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THE RACE: Pioneer Hi-Bred 250

TRACK: Iowa Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #10 of 33 for the 2012 season


Race:Sunday, May 20, 2012 in Newton, IA

Title Sponsor: Pioneer

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:24pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 1:30 pm/et

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake

    Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree. Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake.
  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Friday, May 18


Saturday, May 19th


Sunday, May 20th

1:00 PM (2:00 PM/ET) NNS RACE (250 LAPS, 218.75 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Iowa Race Results (pdf)
  • Stenhouse, Jr. wins at Iowa: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 at Iowa Speedway for his 5th career win and his 3rd win in a row at Iowa. He dominated the race, leading 209 of the 250 laps. #2-Elliott Sadler finished second followed by #18-Michael McDowell, #3-Austin Dillon, #54-Kurt Busch, #31-Justin Allgaier, #88-Cole Whitt, #22-Parker Kligerman, #20-Darrell Wallace Jr. (in his Nationwide debut) and #33-Brendan Gaughan. There were 4 cautions for 27 laps and 9 lead changes among 6 leaders. The estimated attendance was 34,000. Complete results are on the Iowa race results page (pdf).(5-20-2012)

  • Iowa Race Fast Facts:
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the 2nd Annual Pioneer Hi-Bred 250, his fifth victory in 83 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his third victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his third victory and third top-10 finish in five races at Iowa Speedway.
    Elliott Sadler (second) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Iowa Speedway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2012.
    Michael McDowell(i) (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Iowa Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 28 points over Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-20-2012)

  • Driver standings following Iowa:
    1) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 412
    2) #2-Elliott Sadler 384 -28
    3) #3-Austin Dillon # 369 -43
    4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 338 -74
    5) #88-Cole Whitt # 320 -92
    6) #43-Michael Annett 301 -111
    7) #31-Justin Allgaier 299 -113
    8) #44-Mike Bliss 259 -153
    9) #87-Joe Nemechek 247 -165
    10) #7-Danica Patrick 233 -179 See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(5-20-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Iowa are posted (pdf).(5-20-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Iowa: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #7-Patrick, 30th
    Caution 2: #44-Bliss, 15th
    Caution 3: #33-Gaughan, 10th
    Caution 4: #12-Hornish, 12th
    (NASCAR Statistics)(5-20-2012)

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Sadler on pole at Iowa: #2-Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole for the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 133.911 mph. #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. will start second. The rest of the top ten: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #18-Michael McDowell, #31-Justin Allgaier, #3-Austin Dillon, #11-Brian Scott, #20-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #7-Danica Patrick, and #22-Parker Kligerman. Did Not Qualify: None. The starting lineup is posted on the Iowa starting lineup page (pdf).(5-19-2012)

  • Iowa Speedway Qualifying Notes:
    Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 2nd Annual Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 with a lap of 23.523 seconds, 133.911 mph.
    This is his 13th pole in 174 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his second pole and 10th top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his second pole in three races at Iowa Speedway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2012 and his second in two races at Iowa Speedway.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Iowa Speedway. It is his 10th in ten races this season.
    Austin Dillon (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-19-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Hornish fastest in practice: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. was fastest during the only practice at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 134.782mph. #3-Austin Dillon was second, followed by: #33-Brendan Gaughan, #2-Elliott Sadler, #31-Justin Allgaier, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #38-Brad Sweet, #54-Kurt Busch, #7-Danica Patrick, and #88-Cole Whitt. See complete results on the Iowa practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-19-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Sunday's Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 at Iowa Speedway. A few notes:
    Darryl Harr will be in the #4 for JD Motorsports;
    The #08 for Randy Hill is TBA;
    The #10 is TBA; Jeff Green will drive the #14 for Eric McClure;
    Michael McDowell will drive the #18 for JGR and Darrell Wallace Jr is in the #20;
    Parker Kligerman is in the Penske #22;
    Jamie Dick will drive the #23;
    John Young will be in the #26 Dodge;
    Brendan Gaughan remains in the RCR #33;
    Josh Richards stays in the #39 for Go Green;
    Joey Gase will drive the #52 for Jimmy Means.(5-14-2012)
    UPDATE: Tim Andrews will be in the #08.(5-14-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Casey Roderick will be in the #24.(5-15-2012)
    UPDATE 3: Kevin Lepage will be in the #10 for TriStar.(5-17-2012)
    UPDATE 4: Michael Guerity will drove the RWR #75.(5-19-2012)
    See the complete list on the Iowa entry list page.

  • NASCAR Nationwide Series at Iowa on ESPN: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races this weekend at Iowa Speedway near Des Moines and the race airs live on ESPN on Sunday, May 20. NASCAR Countdown airs at 1:30 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 2:24 p.m.(ESPN)(5-14-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 500, Right-side -- 500

  • Set limit: Nationwide:
    6 sets for the weekend

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4546; Right-side -- D-4550

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,222 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,245 mm)

  • 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 Series teams have run either of these two Goodyear tire codes . . . compared to what was run at Iowa last season, this left-side tire (D-4546) features a mold shape change, while this right-side tire (D-4550) features a construction change, both to bring this set-up in line with what is run at similar tracks . . . the compounds on both sides of the car are unchanged from 2011 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Iowa.

    NASCAR K&N Pro Series: Goodyear will also supply tires for the K&N Series race at Iowa this weekend . . . teams will run tire codes D-2265 on the left-side and D-2279 on the right-side . . . Goodyear has brought 340 tires per side for this event . . . teams are allowed up to three sets of tires each.

NASCAR News & Notes

    Will be posted a couple days before the race

    Darrell Wallace Jr. To Make Series Debut At Iowa For JGR
    Since winning his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in 2010 at the record age of 16 years, five months, 19 days, Darrell Wallace Jr. has been on his way to the bright lights of NASCAR’s national series stage. 
    His ascension to the national series officially begins Sunday at Iowa Speedway, where he’ll make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut for Joe Gibbs Racing. 
    Wallace is the first African-American in NASCAR K&N Pro East history to visit Victory Lane.  Wallace’s Greenville-Pickens win was the first of six to date, including a successful defense at the North Carolina track. In 25 NASCAR K&N Pro East races since 2012, Wallace also has 11 top fives, 19 top 10s and three poles to complement his trips to Victory Lane.
    “I love Iowa,” Wallace said. “Been out there twice now, definitely had good runs both times out.  I am looking forward to getting on the track, interacting with the fans, just giving the team, the sponsors and the fans a good show.” (Click here for full Darrell Wallace Jr. NASCAR Cam transcript)
    Wallace also will compete in Saturday’s KNPSE race at Iowa. Follow him on Twitter this week  @BubbaWallace  as he prepares for his debut.

    Iowa Native Michael Annett Seeks Hometown Win On The Heels Of Best Season Start
    Nothing beats winning in front of your hometown crowd and for Michael Annett, a Des Moines, Iowa, native, the opportunity to do just that is before him.  The NNS heads to Iowa Speedway this weekend for the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250, and though Annett has an average finish of 10.8 with a best result of seventh (2010), the hometown victory has eluded him.
    He’s been solid in his previous three full seasons in the series with two top-10 finishes in the final standings, including a career-best ninth last year. But he’s also been waiting for his defining moment. Some might say that moment came off the track in February 2011 due to legal issues. But Annett, 25, has turned himself  and his career  around since that time. 
    He opened this season with a new team, Richard Petty Motorsports, and carries a new number  the iconic No. 43  on his Ford Mustang. He’s led by veteran crew chief Phillipe Lopez. Currently sixth in the standings, he’s 11 points behind Sunoco Rookie contender Cole Whitt in fifth. On the heels of two consecutive top-10 finishes, Annett ranked a career-best fifth prior to Talladega but was caught in a late accident that brought a probable top-10 or better finish to a halt. Annett has a pre-race Driver Rating of 86.3 and an Average Running Position of 13.8 at Iowa. 

    Could It Be Another Sweep For Stenhouse At Iowa Speedway?
    Success in NASCAR can be repetitive. Case in point, there were four tracks on the 2011 NNS schedule that were swept  Nashville (Carl Edwards), Bristol (Kyle Busch), Dover (Carl Edwards) and Iowa (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.).  Three drivers have won at Iowa Speedway in the NNS and only one is entered this weekend: Stenhouse. Could he repeat and begin another Iowa sweep? 
    Stenhouse, the reigning series champion, defeated his Roush Fenway Racing teammate  and 2007 series champion  Edwards each time. The second of those victories was perhaps the most dramatic moment of 2011: Stenhouse sliding across the finish line just ahead of Edwards, who had slammed into the rear of Stenhouse’s No. 6 Mustang thanks to a thick smoke shield from its expiring engine.
    Now Stenhouse (@StenhouseJr) returns to his turf brimming with confidence. Not only because of those victories, but as the series’ points leader. He’s 23 points up on his rival, Elliott Sadler, who’s in second. If Stenhouse can sweep Iowa this season, he will be in rare company. Only six drivers have won four or more consecutive races at a single track  Dale Earnhardt (Daytona, five); Jack Ingram (South Boston, five); Kyle Busch (Texas, five); Jamie McMurray (Rockingham, four); Tommy Ellis (South Boston, four); and Mark Martin (Rockingham, four). 

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Iowa reads like its own All-Star event with names like Danica Patrick, making her first Nationwide Series trip after five appearances with IndyCar. Patrick is in her first full season in the series and has broken into the top 10 in the standings. Action sports superstar Travis Pastrana is also now in the mix. Pastrana will be making his third career start after debuting at Richmond (22nd) and following up at Darlington (17th). Kurt Busch, the 2004 NSCS champion, will drive for his brother Kyle’s team. & Kurt is one of four double-duty NSCS drivers entered, opening the door for the likes of Parker Kligerman, who’ll drive the No. 22 Dodge of 2010 series champion Brad Keselowski. Brendan Gaughan will be in the No. 33 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing and Brad Sweet gets a shot in the No. 38 Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports. Michael McDowell will drive the flagship No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. He has three top 10s in four starts at Iowa. & Jeff Green, the 2000 series champion, will drive the No. 14 Toyota again this week for Eric McClure, who has not yet been medically cleared for competition following his accident at Talladega.

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