Date: June 16, 2018
Event: M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway
Format: 200 laps, broken into three stages (60 laps/60 laps/80 laps)
Race Winner: Brett Moffitt of Hattori Racing
M&M’s 200 Notes…
- Cory Roper and the No. 04 Preferred Industrial Contractors Ford F-150 team were able to rebound from engine and pit road issues at Iowa Speedway and collect a top-20 finish in Saturday’s M&M’s 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
- After Roper posted the 26th-fastest speed in qualifying on Saturday afternoon, the team realized there was an issue with the engine. The Roper Racing team worked to address the problem, but due to NASCAR rules, they had to start the race from the tail of the field since they made adjustments to the car after qualifying.
- During the event, Roper raced inside the top-20 for much of the night before trouble with loose wheels put him several laps down. Despite those issues, he was able to rally back to take the checkered flag in the 18th position.
- The effort, coupled with Roper Racing’s 13th-place result earlier this year at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, puts the team two-for-two in top-20 finishes thus far in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition.
- Brett Moffitt scored the win in the M&M’s 200. Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton, David Gilliland and Johnny Sauter completed the top five.
Cory Roper, driver of the No. 04 Preferred Industrial Contractors Ford F-150
Talk about your race.
“It was just a tough race. We had to start from the tail of the field and then had issues with loose wheels and had to come back down pit road, but at the end of the day we were able to make a decent finish out of a bad start. We brought the truck home in one piece and didn’t tear anything up. While it was a tough day, it was still a good learning experience, too. I really had to hunt for a line to find more speed, and once I got up high and ran near the wall, it was a lot of fun. I have to thank my guys for working so hard.”