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Hattori Racing Enterprises team owner Shige Hattori announced today that the defending NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship organization will reenter the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) on July 5th at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). HRE will field a Toyota Supra for the first time in the company’s history and will compete in the NXS for the first time since 2015. Austin Hill, who won the Gander Trucks season opener at DIS in his first start with the organization, will be behind the wheel with crew chief Scott Zipadelli calling the shots.

The team’s NXS return will come with support from longtime partner AISIN Group, Aisin AW, and ADVICS. Hill and HRE will utilize No. 61, a twist on the organization’s trademark No. 16. United Rentals will also be on board the No. 61 Toyota Supra, expanding on their relationship with Hill and HRE in the Gander Trucks.

“We’re very excited to return to the Xfinity Series,” Hattori said. “The Toyota Supra is extremely important to our partners and very popular in Japan and we want to be part of the Supra program in NASCAR. It’s exciting for our team to compete in the Xfinity Series at Daytona, especially after winning there earlier this year. Austin has done a good job in the truck so far and this will be good to get him more experience.”

Hill echoed Hattori’s sentiments and is relishing the chance to compete in a Toyota Supra.

“You always want to move up the ladder, and I can’t wait to get in the car,” Hill said. “I honestly never thought I’d have this opportunity. All thanks goes to Shige and AISIN Group. They’ve been working on this for a while and it’s a big deal for all of us to put a program together to race the Supra. We have a great team here, and it’s going to make the transition a lot smoother working with Scott (Zipadelli) and entire truck series team. We set the bar pretty high for ourselves at Daytona, so hopefully we can have the same success as we did in February.”

Hattori and HRE are currently pursuing additional NXS races to add to the schedule later this season.

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RSS Racing is pleased to welcome The Big Green Egg as the primary sponsor for driver Ryan Sieg at Chicagoland Speedway. This will be the second time the company has joined Sieg as a primary sponsor.

The Big Green Egg is the most versatile outdoor cooker available today, making it simple to roast, bake, sear, smoke and grill in one convenient device.

Driver Ryan Sieg heads to Chicagoland Speedway as one of the twelve XFINITY drivers currently in the playoffs. “I’m really looking forward to Chicagoland this weekend and especially with such a great looking car. It’s great to have a company from our hometown supporting us. My entire family are supporters of the Big Green Egg and we all use them ... in fact, up and down the garage area I’m finding out there are legions of EGGheads! I know the guys on the team are going to be eating good at the track this weekend,” commented Sieg.

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JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is proud to welcome Gerber Collision & Glass, one of the nation's leading autobody and glass repair and replacement companies, back on board the team’s No. 4 Chevrolet driven by Landon Cassill in Saturday's Camping World 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Cassill, who hails from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has a long history of driving for JDM. He has one previous start this season for the team at Talladega Superspeedway, where he earned a ninth-place finish. More recently, he helped pilot the No. 4 Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway during both practice sessions for the weekend to help shake down the car for driver Ross Chastain.

Landon was quoted saying “Anytime I get the chance to drive one of Johnny Davis’ Chevrolets, I gladly jump at the opportunity. He has been so good to me throughout my career, and with the big improvements made to the team so far throughout the 2019 season, I feel confident that we can have a great showing with Gerber Collision & Glass at Chicagoland.”

No stranger to each other, Gerber Collision & Glass previously partnered with Cassill in both races in 2014 and 2015 at Chicagoland. Gerber has also sponsored JDM for the past two years, supporting driver Ross Chastain.

Car owners have trusted their autobody repairs and auto glass repair and replacement for more than 80 years to Gerber Collision & Glass. Gerber started with one auto glass and trim shop in Chicago and has spread to over 500 shops in 27 states across the country, including over 70 locations in the greater Chicagoland area.

Currently, the No. 4 entry sits solidly in 15th place in the NXS owners’ points standings, with an average finish of 15th. Other drivers that have piloted the entry include Chastain, Stephen Leicht, and Scott Lagasse, with Chastain earning its best finish of the season at Las Vegas with a 7th place effort.

"Gerber Collision & Glass is excited to continue our partnership with JD Motorsports," said Simeen Kazmi, Advertising Manager for Gerber Collision & Glass. "Our teams at Gerber work hard to WOW every customer and be the best each day. And we know that Landon Cassill will WOW the crowd driving the Gerber No. 4 Chevrolet."

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on Saturday, June 29th, for the running of the Camping World 300. Always a race known for its blistering heat and wore out track surface, drivers will find themselves pushed to the limits of endurance – both mentally and physically. Be sure to tune into NBCSN, for the first time this season, at 3:30 PM ET to see live coverage of the race. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

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Regan Smith, current NASCAR analyst and pit reporter for Fox Sports, is temporarily trading in the microphone for the familiarity of a steering wheel this summer. Smith broke the news on “NASCAR Race Hub” earlier this evening, and JR Motorsports confirmed that he’ll return to his former team to drive the No. 8 Chevrolet in NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Aug. 10) and Road America (Aug. 24). Smith will also reunite with long-time partner Fire Alarm Services for the events.

 
It marks the 35-year-old Smith’s initial NXS start in two years and his first for JRM since 2016. The Cato, N.Y. native started his JRM career in a memorable way in 2012, winning in his team debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Smith moved into a full-time role for the organization from 2013-2015, a highly successful three-year stint that produced five wins - including one at Mid-Ohio - 26 top fives and 71 top 10s, along with a Most Popular Driver Award. Smith’s best points finish, a second-place effort in the 2014 NXS championship, crowned JRM the first team in 14 years to claim first and second in the series point standings.
 
“I can’t tell you how pumped I am for this,” Smith said. “Dale, Kelley and everyone at JRM have been like family to me, so in a way, it feels like I’m coming home. I have great memories of the years I spent there and the success we had during that time. And to have Fire Alarm on board for these races makes it all the more meaningful. They’ve been both friends and supporters of mine for a long time.”  
 
Smith’s No. 8 Fire Alarm Services entry will be nearly identical to the neon green and flat black paint scheme he carried to victory with JRM in 2015 at Dover International Speedway. With headquarters in Arvada, Colo., Fire Alarm Services, Inc. provides superior Fire Life Safety and Security services and products for protecting its clients’ real-estate investment. The company brings a fresh and innovative approach to the Fire Life Safety industry with an emphasis on developing lasting client relationships and unmatched customer service. 
 
“Regan is a great friend, and he means so much to our company,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr. “He won a lot of races here, but for me his significance was no more evident than in his very first race for JRM at the end of 2012. That win at Homestead was enormous. It ended a winless streak for JR Motorsports that had dragged us down for more than two years. It was a tone-setter. It gave us momentum that, to be honest, I’m not sure we’ve ever lost. That’s what Regan means to this company, and that’s why I’m thrilled to have him back for these two races at Mid-Ohio and Road America.”

Smith is the ninth driver named to the No. 8 this season. The team, led by crew chief Taylor Moyer, is currently ranked 10th in owner points on the strength of four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
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Insurance King joins Josh Bilicki for double duty at Chicagoland Speedway. Josh Bilicki will compete in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series race and the NASCAR Xfinity Series race in Chicago, driving the #34 Reaume Brother’s Racing Chevrolet Silverado on Friday and the #93 RSS Racing Chevrolet Camaro on Saturday. Insurance King will be the primary sponsor on both.

Insurance King has been helping drivers drive legal for less since 2001. Founded in Rockford, IL, Insurance King writes low cost auto insurance, SR-22 insurance, and Motorcycle insurance policies in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. Picture

“I’m extremely excited to begin this partnership with Insurance King at Chicagoland Speedway,” says Josh Bilicki. “The Chicagoland race weekend is a home race for Insurance King, and it almost feels like a home race to me, too. It’s going to be a busy weekend running both the #34 Reaume Brother’s Racing Silverado on Friday and the #93 RSS Racing Camaro on Saturday, but I couldn’t think of a better track to do it at. I’m very thankful for Insurance King coming on board.”

“I was contacted via Facebook messenger by Josh about sponsoring his car in the upcoming Joliet race," says Dan Block, President of Insurance King. "Josh sent a mock up of how the car would look, and it was just like one of our vehicles. I was impressed with his marketing strategy, and made a spontaneous decision to sponsor Mr. Bilicki. I will be having discussions with our featured celebrities Dustin Diamond and Michael Winslow about filming ads with Mr. Bilicki in the future. We are excited for the opportunity as we know many of our customers enjoy the sport of racing.” Dan Block president of Insurance King.

Insurance King is well known for their comical commercials and radio ads with celebrities and actors, such as Dustin Diamond and Michael Winslow. Below are two examples.

The Camping World 225 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race will take place on Friday, June 28th, at 9:00PM ET and will be televised live on FS1.

The Camping World 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race will take place on Saturday, June 29th, at 3:30PM ET and will be televised live on NBCSN.

For more information about Insurance King, please visit: https://www.insuranceking.com/

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Comcast NBCUniversal, a recognized leader in the military community, will honor the unique sacrifices and showcase support of United States Armed Forces heroes, past and present, with an array of activation programs during NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola, an industry-wide expression of respect and appreciation for those who are serving and have served the nation.
Fans watching the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway will see a patriotic red, white and blue Comcast NBCUniversal “Salute to Service” paint scheme adorning the No. 81 Xtreme Concepts Racing Toyota Supra driven by Jeffrey Earnhardt. Also, for the fourth consecutive season, all NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers will bear the names of active military units and installations on their race car windshields in place of the traditional Xfinity branding during the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR and teams collaborated with Comcast to select these military units and installations to showcase the industry’s strong ties back to the military community.
“At Comcast NBCUniversal, our sustained commitment to our nation’s military community has never been stronger,” said Brigadier General (Ret.) Carol Eggert, Senior Vice President of Military and Veteran Affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal. “We truly value the tremendous contributions of those who serve our country and wanted to recognize them and their families in a special way as we celebrate our country’s independence.”
In addition to the paint scheme and windshield headers, Comcast NBCUniversal is connecting NASCAR with the local military community. In all, more than 100 local service members with their families will receive grandstand tickets and access to race day activities and events at Chicagoland Speedway.
Earnhardt will also make a public appearance at the Xfinity Store in Joliet, Ill. (2802 Plainfield Road) on Thursday, June 27 from 6 - 7 p.m. CT with fan activities beginning at 4 p.m.
“I’m really excited to be partnering with Comcast and the military on the Comcast Salute to Service Toyota for Chicagoland Speedway,” said Jeffrey Earnhardt. “Our race team at Xtreme Concepts Racing feels as though we can’t ever do enough for the men and women that protect us and it’s awesome to be partnered with a company like Comcast that feels the same. We will give the fans at Chicagoland Speedway and watching on NBCSN something awesome to cheer for. Hopefully, they watch us park it in victory lane.”
Comcast NBCUniversal is proud of its long-standing reputation as a military-friendly and military-ready company. That starts with their commitment to hiring military community members - veterans, National Guard and Reserve members and military spouses. Comcast hired more than 10,000 military community members from 2015 to 2017 and are committed to hire 11,000 more by the end of 2021. Also, as a “thank you” for their service, veterans and actively-serving military customers can get a $100 prepaid card and $25 Xfinity coupon by visiting https://www.xfinity.com/military.
The Philadelphia-based company also strives to connect veterans to the internet, so they can better navigate the complexities of transitioning back to civilian life. This included a grant that was distributed to Veteran Services Organizations in NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race markets to build Internet Essentials Digital Rally Points, which provide digital literary training for veterans. Internet Essentials is the largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program for low-income households and veterans in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.InternetEssentials.com.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Chicagoland Speedway takes place on Saturday, June 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Live coverage of NASCAR Xfinity Series action from Daytona International Speedway begins on Friday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
For more information on Comcast’s military commitment, please visit https://corporate.comcast.com/values/military.
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This past Sunday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) raced at Iowa Speedway for the season’s third race at a short track. Heading into the weekend, there were some driver swaps that brought a fresh, new perspective on the team’s equipment.

Tyler Matthews, driver of the No. 15 Linetec Services Chevrolet, made his second career NXS start at Iowa, a track very similar to that where he made his debut at Richmond earlier this season. Matthews drove a smart race, after starting from the 33rd position, he made it his goal to run all the laps and gain as much experience as possible. By the end of Stage 1, he was scored in 23rd, and at the conclusion of Stage 2, he had worked his way up to 20th place.

Despite bringing a caution due to slight contact with the wall during Stage 3, Matthews was able to rally back and bring his Camaro home with an impressive 20th place finish. Of the two races ran so far, this is his best finish yet. Matthews will be back in the No. 15 Chevrolet for more races later in the season, with his growing racing schedule expected to be unveiled soon.

Ryan Repko, driver of the No. 01 The McLain Group Chevrolet, made his series debut at Iowa, and like Matthews, made it his goal to run as many laps as possible and gain some valuable experience racing these faster cars than what he is used to. Prior to this race, he had two ARCA Menards Series starts to his name, but he primarily races late model stock cars throughout the Southeast. Repko seemed to adjust well to the heavier NXS car, and he showed it during Sunday’s race.

Repko qualified his Chevrolet in 32nd position, but ran right around his JDM teammates early on. At the end of Stage 1, he was 22nd, then he finished Stage 2 off consistently in 23rd. Unfortunate timing for cautions hindered the No. 01 team, putting him multiple laps down, but at the end of the day, there was not one scratch on the car, marking his debut a success. Ryan will be back in the No. 01 for more races later on in the season as well.

Stephen Leicht vacated his normal No. 01 Chevrolet seat and hopped over to the No. 4 SEM Chevrolet for the first time this season at Iowa. Leicht rolled off from the 22nd position to start the race, and ran consistently within the Top 20 for the majority of the afternoon. He ended up 25th at the end of Stage 1, but jumped up to 19th in Stage 2. Just as he started to work his way up into the 10th-15th range, disaster struck.

On lap 204, the brake pedal went soft on his car, leaving him with little to no brakes left. This issue put the No. 4 out of the race early, coming home with a 25th place finish. This finish actually moves Leicht up one spot in points, now sitting 21st, just 10 markers out of the Top 20.

Bad luck stuck once again for Garrett Smithley and the No. 0 JD Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend. After qualifying the car in the 25th spot, Smithley and the #NumberNuthin crew appeared to have one of the better runs of the season going. He was 19th at the end of Stage 1, and remained on the lead lap throughout most of Stage 2. Just as it seemed that his bad luck streak was all but behind him, a violent vibration on lap 106 forced him to come down pit road.

As it turns out, the vibration came from a wheel stud that had been sheared off during a pit cycle, which immediately put Smithley out of the race. Thankfully, there was not any significant damage to the racecar, but this marks the third race in a row where Garrett has had mechanical issues take him out of contention early on. He now drops down a couple spots in the points standings to 18th.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series has an off weekend this week, but will be back in action on Saturday, June 29th, at Chicagoland Speedway for the running of the Camping World 300. Always a race known for its blistering heat and wore out track surface, drivers will find themselves pushed to the limits of endurance – both mentally and physically. Be sure to tune into NBCSN, for the first time this season, at 3:30 PM ET to see live coverage of the race. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

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Team 08 Panini Chevrolet Camaro: 

After coming off a solid finish of 16th last weekend in Michigan, Gray Gaulding and his No. 08 Panini team were determined to carry that momentum into Iowa. Gaulding would roll off from the 18th position for the 250 lap event. 
 
Three cautions plagued the opening stage of the race. With 5 laps remaining in stage one, Crew Chief Patrick Donahue rolled the dice and made the call to stay out. The 08 team restarted in the 2nd position, but got overtaken by cars with fresh tires. At the end of the first stage Gaulding was in the 16th position. 

Donahue called his driver in for four tires and adjustments to help free up the 08 Chevy. Gaulding restarted from the 17th position for the second stage. Gaulding picked his way forward in the second stage, advancing to the 13th position. 

Gaulding restarted the final stage from the 13th position. Gaulding continued to run in the 13th position and put himself in position for the lucky dog. The caution flag finally waved with 71 laps remaining. Gaulding benefited from the lucky dog and received one of his two laps back. With 35 laps remaining, the yellow flag waved once again. Gaulding received the free pass again and was back on the lead lap. After one more late caution and some cautiously aggressive driving, Gaulding brought home his No. 08 Chevy in the 14th position. The result was the team's 12th top 20 finish in fourteen races. Gaulding remains the first car out of playoff contention and trails Brandon Jones by 91 points. 

Gray Gaulding: 

“That was a good day for us. Wow. I'm really proud of my guys. We worked on our car and really just had a fast car all weekend. We were sitting 12th there with just a few laps to go and that caution came out and that hurt a little bit, but still proud of 14th. This track is tough and it's been about 5 years since I've been here. I can't thank Panini enough for being on our racecar and Victory Lane Cafe. I had a lot of fun today and Happy Father's Day to my dad. It was a good day." 

Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 08 Team:

“I thought it was a really solid day for Gray and the 08 team. They really showed a lot of speed running solidly inside the top 15 all day. It was another great points day for us and we'll just keep chipping away towards that last playoff position."

Team 07 Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys Chevrolet Camaro: 

After getting taken out early last weekend in Michigan, Ray Black Jr. and his No. 07 team were determined to bounce back with a solid run this weekend at Iowa Speedway. The 07 team would roll off from the 19th position. 

Black struggled with the handling of his car throughout the first stage. The team fell back to the 23rd position and went a lap down. Crew Chief Jason Miller made some adjustments to give Ray Black Jr. some drivability off the corner. On lap 48, Ray Black Jr had driven back to the 21st position and received the lucky dog for being the first car one lap down. At the conclusion of the first stage Ray Black Jr. was in the 20th position.  

The 07 restarted from the 15th position for the second stage. The car still wasn't quite to Black's liking; however, the 07 team finished the second stage in the 17th position. Ray Black Jr. restarted the final stage from the 17th position. With 35 laps remaining, Miller called for the 07 to stay out and take a wave around to gain one of their laps back. After several adjustments throughout the day and a great display of driving, Ray Black Jr. brought home a solid 16th position for his No. 07 team. 
 

Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 07 Team: 

“It was a great recovery weekend for the 07 team. I know everyone was really disappointed last weekend after Michigan, so happy for a good result today. I know the car wasn't great at the beginning, but the guys did a great job of adjusting and Ray never gave up. It was a solid weekend all around for our two teams." 

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Christopher Bell knows a lot about long, dominant runs.

The seasoned open-wheel racer’s won the last three Chili Bowl Nationals in his native, Oklahoma — and Sunday led an astounding 186 laps of Sunday’s CircuitCity.com 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race while cruising to a commanding victory at Iowa Speedway.

The driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing/Ruud Toyota pulled away from Cole Custer on the final restart with 10 laps to go and powered to his series-leading fourth victory of the season on Father’s Day.

“Man, I got to win at Dover on Mother’s Day weekend, or, I guess it was the week before with me mom there,” said Bell, who has won five of the past eight short track races in the series. “Now I just won on Father’s Day with my dad here with my dad here, so it was pretty special.

Custer settled for second and adopted a no-hard-feelings approach to the slight contact from Bell that preceded losing his brief late lead.

“I think it was racing,” said Custer, who led the first 54 laps before Bell seized near-total control. “I think every driver will agree that this place puts on the best racing that we go to, so it was fun. Christopher and them had the best car all day. I feel like we caught up to them a good amount. We just need a little more time to work on it.”

Justin Allgaier — who edged Bell in this race a year ago — took third. Harrison Burton and Zane Smith rounded out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, who finished 15th after battling early car trouble, saw his points lead over Bell shaved from 89 to 51.

Bell’s won two straight races at Iowa and has powered to Victory Lane in five of the past eight short track events.

“This Ruud Supra was outstanding,” Bell said. “Hopefully we can continue to bring these type of race cars to the race track.”

Bell won all three stages. He led 160 consecutive laps at one point, but Custer narrowly edged him in the race off pit road with 28 laps to go. That gave Custer the favored line up high, but Bell eventually found enough grip on the bottom to regain the lead six laps later.

Still, he couldn’t fully breathe easy.

The race’s final caution flag flew after Chad Finchum’s No. 42 car dinged the wall in Turn 2.

Custer gamely tried to mount a challenge on the low side, but Bell’s car again proved to be too fast and nimble to be overtaken.

Custer posted his eighth top-five finish of the season. Both he and Reddick — who along with Bell make up the series’ so-called “Big Three” in 2019 — own three wins each this season.

“We’re close,” Custer said. “We’re just gonna come back better next time.”

Bell’s second straight series victory at Iowa ended a streak in which there had been nine different winners in a row at the 7/8-mile track.

And other than Custer, no one stood a chance at preventing Bell’s repeat triumph in the heartland.

“I think our potential is really high,” Bell said. “Our big track stuff, I feel like we still need to gain on a little bit and obviously we’re working hard to do that. This was a much-needed win.”

But what’s the next step?

Bell was asked about whether he deserves a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride, but he wouldn’t bite.

“My dream was to make a living driving a race car,” Bell said. “And I’ve been able to do that for numerous years now. So if I’m truck racing, sprint car racing, midget racing, I’m already fulfilling my dream. So whether I’m running Xfinity or Cup, I’m living my dream right now, so I’ll be happy." 

Circuit City returned to NASCAR after a nearly 20-year absence in a big way. The online consumer electronics retailer served as entitlement sponsor for Sunday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series CircuitCity.com 250 presented by Tamron at Iowa Speedway.

Christopher Bell and Joe Gibbs Racing also returned to Iowa Speedway in spectacular fashion. Bell and his JGR team visited Casey’s General Store Victory Lane following the NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 last July. On Sunday, Bell swept all three stages of the race and led a total of 186 laps on his way to becoming a two-time winner at Iowa Speedway.

"Man, I got to win at Dover (the week before) Mother's Day weekend...with my mom there. Now I just won on Father's Day weekend with my dad here," said Bell after his fourth win this season. "It was pretty special."

Bell joins Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. as drivers with multiple wins at Iowa Speedway. Bell’s victory broke a string a streak of nine different winners in the last nine NASCAR Xfinity Series races.

"I'm ready for my second gas pump," Bell said of the trophy given to winners here. "Bring it over."

The different winner streak at Iowa started back in August of 2014 with Brad Keselowski’s win, then it was Chris Buescher (May 2015), Ryan Blaney (August 2015), Sam Hornish Jr. (June 2016), Erik Jones (July 2016), William Byron (June 2017), Ryan Preece (July 2017), Justin Allgaier (June 2018) and Christopher Bell (July 2018).

Keselowski and Stenhouse are tied for the series-most wins at Iowa with three each. 

Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, William Byron and Ryan Preece are other past Iowa winners currently active in the Monster Energy Cup Series … Stars Are Made Here.

Des Moines native Michael Annett finished ninth.

Sunday Iowa Notebook

Notebook Items:

  • Brett Moffitt wins the second race of the Triple Truck Challenge
  • Coming up at Iowa Speedway

Brett Moffitt wins the second race of the Triple Truck Challenge

In February, NASCAR unveiled the Triple Truck Challenge and tabbed the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series M&Ms 200 presented by Casey’s General Store as the second of three shootout-style races on consecutive yet varying track configurations (Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway and World Wide Raceway at Gateway).

Ross Chastain won both stages of the M&Ms 200, but during post-race inspection, his truck was found to be too low in the front. As a result of new rules introduced beginning with the 2019 season, Chastain was subsequently disqualified as the race winner and relegated to the last-place finishing position and points.

With Chastain’s misfortune, the Brett Moffitt was officially declared the winner of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series M&M’S 200 presented by Casey’s General Store, defending his victory from 2018. This was his first win of 2019 in his first season with GMS Racing.

More than the race win, Moffitt received an extra $50,000 – in addition to the posted purse – which is a substantial bonus for a full-time NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver. As part of the Destiny Homes S.M.A.R.T Series Dream Home Giveaway, a lucky fan can win a Chevrolet Silverado if Moffitt can repeat next week at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Saturday, June 22.

COMING UP AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

Next up for Iowa Speedway is the ARCA Menards Series Fans With Benefits 150 and NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300 on July 19-20. Iowa Speedway will once again host the stars of the NTT IndyCar Series and ARCA Menards Series in the second high-powered race weekend of the season.

Iowa is home to some of the best racing in the world with more racetracks per capita than any other state, which loyal fans proudly wear as a badge of honor. Iowa Speedway has dubbed the time around the NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300 on July 20 and the NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 on July 27 as Iowa SpeedWeek. NBCSN, entering its 12th consecutive year telecasting INDYCAR events, will air the NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300 – the inaugural race of Iowa SpeedWeek – on Saturday, July 20.

Single-race and event weekend tickets can be purchased in one of three convenient ways. Fans can purchase tickets, access additional information and ask questions by visiting IowaSpeedway.com, calling 866-787-8946, or dropping by the Ticket Office in Newton, Iowa Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CDT.

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Race Winner:  Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner:  Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner:  Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-60):

● Jones started 11th and finished 11th.

● Under the first caution of the day on lap 31, Jones reported that his No. 19 1st Foundation Toyota Supra was tight in the center of the corner early in the run, though it had improved prior to the caution.

● Jones restarted 12th on lap 38 and briefly entered the top-10 before the second caution of the race on lap 50.

● During this caution, crew chief Jeff Meendering brought Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments. Five cars stayed on track, with Jones restarting 17th on lap 56.

● Jones rallied to 11th during the last five laps of the stage

● At the end of the stage, Jones told the 1st Foundation team that he was loose all the way through the corner. Meendering elected to keep Jones on track to maintain track position.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 61-120):     

Started 10th and finished eighth. Earned three bonus points.

● Jones maintained his position within the top-10 for all 60 laps of the stage. He gained two spots in the final eight laps to finish eighth.

● Under the caution at the stage break on lap 120, Jones radioed that the No. 19 1st Foundation Toyota Supra fired off too loose, but it was too tight in the center of the corner by the end of the run.

● On lap 124, the Atlanta native pitted for four tires, fuel, and chassis and air pressure adjustments.

● The 1st Foundation team gained one spot on pit road to restart seventh for the final stage.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 121-250):          

● Started seventh and finished 11th.

● On lap 132 while running ninth, Jones said he was tight in the center of the corner and loose on exit.

● After slipping back to 10th on lap 137, Jones added that the 1st Foundation Supra had “started working its way loose” on entry.

● When the caution was shown on lap 180, Jones said he was now tight on entry and snapping loose on corner exit.

● Jones came to pit road on lap 181 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. A quick stop from the 1st Foundation team placed Jones in the ninth position for the lap-186 restart.

● Another caution occurred on lap 217, allowing Jones to come to the attention of the 1st Foundation crew for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help loosen up the No. 19 Toyota Supra.

● Jones lined up 10th for the lap-222 restart but fell back to 12th after sustaining front-end damage when the field went back to green. The damage affected the handling of the 1st Foundation Toyota, forcing Jones to pit during the next caution on lap 236.

● On pit road on lap 237, the No. 19 team made repairs and adjustments to the 1st Foundation machine and Jones rejoined the field in 13th.

● Jones gained two spots in the final 10 laps to finish 11th.

 

Notes:              

● Christopher Bell won the CircuitCity.com 250 to score his 12th career Xfinity Series victory, his fourth of the season and his second at Iowa. His margin of victory over second-place Cole Custer was .409 of a second.

● There were seven cautions for a total of 48 laps.

● Only 13 of the 38 drivers finished on the lead lap.

● Tyler Reddick remains the championship leader after Iowa with a 51-point advantage over Bell, his nearest pursuer.

 

Brandon Jones, driver of the No. 19 1st Foundation Toyota Supra: 

“We had a hard time getting the handling to a place where it was manageable throughout the full run and the damage we got late in the race on one of the restarts set us back. This 1st Foundation team always does such a great job adjusting and they got our Toyota Supra fixed up and we were able to pick up a few more spots at the end. These guys work hard and I have no doubt we’ll show up at Chicagoland in a couple weeks ready to run up front.”

 

Next Up:          

The next event on the Xfinity Series schedule is the Camping World 300 on Saturday, June 29 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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