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NASCAR K&N Pro Series Coming to Gateway Motorsports Park in 2018

150-lap race will be one of only two East-West combo events

December 5 — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series is coming to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois on Friday, August 24, 2018. The inaugural Midwest Melee will be one of only two East-vs.-West combo races scheduled for the 2018 NASCAR season. (The other East-vs.-West combo race will be held at Iowa Speedway).

The K&N Pro Series’ Midwest Melee — to be held on Coors Light Pole Night for the INDYCAR Bommarito Automotive Group 500 — will consist of 150 laps (187.5 miles) with a halftime break. The approximate starting time for the K&N Series race will be 9 p.m. Practice for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series will take place on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from noon to 7 p.m. with free spectator admission.

Race day — Friday, August 24, 2018 — will include practice, qualifying, and the 150-lap event.

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Veteran Drivers Montoya, Servia Named to Test Universal Aero Kit

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, July 15, 2017) – Veteran Indy car drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia have been named by INDYCAR to perform testing duties for the Dallara universal aero kit to be used by all Verizon IndyCar Series teams starting in the 2018 season.

Testing of the universal kit, which will be fitted to the current Dallara IR-12 chassis used by all teams, begins July 25-26 on the 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Subsequent tests will take place on the permanent road course at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the short oval at Iowa Speedway and a street-course simulation at Sebring International Raceway.

The two test cars will represent the engine manufacturers currently competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Team Penske will provide the Chevrolet-powered Dallara chassis to be driven by Montoya. Servia will drive a Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara with a Honda engine.

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In Commanding Fashion, Sargeant Defends Cunningham Win at Iowa Speedway

Cunningham, Lee Focus on Positives Leaving Iowa

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 12, 2017) – Cunningham Motorsports driver Shane Lee had a day full of highs and lows at Iowa Speedway in the race that marked the halfway point of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. From winning the General Tire Pole Award and leading the most laps in the Fans with Benefits 150, an 11th-place finish is not how Lee and his No. 22 team were hoping to end the night.

Starting from the first position, Lee pulled away from his contenders quickly creating a gap that would be hard to fill. Two cautions would fall early on laps 19 and 32, and Lee and veteran crew chief Paul Andrews decided to keep his No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion off of pit road until later in the race. Lee would keep the lead on both restarts and it wasn’t until lap 59, battling cars on fresher tires, that he fell out of first place and into third. Another caution came on lap 61 and this time Lee opted to bring his car down for four new General Tires, Sunoco fuel and a tick up on the track bar. A slow pit stop and a turn down, rather than up, by the pit crew on the track bar, though, would cause Lee to fall from third to 14th and be unable to make up position, ultimately finishing in 11th-place.

“I think we had the car to beat,” said Lee. “Everything was going our way from practice to qualifying and even the beginning of the race. If things had gone our way on pit road then there’s no doubt we would have been a contender to win. It’s a bit of a heartbreaker. I can’t thank my crew chief Paul (Andrews) and all the guys at the shop who work so hard to put together good cars for me to run in every single week. We’ll take the positives that we have from this race, move on to Lucas Oil and hopefully get this No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion into victory lane.”

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Castroneves Ends Victory Drought, Climbs Fence at Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa (Sunday, July 9, 2017) – The victory drought is finally over for Helio Castroneves. Now his chase toward a first Verizon IndyCar Series championship is in high gear.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner ended a three-year, 54-race streak without a win by taking the checkered flag today in the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway. In the process, the driver of the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet closed within eight points of the championship lead after 11 of 17 races.

“We’ve been close (to winning) so many times, and finally luck was on our side,” the typically exuberant Castroneves said. “We’ve been working so hard together, but the Hitachi Chevy was on rails. We had a little bit of an issue in the beginning, but after we set up the car it was great. What a great finish. It’s just like the first time.”

IOWA CORN 300: Box score

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

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “It took a little while to get the Menards Chevy running fast, but it definitely was at the end. There was so much tire degradation that it was difficult to get a great feel for balance. Essentially, seventh is not bad. It’s not what we want to do, but starting 11th and being unlucky with the draw in qualifying are factors. I can’t complain about it. That’s the sport. We just need to be patient and keep doing what we’re doing. At some point, we’ll get another win. I feel awesome for Helio (Castroneves) – just super happy. Instead of concentrating on me today, I think we all should congratulate Helio. He’s been waiting for this win since 2014 and it’s kind of unfair considering how competitive he has been.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was one of those not bad, but not great days. The Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet was really good, but we just couldn’t get over the hump. Everyone is so equal now that it really is challenging to make up large amounts of ground. We were a little behind the eight-ball after qualifying 16th, but that’s the draw sometimes. I really couldn’t be happier for Helio (Castroneves). He’s been so close so many times. It was a great day for Team Penske.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, 2017 Iowa Corn 300 winner): “That was great. I can’t thank enough Team Penske, Hitachi, Chevy car group and all our partners, and especially the people in the shop. They don’t get much credit, but without their work and effort, we wouldn’t be able to do what we did. And again, it’s a great team effort because we came here, we tried a lot of different setups between all four cars, and man, I picked the winning one, so it was really good. The car felt really good, and it was just great. In the beginning, we missed a little bit on the setup, then we made some adjustments after the first stop or second stop, and the car was fantastic. It was really good. It was a long time (between wins), but you can never stop believing, and my team never stopped supporting me on that and today was great. Everything went great. We didn’t have a yellow at the wrong time, we didn’t have issues with the tire or anything else or mechanical. Everything was really, really good, and when you have a day like this, you’ve got to execute.

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Power Wins Iowa Corn 300 Pole Position Handily

NEWTON, Iowa (Saturday, July 8, 2017) – As strong as he normally is in Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying, Will Power doesn’t usually need the added advantage of being last in the qualifying order – when track conditions are typically best – or the benefit of seeing how his Team Penske teammates perform before him.

With the bonus of drawing the last spot in today’s Verizon P1 Award qualifying for the Iowa Corn 300, Power was not to be denied. The 36-year-old Australian blitzed the field to earn the 48th pole position of his 13-year Indy car career, with a two-lap speed average of 185.210 mph in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. The 2014 series champion will lead the grid to the green flag for the fourth time this season on Sunday.

“It’s just about hard work and bringing out your raw speed when you need it. I love qualifying,” said Power, who closed within one pole position of tying Bobby Unser for fourth on the all-time Indy car list. “It’s the part of the weekend where you push and give everything you can possibly give.”

IOWA CORN 300: Qualifying results

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

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “That was a bit of a scary ride. I don’t know if it was the different kind of rubber laid down by the other series or what, but the Menards Chevy was a little loose. That can happen when you go out first. You’re just never really sure what you’re going to get. I’m not worried about anything though. I know the car is strong. My teammates that went out later in the session had good runs, so we’ll just need to work through some traffic to get to the front. There’s a lot of laps in this race, so there’s time to get there.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Chevrolet, 2016 Iowa Corn 300 winner): “With the order, Simon (Pagenaud) and I were guinea pigs. The track was a little slick and the Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet was loose, but I’m really confident we’ll be good for the race. This was all about timing and having to go out third. I’m very excited to have Fitzgerald on board since that is who was on the car when I got my first Team Penske win at Barber back in April. I’m looking forward to a great race tomorrow. We just need to pass a bunch of people.”

CONOR DALY (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “We made a lot of changes to be closer to Carlos’ (Munoz) setup from the first practice, so the car was a lot different for me in qualifying. I didn’t want to take too big of swing at it, too big of chance. I think we improved the balance, but I wasn’t able to take advantage of it, and I think we were a little bit light on downforce for the conditions because the car was definitely sliding around and was difficult to drive. We’re making progress, it was difficult for everyone.”

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Chip Ganassi Racing No. 9 Entry Penalized by INDYCAR

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, July 8, 2017) – INDYCAR has imposed penalties against Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 9 entry for violations of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Rule Book during the KOHLER Grand Prix race weekend June 23-25 at Road America.

The No. 9 entry driven by Scott Dixon was cited for three violations:

  • The No. 9 car entered the track 56 seconds after the checkered flag had waved concluding the race morning warmup practice on June 25, a violation of Rule;
  • At the same time, the No. 9 car entered the pit lane from the paddock area under its own power instead of being pushed or towed to pit lane, a violation of Rule 7.9.1;
  • The No. 9 car failed to obey the direction of INDYCAR, a violation of Rule

INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the Verizon IndyCar Series, has imposed a monetary fine against the team and ordered that the No. 9 entry serve a time penalty of 20 minutes at the conclusion of the first practice session today at Iowa Speedway.

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Chad Boat: the Next USAC Star with an Eye on Indy

Back in the late 1990s/early 2000s, Billy Boat had established himself as a mainstay in the IndyCar Series as he traveled the circuit from Fontana, California to Nazareth, Pennsylvania and seemingly everywhere in between.

Right there alongside Billy, tagging along for many of those trips was his son, Chad. For Chad, it was easy to catch the racing bug. At the time, his dad was a racing hotshoe, a winner of numerous USAC Midget races on the west coast, including the famed Turkey Night Grand Prix for three consecutive years before heading off to Indy where he won the pole for the great A.J. Foyt at the 1998 Indianapolis 500.

It was an environment that Chad latched onto and one which provided him opportunities to hang around some of the most legendary figures in the sport, even if he didn’t even know it at the time.

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With Racing, Baseball and Birthdays…Shane Lee Turns to Iowa

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 6, 2017) –  From top-five finishes to birthdays and baseball games, Cunningham Motorsports driver Shane Lee has a lot to look forward to heading into the tenth race of the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. After earning a fourth-place finish two weeks ago, Lee is ready to take that momentum to Iowa Speedway and look for his first ARCA win in the Fans with Benefits 150 this Saturday.

“I’ve never been to Iowa, but I think I’ll be able to adapt pretty quick,” said Lee. “There are a lot of tracks on the schedule that I’ve never been to, but have had to get accustomed to in a short amount of time and Iowa won’t be any different. It’s a unique track and Cunningham has had success here before, so hopefully we can finally get the No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion a win. We had a weekend off which was a good time to regroup and get everything set for the halfway point of the year.”

During that ‘regrouping’ time, Lee celebrated his 24th birthday on July 4 and hopes the celebration can carry over into victory lane with a win at Iowa. Lee has been a strong contender each race, stacking up four top-five finishes so far this season with his best finish coming in the premier event of the season at Daytona where he wheeled his way up to third. Turning to Iowa, Lee has never seen the 7/8-mile track, but veteran crew chief Paul Andrews doesn’t see that as a problem.

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Fast Facts: Iowa Corn 300

Race weekend: Saturday, July 8 – Sunday, July 9

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

Race distance: 300 laps / 268.2 miles

Entry List: Iowa Corn 300 (PDF)

Firestone tire allotment: Ten sets for use through the weekend

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

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Sixteen Year-Old ARCA Driver Christian Eckes on the Rise

Concord, North Carolina (July 3, 2017) – Once a destination for drivers to make a career, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has evolved over the last couple of decades becoming one of the premier proving grounds for young up and coming drivers hoping to make their mark and catapult their careers in the sport of stock car racing.

One rising star quietly making his presence known within the series is 16-year old Middletown, NY native Christian Eckes, driver of the No.15 New York Bus Sales Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports.

Eckes, with nine career ARCA starts since making his series debut in 2016, has joined the conversation as one of the series’ top young rookies – evolving into a legitimate contender each and every time he suits up and straps into the car.

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Jesse Little Iowa Speedway Race Preview

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (June 21, 2017) –
The Road Ahead – Jesse Little:
“Iowa Speedway is a track our team has been solid at throughout my career. In my NASCAR K&N Pro Series career we’ve run up front every race and with the success our JJL Motorsports NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team had at Dover (top-5 qualifying, 14th place finish) we’re on top of our game right now. It’s great to see the gains we’re making in the Truck Series and Iowa gives us another opportunity to show what this team is capable of accomplishing. We’re bringing the same truck we ran at Dover and with backing from Triad CNC and SouthMark Properties we’re going to aim for another strong qualifying run and go after our first top-5 finish in the series.”
Welcome Aboard:
This week JJL Motorsports welcomes Triad CNC and SouthMark Properties as corporate partners for the M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway.
Strong Supporter – Mark Chambers, General Manager, Triad CNC:
“In Jesse, we see a driver committed to excellence. We at Triad CNC have the same level of commitment to providing outstanding performance, service and reliability to our customers. It is a privilege to adorn his Toyota Tundra at Iowa

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Coughlin is Going Short Tracking Again in Iowa

DELAWARE, OHIO – Growing up a short tracker means Cody Coughlin has raced at plenty of small tracks throughout the Midwest. As the first driver to ever win the ARCA/CRA Super Series championship and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship in the same year, Coughlin has also won at plenty of races on the short tracks of America.  This weekend, Coughlin will head to a 7/8-mile short track that he’s yet to race on. 

Coughlin will pilot the No. 13 TV Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing in Fridaynight’s M&M’s 200 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Iowa Speedway. 
“I’m really looking forward to Iowa. I love racing short tracks. This is a new one for me, so I’m excited to get there and see what it’s like. I’ve been watching film to try to get ready and studying anything I can use to help me learn Iowa, so we’ll see how it goes on Friday.”

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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

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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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