Race: Saturday, August 2, 2014 in Newton, IA
Title Sponsor: U.S. Cellular
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:16pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN - 7:30pm/et
Announcers: Dave Burns, Ricky Craven
Pit Reporters: Rick DeBruhl, Jim Noble, Vince Welch
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Friday, August 1st
8:30 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
10:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
10:30 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
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 2nd
11:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
3:40 PM (4:40 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING
5:15 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
Keselowski wins at Iowa: #22-Brad Keselowski won the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. #20-Michael McDowell finished second followed by #6-Trevor Bayne, #54-Sam Hornish, Jr., #3-Ty Dillon, #7-Regan Smith, #2-Brian Scott, #9-Chase Elliott, #9-Dylan Kwasniewski, and #11-Elliott Sadler.
There were 5 cautions for 29 laps and 8 lead changes among 5 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).(8-2-2014)
Iowa Race Fast Facts:
Brad Keselowski(i) won the 6th Annual U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by New Holland, his 30th victory in 212 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his third victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his third victory and fifth top-10 finish in five races at Iowa Speedway.
Michael McDowell(i) (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in eight races at Iowa Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2014.
Trevor Bayne (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Iowa Speedway.
Ty Dillon (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Chase Elliott # leads the point standings by 2 points over Regan Smith.
Trevor Bayne wins the Dash 4 Cash, James Dennis (Henry, IL) is the lucky fan to also win the $100,000.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-2-2014)
Driver standings following Iowa:
1) #9-Chase Elliott 714
2) #7-Regan Smith 712, -2
3) #11-Elliott Sadler 702, -12
4) #3-Ty Dillon 702, -12
5) #6-Trevor Bayne 673, -41
6) #2-Brian Scott 673, -41
7) #60-Chris Buescher 586, -128
8) #62-Brendan Gaughan 584, -130
9) #16-Ryan Reed 538, -176
10) #99- James Buescher 533, -181
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-2-2014)
Owner Standings following Iowa are posted (pdf).(8-2-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Iowa: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #52-Gase, 24th
Caution 2: #55-Dick, 27th
Caution 3: #62-Gaughan, 11th
Caution 4: #19-Bliss, 16th
Caution 5: #19-Bliss (2), 16th
Bayne on pole at Iowa: #6-Trevor Bayne won the Coors Light Pole for the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 133.713mph. #22-Brad Keselowski will start second followed by:#7-Regan Smith, #2-Brian Scott, #20-Michael McDowell, #9-Chase Elliott, #54-Sam Hornish, Jr., #11-Elliott Sadler, #60-Chris Buescher, #5-Josh Berry, #16-Ryan Reed, and #31-Chase Pistone.
#2-Brian Scott was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 133.198mph
Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Iowa starting lineup page (pdf).(8-2-2014)
Iowa Qualifying Notes:
Trevor Bayne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 6th Annual U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by New Holland with a lap of 23.558 seconds, 133.713 mph.
This is his seventh pole in 138 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and eighth top-10 start in 2014.
This is his second pole in seven races at Iowa Speedway.
Brad Keselowski(i) (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2014 and his fourth in five races at Iowa Speedway.
Regan Smith (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Iowa Speedway. It is his 13th in 20 races this season.
Chris Buescher (ninth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-2-2014)
Gaughan fastest in happy hour: #62-Brendan Gaughan was quickest during happy hour for the U.S. Cellular 250 with a speed of 133.469mph. He was followed by: #5-Josh Berry, #29-Kenny Wallace, #16-Ryan Reed, #6-Trevor Bayne, #99-James Buescher, #60-Chris Buescher, #9-Chase Elliott, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #2-Brian Scott. 38 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Iowa practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-1-2014)
Pistone fastest in practice: #31-Chase Pistone was fastest during opening practice at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 132.142mph. #54-Sam Hornish, Jr. was second, followed by: #7-Regan Smith, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #42-Dylan Kwasniewski, #20-Michael McDowell, #60-Chris Buescher, #6-Trevor Bayne, #29-Kenny Wallace, and #2-Brian Scott. 34 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Iowa practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-1-2014)
Entry List: There are 38 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. A few notes:
Josh Berry will drive the #5 for JR Motorsports;
Michael McDowell will be in the #20 for JGR;
Brad Keselowski will drive the #22 for Team Penske;
Kenny Wallace will be in the #29 for RAB Racing;
Chase Piston is in the #31 for Turner Scott;
Hal Martin returns to the TriStar #44;
Sam Hornish returns to the Gibbs #54;
Morgan Shepherd returns in his #89.(7-28-2014)
UPDATE: Mike Harmon has been added to bring the number of entries to 39.(7-28-2014)
UPDATE: John Jackson has been added in the #72 Chevy. There are 40 cars at the track.(8-1-2014)
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. 2, and ESPN will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7:30pm/et with the race's green flag at 8:14 p.m. Also from Iowa, ESPN will air qualifying on Saturday at 4:30pm/et. The race also airs live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on Aug. 3 at 5 a.m. 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.(ESPN)(7-28-2014)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Set limit: 7 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 fifth 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.
Dillon Closing In On Sought-After Points Lead
Edging out one of the most competitive fields of the year, Ty Dillon posted his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series win at the historic 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In doing so, he claimed Nationwide Insurance’s $100,000 Dash 4 Cash check and also closed the gap (-15) between he and the points leader, Chase Elliott. Dillon became the 12th different winner through 19 races this season, the most at this point since 2007.
Dillon has quietly formulated a solid season thus far. He is fourth in the standings, 15-points back from the lead after posting one win and 13 top 10s. Though under the radar earlier this season, this past weekend’s victory at Indianapolis thrusts Dillon into the spotlight of championship contention. Dillon has an average finish of 9.5 and a season-to-date Driver Rating of 96.2 (seventh-best in the series) in 2014.
Returning to Iowa, Dillon looks to capitalize on his recent success and make it two wins in a row. Dillon made his series track debut at Iowa earlier this season where he started 13th and finished eighth.
"Iowa has always been one of my favorite race tracks,” Dillon said. “I really think it fits my driving style because it's fast, but a shorter track. It's important that we qualify well and stay smart. We've got all the momentum in the world right now," said Dillon.
The 22-year-old has fixed his sights on standings leader Elliott, who has set the bar high this season. Elliott has three wins, eight top fives and 13 top 10s in 19 starts. Elliott finished fourth in his series debut at Iowa earlier this season.
Dillon will have to leap frog two formidable opponents in the series standings to get to Elliott, however. Currently third in the standings just four points ahead of Dillon is Elliott Sadler. Sadler has made seven starts at Iowa, winning once and posting six top-five finishes. His average finish of 3.9 at Iowa is his career best among series tracks on the schedule.
Ahead of Sadler is Regan Smith, second in the series standings, 11 points ahead of Dillon. Smith is having a career season. In 19 starts he has a career-best average finish of 9.0, has led the standings multiple times and won the season-opening race at Daytona. In three starts at Iowa, Smith has posted an average finish of 7.0, including finishing third earlier this season.
Own It: Gibbs, Penske Titans Of The Owner’s Title
Rivalries bring out the best in competitors each time the match-up is staged, and Iowa sets the stage for the powerhouse teams of Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske to have it out - as they have the past couple of seasons.
The JGR No. 54 Toyota team is currently eight points ahead of Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford team in second. Sam Hornish Jr. returns to the No. 54 Toyota to defend his Iowa win from earlier this season. Despite a DNF due to an engine failure at Chicago, Hornish has been lights out. In his five starts he has one win and three top fives. In six starts at Iowa, Hornish has posted one win, and four top fives.
Brad Keselowski, the 2010 series champion, returns to the series this weekend after taking the last two events off. Keselowski has made six starts this season posting two wins and six top fives. He has made four starts at Iowa posting two wins - including the inaugural series event - four top fives and an average finish of 2.3. Keselowski won this event last season.
Joe Gibbs leads the series in owner titles with four, but Roger Penske grabbed his first last season. Each owner has fielded teams with a rotation of drivers in an attempt to add to their title totals. With both drivers participating in limited schedules this season, this will be the first time Hornish and Keselowski will compete against each other in 2014.
Nationwide’s Dash 4 Cash Final Round Rolls Into Iowa
“Show me the money!” famously exclaimed by Tom Cruise in the movie Jerry Maguire, is exactly the sentiment taken by drivers and fans alike heading into this weekend’s final round of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash program. The famous cash wielding program from Nationwide Insurance reaches its fourth and final round of competition this weekend in the U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by New Holland at Iowa Speedway. While the first three rounds have packed excitement into the series for the drivers to win the money, this time around the fans also get a chance at the cash.
Four NASCAR Nationwide Series championship contenders are eligible to compete for the chance to win the $100,000 bonus this weekend at Iowa. Ty Dillon banked the third round of Dash 4 Cash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend. By winning the award Dillon automatically qualifies for the next payout this Saturday at Iowa. He will compete against Trevor Bayne, Brian Scott and Regan Smith.
This weekend, Nationwide includes a fan element into the program. The following four sweepstakes winners are entered to win the bonus: Kathy Coffman (winner), Gonzales, LA (Hometown: New Orleans, LA); Patricia Martens (winner) Danville, CA (Hometown: Norwalk, CT); James Dennis (winner), Henry, IL; Patricia Cochran (winner), Houston, TX.
Each sweepstakes winner will be paired with a driver randomly on Saturday morning; they will also be an honorary team member during the race. If their driver wins the Dash 4 Cash they win the $100,000 dollars bonus as well.
Also every fan attending the NASCAR Nationwide Series race may join the “Dash 4 Cash Bash,” a NASCAR-style celebration immediately after the checkered flag waves, culminating the popular “Dash 4 Cash” driver and fan sweepstakes and Iowa Speedway’s 2014 race season.
“The Dash 4 Cash was created to reward the full-time drivers and their avid fans in the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” said Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small. “It’s fitting that our loyal fans will get to party on the track to celebrate the end of our racing season and the conclusion of the wildly successful program.”
The “Dash 4 Cash Bash” will take place on the recently raced frontstretch of Iowa Speedway and feature NASCAR Nationwide Series driver appearances, music from DJ Michaelis and K&N gift certificates for the first 100 fans “over the wall.” Party goers will also have an opportunity to win prizes and giveaways, play tailgate games, grab a drink and show off their best “Robot” or “Shopping Cart” moves on the frontstretch “under the lights.”
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)