NASCAR XFINITY Series Iowa Race Information Page

American Ethanol E15 250

Iowa Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #14 of 33 for the 2016 season


Race: Sunday, June 19, 2016 in Newton, IA

Title Sponsor: American Ethanol

Race Time: 1:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 1:45pm/et





Times are local to the Track

Thursday, June 16

Friday, June 17

Saturday, June 18

Sunday, June 19
12:30 PM (1:30 PM/ET) NXS RACE (250 LAPS, 218.75 MILES) (FS1 / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR



  • Official Iowa race results and standings (pdf)

  • Hornish, Jr. wins XFINITY race at Iowa: #18-Sam Hornish, Jr won the American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway. It is his 4th XFINITY Series win, 1st of the year,and 1st since June of 2014 at Iowa Speedway. #3-Ty Dillon finished second, followed by #22-Brad Keselowski, #19-Daniel Suarez, #88-Alex Bowman, #1-Elliott Sadler, #7-Justin Allgaier, #48-Brennan Poole, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., and #2-Ben Kennedy (making his XFINITY debut).
    Hornish lead 183 of the 250 laps. He was not originally scheduled to run the race. Joe Gibbs Racing selected him early in the week after back issues sidelined Matt Tifft.
    Pole sitter #20-Erik Jones had a fuel pickup problem early and had to go behind the wall to replace the fuel cell. He finished 27th.
    There were 6 cautions for 33 laps and 10 lead changes among 4 leaders.
    The average speed was 102.659mph.
    Complete results are on the Iowa race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Iowa Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-19-2016)

  • Iowa XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Sam Hornish Jr. won the 6th Annual American Ethanol E15 250 Presented by Enogen, his fourth victory in 111 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in eight races at Iowa Speedway.
    Ty Dillon (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Iowa Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2016.
    Brad Keselowski(i) (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in six races at Iowa Speedway.
    Brennan Poole (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 21 points over Elliott Sadler.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(6-19-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Iowa:
    1) #19-Daniel Suarez [1 win], 490
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler [1 win], 469, -21
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 455, -35
    4) #7-Justin Allgaier, 422, -68
    5) #33-Brandon Jones, 417, -73
    6) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 412, -78
    7) #20-Erik Jones [2 wins], 411, -79
    8) #48-Brennan Poole, 407, -83
    9) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 373, -117
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 331, -159
    11) #11-Blake Koch, 322, -168
    12) #39-Ryan Sieg, 312, -178
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(6-19-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Iowa: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #78-McLeod, 19th
    Caution 2: #28-Armstrong, 17th
    Caution 3: #78-McLeod (2), 19th
    Caution 4: #78-McLeod (3), 19th
    Caution 5: #51-Clements, 16th
    Caution 6: #62-Gaughan, 15th


  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Erik Jones on XFINITY pole at Iowa: #20-Erik Jones won the pole for the American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 135.752mph. It is his 6th pole of the season. #19-Daniel Suarez will start second. The rest of the top 10: #18-Sam Hornish, Jr., #7-Justin Allgaier, #1-Elliott Sadler, #2-Ben Kennedy, #22-Brad Keselowski, #3-Ty Dillon, #88-Alex Bowman, and #33-Brandon Jones.
    Did Not Qualify: #77-Claire Decker.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Iowa starting lineup page (pdf).(6-18-2016)

  • Iowa Qualifying Notes:
    Erik Jones won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 6th Annual American Ethanol E15 250 Presented by Enogen with a lap of 23.204 seconds, 135.752 mph.
    This is his ninth pole in 40 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his sixth pole and 14th top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in three races at Iowa Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2016 and his third in three races at Iowa Speedway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Iowa Speedway. It is his first in one races this season.
    Erik Jones (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(6-18-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Kennedy fastest in XFINITY happy hour: #2-Ben Kennedy was also quickest during happy hour for the American Ethanol E15 250 with a speed of 133.809mph. He was followed by: #62-Brendan Gaughan, #18-Sam Hornish, Jr., #20-Erik Jones, #88-Alex Bowman, #19-Daniel Suarez, #1-Elliott Sadler, #22-Brad Keselowski, #3-Ty Dillon, and #51-Jeremy Clements. 38 drivers participated in the session.
    See complete results on the Iowa practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(6-17-2016)

  • Kennedy fastest in first XFINITY practice: #2-Ben Kennedy was fastest during opening practice at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 132.448mph. #18-Sam Hornish, Jr. was second, followed by: #20-Erik Jones, #1-Elliott Sadler, #19-Daniel Suarez, #22-Brad Keselowski, #88-Alex Bowman, #33-Brandon Jones, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., and #48-Brennan Poole. 39 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Iowa practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(6-17-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Sunday's American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway. A few notes:
    Ben Kennedy will drive the #2 for RCR;
    Tyler Young is entered in the #10 for TriStar;
    The #13 is TBA;
    Matt Tifft returns to the #18 for JGR;
    Brad Keselowski will drive the #22 for Penske;
    The Rick Ware #25 is TBA;
    John Jackson is in the #72 (a 3rd car for Carl Long);
    The second Obaika car, #77, is entered again but hasn't shown up this year. The #97 is TBA;
    The #92 is TBA.(6-11-2015)
    UPDATE: Claire Decker will be in the #77 & Paige Decker in the #97 for Obaika Racing.(6-13-2016)
    UPDATE: Harrison Rhodes will be back in the #13.(6-14-2016)
    UPDATE: Sam Hornish will drive the #18 in place of Matt Tifft.(6-14-2016)
    UPDATE: Timmy Hill will drive the #15.(6-16-2016)
    UPDATE: Travis Kvapil will drive the #25.(6-16-2016)
    UPDATE: The #72 withdrew, Dexter Bean is in the #92; Josh Reaume is in the #93.(6-17-2016)
    See the complete list on the Iowa entry list page.


  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

  • Set limits:
    Xfinity: 7 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 5 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: Teams in both the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series teams will run the same tire set-up at Iowa this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires these teams ran at Iowa last season . . . this left-side tire code (D-4546) has been run by Xfinity and Truck teams at Iowa since 2012, while this right-side tire code (D-4648) was introduced at the track in 2015 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Iowa.


    Iowa Speedway: A Jewel In The Midwest
    From one of the largest tracks on the circuit (Michigan) to one of the smaller tracks (Iowa), NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers will test their versatility in Sunday’s American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway. The .875-mile track has been home to some timeless racing through the years and this Sunday (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1) fans can expect more of the same great competition.

    Iowa Speedway joined the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule in 2009, and the inaugural race was won by former series champion Brad Keselowski back when he drove for JR Motorsports and owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. 

    This weekend, Keselowski returns to Iowa with Team Penske to add another Iowa Speedway ‘American Ethanol Pump’ trophy to his collection. Keselowski has made five starts at Iowa, posting three wins (2009, 2013, 2014) - tied for the most in the series with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - five top fives and an average finish of 2.0.

    Iowa Speedway has hosted 12 NASCAR XFINITY Series races, producing seven different pole winners and eight different race winners. Many of the drivers attribute the great racing to the design of Iowa Speedway. The frontstretch has a slight 10 degree banking that works great for cars on entry into the progressive banking in the turns that vary from 12 to 14 degrees. This weekend’s event is slated to run 218.75 miles / 250 laps.

    Of the 12 races only one has been won from the Coors Light Pole - Elliott Sadler in 2012. The second starting positon has produced the highest number of winners in the field with four. Sadler and Keselowski are the only two drivers entered this weekend with previous wins at Iowa. Sadler also leads the series in poles at Iowa with three.

    Suárez’s Dream Comes True With Win
    In the closing laps of last weekend’s race, the Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Kyle Busch and Daniel Suárez, showcased their high-level talents as their Toyotas fiercely battled during the final lap. Kyle Busch boasts 80 wins in the series, but this past weekend, it was Suárez claiming the victory for the first time. In doing so, the NASCAR Next and NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate became the first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR national series race.

    “I’m still trying to believe and understand how it all happened, but the truth is that you can't ask for anything else than a weekend like this,” said Suarez, from Monterrey, Mexico. “It could not have been better. Winning the way we did, beating one of the best drivers in NASCAR today. And not only that, but also having some issues at the beginning of the race. The truth is that the team worked very hard, they never gave up. I got the tools to be ahead and at the end of the race we were able to get in front to fight for the victory.”

    Suárez’s win grew his points lead to 18 over both second-place Elliott Sadler and third-place Ty Dillon. Suárez’s win also all but locked him into the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase that begins at Kentucky Speedway in September. In addition to the victory, Suárez has one pole, five top fives and ranks tied with Elliott Sadler for a series leading 11 top-10 finishes.

    Suárez has made two series starts at Iowa, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 12.0. He’ll pull double duty this weekend, also racing in Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.

    Ben Kennedy Makes Series Debut With Richard Childress Racing
    Ben Kennedy will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut driving the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet under the guidance of crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. this weekend in Iowa. The No. 2 team has been strong of late with drivers Austin Dillon and Paul Menard behind the wheel. The two have combined to post one win (Dillon at Auto Club), eight top fives and 12 top 10s in 14 starts this season.

    The 24-year-old great grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., has 57 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, as well as 41 starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and seven starts in the K&N Pro Series West.  

    Kennedy will become the 28th driver to make his series debut at Iowa Speedway, joining active drivers Darrell Wallace Jr, Brandon Jones, BJ McLeod and Joey Gase. Kennedy has made three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Iowa, logging one top 10 and an average finish of 11.3.

    He’s Coming: Jones Can See The Standings Lead From Fourth
    Cue the famous ‘Jaws’ movie music, because Joe Gibbs Racing driver Erik Jones is back in the top five waters and hunting the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings lead. Just 19 points separate Jones and standings leader Daniel Suárez as the series heads to Iowa Speedway this weekend.

    Jones’ season has been like a roller coaster with ups and downs and twists and turns.  In 14 starts he has posted two wins, eight top fives, two DNFs and an average finish of 11.5. Jones posted his series leading eighth top five this past weekend at Michigan where he finished fourth.

    Jones’ impressive season doesn’t stop there. The 20 year-old is also on pace to set a record for the most poles in the NASCAR XFINITY Series season during a rookie season. Jones currently has five poles in just 13 starts. The record is currently held by Denny Hamlin (2006) and Martin Truex Jr. (2004) with seven poles each. 

    In two starts at Iowa Jones has posted one top five, two top 10s and an average finish of 5.0.

    A heavy-hearted Jones finished fourth at his home track - Michigan International Speedway - just days after his father, Dave Jones, passed away after a battle with cancer. Jones honored his father by displaying his name above the door of his No. 20 Toyota.

    Who’s Next: Looking For First Win
    With Daniel Suárez being the latest driver to capture his first NASCAR XFINITY Series career win last weekend, the question now turns to - “Who’s next?”

    Leading the contingent of those searching for their first taste of victory is Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next program graduate, Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang.

    Wallace is in his second full-time XFINITY Series season. In 13 starts in 2016, Wallace has posted two top fives and four top 10s including a runner-up finish at Dover a few weeks back. Iowa is one of Wallace’s better tracks. In four starts on the .875-mile oval, he has posted three top 10s and an average finish of 8.2.

    Two other potential ‘first-win’ candidates are Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Brandon Jones and Brennan Poole. Jones has been working with crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. this season and the pair has produced seven top 10s and an average finish of 11.3 for Richard Childress Racing. In two starts at Iowa, Jones has posted one top 10.

    Last but not least, Brennan Poole sits eighth in points after posting one top five and five top 10s in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro. Poole has made two starts at Iowa, posting a best finish of 14th last fall. 

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.
    NASCAR In Iowa: NASCAR has hosted 22 national series events among two tracks (Iowa Speedway, 21 races and Davenport Speedway, one race) in the state of Iowa. All three of NASCAR national series have competed in the state of Iowa (NSCS, one; NXS, 12; NCWTS, nine). The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Iowa was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Davenport Speedway on August 2, 1953 - the race was won by Herb Thomas (Hudson). The NASCAR XFINITY Series has held 12 races in the state of Iowa, all at Iowa Speedway. The first XFINITY Series races was held on August 1, 2009 and was won by Brad Keselowski (Chevrolet). The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has held nine races in the state of Iowa, all at Iowa Speedway. The first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway was held on Sept. 9, 2009 and was won by Mike Skinner (Toyota). ...

    Iowa Drivers In NASCAR: A total of 30 drivers who have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series have their home state recorded as Iowa. Of the 30 Iowan drivers in NASCAR 25 have made at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. Of the 25, only two have visited Victory Lane in the Sprint Cup Series - Dick Hutcherson (Keokuk) with 14 wins and Johnny Beauchamp (Harlan) with two. Of the 30 Iowan NASCAR drivers only eight have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series; led by Michael Annett (Des Moines) with 163 starts. Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids) is the only active Iowa native participating this weekend in the XFINITY Series event. No Iowan drivers have won in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 30 drivers with their home state as Iowa, only seven have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series; led by Chris Horn (Cedar Rapids) with 29 starts. No drivers from Iowa have won in the trucks.

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