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Blaney rises as points turn over in trucks

Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service Friday, Sep 21 1538


Plot twists were plentiful for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Iowa Speedway, which only makes the plot thicker this weekend.

The sorting-out period continues in Friday night's Kentucky 201 (7:30 p.m. ET, SPEED) at Kentucky Speedway, where the truck tour will race with fresh faces grabbing the attention.

By the end of last Saturday night at Iowa, 18-year-old Ryan Blaney was celebrating in Victory Lane, becoming the youngest winner in series history and the 12th different winner in 15 events this season. Blaney will be making just his fourth start in the series, where he'll also pull double-duty in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

"As a driver, confidence is really important in driving race cars and your confidence level is just sky high when you win the week before," Blaney said. "I think it's just always an added bonus being the winner the previous week and everyone always looks out for you."

The other fresh faces are the result of an upheaval in the standings after Iowa. Rookie Ty Dillon's runner-up finish moved him from third place into sole possession of the series points lead for the first time in his career. Timothy Peters slipped from first to second, eight points behind Dillon, while James Buescher dropped from second to third in the standings and sits 11 points back.

Buescher rolled to victory in the truck series' visit to Kentucky in June, leading 119 of 150 laps.




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