Ryan Blaney became the 12th different winner in the 15 races so far in the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and in doing so the 18-year-old became the youngest-ever winner in the championship beating previous record holder Kyle Busch who was a positively antique 20 when he claimed his maiden win in the series at Charlotte in 2005.

In his third start since joining the series with Brad Keselowski Racing, Blaney began the American Ethanol 200 Saturday night race at Iowa Speedway on the front row alongside polesitter Parker Kligerman, who quickly built up a commanding lead during the first stint of the race ahead of Blaney, James Buescher, Johnny Sauter and Nelson Piquet Jr. until the first caution of the night on lap 24 for Ryan Lynch spinning in turn 4.

The pit stops handed Buescher a brief turn in the lead but the track was back under caution eight laps later for contact when Timothy Peters collected Matt Crafton while trying to pass him on the front straight on lap 36. Peters' crew got to work fixing the right side damage on the #17, and while he was able to keep the truck on the lead lap it already wasn't looking like it was going to be a good night for the championship leader. Ultimately he fell foul of a faulty battery and an overheating engine and finished two laps off the lead in 19th place.

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Kyle Bush Motorsport's new boy Drew Herring emerged as the leader through the pit stops and into the next green flag stint, and he stayed out in front of Justin Lofton, Buescher, Sauter and Piquet to the next caution on lap 55 which was for John Wes Townley spinning on dirty tyres in turn 2. Lofton picked up the lead for the restart, but once the track went green it was Kligerman who was immediately back in control again for the next 78 laps.

That spanned two more caution periods: a turn 2 accident on lap 69 that saw Ron Hornaday Jr. get in the wall and sustain heavy race-ending damage to the rear of the #9; and a fifth caution of the evening on lap 95 for a back stretch spin for Caleb Roark that ended up with the car slamming into the wall, rebounding and making heavy contact with Lofton who just happened to be passing by at the time. Both drivers were out of the race as a result of the wreck.

Kilgerman held off Sauter at the restart while Piquet, Todd Bodine and Buescher engaged in a wild three-wide battle for the next few positions. Miguel Palado, Blaney and Coulter filled out the remainder of the top eight just after the midpoint of the proceedings as things settled down once more. Kligerman continued to lead until he hit his fuel window with no cautions to help him out, forcing him onto pit lane on lap 138 having opted to stay out under the previous caution.

That gave Sauter the lead for the next dozen laps, and when he came in for his own pit stop it handed the lead for the first time of the night to Ryan Blaney, who along with Cale Gale and Jeff Choquette were the only trucks still to pit and consequently also still on the lead lap at the 0.875-mile short oval.

That gave Blaney a key advantage when a debris caution came out on lap 165, what would prove to be just the first of four cautions that Blaney would have to manage from the lead. He confessed to having trouble getting the hang of it at first.

"Whatever I did, starting fast or starting slow, I could just not keep the tyres from spinning," said Blaney. But he got better with practice: "I was able to at least hold my own into one and that was really all we needed to do."

The next caution was on lap 180 for Kligerman himself, after two tyres blew out and sent him into a spin. The next caution was on lap 190 for a spin by Justin Jennings; and the final caution was due to a spin by James Buescher just seven laps from the end.

That gave Blaney just one more restart and just three laps of green flag running for which he had to hold off a hard-charging Ty Dillon who was going to settle for nothing less than a victory if he had anything to say about the matter.

"I wanted it bad there at the end," said the series rookie. "We were coming!"

But as the old adage says, catching is one thing and passing quite another: Dillon didn't have the remaining laps or that crucial edge to take the lead away from Blaney, who managed to soak up all the pressure, hold it altogether and cross the finish line 0.168s ahead.

Dillon had to admit, he was impressed: "Ryan Blaney, man, he's an amazing driver!," he said. "I'm glad we didn't have to race against him all year this year. He's a great guy, and he really deserves this."

Dillon masked any disappointment he might have felt at missing out on victory lane by picking up enough points or second place to boost him past Timothy Peters and James Buescher into the lead of the Truck Series championship standings by 8pts.

Todd Bodine - the 48-year-old veteran of 22 Truck Series wins, who had to settle for third place behind Dillon at Iowa this weekend - echoed Dillon's praise of the teenager. "He's a hell of a talent," said Bodine. "He's going to go a long way," he added, describing Blaney as a "good, shy kid" and "a chip off the old block."

Ryan also received praise from a Cup series regular in town especially to see him racing - his dad, Dave Blaney.

"He did it all right ... He does so good and catches on so quick, it's fun to watch," said Blaney Sr., also praising his son's crew chief at Brad Keselowski Racing, Doug Randolph, for the winning strategy. "Doug made a really good call on tires there midway through the race that ended up being the perfect call and got him in position. And [Ryan] brought it home."

For Blaney Jr., there was just disbelief that he'd clinched his first national-level NASCAR Series victory at the age of 18 years, 8 months and 15 days old - and perhaps more amazingly in just his third series start.

"This is pretty incredible ... It's unbelievable," he said. And then just like a born racer, he was immediately looking ahead getting to the next one: "Hopefully, we can get us a few more here!"

Full race results, practice and qualifying times, and Truck Series championship standings are available.