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3M 250

Iowa Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #10 of 33 for the 2015 season


Race: Sunday, May 17, 2015 in Newton, IA

Title Sponsor: 3M

Race Time: 2:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:18pm/et





Times are local to the Track (Central Time)

Friday, May 15th

Saturday, May 16th

Sunday, May 17th
1:00 PM (2:00 PM/ET) NXS RACE (250 LAPS, 218.75 MILES)



  • Official Iowa race results and standings (pdf)

  • Chris Buescher wins XFINITY race at Iowa: #60-Chris Buescher won the 3M 250 at Iowa Speedway. The race ended after one green-white-checkered attempt. It is Buescher's second career win. #9-Chase Elliott finished second, followed by #20-Erik Jones, #2-Brian Scott, #22-Ryan Blaney, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #88-Ben Rhodes, #33-Brandon Jones, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #62-Brendan Gaughan.
    There were 9 cautions for 54 laps and 9 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).(5-17-2015)

  • Iowa XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Chris Buescher won the 5th Annual 3M 250, his second victory in 51 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in three races at Iowa Speedway.
    Chase Elliott (second) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Iowa Speedway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2015.
    Erik Jones(i) (third) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Iowa Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (18th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 8 points over Ty Dillon.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-17-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Iowa:
    1) #60-Chris Buescher 368
    2) #3-Ty Dillon 360, -8
    3) #9-Chase Elliott 337, -31
    4) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr 331, -37
    5) #2-Brian Scott 326, -42
    6) #7-Regan Smith 320, -48
    7) #1-Elliott Sadler 317, -51
    8) #16-Ryan Reed 288, -80
    9) #62-Brendan Gaughan 283, -85
    10) #18-Daniel Suarez #281, -87
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(5-17-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Iowa: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 3: #8-Koch, 22nd
    Caution 4: #14-Conley, 19th
    Caution 5: #28-Yeley, 34th
    Caution 6: #88-Rhodes, 7th
    Caution 7: #44-Starr, 16th
    Caution 8: #51-Clements, 15th
    Caution 9: #25-Townley, 13th


  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Drew Herring wins XFINITY pole at Iowa: #20-Drew Herring, practicing and qualifying for Erik Jones, won the Coors Light pole for the 3M 250 at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 134.391mph. Jones will drive the #20 for the race and will have to start in the rear of the field. #18-Daniel Suarez was second. The rest of the top 10: #2-Brian Scott, #60-Chris Buescher, #33-Brandon Jones, #9-Chase Elliott, #7-Regan Smith, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #3-Ty Dillon, and #1-Elliott Sadler. Did Not Qualify: None. The starting lineup is posted on the Iowa starting lineup page (pdf).(5-16-2015)

  • Iowa XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Drew Herring won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 5th Annual 3M 250 with a lap of 23.439 seconds, 134.391 mph.
    This is his second pole in 16 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his second pole in six races at Iowa Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2015 and his first in one races at Iowa Speedway.
    Brian Scott (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Iowa Speedway. It is his eighth in ten races this season.
    Daniel Suarez (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-16-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Brian Scott fastest in happy hour: #2-Brian Scott was quickest during happy hour for the 3M 250 with a speed of 133.747mph. He was followed by: #33-Brandon Jones, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #25-John Wes Townley, #88-Ben Rhodes, #16-Ryan Reed, #18-Daniel Suarez, #7-Regan Smith, #9-Chase Elliott, and #3-Ty Dillon. 38 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Iowa practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(5-16-2014)

  • Brandon Jones fastest in first practice: #33-Brandon Jones was fastest during opening practice at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 135.676mph. #60-Chris Buescher was second, followed by: #18-Daniel Suarez, #3-Ty Dillon, #9-Chase Elliott, #22-Ryan Blaney, #7-Regan Smith, #1-Elliott Sadler, #2-Brian Scott, and #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr. 32 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Iowa practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-16-2014)

  • XFINITY Entry List:There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Sunday's 3M 250 at Iowa Speedway. A few notes:
    Timmy Hill will be in the #13;
    Ryan Ellis will drive the #15 for Rick Ware;
    Jeff Green will be in the #19 for TriStar;
    Erik Jones is driving the Joe Gibbs #20;
    The #22 for Penske will be driving by Ryan Blaney;
    The #26 is TBA;
    Kenny Wallace will drive the #29 for RAB Racing;
    Brandon Jones is in the RCR #33;
    Boris Said returns to the JGR #54;
    Ben Rhodes will make his debut in the #88 for JR Motorsports.(5-11-2015)
    UPDATE: #89-Morgan Shepherd has withdrawn. Ryan Ellis is now in the #26. The #15 is TBA.(5-13-2015)
    UPDATE: John Jackson is in the #13, BJ McLeod in the #15, Charles Lewandoski in the #19, and Todd Bodine in the #90.(5-16-2015)
    See the complete list on the Iowa entry list page.

  • XFINITY Qualifying procedure for 2015: In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, cars starting in positions 1-33 will be determined by their fastest single lap during qualifying in descending order with the fastest qualifier starting first. The next six positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking cars in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a seventh car will make the field based upon owner points.
    Prior to this enhancement, the top 30 cars in owner points were guaranteed a starting spot in each event. Now, a maximum of seven cars will be locked into a given NASCAR XFINITY Series race. If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, the field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds.


  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

  • Set limit: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4546; Right-side -- D-4648

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.60 in. (2,225 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 18 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi;
    Right Front -- 36 psi; Right Rear -- 34 psi

  • Notes: While NASCAR Xfinity Series teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4546) at Iowa since 2013, this is the first time running this right-side code (D-4648) . . . compared to what was run at Iowa last season, this right-side tire features a construction change for better wear . . . this tire set-up was confirmed at a Goodyear test at Iowa on May 5 . . . Xfinity drivers participating in that test were Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez . . . this is also the same tire set-up that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams will run at Iowa this June . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Iowa.


    Sunday Showcase: Future Stars On Display In Iowa

    Don’t fret sports fans. Even though you’re regularly scheduled points-paying NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be off this Sunday, the NASCAR XFINITY Series will offer some of the sport’s brightest future stars in the 3M 250 at Iowa Speedway (Sunday, May 17 on FOX Sports 1, 2 p.m. ET). Iowa marks the first of six NASCAR XFINITY Series standalone events this season and this weekend touts a star-studded lineup of rising talent including: Ty Dillon, Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott and Erik Jones.

    Just nine points separate series standings leader Ty Dillon and second-place Chris Buescher through the first nine races of the season. Third-place Chase Elliott lost some ground on Dillon (-37 points back) and Buescher (-28) with his poor finish (37th) at Talladega, but Elliott might be able to rebound this weekend as he has the best average finish at Iowa (6.0) of the three - Dillon (6.5) and Buescher (13.5).

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones returns to the No. 20 Toyota with crew chief Michael Wheeler this weekend after he put on an impressive display of talent in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series last weekend at Kansas subbing for his then injured teammate Kyle Busch. Jones has been busy this season competing in all three of NASCAR’s national series. In Jones’ nine XFINITY Series starts, he has posted one win (Texas), five top fives, three poles and an average finish of 11.9. This will be his series debut at Iowa.   

    Open Lane: Who Can Take The Crown At Iowa?

    Among the 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Iowa Speedway, there have been six different winners. Of those six, only one is entered this weekend - Elliott Sadler. One out of 40 is pretty good odds that we will see a new winner at Iowa this weekend, but Sadler’s success at the 0.875-mile track might make you second-guess counting him out.

    Sadler has made eight series starts at Iowa, posting a win in 2012, a series leading six top fives, eight top 10s and three poles. He also leads active drivers with a 4.6 average finish at Iowa.

    Sadler will have his work cut for him to become the third driver in series history to win multiple races at Iowa (Brad Keselowski and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. each have three wins). Five other drivers entered this weekend have average finishes at Iowa inside the top 10: Chase Elliot (6.0), Ty Dillon (6.5), Regan Smith (6.7), Ryan Blaney (7.0) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (8.0). 

    Ben Rhodes Graduates to XFINITY Series

    Instead of walking across the stage in a cap and gown this weekend, Ben Rhodes will be whipping around The Fastest Short Track on the planet in his No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. The 18-year-old NASCAR Next alum has decided to forego attending his high school graduation in order to make his first-ever NASCAR XFINITY Series start in Sunday’s 3M 250 at Iowa Speedway.

    Despite being a stranger to the XFINITY Series, Rhodes has already made himself quite comfortable at Iowa Speedway. The Louisville, Kentucky native finished third in the 2013 K&N Pro Series combo race at the 7/8 mile track, and in 2014 he took home the checkered flag in the K&N Pro Series East race en route to winning the 2014 series championship. He has since spent his free time that season testing his skills against the competition in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Rhodes earned one top-five and three top-10 finishes in his four NCWTS starts in 2014.

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Points Battle Reaches Surface Of The Sun Hot
    Among the seven drivers in this season’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year class, two have risen above their competition - Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suarez. Wallace and Suarez currently sit 1-2 in the Sunoco Rookie standings, separated by the sliver of one point, raising the temperature of this season’s rookie battle to white hot.

    Roush Fenway Racing’s Darrell Wallace Jr. holds the point in the rookie standings this season after retaking the lead from Suarez following Talladega. Wallace has posted two top 10s and an average finish of 11.9 in 2015. He is also ranked fourth in the series driver standings, 37 points behind leader Ty Dillon.

    Wallace’s loop data is also encouraging. In nine starts, he is ranked eighth in driver rating (93.1) and fifth in average running position (9.923).

    Expect Wallace to stay hot this weekend at Iowa. He has made two starts at the 0.875-mile speedway posting two top 10s and an average finish of 8.0.

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s Daniel Suarez might still lead the rookie standings had it not been for a multi-car accident at Talladega that collected the young Monterrey, Mexico driver relegating him to a 31st-place finish a few weeks back. But it did, and now Suarez sits second in the rookie standings one point back from Wallace. Suarez has posted one top five, three top 10s and an average finish of 16.0 this season. This weekend’s 3M 250 will be Suarez’s series debut at Iowa.

    Team Penske’s No. 22 Steamrolling 2015 So Far

    Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford team is on a record-setting pace this season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Roger Penske’s driver lineup of Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney has set an all-time record for the best team average finish with a 2.667 in the first nine races of an XFINITY Series season; surpassing the previous record of 2.778 (2014) held by Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 team with drivers Kyle Busch and Sam Hornish Jr.  

    Penske’s No. 22 Ford team has posted three wins and seven top-two finishes in the first nine races this season. Its early success has nearly gone unmatched, opening the XFINITY Series owner standings lead to 62 points over second-place Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Chevrolet team.

    This weekend, 21-year-old Ryan Blaney will make his second start of the season in the No. 22 Ford with crew chief Greg Erwin. Blaney’s lone start this season came at Las Vegas where he started fourth and finished second. Blaney is no stranger to Iowa Speedway; he has made three starts on 0.875-mile track, posting one top five, three top 10s and average finish of 7.0.

    Double Up: Five Drivers Dabble In Charlotte And Iowa This Weekend
    Five drivers will be dabbling in double duty this weekend, making the trek from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Iowa Speedway. Three of the five - Brandon Jones, Erik Jones and Jon Wes Townley - are entered in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and the remaining two - Chase Elliott and Landon Cassill - are entered in the Sprint Showdown.

    Charlotte Motor Speedway is a little over 1,000 miles from Iowa Speedway about 15:49 driving or 2:25 by plane.

    Home Sweet Home, Iowa:

    Two NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers that are extra glad the series is heading back to Iowa are Fairfax native Landon Cassill and Cedar Rapids native Joey Gase.

    Landon Cassill is currently 15th in points after posting one top 10 (Richmond), four top 20s and an average finish of 22.2 this season.

    His hometown of Fairfax is about 80 miles from Iowa Speedway; which happens to be his best track on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule. In two starts at Iowa, he has posted one top 10 and his career-best average finish at a single track (11.5).

    Joey Gase is coming off his NASCAR XFINITY Series career-best finish (fifth, Talladega) a few weeks ago. It not only was a career milestone for Gase but also marked the first time in over 30 years of competing that his owner Jimmy Means posted a top five in NASCAR national series competition. Gase is currently 21st in points after posting one top five and an average finish of 26.3 this season.

    His hometown of Cedar Rapids is about 90 miles from Iowa Speedway; which happens to be tied with Michigan and Mid-Ohio as his fourth-best track he competes on in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In seven starts at Iowa, he has an average finish of 27.0. 

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Milestones: Dakoda Armstrong will attempt to make his 50th NASCAR XFINITY Series start this weekend at Iowa Speedway.

    More To See And Do Than Just Racing: Iowa Speedway is hosting the NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series this season and fans will have the pleasure of watching country star John Michael Montgomery perform Friday night (May 15) following NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race.

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