NEWTON, Iowa — Brandon Jones jumped to the top of the board late in final practice for Friday night’s M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway.
Jones did a mock-qualifying run in his No. 99 MDM Motorsports chevrolet and posted the fastest time of the day at 23.29 seconds (135.251 mph). The quick mark is just over a half-second slower than German Quiroga’s track qualifying record of 22.724 seconds (138.62 mph) in July 2013.
“I think we’ve got a pretty good little 99 truck here today,” Jones said. “We’ve been making some pretty big swings at it all day long trying to get at it pretty close right there so I think we’re finally starting to hit on something a little bit like you saw us there jump up on that mock run. I think we got a good race truck too, hopefully top-five, top-10 speed and it’ll be a good day for us.”
Ryan Truex narrowly missed setting the fastest time, being one-thousandth slower than Jones at 23. 291 seconds (135.245 mph). Both Jones and Truex have never won a Camping World Truck Series race in their respective careers.
Ben Rhodes was third (134.1 mph) on the speed charts while GMS Racing teammate Johnny Sauter (134.02 mph) and Kaz Grala (133.35 mph) rounded out the top-five.
Last year’s Iowa pole-sitter John Hunter Nemechek ran the sixth-fastest time at 23.628 seconds (133.316 mph) just six days after scoring the victory at Gateway. Justin Haley (133.316 mph) tied Nemechek on speed as 2011 Iowa winner Matt Crafton (133.299 mph) improved from 16th to eighth in between practices.
Harrison Burton (133.046 mph) and Jesse Little (133.035 mph) completed the rest of the top-10.
27 trucks participated in the session with Keystone Light Pole Qualifying coming up next at 6:05 p.m. ET (no TV).
Full practice results can be viewed on the next page…