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When the NASCAR Nationwide Series last visited Iowa Speedway 11 weeks and 10 races ago, there was more on the mind of NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Chase Elliott than just racing.
That was the weekend Elliott graduated high school. After practicing his No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet in Iowa on Friday, he boarded a plane, flew home, graduated on Saturday morning, and flew back to Iowa in time to race the NAPA Chevy. He finished fourth on May 18 with no prior experience in a Nationwide car at the 7/8-mile speedway.
Now with high school in his rearview mirror, Elliott will return to Iowa looking to capitalize on his gained experience and successful result in May. Like before, Elliott enters the Iowa race as the Nationwide Series points leader, a position he lost after the Charlotte race (May 24) and regained two weeks ago following his victory at Chicagoland Speedway.
Despite the limited seat time at Iowa, the 18-year-old does know how to find victory lane there, as he won Iowa’s K&N Pro Series East race on May 19, 2012. Among three different series (K&N Pro, NASCAR Camping World Truck, and Nationwide) Elliott has six starts and four top-five finishes at Iowa Speedway.
Saturday’s U.S. Cellular 250 Nationwide race at the .875-mile Iowa Speedway kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and MRN/Sirius XM. In addition to his overall points lead, Elliott enters the weekend leading the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by 44 points over Ty Dillon.
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The NASCAR Nationwide Series' second race at Iowa Speedway on August 2ndwill feature some familiar names and sponsors.
U.S. Cellular continues its partnership with Iowa Speedway by serving as title sponsor of the U.S. Cellular 250 for a sixth consecutive year and its partnership with RAB Racing with Brack Maggard as the primary sponsor of the No. 29 Toyota Camry driven by veteran Kenny Wallace.
"U.S. Cellular is excited about our sponsorship of this NASCAR Nationwide Series race and to have Kenny Wallace back behind the wheel of his Toyota Camry," said Erryn Andersen, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Iowa and Nebraska. "We have enjoyed being partners with Iowa Speedway since the track opened in 2006, and we look forward to another enthusiastic crowd and great display of racing for the U.S. Cellular 250."
Wallace, who made his 900th career NASCAR start last September, finished 13th and 22nd during two Iowa Speedway appearances in 2013. The 50-year-old driver from Concord, North Carolina, has 543 career Nationwide Series starts.
"It will be a pleasure to once again have U.S. Cellular sponsoring my car, and I look forward to having a successful race," said Wallace. "It's always fun to visit with auto racing fans in Iowa and the great associates at U.S. Cellular leading up to the race."
As part of the U.S. Cellular 250 Ultimate Sweepstakes, fans voted for Wallace's car design from three selections and the design with the most votes was used to wrap Wallace's vehicle for the U.S. Cellular 250. In addition, a grand prize winner will received a two-day VIP experience with Wallace on Aug. 1 and 2.
The Ultimate Sweepstakes winner and a guest will walk with Wallace, sit on the hauler and listen to practices and attend driver's meetings each day. The VIP winner also will waive the green flag to start the U.S. Cellular 250 and watch up to 10 laps from the tower. The VIP experience also features two Newton Club tickets and a Newton Club parking pass for August 1st and 2nd.
"We love being a part of the Iowa community and enhancing the experience for residents who attend the U.S. Cellular 250 and other events across the state," Andersen said.
Iowa Speedway also is excited to have U.S. Cellular back as a sponsor.
"We are incredibly proud to continue our mutually beneficial partnership with U.S. Cellular," Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small said. "U.S. Cellular is one of our longest running partners, and we look forward to helping U.S. Cellular build its brand at a time when Iowa Speedway is poised for growth."
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It's been just under three months since Dakoda Armstrong made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at one of his favorite tracks, Iowa Speedway. This weekend, he'll return for the second and final time this season, and he's ready to prove why it's one of his favorites with a Top-10 finish.
Armstrong finished 21st in his Nationwide debut at the Newton, Iowa track after battling a loose No. 43 WinField Ford. This weekend, Armstrong and the team look to improve on that finish using the team's notebook from earlier this year. Other than his Nationwide debut in May, the New Castle, Ind. native also has six other starts at the .875-mile track in various racing series. His best finish of fourth came in the 2010 ARCA Racing Series event.
This weekend, @DakodaArmstrong returns to one of his favorite tracks, @IowaSpeedway, looking for Top-10 finish. #NASCAR
This weekend, @Dakoda Armstrong returns to one of his favorite tracks, @Iowa Speedway, and he's ready to prove why it's one of his favorites with a Top-10 finish,
"I'm looking forward to going back to one of my favorite tracks now that I've got one Nationwide race under my belt there. We didn't do as well as we would've liked in May, but we have a good notebook to go off of now. We're going to try some new things, so I'm excited to head back to Iowa. Not only do I want to run well there because it's one of my favorite tracks, but it's also a big track for WinField and the agricultural industry in general because it's in the Midwest.
"Our biggest problem in the race was not being as good on entry as we needed to be. It got really free throughout the race, and we really need to be able to attack the corners and drive it in even farther this weekend. It seems like every time you go there you can drive it in deeper and deeper, so we just have to stay on top of that this weekend."
1993 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year and current FOX SPORTS 1 analyst, Hermie Sadler, will return to the driver's seat for his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race since 2010. Sadler will pilot the No. 19 Toyota Camry for TriStar Motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22nd for his 260th career NNS start and again on September 5th at Richmond International Raceway.
The Virginia Lottery will serve as primary sponsor, with whom Sadler has been an ambassador for over 15 years. The car will promote The Virginia Lottery's "Let's Play VA" events, in which lottery players and NASCAR fans have the chance to join the No. 19 team as an honorary crew member, attend the NASCAR Awards banquet in Las Vegas as Sadler's guest and have a chance to win other exciting prizes by entering second chance drawings at the following events:
Galax Fiddlers Convention August 7-9
Bristol Food City Fan Appreciation Day August 21
Hillsville Flea Market August 29-31
Richmond International Raceway September 5-6
Virginia State Fair September 26- October 5
Martinsville Speedway October 24-26
Urbanna Oyster Festival November 7-8
"I am thankful to my friends at The Virginia Lottery and to Mark Smith and his staff at TriStar Motorsports for making this happen," exclaimed Sadler. "Getting to race again on two of my favorite tracks, as well as promote some once in a lifetime opportunities from the Virginia Lottery, is exciting for me."
Associate sponsors of the No. 19 Camry at Bristol Motor Speedway will include Black Wolf Harley Davidson in Bristol, Va, Quaker Steak and Lube in Bristol, and The Maxxis Mid-Atlantic Dirt Series, a karting series in which Sadler's karting team competes in.
Meet Hermie Sadler at:
The Virginia Lottery booth on State Street in Bristol on August 21 at 6:00 PM.
The Quaker Steak and Lube Bristol, Va location on August 21 at 8:00PM.
The Black Wolf Harley Davidson location on Saturday, August 23 at 9 am.
TriStar Motorsports is excited to announce that NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Hal Martin will be back behind the wheel of the No. 44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry this weekend at Iowa Speedway. This will be the "Ragin Cajun's" second start at the 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval speedway.
"It's an honor to represent American Custom Yachts again this season behind the wheel of the No. 44 Toyota Camry for TriStar Motorsports," said Hal Martin. "I can't thank Mark and Kathy Smith enough for giving me another opportunity to drive for them. I am looking to build off of the experience I gained racing at Iowa Speedway earlier this year and hope for a strong finish for both TriStar Motorsports and American Custom Yachts."
American Custom Yachts has partnered with Hal Martin and TriStar Motorsports once again for the 2014 season. The Stuart, Florida-based, operation encompasses a 63-acre marine facility providing a full range of marine services on site, including yacht construction, repair, repowering and refitting. Located at mile marker 46 on the Okeechobee Waterway, ACY is a one-stop shop for all marine service needs.
"American Custom Yachts is proud to partner once again with TriStar Motorsports and Hal Martin in the NASCAR Nationwide Series -- one of America's greatest sporting venues," said American Custom Yachts President, Dominick LaCombe.
Josh Reaume and the No.87 Cambria USA team came into Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) event at Indianapolis with high hopes that the Brickyard could deliver a rock-solid performance.
Sadly, Reaume struggled most of the weekend with an ill-handling Chevrolet Camaro. After qualifying 37th with a lap of 53.264/168.970mph, Reaume and the Rick Ware Racing Team led by Crew Chief Jonas Bell finished in the 33rd position.
When the green flag waived on Saturday afternoon for the Lilly Diabetes 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Reaume quickly started moving forward. Debris on the track brought out the first caution of the day on lap 16, permitting Reaume to pit for four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment.
Lots of green flag racing followed suit. The leaders started to pit very early under green flag conditions, which meant teams were playing out their fuel strategy. However, Reaume stayed out well after green flag stops cycled through. It wasn’t until the caution came out on lap 56 for fluid on the track that Reaume finally came down pit road for fuel.
The fuel mileage game was thrown out the window when another debris caution came out on lap 71, which allowed all the teams to get fuel for the finish, resulting in a 33rd place finish.
Josh Reaume Quote:
“That was the most challenging race of my life! I just had a car that was really difficult to drive to all weekend. But we survived the Brickyard and that is something I am very proud of.”
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The 250-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is complete. The Lilly Diabetes 250 post race notes below:
Mike Bliss and the No. 19 Tweaker Energy Shot Camry Finished 22nd
Tweaker Energy Shot was back on board this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mike Bliss qualified 29th after battling a tight racecar during practice and qualifying. Bliss and the No. 19 team made the adjustments needed during qualifying to help free up his Camry. By lap 5, Bliss had gained six positions and continued to battle a tight racecar. Bliss was scored in the 17th position on lap 34 and continued to gain positions on track. During the competition caution, Bliss brought the No. 19 Tweaker Camry to pit road for four tires, fuel, track bar adjustments, wedge adjustments and a windshield tear off. With 21 laps to go, Bliss was running 21st and would advance one position to finish the race 22nd.
David Starr and the No. 44 Hard Hat Heroes Camry Finished 25th
David Starr qualified 24th for the Lilly Diabetes 250 in the No. 44 Hard Hat Heroes Camry. Starr reported early into the race that his No. 44 Camry was tight. When the caution came out at lap 15, Starr brought his Camry to pit road for four tires, fuel and a small track bar adjustment. With 65 laps to go, Starr was running 15th and was quiet on the radio. The No. 44 Camry came to pit road on lap 48 for four tires, fuel and a windshield tear off. Starr was happy with the cars handling and with 40 laps to go, he brought his Camry to pit road for Sunoco fuel only. With 16 laps remaining, Starr was running 25th and brought home a 25th place finish at the 2.5-mile speedway.
Eric McClure and the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Camry Finished 36th
The No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Camry qualified 28th for Saturday afternoon's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, Eric McClure felt something break during qualifying, so when the team went to the garage they found out that the right front wheel hub broke during his qualifying run. After starting from the rear of the field, McClure quickly advanced his position and by lap three he was scored in the 31st position. When the first caution flag was shown at lap 15, McClure came to pit road for four tires, fuel, air-pressure and track-bar adjustments. After his pit stop under caution, McClure radioed in to the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® team that he had a bad vibration and the team went to the garage. After looking over the car, McClure returned to the track, but unfortunately returned to the garage with a vibration. The team diagnosed the issue as a power steering pump failure and did not return to the track. McClure finished the race in the 36th position.
Making his first-career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon, Dylan Kwasniewski and his No. 31 Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) team looked to learn their way around the world famous "Brickyard" and continue to gain momentum during the 100-lap race. Kwasniewski started the weekend by earning the 15th starting position during NASCAR's knockout qualifying, running the same exact lap time as his Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) teammate Kyle Larson. After battling a loose FOE Chevrolet and overcoming debris on the grille during the middle portion of the race, Kwasniewski and his TSM team came home with a solid 14th place finish.
Following the drop of the green flag, Kwasniewski settled into the 16th position and reported to his TSM team that his FOE Chevy was a tick free all around, but not far off from having a very good race car. Kwasniewski continued to hold on to his position until the first caution of the day came out on lap 17 for debris. During the caution, crew chief Shannon Rursch called Kwasniewski down pit road for four tires, Sunoco Racing fuel and a track-bar adjustment to help tighten up the FOE Chevy. After a lightning-quick pit stop by the TSM crew, Kwasniewski gained two spots on pit road and restarted 14th on lap 21. With teams on different fuel strategies, the Las Vegas native worked his way up to 11th on lap 31 before reporting to his team on lap 40 that he had debris on his grille and was staring to overheat. Not taking any chances, Rursch called Kwasniewski down pit road to clean the grille and add fresh tires and fuel. Returning to the track in the 29th position, one lap down, Kwasniewski continued to battle, and with teams making green-flag fuel stops, he would gain his lap back and find himself in the 16th position when the second caution of the day came out on lap 56. Rursch again called Kwasniewski down pit road for four tires, fuel and a final track-bar adjustment. After another quick pit stop, Kwasniewski restarted 15th on lap 64. Playing the fuel strategy game, Rursch brought Kwasniewski down pit road on lap 68 for a splash of fuel and the last pit stop of the day. Kwasniewski would survive one more caution and a long green flag run to end the race, ultimately bringing the FOE Chevy home in the 14th position
Dylan Kwasniewski on Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
"I would like to thank my guys for all the effort they put into this No. 31 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy this weekend. Indy is such a unique place with a ton history and I really enjoyed making my first start at the Brickyard. Our car was fast all weekend, and the guys made great pit stops, which really helped us gain track position. We'll continue to work hard and I'm looking forward to getting back in the 42 car next weekend in Iowa while Larson fulfills his Cup duties in Pocono."
In his second-career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kyle Larson and his Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team battled track position and fuel strategy, which ultimately left them with an eighth-place finish at the Brickyard. With a new chassis and a new paint scheme, Larson laid down the 10th and 11th-fastest times during the weekend's two practice sessions. The following day, Larson battled a tight racecar during qualifying and placed the No. 42 Nashville Outlaws Chevrolet in the 14th position for the start of the Lilly Diabetes 250. Shortly after the green flag waved, Larson told crew chief Scott Zipadelli that his car was still tight, but with good speed in traffic, the No. 42 car had worked its way into the top 10. The first caution flag waved on lap 17 and NASCAR officials chose to utilize it as the competition caution, which was supposed to take place on lap 20. Larson came to pit road for four new tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment to help his takeoff. With differing pit strategies, other competitors made green-flag pit stops following the caution, which took Larson to the third position. On lap 47, Zipadelli made the call for a green-flag stop, giving Larson four tires and fuel before rejoining the field in the top 10. Shortly after, the field saw its second caution and Zipadelli told Larson to remain on track in hopes of gaining more track position. The call paid off, and by lap 64, the No. 42 Nashville Outlaws car was battling within the top three. Fuel strategy began to heat up when some of the lead cars began to pit on lap 66, and Zipadelli called Larson back to pit road for two right-side tires and fuel. Just as Larson rejoined the field in the 15th position, the yellow flag waved with less than 30 laps to go, leaving Zipadelli and the TSM team in a tough situation to gain back track position. Throughout the final laps, Larson was able to charge his way into the top 10; but at a place where track position and strategy are everything, Larson and his Nashville Outlaws team came up short, crossing the line of bricks in eighth position.
Claiming their 16th top-10 finish of the season, the No. 42 TSM team remains third in the NNS Owner Point Standings.
Kyle Larson on Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"Track position just got us today. This track is so technical and if you don't have track position in your favor, you really don't stand a chance. We had a decent car this weekend, but I stayed tight pretty much from qualifying through the race. Strategy got the best of us, too; this track is just tough all around. It was cool to have Nashville Outlaws on the car and to have the Big Machine artists around the track. I'm looking forward to racing a Turner Scott Motorsports truck in Pocono next week while Dylan [Kwasniewski] drives my Nationwide Series car at Iowa. I think we've got a good shot at getting the win."
Making his second start at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, James Buescher and the Rheem team rolled off the grid in the 18th starting position for Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250. At the start of the 100-lap race Buescher held his ground in the 18th position until the first yellow flag of the day was displayed for debris in Turn 1. During the first run the 24-year-old was relaying to the Rheem crew that the longer the run went, the more free that his Camry got. The Texas native took advantage of the caution period and brought his No. 99 Rheem Toyota Camry down pit road for four Goodyear tires, Sunoco racing fuel also a track bar adjustment. On the ensuing restart, Buescher was forced three-wide on the front stretch and Buescher slipped back in the running order a couple spots. The story of the day was the different fuel strategies up and down pit road, while the field started to short pit, Buescher worked his way up to the fifth running position during the pit cycle. The Rheem crew continued to adjust on their Rheem Camry in and effort to tighten up the No. 99 Rheem Camry. When the pit stops cycled all the way through, the Rheem team found themselves in a hole running in 21st position, one lap down to the leader. Buescher however was in a good position to receive the lucky dog award but came up just shy when the second of three yellow flags slowed the 40-car field. When the field was turned loose once again, Buescher quickly came over the radio reporting a possible flat left-rear tire. As the Rheem crew scrambled in the pits to prepare for a possible pit stop, Buescher came back over the radio and said that it was a false alarm. With under 30-laps remaining in the event, the third and final yellow flag of the day was displayed for debris; Buescher was running in the 26th-spot at the time. Crew chief Matt Lucas called his driver back down pit road for four sticker tires and fuel. Buescher continued the battle to stay in position to receive the lucky dog award, however luck was not on their side. Buescher would go on to finish the Lilly Diabetes 250 at the Brickyard in the 21st position, one lap down to the leader.
James Buescher Quote:
"It wasn't the result we were looking for with our Rheem Toyota Camry. It turned into a difficult situation early when we fell down a lap during the green-flag pit stops and with the different pit strategies up and down pit road, we would get close to getting our lap back but something else ended up happening that didn't allow for it. Overall our Rheem Camry handled well and we made some good adjustments on it all day, we just lacked speed all weekend. It would have been great to get a solid finish for all the Rheem guests that were in attendance at today's race but we'll learn from this and move on to Iowa next week and try to secure another top-10 finish."
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