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THE RACE: US Cellular 250

TRACK: Iowa Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #20 of 33 for the 2012 season


Race: Saturday, August 4, 2012 in Newton, IA

Title Sponsor: U.S. Cellular

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:15pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN2, 7:30 pm/et

  • Announcers: Lap-by-Lap announcer Marty Reid; analyst Ricky Craven
    Pit Reporters: Rick DeBruhl, Jim Noble, 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, August 3rd


Saturday, August 4th

7:00 PM (8:00 PM/ET) NNS RACE (250 LAPS, 218.75 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Iowa Speedway Race Results (pdf)
  • Sadler wins at Iowa Speedway: #2-Elliott Sadler won the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. It is his 4th win of the season and 9th of his Nationwide career. #31-Justin Allgaier finished second followed by #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #43-Michael Annett, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #18-Michael McDowell, #20-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #30-Jason Leffler, #99-Brett Moffitt (his Nationwide series debut), and #22-Ryan Blaney. There were 3 cautions for 16 laps and 6 lead changes among 4 leaders. The estimated attendance was 50,000. Complete results are on the Iowa Speedway race results page (pdf).(8-4-2012)

  • Iowa Speedway Race Fast Facts:
    Elliott Sadler won the 4th Annual U.S. Cellular 250 Presented By Enlist Weed Control System, his ninth victory in 184 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in four races at Iowa Speedway.
    Justin Allgaier (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in six races at Iowa Speedway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2012.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (third) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Iowa Speedway.
    Brad Sweet (12th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 18 points over Austin Dillon.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(8-4-2012)

  • Driver standings following Iowa Speedway:
    1) #2-Elliott Sadler 751
    2) #3-Austin Dillon # 733 -18
    3) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 730
    4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 717 -34
    5) #31-Justin Allgaier 673 -78
    6) #43-Michael Annett 647 -104
    7) #88-Cole Whitt # 602 -149
    8) #44-Mike Bliss 548 -203
    9) #11-Brian Scott 486 -265
    10) #7-Danica Patrick 485 -266
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-4-2012)

  • Owner Standings following IowaSpeedway are posted (pdf).(8-4-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Iowa Speedway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #51-Clements, 21st
    Caution 2: #51-Clements (2), 21st
    Caution 3: #87-Nemechek, 16th

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Sadler on pole at Iowa Speedway: #2-Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole for the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 135.141 mph. #20-Darrell Wallace, Jr. will start second. The rest of the top ten: #3-Austin Dillon, #30-Jason Leffler, #31-Justin Allgaier, #33-Brendan Gaughan, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #18-Michael McDowell, #11-Brian Scott, and #99-Brett Moffitt. Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Iowa Speedway starting lineup page (pdf).(8-4-2012)

  • Iowa Speedway Qualifying Notes:
    Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 4th Annual U.S. Cellular 250 Presented By Enlist Weed Control System with a lap of 23.309 seconds, 135.141 mph.
    Elliott Sadler's qualifying lap of 23.309 seconds set a track record at Iowa Speedway.
    This is his third pole and 16th top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his third pole in four races at Iowa Speedway.
    Darrell Wallace Jr. (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2012 and his second in two races at Iowa Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (third) posted his third top-10 start at Iowa Speedway. It is his 16th in 20 races this season.
    Austin Dillon (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(8-4-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Darrell Wallace fastest in happy hour: #20-Darrell Wallace, Jr. was quickest during the final practice session for the US Cellular 250 with a top speed of 132.962mph. He was followed by: #33-Brendan Gaughan, #99-Brett Moffitt, #31-Justin Allgaier, #88-Cole Whitt, #18-Michael McDowell, #38-Brad Sweet, #22-Ryan Blaney, #30-Jason Leffler, and #2-Elliott Sadler. See complete results on the Iowa Speedway practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-3-2012)

  • Dillon fastest in first practice: #3-Austin Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 131.343mph. #18-Michael McDowell was second, followed by: #7-Danica Patrick, #23-Jamie Dick, #22-Ryan Blaney, #2-Elliott Sadler, #11-Brian Scott, #38-Jason Leffler, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and #20-Darrell Wallace Jr. See complete results on the Iowa Speedway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-3-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. A few notes:
    Daryl Harr will be in the JD Motorsports #4;
    Josh Richards will drive the #08 for Randy Hill Racing;
    Carl Long will drive the Rick Ware #15;
    Ryan Blaney will run his first race in the Penske #22;
    Jason Leffler will drive the #30 for Turner Motorsports;
    John Blankenship will drive the TriStar #44, Mike Bliss will move to the #10 and Jeff Green will be in the #91;
    Justin Jennings will drive the Jimmy Means #52. (7-31-2012)
    UPDATE: Timmy Hill moves to the #15, Carl Long moves to the #71, Dusty Davis will drive the #41, and the #75 of Rick Ware has withdrawn. Scott Saunders will drove the #24 SR2 Toyota.
    See the complete list on the IowaSpeedway entry list page.

  • NASCAR Nationwide Series in Prime Time from Iowa on ESPN2: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races in prime time at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, on Saturday night, Aug. 4, and the race will air live on ESPN2. NASCAR Countdown is at 7:30 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 8:14 p.m. Also from Iowa, ESPN2 airs NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying earlier in the day at 4:30 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com. The race will be the last of four consecutive events that comprise the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash, a bonus program that will award an extra $100,000 to the highest-finishing of four eligible drivers in each of the four designated races.(ESPN)(7-30-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

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

  • Set limit:
    6 sets for the weekend

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4546; Right-side -- D-4562

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,222 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.3 in. (2,242 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 a slightly different tire set-up than NASCAR Nationwide Series teams ran at Iowa back in May . . . this weekend, teams will run the same left-side tire code (D-4546), but a new right-side code (D4562) . . . compared to what was run in May, this right-side tire features a compound change to improve wear . . . 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 Pro Series race at Iowa this weekend . . . teams will run tire codes D-265 on the left-side and D-2279 on the right-side . . . Goodyear has brought 400 tires per side for this event . . . teams are allowed up to four sets of tires each.

NASCAR News & Notes

    Will Stenhouse Continue Dominance At Iowa Speedway?
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. should be excited about returning to Iowa Speedway this weekend. In his last three trips to the Speedway with the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Stenhouse has left victorious. 
    On May 22, 2011, in only his third trip to the track in the series, Stenhouse led 41 laps and beat Carl Edwards to the finish line by 0.435 seconds. Three months later, he followed up with another victory at Iowa, once again besting Edwards to the checkered flag, after leading 25 laps.
      Earlier this year, in the series’ first visit to Iowa, Stenhouse led 209 of the 250 laps to run away with the victory by 1.465 seconds over Elliott Sadler. He now goes for four wins in a row. Kyle Busch most recently won five consecutive series races at Texas Motor Speedway between 2008 and 2010
    A winning performance in Iowa will not only continue Stenhouse’s streak at the track but, more importantly, place him in a better position to make a serious run at his second NASCAR Nationwide title. He also sits in third in the standings, 13 points behind leader Sadler and 12 points behind Austin Dillon.
    The U.S. Cellular 250 could be Stenhouse’s last hurrah at the Midwest track as he steps up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to pilot a Roush Fenway Racing Ford next season.

    Future Stars Getting Opportunities With Powerhouse Teams
    Ryan Blaney, whose mother is from Iowa, Brett Moffitt and Darrell Wallace Jr. will all be behind the wheel of a NASCAR Nationwide Series car this weekend at Iowa Speedway. All three are drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, but have an opportunity to prove their mettle driving for strong NASCAR Nationwide teams.
    Blaney will compete for Penske Racing in the U.S. Cellular 250. Racing a partial schedule in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this season, he has made three starts with two top-five finishes and is currently 22nd in the standings. This will be his fifth start in Nationwide with a best finish of seventh at Richmond earlier this year.
    Moffitt, who currently sits atop the standings in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, will be piloting a race car for RAB Racing. He has two wins, seven top fives and eight top 10s in nine starts in the regional series. This will be Moffitt’s first NASCAR national series start.  
    Wallace returns to Iowa Speedway with Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR Nationwide team. His trip to Iowa earlier this year where he finished ninth is his only start in the series. He sits in 10th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings with one win, three top fives and four top 10s in nine starts. 

    Dash 4 Cash Wraps Up At Iowa
    It all comes down to Dillon, Stenhouse, Sam Hornish Jr. and Michael Annett as they make one final attempt to grab an additional $100,000 bonus.
    Annett, a Des Moines native, is on a career-best roll as the NASCAR Nationwide Series stops at his home track. In the last five races, Annett has three top-five finishes and a sixth-place performance in last week’s inaugural race at the Brickyard. The Indianapolis finish was good enough to earn him the $100,000 bonus for Round 3 of the Nationwide “Dash 4 Cash.”
    Dillon also has seen success on the track recently. In his last five races his finishes are first, fourth, third, sixth and fifth. Hornish had a runner-up finish at Indy last week and has posted seven straight top 10s. In the last five races, Stenhouse has posted five top-10 finishes with two runner-up performances.
    As in years past, the four drivers will each be paired with a fan for the last leg of the “Dash 4 Cash.” In addition to the highest-placing driver receiving a $100,000 bonus, the fan paired with that driver will also win a $100,000 prize.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Kurt Busch will pull double-duty this weekend by appearing in the U.S. Cellular 250 for brother Kyle’s No. 54 team and in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for Phoenix Racing at Pocono Raceway. & Jason Leffler makes his return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in the No. 30 for Turner Motorsports. & Iowa native Joey Gase of Cedar Rapids will run for Go Green Racing. & Jeremy Clements and Travis Pastrana are both coming off career days at Indianapolis after finishing third and 10th, respectively.  

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