After the rains washed out qualifying and some Saturday night racing the Gander Outdoors Truck Series finally takes to the track at Iowa Speedway for the M&M’s 200.
Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps.
After qualifying was rained out the starting line has been set by truck owner points and with five truck wins, Kyle Busch Motorsports puts the number 51 truck on the pole with 16 year old Chandler Smith behind the wheel.
This is week two of the Triple Truck Challenge, the race winner will receive a bonus of $50,000.
Choosing the inside lane, Chandler Smith brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead with drivers getting three wide behind him.
Lap five and Chandler Smith has led the way every lap with Matt Crafton in second over a second back.
Lap 10, Chandler Smith has increased his lead to over two and a half seconds over Matt Crafton.
In his very first truck series race, Chandler Smith is reporting radio issues, he can’t hear his team, including the spotter.
Lap 13, there are 28 trucks on the lead lap with Chandler Smith over three seconds out in front of the field.
Lap 16, Juan Manuel Gonzalez brings his truck down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.
Lap 23, Chandler Smith continues to lead the race, over three and a half seconds in front of Matt Crafton.
At 7/8ths of a mile, Iowa Speedway is listed as a short track, but the drivers are running speeds of 150mph around the track.
Halfway through stage one, 16 year old Chandler Smith has led every lap and holds on to a three second lead over Matt Crafton with 20 trucks on the lead lap. Tyler Ankrum is off the track.
Lap 42, Chandler Smith continues to dominate the race with a lead of over three seconds on Matt Crafton. Smith cannot hear his spotter or crew chief on the radio.
Fifteen laps remain in stage one and already nearly half the field has been lapped with only 18 trucks on the lead lap.
Ten to go in stage one, leader Chandler Smith is nearly five seconds ahead of seconds place driver Matt Crafton with 16 trucks on the lead lap.
The caution flag comes out with eight laps remaining in stage one when Juan Manuel Gonazlez spins out.
Some of the drivers come down pit road for service including leader Chandler Smith for radio repairs. The team could hear him but he could not hear the team.
With only two laps remaining in stage one, Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag restart. Drivers quickly get three wide across the track with Matt Crafton in the lead.
Coming from third place, Ross Chastain wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.
The top 10 at the end of stage one;
The 51 team has resolved their radio issues but will have to come from deep in the field to get back to the lead.
Johnny Sauter was caught speeding on pit road.
Choosing the outside lane, Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 67 and holds on to his lead.
Lap 70, Chandler Smith has moved up to tenth place.
After several drivers took the wave around, there are 24 trucks on the lead lap.
Lap 75, Ross Chastain has a lead of under half a second on Ben Rhodes. Chandler Smith is now in sixth place.
Lap 78, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a one second lead on Ben Rhodes.
Lap 87, Ross Chastain has increased his lead of two seconds over Ben Rhodes; Chandler Smith is in fifth place after restarting the stage in 13th place.
Halfway through stage two, Ross Chastain has a lead of over two seconds on Ben Rhodes with 23 trucks on the lead lap.
Lap 100 – halfway – Ross Chastain has a lead of nearly three seconds on Ben Rhodes with 19 trucks on the lead lap.
With 14 laps remaining in stage two, Ross Chastain has a four second lead on Ben Rhodes.
Seven laps remain in stage two with Ross Chastain four seconds out in front of Ben Rhodes with 18 trucks on the lead lap.
Ross Chastain wins stage two to sweep both stages.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ross Chastain wins the race off of pit road with Chandler Smith coming out in second.
Chandler Smith was caught speeding on pit road.
Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Brett Moffitt alongside on lap 129. Drivers get three wide across the track but leader Ross Chastain holds on to his lead.
Lap 137, Ross Chastain has a narrow lead on Brett Miffitt.
The caution flag comes out on lap 138 after Johnny Sauter makes contact with Austin Hill and hits the wall. During the caution, Johnny Sauter wrecked Austin Hill; NASCAR has parked Sauter and he is out of the race. Sauter has also been invited to the NASCAR hauler after the race.
Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 145 and gets challenged immediately by Brett Moffitt with Moffitt briefly taking the lead before Chastain reclaims his lead.
Fifty to go, Ross Chastain has a half second lead on Brett Moffitt with 16 trucks on the lead lap.
Forty to go, “Watermelon Man” Ross Chastain continues to dominate the race with a lead of less than half a second on Brett Moffitt.
Thirty to go, Ross Chastain holds on to his lead by just under half a second on Brett Moffitt.
Twenty to go and leader Ross Chastain has increased his lead to nearly a second on Brett Moffitt.
Fifteen to go, Ross Chastain has increased his lead to over a second on Brett Moffitt as the laps count down.
Ten to go, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Brett Moffitt with 14 trucks on the lead lap.
Five to go, Ross Chastain holds on to his second and a half lead on Brett Moffitt.
Ross Chastain takes the white flag.
Ross Chastain wins the race.
In post race inspection it was discovered that the number 44 truck driven by race winner Ross Chastain was deemed too low in the front and as a result has failed the inspection. As a result of failing inspection, Chastain has been disqualified and posted in last place. Second place driver Brett Moffit has been named the winner of the race. With the win, Moffitt also gets the Triple Truck Challenge $50,000 bonus.
M&M’s 200 official results:
Austin Wayne Self
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Trey Hutchens III
Juan Manuel Gonzalez