NASCAR XFINITY Series Iowa Race Information Page

US Cellular 250

Iowa Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #19 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Newton, IA

Title Sponsor: US Cellular

Race Time: 8:00pm/et

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

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Wednesday, July 6
3:30 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Thursday, July 28
7:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, July 29
12:30 PM-6:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
1:00 PM-8:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
3:00 PM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
4:00 PM-4:50 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
6:00 PM 7:20 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, July 30
10:30 AM-7:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:30 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
3:15 PM (4:15 PM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
5:15 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
6:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM (8:00 PM/ET) NXS RACE (250 LAPS, 218.75 MILES)(NBCSN / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Iowa race results and standings (pdf)

  • Erik Jones wins XFINITY race at Iowa: #20-Erik Jones won the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. It is his 5th XFINITY Series win and 3rd of the year. Jones led 154 of the 250 laps but had to take the lead from #3-Ty Dillon with 15 laps to go to get the win.
    Dillon finished second, followed by #1-Elliott Sadler, #48-Brennan Poole, #18-Dakoda Armstrong, #2-Sam Hornish, Jr., #7-Justin Allgaier, #22-Brad Keselowski, #88-Josh Berry, and #16-Ryan Reed.
    Pole sitter #19-Daniel Suarez finished 30th. He suffered front-end damage after getting into the back of #88-Josh Berry on a restart and did not finish.
    There were 6 cautions for 29 laps and 7 lead changes among 4 leaders.
    The average speed was 104.401mph.
    Complete results are on the Iowa race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Iowa Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-30-2016)

  • Iowa XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Erik Jones won the 8th Annual U.S. Cellular 250, his fifth victory in 45 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his third victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in four races at Iowa Speedway.
    Ty Dillon (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in six races at Iowa Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2016.
    Elliott Sadler (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 12 races at Iowa Speedway.
    Erik Jones (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 14 points over Daniel Suarez.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-30-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Iowa:
    [12 drivers qualify for the XFINITY Series chase. 7 more races until the Chase cutoff.]
    1) #1-Elliott Sadler [1 win], 633
    2) #19-Daniel Suarez [1 win], 619, -14
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 598, -35
    4) #20-Erik Jones [3 wins], 584, -49
    5) #7-Justin Allgaier, 576, -57
    6) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 565, -68
    7) #48-Brennan Poole, 556, -77
    8) #33-Brandon Jones, 545, -88
    9) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 500, -133
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 464, -169
    11) #39-Ryan Sieg, 446, -187
    12) #11-Blake Koch, 431, -202
    Currently outside the chase:
    13) #51-Jeremy Clements, 407, -226
    14) #4-Ross Chastain, 407, -226
    15) #28-Dakoda Armstrong, 407, -228
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(7-30-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Iowa: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #78-McLeod, 23rd
    Caution 2: #6-Wallace, 27th
    Caution 3: #11-Koch, 13th
    Caution 4: #62-Gaughan, 11th
    Caution 5: #44-Yeley, 14th
    Caution 6: #39-Sieg, 15th
    (7-30-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Daniel Suarez on XFINITY pole at Iowa: #19-Daniel Suarez won the Coors Light pole for the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 132.811mph. #20-Erik Jones will start second. The rest of the top 10: #18-Dakoda Armstrong, #1-Elliott Sadler, #22-Brad Keselowski, #88-Josh Berry #2-Sam Hornish, Jr., #62-Brendan Gaughan, #28-Drew Herring, and #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr..
    Did Not Qualify: #92-Dexter Bean.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Iowa starting lineup page (pdf).(7-30-2016)

  • Iowa Qualifying Notes:
    Daniel Suarez won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 8th Annual U.S. Cellular 250 with a lap of 23.718 seconds, 132.811 mph.
    This is his fifth pole in 54 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second pole and 19th top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his second pole in four races at Iowa Speedway.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his 19th top-10 start of 2016 and his fourth in four races at Iowa Speedway.
    Dakoda Armstrong (third) posted his first top-10 start at Iowa Speedway. It is his first in 19 races this season.
    Erik Jones (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-30-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Blake Koch fastest in XFINITY happy hour: #11-Blake Koch was quickest during final practice for the US Cellular 250 with a speed of 134.105mph. He was followed by: #2-Sam Hornish, Jr., #20-Erik Jones, #19-Daniel Suarez, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #3-Ty Dillon, #7-Justin Allgaier, #1-Elliott Sadler, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., and #28-Drew Herring. 40 drivers participated in the session.
    See complete results on the Iowa practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(7-29-2016)

  • Sam Hornish, Jr. fastest in first XFINITY practice: #2-Sam Hornish, Jr. was fastest during opening practice at Iowa Speedway with a speed of 132.214mph. #3-Ty Dillon was second, followed by: #19-Daniel Suarez, #1-Elliott Sadler, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #7-Justin Allgaier, #18-Dakoda Armstrong, #22-Austin Theriault (filling in for Brad Keselowski), #11-Blake Koch, and #20-Erik Jones. 30 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Iowa practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-29-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. A few notes:
    Sam Hornish will drive RCR's #2;
    Mike Bliss is entered in the #10;
    The Gibbs #18 is TBA;
    Brad Keselowski will drive Penske's #22;
    Brandon McReynolds is in the JGL #24;
    The Rick Ware #25 is TBA;
    Drew Herring is listed in the #28 of JGL;
    Obaika Racing's #77 & #97 is TBA.(7-25-2015)
    UPDATE: Dakoda Armstrong will drive the #18 for JGR.(7-26-2016)
    UPDATE: Spencer Boyd will be in the #25.(7-27-2016)
    UPDATE: John Jackson will be in the #13; Timmy Hill in the #40; TJ Bell in the #77; Matt Waltz in the #97.(7-27-2016)
    UPDATE: Michael Lira will make his XFINITY debut in the #15 for Rick Ware.(7-29-2016)
    See the complete list on the Iowa entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

  • Set limits:
    7 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 NASCAR Xfinity Series teams have run at Iowa since last season . . . this left-side tire code (D-4546) has been run by Xfinity 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.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Countdown To The NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase Continues

    The clock is ticking down for the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, making each of the final eight races of the regular season that much more important.

    This Saturday, the series returns to Iowa Speedway for the U.S. Cellular 250 (8 p.m. ET on NBCSN). This will be the series’ 14th race overall and the second of this season at the 0.875-mile track. Iowa Speedway has produced some great racing in the past, ushering forward eight different pole winners and eight different race winners. Sam Hornish Jr. became the third driver with multiple wins (two) at Iowa when he visited Victory Lane back in June.

    Several drivers have circled Iowa as the place they think they can win. Former Iowa winner Elliott Sadler (2012) and series standings leader Daniel Suarez are looking to add to their wins total and clinch a spot in the Chase with a victory this weekend.

    This season, Erik Jones is the lone driver that has completely locked himself into the Chase by not only winning twice (Bristol and Dover), but also accumulating enough points to clinch a top 30 spot no matter his finishes in these final eight races of the regular season. All Jones has to do is start the remaining regular season events.

    Top Billing: Suarez, Sadler Look To Add To Their Wins Total At Iowa

    NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader Daniel Suarez and second-place Elliott Sadler (-14) each have won a race this season and have clinched a top 30 spot in the points. The only thing they need to do to lock themselves into the Chase is add to their win total.

    Monterrey, Mexico has lots to be proud about when it comes to their hometown hero Daniel Suárez. In 18 starts this season, the 24-year-old has posted one win (Michigan), eight top fives and 15 top 10s. His average finish this season is a 7.7. Suarez has made three starts at Iowa, posting one top five, two top 10s and an average finish of 9.3. Suarez looked especially impressive at Iowa earlier this season, leading 62 laps and finishing fourth (a series career-best at Iowa). 

    Just 14 points behind Daniel Suarez in the points is JR Motorsports’ Elliott Sadler. Sadler’s 2016 season is one of the best of his career thus far. In 18 starts, the Emporia, Virginia native has posted one win (Talladega), five top fives, 15 top 10s and an average finish of 10.2. Sadler welcomes Iowa this weekend with open arms being a former winner at the 0.875-mile track (2012), and having posted six top fives and 11 top 10s in 11 starts at the speedway.

    Being locked into the top 30 in points opens up the gauntlet for both Suarez and Sadler to take the risks they need to get the additional wins as the playoffs approach. 

    Dillon, Allgaier Are Hungry For A Win With 8 To Go

    Arguing there are drivers who are hungrier for a win this season than Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon and JR Motorsports’ Justin Allgaier would be difficult to do. Both are ranked in the top five in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series points and both are winless this season with just eight races left until the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase.

    Among the drivers in the top 10 in points, Dillon has the largest winless streak with 65 races since his last trip to Victory Lane. Since Dillon’s last win (at Indianapolis in 2014), he has posted 21 top-five finishes and three runner-up showings including his last trip to Iowa earlier this season. In five starts at Iowa, Dillon has wrangled three top fives, four top 10s and an average finish of 6.6.

    Allgaier currently has the second most starts between wins (62 races) among drivers inside the top 10 in 2016 points. Allgaier’s last series victory was at Montreal in 2012, when he drove for car owner Steve Turner. Now Allgaier saddles up for JR Motorsports where he has recently found some momentum, putting together eight top-10 finishes in his last 10 starts. Allgaier could break through this weekend and get his first win of the season at Iowa. In nine starts at Iowa Speedway, Allgaier has posted six top 10s and an average finish of 11.1.

    Next Few Races Pose Challenge To Competitors

    The NASCAR XFINITY Series has approached the part of the schedule where the diversity of the tracks is so profound it really tests the competitors’ skills and furthers the notion that the NASCAR XFINITY Series fields some of the best drivers in the world. Even the vast difference of the next four tracks alone is worth noting.

    This weekend, the series heads to Newton, Iowa for the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. The track itself is a quick short-track 0.875-mile in length with progressive banking that changes from 12 to 14 degrees in the turns. Sam Hornish Jr. is the most recent driver to win at Iowa (June, 2016). He is entered this weekend and looking for the sweep. 

    Next weekend, the series heads to Watkins Glen, New York to compete at one of the most famous road courses in the world, Watkins Glen International, for the Zippo 200 on Aug. 6. The first of three road courses on the schedule, WGI is a playground for the highly skilled driver. The 2.45-mile course provides seven turns to test the prowess of the drivers. The series has seen five different winners in the last five races at WGI, including Joey Logano’s win last season from the pole.

    Following Watkins Glen on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule is the multi-elevational Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for the Mid-Ohio Challenge on Aug. 13. Mid-Ohio is a fast road course that cruises up and down through the hills of Ohio. Though the track is similar in length to WGI (2.45) at 2.258-miles, the course nearly doubles in the number of turns with 13. In the three series events held at Mid-Ohio, fans have seen three different winners - AJ Allmendinger (2013), Chris Buescher (2013) and Regan Smith (2015) - with the last two being championship contenders in those respective years.

    Pivoting from the road courses, at the opposite end of the track spectrum sits one of the most famous facilities in sports, Bristol Motor Speedway. As the shortest track the NASCAR XFINITY Series competes on in 2016, the 0.533-mile speedway sure packs a punch. The famous track located in Bristol, Tennessee boasts progressive banking in its four turns varying from 24 to 28 degrees. Sunoco Rookie candidate Erik Jones won at Bristol earlier this season. Expect him to vie for the sweep come August 19 as Joe Gibbs Racing looks to break the tie for the most series wins at Bristol with RCR (seven wins each). 

    3 Sunoco Rookies On Pace For The Inaugural Chase

    If the 2016 batch of Sunoco Rookies are any indication of what’s to come, then the future of the NASCAR XFINITY Series looks bright.

    Three Sunoco Rookie candidates - Erik Jones, Brandon Jones and Brennan Poole - combine for an average age of  21.3 and are all currently in contention to make the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. The three up-and-coming drivers are the latest talent bubbling to the top in the series where names are made.

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones is having one of the most impressive rookie campaigns in recent memory. In 18 starts, he has posted two wins (Bristol, Dover), 10 top fives and 11 top 10s. He currently is fourth in series points and is the only driver to lock himself into the Chase with multiple wins and an assured spot in the top 30 in points.

    Jones will be making his fourth career XFINITY Series start at Iowa this weekend. In his previous series endeavors at Iowa he has posted two poles, one top five and two top 10s.   

    Another rising talent in the series is Richard Childress Racing’s Brandon Jones from Atlanta, Georgia. Jones is currently seventh in the series standings after registering eight top 10s in 18 starts. Jones has not locked himself into the Chase just yet, but does have a 136-point cushion between himself and 13th-place Ross Chastain. 

    Brandon Jones could get his first series win this weekend at Iowa. In three starts at the 0.875-mile speedway, he has posted one top 10 and an average finish of 13.3.

    Last but not least is Chip Ganassi Racing’s Brennan Poole, who currently sits eighth in the series standings. In 18 starts this season, Poole has posted one top five and eight top 10s. His average finish in 2016 is a solid 12.3. Poole showed impressive skill at Iowa earlier this season, starting 20th and driving up to an eighth-place finish.

    Sam Hornish Jr. Looks For The Season Sweep At Iowa

    One of the best drivers without a full-time ride this season, Sam Hornish Jr., returns to the track this weekend to remind the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage just what kind of talent he possesses. In the process, Hornish looks to become the second driver in series history to sweep both Iowa races in the same season, joining Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2011).

    Sam Hornish Jr. made his lone start of the season back in June for Joe Gibbs Racing at Iowa Speedway. In ‘walk-off homerun’ style, Hornish started third, led 183 of the 250 scheduled laps and won the race. Now Hornish has been called up again, only this time it is for Richard Childress Racing. Hornish will be in the No. 2 Chevrolet this weekend looking to be the next driver to sweep both Iowa races in one season.

    If Hornish can accomplish the feat he will also become the second driver to win at Iowa for two different car owners, joining Brad Keselowski (Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2009 and Roger Penske, 2013, 2014).

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Josh Berry Makes Series Season Debut - Driving the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend and making his series season debut is Josh Berry. Berry will be making his fourth career XFINITY Series start and second at Iowa Speedway. Berry has posted one top 10 in his career and finished 12th at Iowa in his series track debut back in 2014. ...

    Owner Standings Update - With its ninth win of the season, Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota Camry team led by crew chief Chris Gayle has become the first team in series history to win nine races in the first 18 races of the season - a win percentage of 50% (previous record was eight by Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota team in 2008). This season, the No. 18 team has also set a series record for the most wins from the Coors Light Pole or first starting position in the first 18 races with six. The previous record was four by the No. 54 JGR Toyota team in 2013. As a result of its success this season, the No. 18 JGR team has opened up the owner points lead to 57 points over the second-place No. 88 JR Motorsports team. This week, Dakoda Armstrong will drive the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. ...

    Veteran Crew Chief Gil Martin Returns To The Box - Richard Childress Racing’s current NASCAR XFINITY Series Director, Gil Martin, will serve as interim crew chief for the No. 2 Chevrolet team following the recent reassignment of crew chief Danny stockman to the No. 27 RCR Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. Martin, a 16-year veteran of RCR, has won races in all three of NASCAR’s national series. Martin last served as crew chief in the series in 2012 for driver Austin Dillon at New Hampshire. This weekend Martin will have Sam Hornish Jr. driving the No. 2 RCR Chevrolet. ...

    Joey Gase To Give Uber Rides In Iowa On Wednesday - Joey Gase, a Cedar Rapids native and full time driver in the NASCAR XFINITY Series of the No. 52 Chevrolet for Means Racing, will drive Iowa Speedway’s Chevrolet Camaro SS pace car in Des Moines on Wednesday as part of the lead up to Saturday’s U.S. Cellular 250. Those interested in riding with Gase only need to open up the Uber app on their smartphones between noon and 2 p.m. and slide over to the “JOEY GASE” option at the bottom of the screen. If connected, riders will have a one-of-a-kind Uber experience. The earnings from Gase’s rides will be contributed exclusively to Donate Life America. Gase has long championed the Donate Life platform during his time in NASCAR.

Next Race: PowerShares QQQ 300

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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