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US Cellular 250

Iowa Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #19 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Saturday, August 1, 2015 in Newton, IA

Title Sponsor: US Cellular

Race Time: 8:00pm/et

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

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Central Time)

Thursday, July 30th
7:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, July 31st
12:00 PM-7:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:30 PM-9:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
2:30 PM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER'S MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
3:30 PM-4:50 PM NXS PRACTICE
6:00 PM-7:20 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, August 1st
10:30 AM-7:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:30 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
3:45 PM (4:45 PM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING
5:15 PM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (FAN WALK)
6:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM (8:00 PM/ET) NXS RACE (250 LAPS, 218.75 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Iowa race results and standings (pdf)

  • Ryan Blaney wins XFINITY race at Iowa: #22-Ryan Blaney won the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway for his first XFINITY win of the season and the 3rd of his career. He lead 252 of the 260 laps. The race ended after two green-white-checkered attempts. #7-Regan Smith finished second, followed by #2-Brian Scott, #3-Ty Dillon, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #18-Daniel Suarez, #54-Erik Jones, #1-Elliott Sadler, #9-Chase Elliott, and #4-Ross Chastain.
    #20-Kenny Wallace, making his final NASCAR start, overcame a couple spins to finish 15th.
    There were 8 cautions for 41 laps and X lead changes among X 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).(8-1-2015)

  • Iowa XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Ryan Blaney won the 7th Annual U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by New Holland, his third victory in 37 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in five races at Iowa Speedway.
    Regan Smith (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in six races at Iowa Speedway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Brian Scott (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Iowa Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 20 points over Chase Elliott.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-25-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Iowa:
    1) #60-Chris Buescher, 682
    2) #9-Chase Elliott, 662, -20
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 661, -21
    4) #7-Regan Smith, 643, -39
    5) #1-Elliott Sadler, 630, -52
    6) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 601, -81
    7) #18-Daniel Suarez, 596, -86
    8) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 576, -106
    9) #2-Brian Scott, 568, -114
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 551, -131
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(8-1-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Iowa: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #01-Self, 32nd
    Caution 2: none, #01-Self brought out the caution.
    Caution 3: #18-Suarez, 6th
    Caution 4: #88-Rhodes, 30th
    Caution 5: #28-Yeley, 18th
    Caution 6: #33-Jones, 20th
    Caution 7: #25-Lupton, 17th
    Caution 8: #25-Lupton (2), 17th
    (8-1-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Daniel Suarez on XFINITY pole at Iowa: #18-Daniel Suarez won the Coors Light pole for the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 133.441mph. #22-Ryan Blaney will start second. The rest of the top 10: #62-Brendan Gaughan, #33-Brandon Jones, #54-Drew Herring (who will be replaced by Erik Jones for the race), #60-Chris Buescher, #20-Kenny Wallace (making his final NASCAR start), #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #7-Regan Smith, and #3-Ty Dillon.
    Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Iowa starting lineup page (pdf).(8-1-2015)

  • Iowa XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Daniel Suarez won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 7th Annual U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by New Holland with a lap of 23.606 seconds, 133.441 mph.
    This is his second pole in 21 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second pole and 15th top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in two races at Iowa Speedway.
    Ryan Blaney (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2015 and his third in five races at Iowa Speedway.
    Brendan Gaughan (third) posted his third top-10 start at Iowa Speedway. It is his 14th in 19 races this season.
    Daniel Suarez (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-1-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Dillon fastest in happy hour: #3-Ty Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the US Cellular 250 with a speed of 133.012mph. He was followed by: #62-Brendan Gaughan, #28-TJ Bell, #54-Drew Herring, #2-Brian Scott, #33-Brandon Jones, #9-Chase Elliott, #22-Ryan Blaney, #18-Daniel Suarez, and #7-Regan Smith. 39 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Iowa practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(7-31-2014)

  • Daniel Suarez fastest in first practice: #18-Daniel Suarez was fastest during opening practice at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 133.367mph. #33-Brandon Jones was second, followed by: #88-Ben Rhodes, #3-Ty Dillon, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #62-Brendan Gaughan, #60-Chris Buescher, #22-Ryan Blaney, #54-Drew Herring (practicing for Erik Jones), and #1-Elliott Sadler. 37 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Iowa practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-31-2014)

  • XFINITY Entry List:There are 39 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. A few notes:
    The Rick Ware #15 is TBA;
    Kenny Wallace will make his final NASCAR start in the JGR #20;
    Ryan Blaney remains in the #22;
    Dylan Lupton will drive the #25;
    Brandon Jones is in the RCR #33;
    Erik Jones will drive the #54;
    Ben Rhodes makes another start in the #88 for JR Motorsports.(7-25-2015)
    UPDATE: Anthony Kumpen will be in the #15.(7-26-2015)
    UPDATE: Johanna Long will drive the #97 for Obaika Racing.(7-30-2015)
    UPDATE: John Jackson is in the #13, Josh Reaume in the #40, Matt Frahm in the #70 in place of Derrike Cope, and Zachary Bruenger in the #79 for Jimmy Means.(7-31-2015)
    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.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • 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: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR Xfinity Series teams ran at Iowa this May . . . Xfinity teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4546) at Iowa since 2012 . . . this is the first season for this right-side code (D-4648) . . . this is also the same tire set-up that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams ran here in June . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Iowa.

  • K&N Pro Series: Goodyear will also provide tires for the K&N race at Iowa race this week . . . this is the same combination of tires K&N teams ran at Iowa in May . . . the tire codes are D-2931 on the left-side and D-2934 on the right-side . . . this tire set-up is also run by K&N teams at New Hampshire and Phoenix . . . teams are allowed up to four sets each for the event at Iowa -- two for practice, one for qualifying/start of the race and one to change at mid-race break.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Veteran Kenny Wallace To Hang Up The Helmet After Iowa

    This weekend, the NASCAR industry comes together to salute one of the sport’s greatest contributors on and off the track, Kenny Wallace, as he will be strapping into a NASCAR XFINITY Series car for the last time. Wallace is officially retiring from NASCAR national series competition, and this weekend will be the final time fans will be able to see him compete in this series.
    "To me, this isn't a sad moment," Wallace said. "I'm at a truly happy place in my life right now. I've had a long and successful career, and I've been able to support my family doing what I love. To me, it doesn't get any better than that. I'm really proud of everything that I've been able to accomplish in NASCAR."
    Wallace’s career is that of a journeyman. His 546 starts lead the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ all-time list - 26 starts more than second-place Jason Keller. He has posted nine wins, 66 top fives (20th-most all-time), 173 top 10s (seventh-most all-time) and 10 poles.
    The 51-year-old veteran made his first NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Martinsville Speedway in 1988. He posted his first series win at Volusia County Speedway in 1991.
    This weekend, Wallace will run the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at Iowa. A track he has made eight starts, posting three top 10s and an average finish of 14.8.  

    Elliott Is Making Buescher’s Points Lead Disappear

    Last season’s NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, Chase Elliott, has been working his magic in the last three races, making 11 points disappear from series standings leader Chris Buescher’s points lead. Now just 25 points separate the two championship contenders as the series heads to Iowa Speedway for the US Cellular 250 presented by New Holland (on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET).  
    Buescher won at Iowa earlier this season, so Elliott’s task of catching him in the standings should be extra difficult this weekend. But don’t count out the 19-year-old Elliott; though he has yet to win at Iowa, he is knocking on Victory Lane’s door. In three starts, Elliott has posted two top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 4.7.
    NASCAR’s Loop Data suggests Elliott will contend for the win this weekend in the US Cellular 250. Among the drivers entered this weekend, Elliott leads the series in Driver Rating (120.3), Average Running Position (4.404) and Laps Led (114).
        
    Buescher Reaches For The Broom, Looking For The Iowa Sweep

    Since 2011, Iowa Speedway has hosted more than one NASCAR XFINITY Series race offering up the opportunity for drivers to possibly sweep both races at the famed Midwestern track. This weekend Chris Buescher looks to become the second driver in series history to sweep both races at Iowa Speedway in a single season; joining his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - who won three straight contests at Iowa from 2011-2012.
    Dust off the broom, because Chris Buescher’s chances at the sweep are better than average. In three starts he has posted one win and an average finish of 9.3. His pre-race driver rating of 105.6 (third-best among championship contenders) and average running position of 8.195 (fourth-best among championship contenders) point to him competing upfront this weekend.
    Buescher currently leads the series standings by 25 points over second-place Chase Elliott. His 2015 season has seen two wins (Iowa, Chicago) and a series-leading eight top fives. Buescher’s average finishing positon this season also leads all championship contenders at 8.4.  

    Drive For Diversity Graduate Daniel Suarez Proving To Be Real Deal

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender and Drive for Diversity graduate, Daniel Suarez is proving this season he belongs in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
    After the first 18 races, Suarez leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by 15 points over second-place Darrell Wallace Jr. Suarez is also ranked sixth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver standings.
    “Man, our race car has been fast every single weekend,” Suarez said. “That’s very good. We keep doing that; our day is going to come for sure.”
    Suarez has hit his stride midseason. In 18 starts, he has posted four top fives, eight top 10s and an average finish of 13.4.
    Suarez will look to rebound from his last performance at Iowa Speedway earlier this season, where he started second but due to a late incident and Pit Road penalties he finished 18th.

    Former Iowa Winner Sadler Still Looking For First Victory Of 2015

    Currently fifth in the standings, veteran Elliott Sadler turns his attention to Iowa Speedway hoping his past winning experience at the 0.875-mile track will bring him his first win of the season.
    Only two former winners are entered this weekend at Iowa - Chris Buescher (2015) and Sadler (2012). 
    Following a solid top-five finish at Indianapolis Speedway, Sadler is hoping the momentum carries over to Iowa this weekend in the US Cellular 250. Sadler’s 2015 season hasn’t been glitzy, but rather just solid consistent finishes. In the first 128 races he has posted four top fives, nine top 10s and zero DNFs. His average finish this season is 11.1 - fifth-best among championship contenders.
    Sadler has made nine starts at Iowa, posting one win, six top fives, nine top 10s and an average finish 5.1 - his best avg. finish among active tracks.

    Class Is In Session: Kyle Busch Back To His Winning Ways

    Ryan Blaney got an up close and personal one-on-one session on how to win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series last weekend at Indianapolis when the series’ winningest driver Kyle Busch cemented his 72nd career victory. Busch passed Blaney in the closing laps, by Blaney’s admission, ‘Outdriving him.’ A lesson Blaney will soon not forget.
    Busch has turned the corner to winning veteran and class is in session for the next generation of young drivers.
    Since Busch’s return from injury this season (five starts), he has posted two wins, four top fives and an average finish of 7.0.
    This weekend, Busch will be focusing on his quest to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Pocono Raceway and will forgo his seat in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to rising star Erik Jones. Jones won the pole for the Iowa race earlier this season in his series track debut and finished third.

    Garage-Side Fresh Faces: Brandon Jones and Matt Wallace

    Two young drivers to keep your eye out for this weekend are Richard Childress Racing’s Brandon Jones and JGL Racing’s Matt Wallace. Both drivers will be making just their second career series start this weekend at Iowa Speedway. 
    Jones will drive the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet this weekend at Iowa. The 18-year-old driver hails from Atlanta, Georgia. His one other NASCAR XFINITY Series start came at Iowa earlier this season where he started fifth and finished eighth.
    Jones caught the eye of RCR by competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East the last few seasons. The young driver finished the 2014 season fourth in the East standings, posting one win and 11 top 10s. Jones also posted two wins in three starts in the ARCA Racing Series in 2014.
    Son of veteran NASCAR driver Mike Wallace and nephew of NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and veteran driver Kenny Wallace, Matt Wallace will be making his second start of the XFINITY Series season.
    The Concord, North Carolina native will take the wheel of the JGL Racing No. 26 Toyota this weekend at Iowa. Wallace made his series debut two weeks ago at New Hampshire where he started 29th but was sidelined due to a vibration that resulted in a 33rd-place finish.
    This will be Wallace’s series track debut at Iowa Speedway this weekend.

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Countdown to the race: 02/25/2017 ~ 3:49 PM ET

Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL

Saturday, February 25
TV: FS1
3:30 pm/et
SiriusXM NASCAR
Motor Racing Network

Qualifying:
10:30am/et, Saturday, February 25
Fox Sports 1

Practices:
12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
2:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1

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