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THE RACE: US Cellular 250

TRACK: Iowa Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #20 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race:Saturday, August 3, 2013 in Newton, IA

Title Sponsor: US Cellular

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:16pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Central Time)

Friday, August 2nd

8:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
9:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
2:30 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER'S MEETING, RANDOM DRAWING
3:30 PM-4:50 PM NNS PRACTICE
6:00 PM-7:20 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
7:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, August 3rd

12:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
4:05 PM (5:05 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
5:30 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
6:30 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM (8:00 PM/ET) NNS RACE (250 LAPS, 218.75 MILES)
7:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION
  • Official Iowa race results and standings (pdf)

  • Keselowski wins at Iowa: #22-Brad Keselowski won the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.His teammate, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., finished second followed by #20-Brian Vickers, #3-Austin Dillon, #32-Kyle Larson, #54-Drew Herring (who started from the pole), #99-Alex Bowman, #11-Elliott Sadler, #33-Ryan Gifford (making his Nationwide debut), and #6-Trevor Bayne. There were 4 cautions for 21 laps and 5 lead changes among 6 leaders. Complete results are on the Iowa race results page (pdf).(7-27-2013)

  • Iowa Race Fast Facts:
    Brad Keselowski(i) won the 5th Annual U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by The Enlist Weed Control System, his 23rd victory in 198 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his third victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in four races at Iowa Speedway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (second) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Iowa Speedway. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2013.
    Brian Vickers (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Iowa Speedway.
    Kyle Larson (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Austin Dillon leads the point standings by 14 points over Regan Smith.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-3-2013)

  • Driver standings following Iowa:
    1) #3-Austin Dillon 698
    2) #7-Regan Smith 684, -14
    3) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 684, -14
    4) #11-Elliott Sadler 679, -19
    5) #20-Brian Vickers 670, -28
    6) #32-Kyle Larson # 651, -47
    7) #31-Justin Allgaier 648, -50
    8) #2-Brian Scott 641, -57
    9) #6-Trevor Bayne 627, -71
    10) #77-Parker Kligerman 617, -81
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-3-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Iowa are posted (pdf).(8-3-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Iowa: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #29-Wallace, 22nd
    Caution 2: #33-Gifford, 9th
    Caution 3: #30-Piquet, Jr., 14th
    Caution 4: #5-Sweet, 15th
    (8-3-2013)


      QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
      info, news, speeds and links


    • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
    • Herring on pole at Iowa: #54-Drew Herring won the Coors Light Pole for the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 135.367mph. It is his first career pole. #7-Regan Smith will start second. The rest of the top 10: #99-Alex Bowman, #2-Brian Scott, #22-Brd Keselowski, #20-Brian Vickers, #6-Trevor Bayne, #3-Austin Dillon, #31-Justin Allgaier, and #11-Elliott Sadler. Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Iowa starting lineup page (pdf).(8-3-2013)

    • Iowa Qualifying Notes:
      Drew Herring won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 5th Annual U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by The Enlist Weed Control System with a lap of 23.270 seconds, 135.367 mph.
      This is his first pole in 11 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
      This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2013.
      This is his first pole in five races at Iowa Speedway.
      Regan Smith (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2013 and his second in two races at Iowa Speedway.
      Alex Bowman (third) posted his first top-10 start at Iowa Speedway. It is his eighth in 20 races this season.
      Alex Bowman (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
      (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-27-2013)

    • Qualifying Order (pdf)
    • Dillon fastest in happy hour: #3-Austin Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the US Cellular 250 with a speed of 135.257mph. He was followed by: #32-Kyle Larson, #77-Parker Kligerman, #99-Alex Bowman, #11-Elliott Sadler, #43-Michael Annett, #2-Brian Scott, #54-Drew Herring, #29-Kenny Wallace, and #6-Trevor Bayne. 33 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Iowa practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-2-2013)

    • Dillon fastest in first practice: #3-Austin Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 134.765mph. #29-Kenny Wallace was second, followed by: #32-Kyle Larson, #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr., #99-Alex Bowman, #60-Travis Pastrana, #54-Drew Herring, #20-Brian Vickers, #70-Johanna Long, and #11-Elliott Sadler. All 40 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Iowa practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-2-2013)

    • Entry List:There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. A few notes:
      Darryl Harr will drive the #4 for JD Motorsports;
      Richard Harriman will drive the #23 for Rick Ware;
      Kenny Wallace returns to the series in the #29 for RAB;
      The #33 for Richard Childress Racing is TBA;
      Danny Efland will drive the #50 Chevy for Mark Beaver;
      Drew Herring returns to the Joe Gibbs #54;
      The Mike Harmon Racing #74 is TBA.(7-29-2013)
      UPDATE: Travis Sauter will drive the #87 for Joe Nemechek.(7-29-2013)
      UPDATE: Kevin Lepage will be in the #74 for Mike Harmon.(7-31-2013)
      UPDATE: Ryan Gifford will be in the RCR #33.(8-1-2013)
      See the complete list on the Iowa entry list page.

    • Nationwide Series in Prime Time Saturday Night: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races under the lights in prime time at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, on Saturday night, Aug. 3, and ESPN will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7:30pm/et with the race's green flag at 8:15pm/et. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.(ESPN)(7-29-2013)


      Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts
    • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

    • Set limit: 6 sets for the event

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

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

    • Tire Circumference:
      Left-side -- 87.5 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 the third straight race that NASCAR Nationwide Series teams have run this combination of left- and right-side tires at Iowa . . . this is the only track at which Nationwide Series teams will run either of these two tire codes . . . this is also the same tire set-up that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams have run at Iowa in 2012 and 2013 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Iowa.


        NASCAR News & Notes

        Three Weeks, Three Different Point Leaders
        Austin Dillon leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series points for the first time in his career  a somewhat surprising statement for a driver who threatens to win an almost weekly basis.
        But its true. Austin Dillon used a 12th-place finish at Indy to move into the points lead for the first time, and becomes the third different leader in as many weeks.
        Two races previous, Regan Smith held a slight five-point advantage over Sam Hornish Jr. with Dillon seven points further back. Then after a runner-up finish at Chicagoland the following weekend, Hornish leapfrogged over Smith to take a seven-point lead over Smith with Dillon eight points back.
        Its now Dillons turn to carry the banner as the series returns to Iowa Speedway for the U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by Enlist Weed Control System. He leads Smith and Elliott Sadler by six and 13 points, respectively. Hornish dropped to fourth in the points, one marker behind Sadler.
        Dillon, who has four finishes in the top three but is still looking for his first win, returns the No. 3 Chevrolet to the points lead for the first time since Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the season-opening race at Daytona in 2002. Its been since 1999, however, that the No. 3 was atop the standings this late in the season. Earnhardt went on to win his second consecutive title later that season.
        Could the same be in the cards for Austin Dillon? If Dillon is to keep his perch atop the standings for the remainder of the season, hell most likely need to add a victory or two to his resume. His past success at Iowa makes this weekend as good a time as any to make a mark in the wins column.
        On his last trip to Iowa back in June, Dillon dominated the race by leading 207 of 250 laps, finishing second to Trevor Bayne. In five other series starts at the 0.88-mile track, Dillon has four top-15 finishes. Additionally, his last two visits to the track with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series resulted in a win and a runner-up finish.

        Drive For Diversity Driver Gifford To Make National Series Debut
        When Winchester, Tenn., native Ryan Gifford wakes up this Sunday morning he will be awaking after a night that he will never forget  a night where a dream was surely fulfilled.
        On Saturday night, the 24-year-old NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver and current NASCAR Next member will make his NASCAR national series debut driving the No. 33 Menards/Rheem Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing in the NNS race at Iowa Speedway.
        Gifford has competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for the last five seasons and won his first race this past April at Richmond. In 48 series starts, he has compiled 15 top fives and 19 top 10s. He made his only career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West start in 2009 at Iowa where he finished sixth. 
        He has also driven a dirt late model for Team Dillon Racing, the team owned by Austin and Ty Dillon. In addition to his driving responsibilities, Gifford works in RCRs shop.
        NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate and current NASCAR Next member Kyle Larson is already proving he has the chops to compete in the series every week. Hes finished in the top 15 in each of the last 11 races, including a fifth-place performance at Iowa in June.  
          
        Kelley Knows Winning Combinationa At Iowa
        Sometimes crew chiefs go unheralded despite their around-the-clock work and dedication to provide drivers with top-notch race cars and winning race strategies. It is well-known, however, that they are often the glue that holds a championship-caliber team together.
        Just like drivers, crew chiefs have their favorite tracks& or at least tracks where they know the exact winning combination to lead their driver and race car to Victory Lane. One of those tracks for Roush Fenway Racing crew chief Mike Kelley is Iowa Speedway.
        Over the past five NNS races at Iowa Speedway, Kelleys drivers have captured four of the checkered flags. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won both trips to the 0.88-mile track in 2011, and then returned in May 2012 to seize his third consecutive victory there. Then earlier this season, Trevor Bayne drove the No. 6 Ford to Victory Lane.
        Stenhouse finished fifth in the August race last year, keeping Kelley from being able to claim five consecutive wins at Iowa. Bayne did not compete in the race.

        NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
        Michael Annett (Des Moines) and Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids) return to their home state this weekend for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway. & Travis Sauter, whose uncles are Johnny and Jay Sauter, will make his national series debut this Saturday in the No. 87 NEMCO Motorsports Toyota. & Richard Harriman, who competed in four NCWTS races back in 2009, will make his NNS debut at Iowa, while a trio of drivers will make their track debut in the series: Brett Butler, Danny Efland and J.J. Yeley.

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