- Race: 7:30pm/et, Saturday, August 6, 2011 in Newton, Iowa
- Length: 250 Laps, 218.75 miles
- TV: ESPN2 - 7:00pm/et
- Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $1,171,305
- Announcers: Marty Reid, Ricky Craven, Ken Schrader
- Pit Reporters: Rick DeBruhl, Jim Noble and Shannon Spake
Stenhouse, Jr. wins at Iowa: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr won the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway for his second win of the season and the second of his career (His first was at Iowa in May). He was leading the race on the final lap when his engine blew coming off turn 4. #60-Carl Edwards was unable to avoid him and rear ended Stenhouse, sending him across the finish line. Edwards finished second, followed by #2-Elliott Sadler, #7-Josh Wise, #88-Aric Almirola, #32-Reed Sorenson (who won the Nationwide Dash 4 Cash), #09-Kenny Wallace, #66-Steve Wallace, #18-Michael McDowell, and #33-David Mahew. There were 6 cautions for 38 laps and 14 lead changes among 9 leaders. The announced attendance was 48,271.
Complete results are posted on the Iowa race results page.(8-6-2011)
Iowa Race Fast Facts:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the 3rd Annual U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by The Enlist (TM) Weed Control System, his second victory in 61 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his second victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his second victory and second top-10 finish in four races at Iowa Speedway.
Carl Edwards(i) (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Iowa Speedway. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2011.
Elliott Sadler (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Iowa Speedway.
Timmy Hill (21st) was the highest finishing rookie.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 12 points over Reed Sorenson.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-6-2011)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Iowa and their finish
Caution 1: #52-Schendel, 27th
Caution 2: #14-McClure, 26th
Caution 3: none, #01-Wallace brought out the caution
Caution 4: #19-Bliss, 18th
Caution 5: #38-Leffler, 13th
Caution 6: #18-McDowell, 9th
Driver standings following Iowa:
1) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 787
2) #32-Reed Sorenson 775 -12
3) #2-Elliott Sadler 758 -29 -17
4) #88-Aric Almirola 710 -77
5) #31-Justin Allgaier 704 -83
6) #38-Jason Leffler 677 -110
7) #09-Kenny Wallace 674 -113
8) #66-Steve Wallace 608 -179
9) #62-Michael Annett 598 -189
10) #11-Brian Scott 596 -191
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page.(8-6-2011)
Owner Standings following Iowa are posted. The top 30 in owners points who have attempted all races are locked in at Watkins Glen. There were no changes after Iowa.(8-6-2011)
Sadler on pole at Iowa: #2-Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole for the US Cellular 250 at Iowa with a speed of 132.386mph. #16-Trevor Bayne will start second. The rest of the top 10: #22-Sam Hornish, Jr., #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #20-Drew Herring, #31-Justin Allgaier, #38-Jason Leffler, #09-Kenny Wallace, #18-Micahel Annett, and #11-Brian Scott. Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Iowa starting lineup page.(8-6-2011)
Iowa qualifying notes:
Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 3rd Annual U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by The Enlist (TM) Weed Control System with a lap of 23.794 seconds, 132.386 mph.
This is his ninth pole in 152 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his third pole and 16th top-10 start in 2011.
This is his first pole in two races at Iowa Speedway.
Trevor Bayne (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2011 and his third in three races at Iowa Speedway.
Sam Hornish Jr. (third) posted his first top-10 start at Iowa Speedway. It is his fifth in eight races this season.
Blake Koch (21st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Stenhouse, Jr. fastest in happy hour: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was quickest during happy hour for the US Cellular 250 with a speed of 134.283mph. He was followed by: #38-Jason Leffler, #2-Elliott Sadler, #18-Michael McDowell, #16-Trevor Bayne, #20-Drew Herring, #7-Josh Wise, #33-David Mayhew, #11-Brian Scott, and #66-Steve Wallace. Complete results are posted on the Iowa practice results page.(8-5-2011)
Stenhouse, Jr. fastest in first practice: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was fastest during opening practice at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 131.722mph. #38-Jason Leffler was second, followed by: #30-Mikey Kile, #22-Sam Hornish, Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, #31-Justin Allgaier, #66-Steve Wallace, #32-Reed Sorenson, #33-David Mayhew, and #18-Michael McDowell. Complete results are posted on the Iowa practice results page.(8-5-2011)
Entry List:There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. Some notes:
Jamie Dick will be in the #02;
Michael McDowell will drive the #18 for JGR again;
Drew Herring stays in the JGR #20;
Robert Richardson is listed back in the #23;
Mikey Kile returns to the Turner #30;
David Mayhew will make his NNS debut in the KHI #33;
Joey Gase will make his NNS debut in the Go Green #39;
The Key Motorsports #47 is TBA;
Scott Wimmer will be the #70 for ML Motorsports.(8-1-2011)
UPDATE: Brian Keselowski will drive the #47 for Key Motorsports.(8-3-2011)
UPDATE 2: Sam Hornish, Jr. will drive the #22 in place of Brad Keselowski.(8-4-2011)
UPDATE 3: Carl Long will be in the Rick Ware #71. Matt Carter was originally listed.(8-4-2011)
See the complete list on the Iowa entry list page.
Nationwide Series Live in Prime Time from Iowa on ESPN2:
ESPN2 continues its season-long coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series with a live, prime time telecast of the event at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, on Saturday night, Aug. 6. NASCAR Countdown presented by OneMain Financial airs at 7 p.m. ET and the race's green flag flies at 7:44 p.m. The Iowa race is the second in the 2011 Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash, a bonus program designed to reward Nationwide Series championship contenders. Drivers Justin Allgaier, Jason Leffler, Reed Sorenson and Michael Annett are eligible for a $100,000 bonus to be paid to the highest-finishing of the four in the race. Sorenson, who won the bonus in the first Dash 4 Cash race at Daytona, has the possibility of winning $1 million over the course of the four select races.
Marty Reid will call the action for the race with analysis by Ricky Craven and Ken Schrader. Schrader, who has been a panelist on ESPN2's NASCAR Now roundtable discussion programs this year, will be working as an ESPN race telecast analyst for the first time. Pit reporters will be Rick DeBruhl, Jim Noble and Shannon Spake.(ESPN)(8-1-2011)
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Central Time).
Friday, August 5th
10:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
12:30 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
3:30 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER'S MEETING, RANDOM DRAWING
4:30 PM-5:30 PM NNS PRACTICE
6:00 PM-7:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
7:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, August 6th
8:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
3:35 PM (4:35 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
4:30 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING-PIT ROAD(INFIELD CARE CENTER)
4:30 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
6:30 PM (7:30 PM) NNS RACE (250 LAPS, 218.75 MILES)
NASCAR News & Notes
Fired-Up Stenhouse Could Be Trouble For Championship Rivals
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is all fired up. And that probably isn’t good news for his NASCAR Nationwide Series rivals – especially heading to Iowa Speedway where the Mississippi competitor scored his first victory in May.
Here’s the deal:
• Stenhouse retook the championship lead by three points from Reed Sorenson at Lucas Oil Raceway. That’s good, right? Well, sort of. First in points is nice for bragging rights but this season has been the definition of “temporary” – there have been three different points leaders after the last three races.
• Stenhouse had victory in hand in Indy, where he led 198 of 204 laps before 2010 NNS champion Brad Keselowski nudged his way past on a late restart. Adding insult to injury, post-race video dropped Stenhouse from second to third in the final order.
• At Nashville he watched Roush Fenway teammate Carl Edwards capture the coveted Sam Bass signature Gibson guitar trophy. And in Michigan in June, Stenhouse led 38 laps among a field of seven full-time double-duty drivers – as late as Lap 116 of 125 – only to lose to Edwards.
Consider then that Stenhouse, actually an upbeat, outgoing fellow, is more than motivated; perhaps as much more so than any of his points chasing fellow competitors. Statistics say he’s going to be tough to dislodge from the top spot – especially being able to run heads up with the likes of Edwards and Keselowski.
He’s on series-best streaks of top fives (three) and top 10s (four). Loop Data shows Stenhouse with an overall Driver Rating of 108.8 – the only series points eligible driver in triple digits. In May, he topped five different Loop Data categories en route to a second best Driver Rating 128.
Super Subs: McDowell, Herring, Mayhew Fit Perfectly
The recipe for NASCAR success: talent plus equipment plus opportunity. Three drivers in particular meet that criteria this weekend at Iowa Speedway.
• Michael McDowell isn’t new to NASCAR national series competition, but after several starts and stops he’s clawing his way back toward the top. He’ll be at the wheel of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota that’s visited Victory Lane six times in 2011 with Kyle Busch. In three races with the team, McDowell has a pole at Road America and two top 10s including a seventh at Iowa Speedway in May.
• Drew Herring will drive JGR’s No. 20 Toyota, the same car in which he finished 12th at Iowa in May. Herring has three starts for the team this season with two top 10s and a best finish of seventh at Nashville Superspeedway.
• David Mayhew may be new to Kevin Harvick Inc.’s No. 33 Chevrolet but is familiar with both Iowa Speedway and Harvick’s organization. He won the Keystone Light Pole and finished third in a KHI Chevrolet when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visited Iowa last month. The Atascadero, Calif. competitor also has three NASCAR K&N Pro Series victories at the Newton track.
Annett “Dashes” For Hometown Win, Big Bonus
Michael Annett needs a two-way plan of attack this weekend at Iowa Speedway.
First wave: Annett, from nearby Des Moines, is seeking that holy grail-type win at his home track. Two drivers have picked up home wins this year – Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, Va.) at Richmond and Justin Allgaier (Riverton, Ill.) at Chicagoland.
Second wave: He’s one of four eligible drivers to claim the $100,000 NASCAR Nationwide Series “Dash 4 Cash” bonus. The eligible drivers for the second Dash 4 Cash round: Allgaier, Jason Leffler and Reed Sorenson and Annett. The highest finisher among those four nabs the cash.
Annett’s average finish at Iowa is 10.3, including seventh last year. A slow start to his season gave way to a crew chief change that has helped change his luck. Before Rick Viers came on board, his average finish was 21.0. Since Viers took over, Annett finishes at a 12.4 clip and is in the top 10 in points.
Iowa represents the second of four “Dash 4 Cash” races on the year. Last month at Daytona, Reed Sorenson took the $100,000 bonus that was up for grabs between him, Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The eligibility for those four drivers for that first event was set by series driver championship points coming out of Road America. The Iowa field of four was set by the highest race finish at Daytona among the top four drivers who receive NASCAR Nationwide Series points. The field for Race No. 3 at Richmond in September will be set coming out of Iowa – the four highest-finishing drivers who receive NASCAR Nationwide Series driver points.
(Click here for eligibility and further information on the “Dash 4 Cash” program).
Iowa is hosting its fourth NASCAR-sanctioned event since May, and its second NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season. Sellout crowds have been the norm at Iowa and this race is expected to be no different.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Iowa Speedway will hold its inaugural Iowa Speedway Foundation Track Walk on Saturday, August 6, beginning at 11 a.m. Rusty Wallace, Steve Wallace and Michael Annett are confirmed to participate in the event. … The four eligible drivers for the “Dash 4 Cash” award at Iowa – Reed Sorenson, Jason Leffler, Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett – will take part in some “Iowa-style” pre-race competitions at the Living History Farms (11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322) on Friday starting at 9 a.m. The winning driver will receive a $4,000 gift to the charity of their choice. Their contests will include: Horse-Drawn Carriage Showdown; Cow Milking; Corn Shelling.
Goodyear Tire Notes
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 500; Right-side -- 500
Set limits: 6 sets for the weekend
Left-side -- D-4470; Right-side -- D-4474
Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.3 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 same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR Nationwide Series teams ran successfully at Iowa in May . . .
NASCAR Camping World Truck teams also ran this tire set-up at Iowa in July . . . both of these tire codes (LS: 4470; RS: 4474) are unique to Iowa . . . this tire combination came out of a Goodyear tire test at Iowa in April . . . drivers participating in that test were Reed Sorenson in a Nationwide car and Todd Bodine in a Camping World Truck . . . 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: