- Race: 2:00pm/et, Sunday, May 22, 2011 in Newton, IA
- Length: 250 Laps, 218.75 miles
- TV: ABC - 1:30pm/et
- Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $1,171,305
- Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro and Shannon Spake
Stenhouse, Jr. wins at Iowa: #6-Ricky Stenhousr, Jr. won the John Deere Dealers 250 at Iowa Speedway for his first Nationwide Series win in his 51st race. He is the first Nationwide Series regular to win a race since Justin Allgaier won last year at Bristol in March. #60-Carl Edwards finished second, followed by #22-Brad Keselowski, #32-Reed Sorenson, #2-Elliott Sadler, #09-Kenny Wallace (making his 500th Nationwide start), #18-Michael McDowell, #31-Justin Allgaier, #30-James Buescher, and #33-Austin Dillon.
There were 5 cautions for 28 laps and 17 lead changes among 7 leaders. The attendance was 37,811. Complete results are posted on the Iowa race results page.(5-22-2011)
Iowa Race Fast Facts:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the The Inaugural Iowa John Deere Dealers 250 Presented by Pioneer, his first victory in 51 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2011. He is the first championship contender to win in 2011.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in three races at Iowa Speedway.
Carl Edwards(i) (second) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Iowa Speedway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2011.
Brad Keselowski(i) (third) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Iowa Speedway.
Blake Koch (21st) was the highest finishing rookie.
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 7 points over Reed Sorenson. Stenhouse is third 8 points behind.
Three Iowa Speedway records were set today: average speed (106.130), lap leaders (seven) and lead changes (17).
Driver standings following Iowa:
1) #2-Elliott Sadler 418
2) #32-Reed Sorenson 3 411 -7
3) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 10 410 -8
4) #31-Justin Allgaier 2 398 -20
5) #38-Jason Leffler 0 375 -43
6) #88-Aric Almirola 4 366 -52
7) #09-Kenny Wallace 1 355 -63
8) #66-Steve Wallace 0 315 -103
9) #11-Brian Scott 1 303 -115
10) #7-Josh Wise 2 289 -129
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page.(5-22-2011)
Owner Standings following Iowa are posted. The top 30 in owners points who have attempted all races are locked in at Charlotte. The #16 Roush Fenway team loses their locked in position by not attempting he Iowa race. #89-Morgan Shepherd/Faith Motorsports is now locked in.(5-22-2011)
Dillon fastest in happy hour: #33-Austin Dillon was quickest during happy hour at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 132.520mph. He was followed by: #18-Michael McDowell, #31-Justin Allgaier, #32-Reed Sorenson, #11-Brian Scott, #2-Elliott Sadler, #20-Drew Herring, #88-Aric Almirola, #38-Jason Leffler, and #60-Carl Edwards. Complete results are posted on the Iowa practice results page.(5-21-2011)
Qualifying rained out; Herring on pole at Iowa: Rain showers Saturday morning forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying for the John Deere Dealers 250 and set the field by owners points. The Nationwide Series will have a practice session from 1:30-3:00pm/CT. #20-Drew Herring will start from the pole followed by #18-Michael McDowell, #33-Austin Dillion, #60-Carl Edwards, #32-Reed Sorenson, #2-Elliott Sadler, #38-Jason Leffler, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #31-Justin Allgiaer, and #22-Brad Keselowski. Did Not Qualify: none.
The starting lineup is posted on the Iowa starting lineup page.(5-21-2011)
Entry List: UPDATES:There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Sunday's John Deere Dealers 250 at Iowa Speedway. Some notes:
Daryl Harr is entered in the #02;
Michael McDowell will make his JGR debut in the #18;
Drew Herring will drive the JRG #20;
Austin Dillon will drive the #33;
Luis Martinez, Jr makes his Nationwide debut in the #39;
The Key Motorsports #40 driver is TBA;
Tim Schendel returns to the #52;
Not entered: Tim Andrews and the #79 Chance 2 team or Angela and Amber Cope.
UPDATE: Daryl Harr has withdrawn. There are currently 42 drivers on the entry list.(5-18-2011)
Carl Edwards will have Brian Ickler drive his car in practice Friday and qualifying on Saturday. Trevor Bayne will have Chris Buescher practice and qualify his car while Brad Keselowski will have Sam Hornish Jr. practice and qualify his car.(Scene Daily)
UPDATE 2: Several changes to the entry list:
Roush Fenway will withdraw the #16 team. That team will lose it's locked in position for the remainder of the year. The #40 Key Motorsports team is now locked in at Iowa
Brad Teague moves from the #0 to the Jay Robinson #28;
Tim Schendel moves from the #52 to the JD Motorsports #0;
Daryl Harr will drive the #52 for Jimmy Means;
Amber Cope has now been added in the #93.
Tim Andrews has been added in a second Key Motorsports car, #46.(5-19-2011)
UPDATE 3: Dennis Setzer will drive the #28. The driver of the #49 is TBA.(5-19-2011)
UPDATE 3: Final entry list is out:
Brad Teague is still listed in the #28 and Setzer in the #49, but that is expected to change;
Charles Lewandoski will be in the Key Motorsports #40;
Angela Cope is in the Tri-Star #44;
Chase Miller will drive the #68;
There are 43 cars at the track.(5-20-2011)
See the complete list on the Iowa entry list page.
Nationwide Series Live from Iowa on ABC:
The NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, this weekend and ABC will have a live telecast of the race on Sunday, May 22. NASCAR Countdown airs at 1:30 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 2:14 p.m.
Allen Bestwick will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett, and Andy Petree. Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Mike Massaro and Shannon Spake.
NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Nicole Briscoe with analysis by Jarrett and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.(ESPN)(5-16-2011)
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Central Time).
Friday, May 20th
7:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
8:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
2:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER’S MEETING, RANDOM DRAWING
3:00 PM-4:45 PM NNS PRACTICE
5:15 PM-7:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
7:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, May 21st
8:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM-10:55 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
3:40 PM (4:40 PM) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
5:30 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
Sunday, May 22nd
9:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:00 AM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
12:30 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM (2:00 PM/ET) NNS RACE (250 LAPS, 218.75 MILES)
1:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NASCAR News & Notes
Kenny Wallace: The Next Members To The 500 Club
This weekend, Kenny Wallace, a NASCAR mainstay on and off the track, will reach a milestone only one other person has achieved – and, possibly, no one will ever accomplish again: 500 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts.
And, coincidentally, he’ll do it at his brother Rusty Wallace’s track – Iowa Speedway.
Wallace’s storied career started with an 11th-place finish at Martinsville in 1988 driving for Dale Earnhardt and 22 years later is enjoying one of the most successful seasons of his career. Wallace is a nine-time NASCAR Nationwide race-winner and has nine poles, 64 top fives and 162 top-10 finishes. Overall in his NASCAR national series career, he’s made 854 combined starts. He joins Jason Keller as part of the 500-start club in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
“I’m really honored to make my 500th start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” Kenny Wallace said. “When I was a kid growing up in St. Louis, I dreamed of racing in NASCAR. But to make 855 combined starts in this great sport, including NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Camping World Trucks, I am forever thankful to all the teams that hired me and to all the fans who have supported me. But without my brother Rusty, I would have never made it to this point.”
Wallace is off to one of the best starts of his series career in his first season with RAB Racing. He posted his third top-10 finish of the season last Saturday at Dover and comes to Iowa ranked seventh in the driver standings 62 points behind series standings leader Elliott Sadler. His Driver Rating is 77.9 and Average Running Position is 16.4.
The series has competed twice at Iowa Speedway, Wallace has made both series starts, and his average finish is 14.0.
Elliott Sadler On Top Of Standings At Last
Many fans and media predicted this day would come, and it has. Elliott Sadler, driving for Kevin Harvick Inc., has taken the lead in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver standings for the first time in his career, with a 10 point lead over Turner Motorsports’ driver Reed Sorenson. His previous best ranking during his series career that has spanned 14 years was second after seven races in 1998, the second of his first two full-time seasons in the series. He finished eighth in the standings that season. For audio of Sadler discussing his points lead, click here.
Sadler rocketed back from a tough opening to the season, finishing 38th due to an accident, and beginning the year 27th in the standings.
Sadler is the sixth different standings leader in the first 11 races. Sunday will be his first start at Iowa Speedway.
Competition Corner: Iowa Speedway
This is the first of two NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Iowa Speedway this year, the first time the track has hosted two series events in the same season. Below are some quick competition facts:
o NASCAR Nationwide Series 2011 Season:
• Six different NASCAR Nationwide Series driver standing leaders in the first 11 races of the season: Landon Cassill, Jason Leffler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Justin Allgaier, Reed Sorenson and Elliott Sadler.
• Six different Coors Light Pole Award winners: Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler.
• Five different winners in first 11 races: Kyle Busch (five), Carl Edwards (three), Mark Martin, Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin (each has one).
• Six of the eight races that have ended under green have had a margin of victory of less than a second.
o Iowa Speedway: (2009-2010)
• Two Winners – Brad Keselowski (2009); Kyle Busch (2010).
• Two Pole Winners – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2009); Trevor Bayne (2010).
• Most top fives at Iowa – (two) – Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Jason Leffler.
• Margin of Victory – last two races – 0.515 seconds (08/01/2009) and 2.030 seconds (07/31/2010).
NNS Etc. – Iowa Speedway
Morgan Shepherd, 69, can start his 300th NASCAR Nationwide Series race this weekend at Iowa but will have to qualify on time. … Rusty Wallace Racing driver Michael Annett gets a “home game” on his owner’s “home field.” The track designed by Rusty Wallace is 40 minutes from Annett’s hometown of Des Moines. Annett, in his third full season in the series, is 13th in the standings and scored his most recent top-10 finish (seventh) at Iowa last year. … Austin Dillon, running full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with two wins to his credit and currently ranked sixth in the standings, will make his eighth NASCAR Nationwide Series start Sunday in the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet. The grandson of Richard Childress, Dillon ran in the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa in 2009. … Brian Ickler will substitute for Carl Edwards during practice this weekend at Iowa. Sam Hornish Jr. will practice the No. 22 Dodge for Brad Keselowski. Both Edwards and Keselowski will be in Charlotte for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
Goodyear Tire Notes
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 675; Right-side -- 675
Up to 8 sets for the weekend
Left-side -- D-4470; Right-side -- D-4474
Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
Right Front -- 40 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 18 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi;
Right Front -- 36 psi; Right Rear -- 34 psi
Notes: This is the first time NASCAR Nationwide teams will run either of these two tire codes . . . both of these tires are unique to Iowa . . . this combination of left- and right-side tires came out of a Goodyear tire test at Iowa in April . . . drivers participating in that test were Todd Bodine and Reed Sorenson . . . compared to what Nationwide teams ran at Iowa last season, this tire set-up features softer compounds on both sides of the car . . . there is also a slight construction change to the right-side tire and a mold shape change to the left-side tire to help keep the stagger in line . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Iowa.
Additional Iowa Nationwide Race Info: