NEWTON, Iowa - Ryan Blaney, 18, withstood a series of late-race restarts to become the youngest winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, prevailing in Saturday night's American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway.
Blaney, making just his third truck series start, held off a final charge by Ty Dillon, who snared the points lead with a runner-up finish. Blaney drove a Brad Keselowski-owned truck to Ram's first win in the series since 2008.
Blaney is the son of NASCAR driver Dave Blaney, who is racing in today's Sprint Cup race in Chicago. Dave qualified 42nd for the race.
As for Ryan, he was confident coming into Saturday's race.
He said on his Twitter page Friday that "RAM was pretty good today. Need to be a little bit better. Looking forward to tomorrow night though!"
Todd Bodine finished third, followed by Johnny Sauter and Cale Gale.
Dillon started the night third in the standings, but capitalized on rough nights by his closest rivals. Timothy Peters, who won the truck series' first event of the season at Iowa in July, fell from the points lead after a crash in the 34th lap. Peters squeezed Matt Crafton on the exit of turn four, forcing both trucks into the wall.
Peters remained on the lead lap despite several stops for repairs, but faded further after a late stop to replace a faulty battery and cool an overheating engine. He salvaged a 19th-place finish, two laps down.
James Buescher was in line to snatch the points lead from Peters until his spin with less than 10 laps to go brought out the last of nine caution periods on the .875-mile oval. He finished 17th, one lap off the pace.