NASCAR driver Austin Dillon, is in third and 14 points behind Peters. The fourth place driver, James Buescher, is 40 points behind.
This year, the series features just 22 races. This has led to some drivers, and fans, calling for an expansion of the schedule to include more races. Generally, the Camping World Truck Series schedule features 25 or more races. Some feel that the series is suffering financially from the reduction in races as it lowers the cost of sponsorship but the employee costs remain the same. There were two months so far this season that consisted of just one race. The Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series raced nearly every weekend. It is believed that the 2013 schedule will be unveiled shortly.
It would be nice if there were more truck races. I do like the idea of holding the different races at different tracks. Maybe there would be fewer drivers attempting to compete in all three series if the three races were at different tracks. This would be a bad thing for some tracks that bank on having big weekends involving all three of the series. At least this race gave some of the truck series regulars the chance to shine. It is good to know that the schedule is going to pick up the pace shortly. Fans of the series will now be able to see the races, and their favorite drivers, nearly every weekend.
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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