Race: Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Newton, IA
Title Sponsor: City of Newton
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:14pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN - 1:30pm/et
Announcers: Dave Burns; Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Jim Noble, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, May 15th
4:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, May 16th
7:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
7:30 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 AM-12:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
1:00 PM-3:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
3:30 PM-4:50 PM NNS PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, May 17th
6:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS, INSPECTION BEGINS
10:30 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER'S MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
11:30 AM-1:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
6:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:10 PM (7:10 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Sunday, May 18th
9:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:00 AM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (NEWTON 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
Hornish wins at Iowa: #54-Sam Hornish, Jr. won the Get To Know Newton 250 at Iowa Speedway for his 3rd Nationwide Series win. #22-Ryan Blaney finished second followed by #7-Regan Smith, #9-Chase Elliott, #11-Elliott Sadler, #2-Brian Scott, #20-Michael McDowell, #3-Ty Dillon, #6-Trevor Bayne, and #01-Landon Cassill.
There were 5 cautions for 31 laps and 9 lead changes among 3 leaders. Complete results are on the Iowa race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Iowa Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-18-2014)
Iowa Race Fast Facts:
Sam Hornish Jr. won the 4th Annual Get To Know Newton 250 presented by Sherwin-Williams, his third victory in 101 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in six races at Iowa Speedway.
Ryan Blaney(i) (second) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Iowa Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2014.
Regan Smith (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Iowa Speedway.
Chase Elliott (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Chase Elliott # leads the point standings by 2 points over Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-18-2014)
Driver standings following Iowa:
1) #9-Chase Elliott # 379
2) #11-Elliott Sadler 377, -2
3) #7-Regan Smith 377, -2
4) #3-Ty Dillon # 344, -35
5) #6-Trevor Bayne 343, -36
6) #2-Brian Scott 315, -64
7) #62-Brendan Gaughan 282, -97
8) #99-James Buescher 269, -110
9) #60-Chris Buescher # 260, -119
10) #01-Landon Cassill 258, -121
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(5-18-2014)
Owner Standings following Iowa are posted (pdf).(5-18-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Iowa: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #84-Boat, 29th
Caution 2: #28-Yeley, 18th
Caution 3: #28-Yeley (2), 18th
Caution 4: #39-Sieg, 17th
Caution 5: #99-JBuescher, 19th
Blaney on pole at Iowa: #22-Ryan Blaney won the Coors Light Pole for the Get To Know Newton 250 at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 136.081mph. #54-Sam Hornish, Jr. will start second followed by: #20-Michael McDowell, #7-Regan Smith, #42-Dylan Kwasniewski, #9-Chase Elliott, #2-Brian Scott, #11-Elliott Sadler, #01-Landon Cassill, and #62-Brendan Gaughan.
#62-Gaughan was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 135.589.mph
Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Iowa starting lineup page (pdf).(5-17-2014)
Iowa Qualifying Notes:
Ryan Blaney(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 4th Annual Get To Know Newton 250 presented by Sherwin-Williams with a lap of 23.148 seconds, 136.081 mph.
This is his first pole in 21 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2014.
This is his first pole in three races at Iowa Speedway.
Sam Hornish Jr. (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2014 and his fifth in six races at Iowa Speedway.
Michael McDowell(i) (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Iowa Speedway. It is his first in one races this season.
Dylan Kwasniewski (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-17-2014)
Kwasniewski fastest in happy hour: #42-Dylan Kwasniewski was quickest during happy hour for the Get To Know Newton 250 with a speed of 135.077mph. He was followed by: #3-Ty Dillon, #5-Austin Theriault, #6-Trevor Bayne, #84-Chad Boat, #31-Chase Pistone, #2-Brian Scott, #99-James Buescher, #16-Ryan Reed, and #39-Ryan Sieg. 39 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Iowa practice 4 speeds page (pdf).(5-17-2014)
Elliott fastest in third practice: #9-Chase Elliott was fastest during Friday's third and final practice for the Get to Know Newton 250 with a speed of 135.566mph. #62-Brendan Gaughan was second, followed by:#20-Michael McDowell, #42-Dylan Kwasniewski, #54-Sam Hornish, Jr., #31-Chase Pistone, #7-Regan Smith, #11-Elliott Sadler, #6-Trevor Bayne, and #2-Brain Scott. 29 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Iowa practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(5-16-2014)
Scott fastest in second practice: #2-Brian Scott paced the second practice at Iowa with a speed of 134.811mph. #9-Chase Elliott was second, followed by: #11-Elliott Sadler, #20-Michael McDowell, #6-Trevor Bayne, #31-Chase Pistone, #7-Regan Smith, #54-Sam Hornish, Jr., #60-Chris Buescher, and #62-Brendan Gaughan. 32 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Iowa practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(5-16-2014)
Elliott fastest in first practice: #9-Chase Elliott was fastest during opening practice at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 134.690mph. #2-Brian Scott was second, followed by: #54-Sam Hornish, Jr., #6-Trevor Bayne, #11-Elliott Sadler, #20-Michael McDowell, #7-Regan Smith, #31-Chase Pistone, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #3-Ty Dillon. Just 27 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Iowa practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-16-2014)
Entry List:There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Sunday's Get To Know Newton 250 at Iowa Speedway. A few notes:
Austin Theriault will drive the #5 for JR Motorsports;
Blake Koch is entered in the TriStar #10;
Ryan Ellis will drive the #15 for RWR;
Michael McDowell is in the #20 for Joe Gibbs;
Chase Pistone is in the #31 for Turner Scott while Dylan Kwasniewski moves to the #42;
Sam Hornish is in the JGR #54;
The #55 is TBA;
Ryan Gifford will drive the #98 for Biagi DenBeste.(5-12-2014)
UPDATE: Jeff Green will be in the #10. Caleb Roark will drive the #55.(5-13-2014)
See the complete list on the Iowa entry list page.
Nationwide Series at Iowa Live on ESPN: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Ia., on Sunday, May 18, and ESPN will have a live telecast of the 250-lap race on the 7/8-mile track. NASCAR Countdown airs at 1:30pm/et with the green flag at 2:14pm. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. The race telecast also will air live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on May 19 at 4:00am.(ESPN)(5-12-2014)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Set limit: 6 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4546; Right-side -- D-4562
Left-side -- 87.48 in. (2,222 mm);
Right-side -- 88.27 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 fourth straight race at Iowa Speedway that NASCAR Nationwide Series teams have run this combination of left- and right-side tires . . . 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 the last two seasons . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Iowa.
Elliott Going For Double-Duty Of A Different Kind
Before you graduated high school, did you ever lead the points standings and rally off two wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series?
Didn’t think so. But 18 year-old phenom Chase Elliott, has.
Elliott will attempt a unique double-duty this weekend as he graduates from his Georgia high school on Saturday morning before flying back to Iowa to participate in the Get To Know Newton 250 on Sunday.
Elliott’s not your average high school student. The Sunoco Rookie has led the series point standings since April 4 when he posted his first series win at Texas Motor Speedway. He then solidified his ascension to stardom the following week with a win at historic Darlington Raceway.
Accompanying Elliott’s two wins are four top fives and seven top 10s in nine starts. He leads all series championship contenders in season-to-date Driver Rating (109.1), Average Running Position (6.8), Fastest Laps Run (9.8%) and Laps in the Top 15 (94.9%).
Elliott has a one-point lead over second-place Elliott Sadler and is just three points up on third-place Regan Smith. Though Elliott has a NASCAR K&N East win at Iowa, this weekend will be his NNS debut at the track. Sadler has three Coors Light Poles, one win and six top 10s, in six starts at Iowa. Smith has made two starts at Iowa, posting one top 10, but has an average finish of 9.0.
Iowa: Just The Place For Bayne To Bounce Back
Few teams can roll into a speedway like Iowa, and say, ‘they own the place’, but the Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 team can do just that. In the eight races at Iowa Speedway they have won half of them. Though two-time series champ Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is credited with three of the wins, 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne led the team to its fourth win last season at the 0.875-mile track and could use another win this season to catch points leader Chase Elliott.
Bayne is fourth in the standings (-31), tied in points with Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon who is fifth. Bayne has posted one top five and seven top 10s in nine starts this season, but hasn’t been able to visit Victory Lane. He has an average finish in the top 10 (9.8) and among series point contenders he has the sixth-best season-to-date Driver Rating (90.2).
In five starts at Iowa, Bayne has posted one win (2013), two top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 13.4. He holds the record for the youngest pole winner at the speedway as well at 19 years, five months, 12 days (2010).
NASCAR’s Newest Jewel: Iowa Speedway
NASCAR purchased Iowa Speedway in 2013 through a wholly-owned subsidiary named, Iowa Speedway LLC. The state-of-the-art 0.875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace is located 30 miles east of Des Moines, in Newton, Iowa.
Iowa Speedway has produced action-packed, competitive racing in its history of hosting NASCAR Nationwide Series races. In eight series races the speedway has produced five different winners and five Coors Light Pole winners. Each race has averaged 10 lead changes among 6 different leaders, and the average Margin of Victory for the first eight races is less than a second (0.96 second).
Iowa Speedway also has been a great spur for young driver’s to taste victory at the NASCAR level. Six drivers in Sunday’s field have won a NASCAR race at Iowa Speedway: Chase Elliott (K&N Pro Series East), Dylan Kwasniewski (K&N Pro Series East), Ryan Blaney (NCWTS), James Buescher (NCWTS), Trevor Bayne (NNS) and Elliott Sadler (NNS).
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
NASCAR Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next driver Ryan Gifford returns to the series at Iowa Speedway with Biagi-DenBeste Racing. Gifford finished ninth in his national series debut last August at Iowa driving for Richard Childress Racing. ... Austin Theriault will be making his series debut this weekend at Iowa in JR Motorsport’s No. 5 car. Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 5 team is currently second in the owner standings, 36 points behind Joe Gibbs’ No. 54 car, which will be driven by Sam Hornish Jr. this weekend. ... Dylan Kwasniewski will jump behind the wheel of the No. 42 car for Turner Scott Motorsports at five events this season, including this weekend. Current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Chase Pistone will replace Kwasniewski at Iowa Speedway in the No. 31 car.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)