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NBCSN to Broadcast Championship Stretch Runs

Showcase for NASCAR K&N Pro East and West and NASCAR Whelen Modified Titles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2017) – NASCAR fans are watching Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott battle in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series week in and week out, and NBCSN will again be the showcase of the next crop of drivers following in their path.

NBC and NASCAR announced today the remainder of the 2017 broadcast schedule, which will capture the championship races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well as the newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The next NBCSN broadcast will be Thursday, April 27, and will showcase Harrison Burton’s first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Bristol Motor Speedway from this past Saturday. Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton, and is a member of the current NASCAR Next class.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Racking Up The Points: Larson Logs Another Runner-Up Finish

Kyle Larson continued his breakout season at Texas with his fourth runner-up showing. The result marked his fifth top-two finish in the last six races.

Only four other drivers have logged as many top-two finishes as Larson’s five through the first seven races of a season: Kevin Harvick (6 top fives; 2015), Dale Earnhardt (5; 1987), Bobby Allison (5; 1972, 1979), Cale Yarborough (5, 1974).

The No. 42 Chevrolet driver has the top average finish (5.4) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but more importantly, he leads the points standings by 17 markers over second-place Chase Elliott. Martin Truex Jr. (-40) sits third, followed by Brad Keselowski (-41) and Joey Logano (-72). Ryan Blaney (-91), Kyle Busch (-104), Jamie McMurray (-106), Clint Bowyer (-111) and Kevin Harvick (-117) round out the top 10.

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Baiz Eyes Championship in Sophomore Season

Martin-McClure Racing announced Hunter Baize as the driver of their No. 13 Reynolds Wrap Toyota Camry earlier this month. The Bremen, KY driver has high hopes for his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. The deal came together after Eric McClure contacted Baize with a couple of races remaining last season.

“We hope to win a championship,” Baize said. “I think that we’ve built a team that can. I think taking what I learned the last year, taking their success, I believe we’ll be a contender at any race we enter and I think we’ll be around in the championship discussion.”

The team had 3 wins in 12 races. Chad Finchum scored their first victory at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway.  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Austin Cindric won at Virginia International Raceway ( VIR) and Watkins Glen (NY) International.

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Harrison Burton Announces Final 2017 Plans, Includes Competing for the K&N Pro Series East Championship

Young Driver Backed by Sponsorship from Several Companies

Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2017) – Harrison Burton will be very busy in 2017. As announced earlier, Harrison has signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) to compete in a partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. He recently reached an agreement with MDM Motorsports to compete for a championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East as well as racing in select ARCA races. In addition, Harrison has earned one of the coveted seats at Fury Race Cars’ factory-supported Super Late Model team which will compete at numerous marquee events, including the Snowball Derby.

With a commitment toward the future of NASCAR, six sponsors have stepped up to support Burton next season, including DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Rheem Manufacturing Company. Burton, a 16-year-old, second-generation driver, is set to begin his year at the K&N Pro Series East race in New Smyrna Speedway on February 19th.

“I’m truly fortunate to compete with three teams that will give me the best chance to have success at the highest levels. I’m incredibly grateful to have not one, but six, corporate partners so committed to my future and that of the sport,” Burton said. “DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and Rheem Manufacturing could have put their resources toward a more veteran driver, so I am extremely appreciative they chose to support me, and I am thrilled to work with them this season.”

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Venturini Motorsports’ Weekend Rewind: ABC Supply Co. 150 – Iowa Speedway

Dalton Sargeant Finishes Fourth at Iowa, Christian Eckes Settles for 11th, Hessert Battles for 16th Place Finish

Concord, North Carolina (July 11, 2016) – The second-half of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season officially kick-off over the weekend with the ABC Supply Co. 150 at Iowa Speedway. The ARCA Series’ eleventh event of the twenty race schedule was run under the lights Saturday night at Iowa’s 7/8 mile paved course.

Dalton Sargeant led the trio of VMS drivers finishing fourth for his sixth top-5 effort of the season. Christian Eckes, the team’s top qualifying driver, made his first career Iowa attempt and third overall series start. He experienced engine gremlins early, but was able to hang on for a respectable 11th place finish. Veteran driver Tom Hessert, who earned his first ARCA Series win at Iowa in 2010, had a forgettable night finishing 16th.

The same team driver roster will be back in action for The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive at Lucas Oil Speedway on Friday, July 22. The race will once again be part of a huge weekend of racing in the Indianapolis area featuring USAC, ARCA, and NASCAR.

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Newgarden dominates field to win Iowa Corn 300

NEWTON, Iowa (Sunday, July 10, 2016) – Josef Newgarden put on one of the most dominant clinics in Indy car history, leading a record 282 laps today to win the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway.

The victory was the third of Newgarden’s six-year Verizon IndyCar Series career and first on an oval track. It also vaulted the Ed Carpenter Racing driver three spots into second place in the point standings after 10 of 16 completed races.

CLICK HERE: Iowa Corn 300 box score

Starting the 300-lap race second in the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka/ECR Chevrolet, Newgarden bolted past pole sitter Simon Pagenaud on the opening lap and never looked back. The only time the 25-year-old surrendered the lead came when he made pit stops for fuel and tires. His 282 laps led are the most ever by a driver in an Indy car race, surpassing the 250 by Ryan Hunter-Reay when he led every lap to win at Milwaukee in 2004.

“It was a lot of fun, mainly because the car was so good,” said Newgarden, who finished second to Hunter-Reay in each of the past two Iowa races. “It would go anywhere, it wasn’t really falling off much. It was fun. In some stints it seemed like a video game. You put on new tires, you catch people at the right point and you could just slice and dice.”

Newgarden sustained a fractured right clavicle and fractured bone in his right hand in a crash during the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway that was suspended by rain June 12 after 71 laps. Still recovering, Newgarden finished eighth at Road America two weeks ago before driving to victory lane today. He trails Team Penske’s Pagenaud – who finished the race in fourth – by 73 points in the championship.

JR Hildebrand substituted in the No. 21 car at the Iowa Speedway test on June 29. Newgarden admitted being nervous over how physically demanding the short oval is, but surprised himself with how he handled it.

“If you have as good of a car as I had today, it makes your race so much easier to drive,” Newgarden said. “I don’t think people should feel like I did some crazy feat. The hand is still a little broken. I was able to use it; it wasn’t too painful. The clavicle feels good with the plate in, was stable. It was a little more uncomfortable than normal around here, but it was doable.”

The victory was also the seventh in the history of Ed Carpenter Racing since its formation in 2012.

“It was a great day for the team,” said team owner/driver Ed Carpenter, who finished 18th in the team’s other car. “We tested here last week, we knew we had really strong race cars. Josef drove excellent, especially with the conditions of his hand hurting.”

Will Power finished in second place, 4.2828 seconds behind Newgarden. Driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Power passed Pagenaud and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the final seven laps to collect his third podium finish in as many races – on the heels of his back-to-back wins at Detroit’s Belle Isle-2 and Road America.

“It was good,” said Power, the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion who sits third in this year’s championship, 75 points behind Pagenaud. “It took us all day to get to the front, basically. We kind of went really long on the first stint, lost quite a lot of positions there, then slowly made our way back.

“We needed long stints to get back to the front because our car was really good over a long distance. I’m not sure we would have had anything for Newgarden. He was on his own on another planet. Really happy with second, though. Really, really happy.”

Dixon finished third in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet for his 88th career podium finish – moving the four-time series champion into a tie for sixth on the all-time podiums list with Helio Castroneves, Bobby Rahal and Al Unser Jr.

“We spent much of the race just trying to dial the car in, at least the balance, and we had way too much understeer early on,” Dixon said. “It was nice to start the race, was pretty consistent, but fell off a lot towards the end.

“I don’t think anybody really had anything for Josef today. Huge credit to that team. For me, it’s nice to have an Iowa race go somewhat smooth.”

The race on the high-banked 0.894-mile short oval – the 10th Verizon IndyCar Series event at Iowa Speedway – was slowed three times by full-course cautions. Hunter-Reay saw his chances for a third consecutive Iowa win and fourth in five years end when he stopped on Lap 109 with smoke trailing from his No. 28 DHL Honda. Juan Pablo Montoya had a similar ending in the No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet on Lap 179. Rookie Max Chilton brought out the final caution on Lap 246 when he spun exiting Turn 2 in the No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

Castroneves finished 13th in his 321st career Indy car start, moving the Team Penske driver ahead of Al Unser into fourth on the all-time list. Tony Kanaan, who finished seventh, joined Unser in a tie for fifth with 320 career starts.

The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to action July 15-17 for the Honda Indy Toronto on the streets of Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Verizon P1 Award qualifying airs live at 1:30 p.m. ETJuly 16 on NBCSN. The 85-lap race on the 1.755-mile street circuit airs live at 3 p.m. July 17 on CNBC with a re-air at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Serralles wins Indy Lights race

Felix Serralles (Carlin) passed Zach Veach (Belardi Auto Racing) as the two battled through lapped traffic to take the lead on the 99th of 100 laps and went on to win the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race at Iowa Speedway. It was Serralles’ second win of the season.

Championship leader Ed Jones (Carlin) finished third.

Iowa Corn 300 Race Results

Click HERE to view and download the official box score of the Iowa Corn 300.

NEWTON, Iowa – Results Sunday of the Iowa Corn 300 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 300, Running
2. (8) Will Power, Chevrolet, 300, Running
3. (10) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 300, Running
4. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 300, Running
5. (9) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 300, Running
6. (17) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 299, Running
7. (6) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 299, Running
8. (16) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 299, Running
9. (22) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 299, Running
10. (5) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 299, Running
11. (13) Takuma Sato, Honda, 298, Running
12. (15) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 298, Running
13. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 298, Running
14. (19) Marco Andretti, Honda, 298, Running
15. (14) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 298, Running
16. (12) Graham Rahal, Honda, 297, Running
17. (18) Gabby Chaves, Honda, 293, Running
18. (7) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 284, Running
19. (4) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 274, Running
20. (11) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 179, Mechanical
21. (21) Conor Daly, Honda, 141, Mechanical
22. (20) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 105, Mechanical

Race Statistics
Winners average speed: 143.330 mph
Time of Race: 1:52:16.3613
Margin of victory: 4.2828 seconds
Cautions: 3 for 42 laps
Lead changes: 10 among 5 drivers

Lap Leaders:
Newgarden 1-49
Pagenaud 50-58
Chilton 59-60
Rossi 61-64
Newgarden 65-112
Pagenaud 113
Newgarden 114-181
Pagenaud 182
Newgarden 183-249
Dixon 250
Newgarden 251-300

Verizon IndyCar Series point standings: Pagenaud 409, Newgarden 336, Power 334, Dixon 321, Castroneves 318, Kanaan 306, Rossi 286, Munoz 280, Rahal 275, Kimball 275.

Sources:  Mike Kitchel/Verizon IndyCar Series PR

“What They’re Saying” from the Iowa Corn 300

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet): “The DeVilbiss Chevy was running so well today. We struggled a little bit in qualifying because we couldn’t get a clear assessment on the assimilations there, but we knew that we had a strong car for today’s race and I really thought we had a shot at the win. As we adjusted the car, it was getting better and better. So, obviously disappointed with how things ended. Again, I just want to thank DeVilbiss, Chevrolet and Verizon for supporting us and we’ll look ahead to better results in Toronto.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): “The Hitachi Chevrolet was a top-five car here at Iowa Speedway, especially after we made some changes in the third pit stop. However, we got caught under the caution, unfortunately. We couldn’t catch a break and we tried everything to stay out and every time we stopped the caution came out. It was not a good day for us after that, but we can’t give up. We have to move on and look forward to Toronto.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “I think we can be pretty pleased with that. To start shotgun on the field and end up in the top 10 without really any lucky breaks or lucky yellows. It was just on pace, we had quick stops from the guys and stayed out of trouble. There weren’t a lot of cautions or a lot of guys going out today, so we kind of just had to race our way up there. Big credit to the No. 5 crew and everybody on the Arrow Electronics team. The car was good all weekend, other than that issue with qualifying obviously, so it sucked to start back there but to be able to work our way back up showed the strength that we have. Obviously congrats to Mikhail (Aleshin) with his top five, it was a great day for the SPM team.”

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Streaking Sargeant Enters ARCA 150 at Iowa Speedway Optimistic

Concord, NC (July 6, 2016) – Dalton Sargeant will look for his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory this weekend in the ARCA 150 presented by Casey’s General Store at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, July 9.

Sargeant, locked in a tight battle for ARCA Rookie of the Year honors with fellow competitor Chase Briscoe, has earned seven consecutive top-10 finishes in as many races.

Driving Venturini Motorsports’ No.55 Toyota Racing Development – Windows 10 Camry during 15 of the 20 series events, Sargeant has already scored two runner-up and five top-5 finishes thus far during his abbreviated rookie campaign.
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Casey Smith to Iowa with Green Light Racing Truck Team

AUSTIN, TX. — Casey Smith will team with Green Light Racing and Niece Equipment Company for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, June 18th at Iowa Speedway. This will mark Smith’s initial NCWTS start.

The 30-year-old, Austin, TX. native is a highly-touted Super Late Model Star. Smith was the champion of the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco in 2015 with two victories, 8 Top-5’s and 13-Top 10 Finishes.

“This is an opportunity for me and the whole Green Light Racing team to score a solid run at Iowa,” said Smith. “I’m grateful for the team and Niece Equipment Company allowing me the chance to go Truck racing.”

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K&N Pro Series 2016 Schedules Announced

Twenty-Seven Races Set To Showcase Sport’s Rising Stars

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series has become the preeminent development proving ground for the sport’s future stars.

The 27 races on the 2016 schedule – from New England to Southern California, and from Washington to Florida – provides a comprehensive slate of venues and events designed to test drivers and showcase the best and brightest for NASCAR fans.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West schedules, announced today, comprise of 14 points races for each championship. It is highlighted by the annual meeting in the Heartland for the combination race at Iowa Speedway on July 29.
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McReynolds Rolls for Iowa Sweep

Dominates The K&N Pro Series #ThanksKenny 150

NEWTON, Iowa – If it were up to Brandon McReynolds, every race would take place in Iowa.

The No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota driver won the #ThanksKenny150 at Iowa Speedway, following up his May victory at the .875-mile track, to complete the season sweep and earn Bill McAnally Racing its 60th win in its 25th season with NAPA.

Iowa Speedway has hosted 13 NASCAR K&N Pro Series combination race since 2007, and McReynolds became its first repeat winner. Past winners at Iowa include Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Cole Custer.

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Qualifying: McReynolds Captures Pole

Spring Iowa Winner Starts Up Front; Abreu Fastest In East

NEWTON, Iowa – Brandon McReynolds’ string of success at Iowa Speedway is still going strong.

The 23-year-old from Mooresville, N.C., earned his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win at Iowa on May 17th. He added another accolade Friday night when he captured the Coors Light Pole Award for the #ThanksKenny 150.

The third out of 38 cars in qualifying, McReynolds set a time of 23.971 seconds (131.475 mph) to pace the field.

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PRACTICE: Smooth Sailing for Abreu

Rookie Tops Both Sessions At Iowa Speedway

Newton, Iowa – Rico Abreu continued to his successful rookie campaign Friday at Iowa Speedway.

The 23-year-old from St. Helena, California, dominated both NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East practice sessions for tonight’s combination event. He posted a fast time of 24.449 seconds (128.440 mph) during the first practice session and then went onto record a time of 24.384 seconds (129.183 mph) during the final session.

Abreu’s fellow NASCAR Next classmate Jesse Little earned the second spot with a time 24.404 seconds (129.077 mph).

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Young Stars Shine Under Bright Lights

Byron, Bickford Lead NASCAR Next Contingent To Iowa

The East will take on the West Friday under the lights at Iowa Speedway, with two of NASCAR K&N Series’ top contenders on one track in the second and final combination race of the season.

Both 17-year-old NASCAR Next drivers coming off big wins in their respective series, as the East’s William Byron and West’s James Bickford lead a strong continent of young talent in a race to victory in the Thanks Kenny 150 – a tribute to Kenny Wallace who makes his record 547th and final NASCAR XFINITY Series start Saturday in Iowa.

Prior Iowa pole-sitter Byron feels confident coming out of his latest win in New Hampshire – his fourth in just eight season starts.
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K&N Pro Series Stat Advance: Iowa

Analyzing The #ThanksKenny 150 At Iowa Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West head to Iowa Speedway Friday for the final combination race at the Newton, Iowa track this season. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Iowa, as well as some other statistical trends.

Iowa Race Setup:
• William Byron is pulling away in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings with 331 points. Austin Hill is the closet to him with 302 and Scott Heckert is third at 298. Rookies Kyle Benjamin and Dalton Sargeant round out the top-five with 288 and 285 points, respectively.
• Chris Eggleston leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings by one point over rookie Noah Gragson (274-273). Rookies Gracin Raz and Ryan Partridge follow very closely with 271 and 267 points, respectively. Veteran David Mayhew completes the top-five with 261 points.
• Brandon McReynolds was the overall winner in this year’s first K&N Pro Series combination event in May. Byron, the East winner, will be looking for redemption after being overtaken by McReynolds on a restart with eight laps to go.

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Little to race for Hattori Racing Enterprises at Iowa Speedway

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (July 29, 2015) — Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) and team owner Shige Hattori have signed 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year, to drive the No. 1 Yazaki Toyota Camry in Friday evening’s ‘Thanks Kenny 150’ at Iowa Speedway.

“We’re looking forward to this weekend’s start with Hattori Racing Enterprises and it’s great to have ‘Get to Know Newton’ community outreach project continue their relationship with me for the race at Iowa Speedway. The Newton community is one of our favorite places to visit and bringing attention to race fans about this great area has always been one of my highlights when coming to Iowa.

“Jesse is a talented young driver and we’re looking forward to have him drive our HRE No. 1 Yazaki Toyota Camry this weekend at Iowa Speedway,” said Hattori.

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K&N Pro Series News & Notes: Iowa

McReynolds Looks To Sweep At Iowa Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – If Brandon McReynolds ends up in Victory Lane this weekend with a season sweep at Iowa Speedway, he’ll make history as the track’s first repeat winner.

Since 2007, the first year the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West ran at Iowa, no driver has captured the overall win more than once.

McReynolds earned his first NASCAR victory in the Casey’s General Store 150 on May 16, this season’s first of two annual combination races between the K&N East and West at the .875-mile oval.
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PIT BOX: Iowa Combo, Part II

Big Ticket Week Also Includes Bowman Gray, Trois-Rivieres

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West will reconvene for the second and final combination race of the year at Iowa Speedway this Friday. The West’s Brandon McReynolds came out on top in a race-long battle waged with polesitter William Byron from the East for his first career NASCAR victory in this year’s first edition back in May. Byron has won two of the last three East races and brings a sizeable points lead to Iowa while Chris Eggleston leads Noah Gragson by a single tally in the West standings. The race name – the Thanks Kenny 150 – is a tribute to Kenny Wallace, who will make his record 547th and final NASCAR XFINITY Series start on Saturday at Iowa.
• The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to Bowman Gray Stadium this week where hometown favorites and brothers Jason and Burt Myers enter the weekend first and second in the standings. Both drivers have won in previous seasons at Bowman Gray and will look to remain atop the standings this weekend. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers Eric Goodale and Ryan Preece also plan on making the trip south for the race.
• One of the marquee dates on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 calendar is on tap for this weekend as the series headlines the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres with the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours. The annual street course event in downtown Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, was won last year by hometown favorite and eventual series champion L.P. Dumoulin. Scott Steckly brings the points lead into the event and last week’s winner, Andrew Ranger, is a four-time victor at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
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Iowa Corn 300 Post-Event Infractions, Manufacturer Championship Points Update

INDIANAPOLIS (July 22, 2015) – INDYCAR announced the following post-event infractions and manufacturer championship points updates from the Iowa Corn 300, which was held July 18 at Iowa Speedway:

• Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Jakes of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports was fined $500 for violating Rule 1.6.5.1.1 of the Verizon IndyCar Series rule book (visor not down during pit stop).

• A crew member from A.J. Foyt Enterprises and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing were each fined $500 for violating Rule 1.2.7.2 (e) (deadman not wearing headsock).

• The No. 8 Chip Ganassi Racing entry was fined $500 for violating Rule 7.9.6 (unattended equipment – tire).

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INDYCAR News and Notes – July 20, 2015

  1. Hunter-Reay cherishes return to Victory Lane: Ryan Hunter-Reay’s 2½-year-old son Ryden could soon have the coolest bedroom night light of any child of a Verizon IndyCar Series driver.

Hunter-Reay, who earned another vintage gas pump trophy with a thrilling victory July 18 in the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway, promised he’d give one to his son, who enjoys playing with the unique winner’s prize.

“My little boy loves it because you can switch the light on top,” Hunter-Reay said after winning on the 0.894-mile oval for the third time in four years. “I’m going to put this one in his room. He’s old enough now to actually get what a win is. Every time I go to the airport he says, ‘Dada, win.’ This is pretty cool.”

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Iowa Corn 300 Fast Facts

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015

Track: Iowa Speedway, a 7/8-mile (0.894-mile) oval in Newton, Iowa

Entry List: Iowa Corn 300

Race distance: 300 laps / 268.2 miles

Firestone tire allotment: Nine sets for use through the weekend

Twitter: @iowaspeedway @IndyCar, #IowaCorn300, #IndyCar

Event website: http://IowaSpeedway.com/

INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

2014 race winner: Ryan Hunter-Reay

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Chicagoland & Iowa

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Next Race: Toyota/Save Mart 350
The Place: Sonoma Raceway
The Date: Sunday, June 28
The Time: 3 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX Sports 1, 2 p.m. (ET)
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 218.9 miles (110 laps)

NASCAR XFINITY Series
Next Race: Owens Corning AttiCat 300
The Place: Chicagoland Speedway
The Date: Saturday, June 20
The Time: 9:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX Sports 1, 9:30 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 300 miles (200 laps)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: American Ethanol 200
The Place: Iowa Speedway
The Date: Friday, June 19
The Time: 8:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 175 miles (200 laps)

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K&N Pro Series News & Notes: Iowa

Stage Set For New Star To Be Made

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The K&N Pro Series East and West will meet Saturday at Iowa Speedway, where the track’s slogan “Stars Are Made Here” couldn’t be more appropriate for NASCAR’s top developmental series.

Iowa has featured career-defining wins in the K&N Pro East and West since the inaugural event in 2007 when then 16-year-old Joey Logano pulled off the victory. The trend has continued as Chase Elliott, Cole Custer and Brandon Jones all earned their first NASCAR career wins at the track.

Six of 11 overall race winners at the .875-mile, high-banked oval are now racing in the national series, not including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch, who won the race in 2009. In fact, Elliott and defending race winner Ben Rhodes are competing in Sunday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Iowa.

A new star could be discovered this weekend, with a field that features no previous combination race winners. Already four of the six winners in the K&N Pro East and West this year have been Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders.

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Eddie MacDonald Rallies from Flat Tire for Sixth Place in the K&N Race at Bristol

Eddie MacDonald powered the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevrolet to a hard earned sixth place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East PittLite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway as a companion race with the Sprint Cup Series. The Rowley, Mass. veteran started his 183rd race in the series and took the green flag as the defending champion of last year’s event. A flat tire on lap 49 appeared to quash any hopes of repeating the win but Eddie Mac and the crew never gave up and rallied from the flat and 24th restarting position to make his patented charge to the front.

“With everything that we had to overcome in the race, we are pleased with the sixth place finish,” said Eddie Mac after the race. “Obviously we would have liked to compete for the win but this finish showed how we can overcome adversity. We had a very similar set-up in the car as last year and the car handled pretty good. We didn’t have a great qualifying run (16th) but last year we started 13th and won so we knew the car would be good for the long run.”

Twenty eight cars took the green flag in the 125 lap event around “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile” as Eddie Mac wasted no time moving up four spots from 16th to 12th in just two laps and into tenth by lap 21. The car was “a little loose but not bad” according to Eddie Mac at the first caution on lap 37. While running ninth the #71 blew a left rear tire to bring out the caution on lap 49, then restarted 24th one lap down. Eddie Mac moved up two positions before the halfway break at lap 62. The crew was allowed to re-fuel but could not change tires during the five minute break.

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Jones Finally Gets First Victory

11th Different K&N Pro Winner at Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa — Brandon Jones kept the trend of new winners at Iowa Speedway going.

The 17-year-old driver from Atlanta, George, picked up his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series win Friday night in the Autolite Iridium XP 150. He is the 11th different winner in 11 meetings at Iowa between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West.

Jones joins a list which includes Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Corey LaJoie of drivers who won at Iowa during their rise up the NASCAR ranks.

It was Jones’ 20th career K&N Pro start. His 2014 already included a third-place run in the K&N Pro East opener at New Smyrna (Florida) Speedway and a runner-up at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. He was also in contention for the win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when his last-lap attempt to pass for the lead also collected Nick Drake and opened the door for Jesse Little to grab the victory.

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QUALIFYING: Little Leads Pack at Iowa

Captures First Career K&N Pro Series Pole

NEWTON, Iowa — With 43 cars on the starting grid for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series combination race at Iowa Speedway, track position will be at a premium.

Jesse Little made sure he’d have no issues with traffic at the race start, capturing the 21 Means 21 Pole Award Friday evening in advance of the Autolite Iridium XP 150.

Little posted a fast lap of 23.883 seconds (131.893 mph) around the .875-mile banked oval in his No. 97 Get to Know Newton Chevrolet to win his first pole award in the K&N Pro Series. The second-generation driver scored his first K&N Pro Series win in the Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Speedway on July 11.

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PRACTICE: Kostecki Fast at Iowa

Aussie Teen and BMR Teammates Top Speed Charts

NEWTON, Iowa — Sixteen-year-old Brodie Kostecki knows the fast way around Iowa Speedway.

Two and a half months after winning the pole at the .875-mile banked oval, the Australian driver posted the fastest lap in practice for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series return Friday.

Friday night’s Autolite Iridium 150 is the second of two combination races this season at Iowa Speedway between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West.
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No. 51 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Team Penalized For Infraction At Iowa Speedway

Daytona Beach, Fla. (July 15, 2014) — The No. 51 team that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered in post-race inspection July 11 at Iowa Speedway.

The infraction is a P2 level penalty and violates Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20B-12.8.1 (truck failed to meet post-race height requirements) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book.

As a result of this infraction, crew chief Eric Phillips has been fined $6,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. In addition, driver Erik Jones has lost 10 championship driver points and owner Kyle Busch has lost 10 championship owner points.

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Hunter-Reay Steals Victory at Iowa Speedway

NEWTON, Iowa (Saturday, July 12, 2014) – Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay stole what appeared to be a dominant race win from Tony Kanaan just two laps from the checkered flag in Saturday night’s Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB.

Kanaan, who started second in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, led 247 of the race’s 300 laps, but couldn’t stave off Hunter-Reay after a late-race pit stop for tires catapulted the reigning Indianapolis 500 winner to another Verizon IndyCar Series win at Iowa Speedway.

Hunter-Reay, whose No. 28 DHL car was running 10th on the Lap 292 restart, shot to victory by 0.5814 of a second over Josef Newgarden in the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing entry.
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K&N Pro Series Statistical Advance: Iowa

Analyzing The Casey’s General Stores 150 at Iowa Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West travel to Iowa Speedway on Saturday, May 17 for the first of two East-West combination races on the Newton, Iowa track this year. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Iowa, as well as some other statistical trends:

Iowa Race Setup
• Cole Custer led wire-to-wire in his last Iowa start in August 2013 and has two K&N Pro Series wins this season at Phoenix and Richmond.
• K&N West points leader Greg Pursley has twice been the top-finishing West driver and leads all competitors with nine Iowa starts.
• Nine East-West combination events at Iowa Speedway have produced nine different race winners and nine different pole winners.

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