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The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series had a rare weekend off, so it was the NASCAR Xfinity Series that headlined the racing action from Iowa. Fortunately there was no rain in the forecast for Father's Day weekend; however, with temperatures in the upper 90's, the heat was sure to play a factor in the race. 

Spencer Boyd and team unloaded with a lot of speed Saturday during practice. After a few minor tweaks, the team was confident in the Grunt Style Chevy to perform well in the race. Boyd had his best qualifying effort of the year, as he posted a time of 24:66 which was good enough for 26th on the grid. Unfortunately due to a flat left rear tire following qualifying, the team was forced to forfeit their starting position and go to the rear of the field. 

Despite facing early adversity the team did not panic, but rather focused on what needed to be done. As the green flag fell, Boyd quickly began picking his way through traffic. The first caution of the day came out early on lap 4 due to the 0 of Garrett Smithley getting into the wall. Boyd managed to work his way up to the 30th position before the end of the first stage. Justin Allgaier captured the stage one victory. 

Boyd came in for 4 tires, fuel, and a spring rubber adjustment for the first stop of the day. The Grunt Style Gladiators did a masterful job on the stop as Boyd came in 30th and went out 26th. As the second stage got underway, Boyd began to find his rhythm. Crew chief Jason Miller, cheered Boyd on telling him he was faster than all four cars ahead of him. Stage two would go caution free. Justin Allgaier won the second stage and Boyd made his way up to the 27th position. 

The Grunt Gladiators would shine again on pit road. Boyd pitted from 27th and would restart the final stage in the 24th position. As stage three got underway Boyd ran bumper to bumper with the 40 of Chad Finchum. Boyd passed Finchum for 23rd and about 20 laps later caution waved for the 40 in the wall. Boyd radioed and said he didn't want any adjustments to his No. 76 Camaro. Spotter Hayden Reeves told Boyd he was racing the 52 of David Starr and the 36 of Alex Labbe for position for the remainder of the race. After one last restart Boyd held both challengers off and brought home his Grunt Style Chevrolet in the 22nd position. Justin Allgaier won the race, sweeping every stage. The 22nd place finish was Boyd's third top 25 finish in the last four races. (22nd Iowa, 22nd Michigan, 28th Pocono, and 21st Charlotte) 

After the race Boyd reflected, "I'm just so proud of my team. We have really hit our stride together these last few weeks. My Grunt Style Gladiators were absolutely on fire today and everyone is just pulling the rope in the same direction. We've been knocking on the door of that top 20 and I have no doubt in my mind we are going to achieve it very soon." 

Boyd's solid run in Iowa moves him all the way up to 24th in driver standings heading into the weekend break for the Xfinity Series. During the break, Boyd plans to do a little fishing and spending quality time with family and friends. Boyd will also rest up as Chicago will start the long summer stretch of 15 races in a row. 

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B.J. McLeod, driving the No. 15 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro, finished in 29th place in Sunday’s Iowa 250 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway.  

McLeod started the race in the back due to a pre-race tire change, but he was able to gain ground quickly, racing his way into the top-25 and being recognized as one of the “biggest movers” on the broadcast. The No. 15 Chevy was running in 22nd place in the second stage of the race, but McLeod had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a tire going down.

“It was an honor to race for my long-time friend, Johnny Davis (JD Motorsports team owner),” said McLeod. “The No. 15 team have been great to work with, and they really gave me a great car to race. If not for the flat tire in stage two, we could have been in the top-20. I’m very thankful to everyone at JD Motorsports for the opportunity.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will take a one-week break before heading to Chicagoland Speedway for the Overton’s 300 on June 30th, 2018.

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Ross Chastain added another solid finish to his impressive 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, finishing in 19th place in the Iowa 250 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway.

Chastain started the weekend off strong by qualifying in 16th place in the No. 4 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro.

“I started off really fast in the first stage of the race,” said Chastain. “We were able to make passes and run with the top group of cars, but the car got really tight as the race went on. Then the car got some damage later in the race while I was trying to avoid a wreck. Although it’s not the finish we’d hoped for, I’m very proud of my guys for working hard all day to keep the car competitive.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will take a one-week break before heading to Chicagoland Speedway for the Overton’s 300 on June 30th, 2018.

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Garrett Smithley overcame an early accident to finish in 25th place in Sunday’s Iowa 250 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway.  

Smithley’s No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro advanced to round two of NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying and started the race in 20th place. A mechanical issue sent Smithley into the wall on lap two, but the team was able to battle back into the top-25 by the time the checkered flag flew.

“It’s a relief to bring home a top-25 after the day we had, and it really speaks volumes about the guys on this ‘Number Nuthin’’ team,” said Smithley. “We had such a fast car all weekend, and I really feel like we could have had a great finish. Right at the start of the race, I felt something break, and the car went into the wall. My team got everything fixed, and we worked hard the rest of the race gaining ground. I’m looking forward to a week off and then on to Chicago.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will take a one-week break before heading to Chicagoland Speedway for the Overton’s 300 on June 30th, 2018.

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Vinnie Miller, driver of the No. 01 JAS Expedited Trucking Chevrolet Camaro for team JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, finished in 31st  place in Sunday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Iowa 250 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway after engine issues ended his day early.  

Miller started the race in 36th place, but was quickly able to gain positions. Miller had raced his way into the top-25 before his engine expired 45 laps short of the finish.

“Iowa started off as a strong weekend with a decent practice day,” said Miller. “Things quickly went downhill with a bad qualifying run. We were really tight off the corner and ended up 36th for the start. It was probably one of my worst qualifying efforts of the year. Things started to look brighter when I gained 10 positions in the first stage. We were able to stay in that spot pretty consistently until around lap 200. We stalled the car on a pit stop and it wouldn’t re-fire. The team had to push me behind pit road to get it started. Unfortunately, we only were able to make about 10 more laps before the engine expired. I love Iowa, though, and I’m ready to be back there in a few weeks and hopefully bring home a better finish for this No. 01 JAS Expedited Trucking team. I can’t thank the guys on this team enough for their support. We’ll be back at it in two weeks at Chicagoland.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will take a one-week break before heading to Chicagoland Speedway for the Overton’s 300 on June 30th, 2018.

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Ty Majeski battled back from a pit road speeding penalty to claim his first top-ten finish of the 2018 season with a 7th-place effort at Iowa Speedway.

In his eighth NASCAR Xfinity Series race and third at the short track, Majeski began the day by advancing to the second round of qualifying and earning a 17th-place starting spot. His No. 60 Ford Performance Mustang started the day with a tight handling condition, but improved over the course of long green flag runs. Majeski would finish the first stage of the race in 14th place.

Crew chief Mike Kelley brought the Wisconsin native down pit road at the stage break for four tires and a round of handling adjustments that would free the car up and give Majeski the forward drive he needed to start moving through the field. Majeski restarted 12th for stage two and quickly began moving through the field. Just 25 laps into stage two he would claim the ninth position, which he maintained until the end of the segment.

Majeski pitted again for four tires, fuel and minor handling adjustments, but was penalized by race officials for speeding on pit road. The penalty forced Majeski to the rear of the field for the final stage restart. Despite the disadvantage, Majeski was able to quickly move back through the field and was in the tenth position when the fourth caution of the day flew on lap 194.

Kelley brought Majeski down pit road one final time for a fresh set of tires and fuel. His crew worked quickly, gaining three spots on pit road and allowing Majeski to restart eighth. He would move as high as sixth before the fifth and final caution of the day came out on lap 232. Majeski lost one spot on the restart with 12 laps remaining in the race, and finished the race in seventh.

The finish is the high mark for Majeski in eight career NXS races, and the best for the No. 60 team this season.

After an off weekend, the NASCAR Xfinity Series resumes June 30 at Chicagoland Speedway.

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This weekend Joey Gase headed home to his home track to take on the fans and drivers favorite track in Iowa Speedway. Many drivers across the sport express their love for the Rusty Wallace designed track. Gase shares that same love for his home track. Gase added "Iowa Speedway is one my favorite tracks to go to. Not only because it's close to home, but the racing that it produces here."

Gase got the weekend started with practice on Saturday afternoon ending the final practice session with the 17th fastest lap time. He would head into qualifying Sunday afternoon knowing that he had speed. However, the track conditions had changed and the #35 car was very free and they would start Sunday evening's Iowa 250 in 27th.

It was a sunny and extremely hot day in Newton, Iowa on Father's Day. With the heat index hitting the triple digits at race time, Gase knew he was in for a challenging evening not only battling the bumpy Iowa Speedway but the elements as well. The green flag had waved and the Iowa 250 was underway. The first caution of the evening would come on lap 6 when the #0 of Garrett Smithley blew his left front tire. That would be the only caution in the 60 laps of the first stage. Gase had worked his way up to 23rd throughout the first stage. He fell a lap down right at the end of the stage and fought hard with the #36 for the lucky dog. He won the battle in the last couple of laps and would get back on the lead lap to start stage two.

With Gase getting the lucky dog at the end of stage one, it would mean that he had to start in the back despite being back on the lead lap. They would restart stage two and would stay under green for its entirety. However, Gase had found his speed that he had in final practice. He made his way through traffic and found his way up to 21st. Crew Crew Patrick Donahue came over the radio to tell Gase that he was running top 10 lap times. Gase would get caught in lap traffic and would eventually get caught by race leader Justin Allgaier right at the end of the stage again. When the stage came to end, Gase was yet again the first car a lap down and would get the lucky dog.

The final stage would bring their longest green flag run of the evening. Gase came over the radio during the long run and said he was starting to lose his front grip. CC Donahue told him to keep digging and that there were a lot of cars that were struggling towards the end of the long green flag run. Stage two ended on lap 120, and it wouldn't be until lap 199 that they got their second caution. Joey would bring his Iowa Donor Network / Premier Millwright / Sparks Energy Chevrolet to pit road for 4 tires, fuel, 3 rounds up on the track bar, and half a pound in the right rear. After the pit stop CC Patrick told Joey that the tires were very warn out and that he did a good job hanging on. They would go back to green for about another 30 laps before another caution came out on lap 232. Gase then said he was still tight center off. With Joey being the last car only one lap down, he decided to come back to pit road to take one and a half rounds out of the right rear to help up off the corner. Joey would ultimately bring it to the finish line in the 21st position

Gase posted Sunday night after the race, "P21 finish for us today after a very hard fought day. Got the lucky dog at the end of both stages but never got the track position to show what we could do. Had a very good car on the long run but towards the end of the race we started to get too tight. After the race the guys found that the track bar backed itself down 3" by itself. Can't thank my Go Green Racing guys enough for their effort this week & every week. They deserved a better finish."

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will now take a week off before they head to Chicagoland Speedway on June 30th. Gase currently sits in 20th in both driver and owner points.  

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Matt Tifft Records Seventh Top-10 Finish of the Season at Iowa Speedway in No. 2 Wastebits Chevrolet 
 

 9th
 
 
 12th
 
 9th
"We were all over the field today. We had the challenge of starting from the rear of the field after NASCAR didn't approve the look of our side skirts. I was able to get up to 15th before the end of Stage 1 with a pretty loose No. 2 Wastebits Camaro. After pitting for four fresh tires and air pressure adjustments, my new left front tire was killed from a lug nut that got stuck in it before we even got off pit road, which forced us to pit for a second time during the stage break for a replacement tire. That shuffled us back in the lineup for the start of Stage 2. From there I was able to battle back up and stay in the top 10 for the majority of the remaining laps. We had great long run speed but just needed a little more out of our car to fire off with. Overall, we were able to get a top-10 finish out of the day, so we'll take it and learn from it during the off week."
-Matt Tifft 
Shane Lee Fights Loose-Handling No. 3 Childress Vineyards Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway
 

 16th
 
 
 14th
 
 13th
"We struggled being too free with our No. 3 Childress Vineyards Chevrolet all weekend long. I was free on entry during practice all day Saturday. During the first round of qualifying, we ended up sixth, but started to get too free again. That carried over to the second round of qualifying and put us in the 14th spot to start the race. We fired off alright for the race, and were able to work our way up into the top-10 by the end of Stage 1. Unfortunately, after that we just started getting too free again. Being so loose, I kind of hurt the center of my turns by being too timid to put the wheel into it. This No. 3 team did a great job on pit road by giving me good adjustments, but it was just hard to make up the track position we lost when I was so loose. We may have over-adjusted on that final stop and tightened it up just a little too much, but we were making progress. I'm looking forward to getting back at it with this team at Daytona in a couple of weeks."
-Shane Lee
Daniel Hemric and South Point Hotel & Casino Team Fight to Sixth Top-Three Finish of 2018 at Iowa Speedway
 

3rd
 
 
 2nd
 
 3rd
"To say we had to fight hard today at Iowa Speedway would be an understatement. That is what everyone on this South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet team did all day. That's the nature of the beast. You come to these tracks where the grip goes like it does and you struggle to keep tires underneath you. You have to work really hard in practice and I don't think I did a good enough job in practice to get us where we needed to be in the race. We definitely had speed, that's for sure. We'll find a happy balance the next time we come here in July. We certainly learned a lot and will put it to use next time."
 
-Daniel Hemric

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Ryan Reed drove his No. 16 Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang through the field twice, cracking the top 10 before an unscheduled green flag stop derailed his forward momentum.  Reed capitalized on pit strategy and raced his way into the “lucky dog” position with under 20 laps remaining.  Despite being marred in the back of the field, Reed methodically worked his way through the pack to cross the finish line 17th.

“We had a fast Lilly Ford and I had a lot of fun driving into the top 10 after starting last,” said Reed.  “We had a tire coming apart and had to pit under green there towards the end and that set us behind.  We were able to minimalize the damage and finish on the lead lap.  I’m ready for an off weekend before the summer stretch.”

Reed started the race from the tail end of the field after not clearing technical inspection in time to make a lap in qualifying.  Reed made short work of the field and was up to 11th by the time the flag waved on lap 60 to close out stage 1.  A quick pit stop for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments lined Reed up 10th for stage 2.

Over the course of stage 2 Reed reported back to his team that they had helped forward drive, but he still needed work through the center.  Reed earned stage points finishing the segment 10th and came back down pit road for service.  Unfortunately, Reed and his teammate Ty Majeski were both caught speeding on pit road, resulting in a penalty of starting at the tail end of the field.

Reed took the green for the final stage 19th and while working his way through the field developed a tight-handling condition as the left-front tire faded.  Reed lost a lap to the leaders before ultimately having to make a green flag stop for tires.  Just as Reed pulled into his pit, a caution occurred on the track.  Crew chief Phil Gould was quick on his feet and called for two-tires to get Reed back out in time to not lose another lap.  Reed kept his position and was able to come back down pit road under caution for the left-side tires.

Reed restarted 20th and had a lot of lapped traffic to dodge as he maneuvered his way through the field to finish 17th

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Justin Haley, No. 23 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet

START: 13th

FINISH: 12th

POINTS: 12th

Notes & Quotes:—

-Justin Haley collected his first NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) top-15 finish in his debut at Iowa Speedway.

-GMS Racing currently holds the 12th-position in owners points, three points behind Kaulig Racing.

-Haley will return to the Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway (July 6).

“GMS Racing brought me a solid car this weekend. Ended up bringing home a 12th-place finish in my first Xfinity Series race, that’s pretty cool. I was battling with a tight-handling No. 24 Faternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet until the last adjustment Chad (Norris, crew chief) made then it began to free up and started to come to me. I learned a lot and I can’t tell you how thankful I am for this oppertunity. I’m looking forward to getting back behind a GMS Xfinity car at Daytona in a few weeks.”

 

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