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Team 08 WALK-ON's Chevrolet Camaro: 

After finishing in the 14th position at Iowa just six short weeks ago, Gaulding was optimistic coming into Iowa Speedway this weekend. Gaulding would roll off from the 19th position for the 250 mile event. The first stage of the race consisted of 60 laps. The first caution of the day waved on lap 45 after the 22 car made contact with the wall. The 08 had just gone a lap down before the caution, but would be the beneficiary of the free pass. At the end of the first stage Gaulding was in the 18th position. 

Gaulding started the second stage from the 16th position. On lap 74 the caution waved after the 18 lost control, collecting the 51 car. The 08 would restart from the 13th position, as racing resumed. The remainder of the stage went caution free. Gaulding finished the second stage in the 14th position. The biggest struggle Gaulding told Crew Chief Patrick Donahue was that he felt the car was lacking mechanical grip. 

Gaulding would start the final stage from the 12th position. On lap 153 caution would wave after the 52 car stalled on track. The sixth caution of the day would wave on lap 162 after the 00 made hard contact with the wall. On lap 170 Gaulding restarted from the 11th position with eyes set clear on the top 10. On lap 202 the 1 car went spinning, bringing out the seventh caution of the day. Gaulding was sitting in the 10th position at the time of the caution. With no fresh tires remaining, the 08 team stayed out under caution and would restart from the 7th position. With 32 laps remaining, the 86 car blew an engine. After a 20 lap shootout, Gaulding would bring home his No. 08 Walk On's Chevrolet in the 14th position. With only 7 races remaining until the playoffs, Gaulding remains (13th) the first car below the cut line. Gaulding trails 12th place Brandon Jones by 101 points after Iowa. 

Gray Gaulding: 

“It was a pretty solid day. Unfortunately that caution came out and killed us. We ran out of tires and had to come put on old scuffs, but that's just part of it. We just can't seem to catch any breaks here as of late, but it was still a great points day. I really appreciate Walk On's being on board. I'm ready to get out of here and go road racing." 

Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 08 Team:

“The 08 team continues to perform and show great consistency every single week. We were destined for a top 10 finish today if those last couple of cautions didn't come out. We will take a 14th place finish and move on to the road course. Very proud of everyone's hard work today." 

Team 07 Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys Chevrolet Camaro: 

Ray Black Jr. rolled into Iowa Speedway this weekend confident after his team finished in the 16th position here back in June. The 07 would start from the 24th position for the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. Black quickly made his way up the running order. On lap 45 the first caution of the day waved and Black was in the 18th position. Crew Chief Jason Miller elected to take a wave around to get back on the lead lap. At the end of the first stage, Ray Black Jr. was in the 17th position. 

Black started the second stage from the 17th position. On lap 74 the caution waved after the 18 lost control and spun. With no where to go, the 51 slammed into the 18 car and Black just missed hitting the 51 car. The 07 scraped the wall avoiding the accident, but the damage was just cosmetic. Black would restart from the 23rd position after making sure there was no crucial damage to the 07.The remainder of the stage went caution free and Black was able to drive back up to the 15th position.

On lap 202 the 1 car brought out the caution. Ray Black Jr. sat in the 15th position and was the first car one lap down. Crew Chief Jason Miller called for four tires and fuel. Black was overall very happy with his car. Over the last 40 laps of the race, Ray Black Jr. was able to fight his way even further up the running order. When the checkered flag waved, Ray Black Jr. wheeled his way to an 11th place finish at Iowa Speedway, which tied his best career Xfinity Series finish. 

Ray Black Jr: 

“Really proud of everyone's effort today. The guys gave me a great car and we were able to capitalize on it. We were so close to getting that top ten, but I know it's just around the corner!" 

Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 07 Team: 

“What a great day for the 07 guys. They improved all day long and put themselves in position at the end to have a great finish. Ray was able to tie his best career finish, so just a great day overall." 

Looking Ahead: 

SS Green Light Racing drivers Gray Gaulding and Ray Black Jr. are currently 13th and 16th respectively in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings. The teams will now begin their road course swing starting at Watkins Glen International. Coverage of the Zippo 200 at the Glen will begin Saturday August 3rd at 3:00 PM ET on NBCSN. 

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Chase Briscoe won his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race this season, winning the U.S. Cellular 250 at the Iowa Speedway in the No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi Ford Mustang.

“Congratulations Chase, Tony, Gene, and Fred Biagi,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Chase drove a great race at Iowa. He showed great patience and maturity as he positioned himself for the final pass. We are proud to partner with Ford Performance to provide the power for the No. 98 SHR Ford Mustang and could not be happier to see Chase back in Victory Lane.” Briscoe, in the No. 98 Ford Mustang, worked hard to overcome a penalty at lap 151, for running over his air hose, that sent him to the tail end of the lead lap cars. Crew Chief, Richard Boswell made the call to take four fresh tires during the last caution of the race.

Restarting behind race leader Christopher Bell, Briscoe battled hard to clear the field and stay close to Bell. The No. 98 made a veteran move off the bumper of the No. 20 and took the lead at the line, on lap 244 to lead the last 7 laps (244-250) of the race. Briscoe built a slight lead, taking the checkered flag 1.069 seconds ahead of Bell.

“Wow, it feels so good to finally break through and get this 98 car in Victory Lane,” said Briscoe. “I couldn’t believe all those guys used their final set of tires with almost 100 laps to go – Boswell made the perfect call and we had the tires we needed at the end. I can’t thank this team enough for all their hard work and for believing in me. They deserve this win.”

In addition, at Pocono Raceway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole winner Kevin Harvick, from Stewart-Haas Racing, led 63 laps in the Gander RV 400 and finished P6. Ford teammates Brad Keselowski finished P8, Ryan Blaney P10, and Clint Bowyer finished just outside the top-10 in P11.

This weekend will be a double-header of road racing, as NASCAR heads to their second road course of the season, Watkins Glen, and the IMSA teams head to Road America. Reference the full 2019 schedule on


Chase Briscoe’s been chasing wins all season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

They proved bitterly elusive — until Saturday’s U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.

The driver of the No. 98 Ford Performance Ford shrugged off frustration and instead churned up smoke with a jubilant, long-awaited series of burnouts that preceded his first trip to Victory Lane this season.

Briscoe’s sweeping slide job past longtime race leader Christopher Bell — who paced the field for a dominant 235 laps — ensured that the physical, caution-marred race would end in a raucous celebration, not head-shaking and second-guessing.

And maybe a run toward the top of the standings, which has been dominated by points leader Tyler Reddick, Bell and Cole Custer — the so-called “Big Three.”

“It’s nice, for sure, to kind of silence everybody,” said Briscoe, who ended Bell’s two-race win streak at Iowa while notching his first win on the racy 7/8-mile track. “We definitely are still not near where we need to be, but I feel like we’ve been way closer, these last couple weeks especially. So we’ve still got to get better if we’re gonna beat the “Big Three,” but I feel like we’re slowly getting into that conversation of being that fourth guy.”

For most of Saturday’s race, Bell appeared headed for another breezy victory at Iowa, but worn-out tires doomed him down the stretch as Briscoe’s grip and gumption took over.

“He did a good job and did everything he needed to win the race,” a dejected Bell told MRN Radio.

Bell cruised to wins in the first two 60-lap stages and now has led more laps at Iowa than any other series driver (668) despite only having five starts at the track.

“I felt like we were a second-place car all day,” said Briscoe, who stayed out when Bell pitted with 100 laps to go, allowing him to pit later and run on fresher tires down the stretch. “The 20 was the class of the field.”

Briscoe — who started alongside Bell on the front row —overcame an early pit road penalty to earn his first win at Iowa and snare his third straight top-six effort after a 35th-place finish at Daytona.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Briscoe, who notched his second career series win and remains seventh in the point standings. “We were definitely racing real hard. That was beating and banging — and that’s about as good as it gets."

John Hunter Nemechek finished third and led six laps while battling in the top five most of the day.

“To finish third and say you’re disappointed is pretty good I guess,” Nemechek said. “We needed this run after the last few weeks we’ve had.”

Briscoe’s banner day contrasted sharply with one of the Big Three’s series of misfortunes.

Custer ran in the top five most of the day until a penalty for speeding on pit road dropped him to the rear of the field.

He then hit the wall on lap 160, prompting a trip to the garage that ended his day. He finished 29th and remains third in points, behind Bell and Reddick, who finished fifth Saturday.

“I was mad at myself for getting a speeding penalty and putting us back there,” Custer told MRN after being evaluated at the infield care center. “Frustrating.”

Saturday proved anything but for Briscoe, who had battled Bell at Iowa many times — but mainly online, not on the track.

“We’ve been racing online against each other for probably 10 years,” Briscoe said. “We used to run Iowa all the time in the Xfinity car and have battles like that, so it was fun to do it for real this time.”

Tyler Reddick Claims 14th Top-Five Finish of Season with American Ethanol / Novozymes Team's Return to Iowa Speedway


"Well, we got a little bit of redemption at Iowa Speedway this time around after the tire issue we had during our first visit this season. We had a really good No. 2 American Ethanol / Novozymes Chevrolet Camaro all weekend long. It was snug enough for me to run the bottom well right from the start, so we really just focused on building some rear grip so I could run the top like I wanted. We got it handling right where I needed it to be during the final stage, and I was able to start chasing down the 20 for the lead. The two of us were able to keep up with each other and had really stretched out a lead until that late-race caution came out. We didn't want to see that caution at all since it didn't go with the strategy we were on and we had already taken our last set of sticker tires. We got shuffled back after that restart, but we lucked out a little bit once another caution came out, and we were able to use a set of 25-lap scuffed tires to our advantage to take back a couple spots. The strategy didn't fall our way today, but we showed we had the speed we needed to contend and we'll keep building on that. It shows how strong our team is that we are coming away from this weekend disappointed with a top-five finish.Thanks to American Ethanol and Novozymes for coming on board this weekend. I hope we put on a good show for them today."

-Tyler Reddick


Chase Briscoe ended the late-afternoon victorious at Iowa Speedway by passing race dominator Christopher Bell with seven laps to go – earning his second career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory.

Briscoe started second and finished stage one sitting third and second at the end of stage two. The Indiana native leaves the 0.785-mile oval with eight top five and 14 top 10 finishes this season through 19 races.

Briscoe’s last victory in the NASCAR XFINITY Series came last season at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval. The driver started ninth and led 33 laps in his only top five finish of the 2018 season.

Christopher Bell, winner of both stages, came home in the second spot at Iowa Speedway. Bell started on the pole in his No. 20 Rheem Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing and led 232 circuits of the 250 laps.

The driver out of Oklahoma came into the weekend looking to continue their streak of solid runs at Iowa Speedway. In five starts at the track located in central Iowa, Bell has four top five and top 10 finishes along with two victories.

With 19 races complete in 2019, Bell has 12 top five and 13 top 10 finishes with five trips to victory lane and sits second in points behind Tyler Reddick.

John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top three finishers on Saturday. Nemechek led the field for seven laps and battled with leader Christopher Bell late. The son of veteran racer Joe Nemechek will leave Iowa with three top five and 11 top 10 finishes.

Noah Gragson and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five.

Taking home top 10 finishes included Justin Allgaier, Shane Lee, Justin Haley, Zane Smith and Michael Annett.

Several key drivers found themselves involved in incidents throughout the 250-lap event. On lap 45, in turn one, Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson tangled to bring out the first yellow flag of the day.

Cindric finished 37th and was done for the day while Gragson took home fourth.

On lap 75, also in turn one, Riley Herbst and Jeremy Clements tangled to bring out the third yellow flag of the race. Herbst went on to finish 13th while Jeremy Clements finished 30th on the leaderboard.

The next incident to involve a heavy contender occurred on lap 162 for Cole Custer in turn three. Custer, piloting the No. 00 Haas Ford, was done for the day with a finish of 29th. The driver from California started sixth on the starting grid.

The next race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be at Watkins Glen International. The Zippo 200 will air live on August 3rd at 3:00 p.m. ET. On NBC.

Christopher Bell will start on the pole at Iowa Speedway for the U.S. Cellular 250 on Saturday. Bell, piloting the No. 20 Rheem Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, claimed the top starting spot with a 23.710 / 132.855 mph.

The driver from Oklahoma will go into the evening looking to score his sixth win of the year in the XFINITY Series. Bell, through 18 races this year, has 11 top five and 12 top 10 finishes.

Chase Briscoe will start along side Bell in the No. 98 Ford Performance Ford. Briscoe posted a 23.896 / 132.855 mph. on his first lap to secure the second starting spot for Saturday’s event.

Brandon Jones rounded out the top three in qualifying. Jones, piloting the No. 19 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, posted a 23.785 / 132.436 mph. on his second of two laps.

Riley Herbst and Justin Allgaier rounded out the top five.

Starting inside the top 10 will be Cole Custer, Shane Lee, Austin Cindric, Michael Annett and Ryan Sieg.

Mark Meunier will be the lone DNQ after spinning off turn four in qualifying.

Ryan Repko had a problem firing his engine and was placed on NASCAR’s five-minute clock. Repko and his crew were not able to fire the car in time and will start 38th on the leaderboard.

Joey Gase is teaming up with Iowa Donor Network to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation during the NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 race at Iowa Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 27th.  Gase is featuring photos of two Iowans, Chuck Richardson of Morning Sun, Iowa and Phil Lewis of Iowa City, Iowa, on the hood of his #35 race car.

Richardson received a single lung transplant in 2011, which gave him four more years with his family. Richardson passed away in 2015 and became a tissue donor, enhancing hundreds of lives. Prior to his death, Richardson loved to watch racing and even raced himself. Lewis, who is suffering from heart failure, has been on the transplant waiting list for more than a year now. Lewis enjoys stock car racing and working on stock cars when he feels up to it. A photo of Gase’s Mom, Mary, will also be featured on Gase’s race car. Mary passed away in April 2011 and became a donor, saving and improving the lives of 66 people. 

The family of Chuck Richardson, along with Phil Lewis and his family, plan to attend Saturday’s race and cheer Gase on from his pit box. The Richardson family and Lewis will be available for media interviews starting at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 27th. If you wish to schedule interviews in advance, please contact Heather Butterfield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The day of the race please contact Natalie Oakes at 319-430-9368. To schedule interviews with Joey Gase, please contact Joey Gase Racing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 319-899-8679.

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On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) headed North to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the running of the ROXOR 200. This was the tour’s lone trip to what is normally a cool, breezy New England, but that was not the case this weekend. Temperatures were over 100 degrees at one point, and it made for a significantly more physically demanding race.

BJ McLeod, driver of the No. 01 Flex Glue Chevrolet, started deep in the field for the 200 miler down in 36th, but started to make up spots early. At the end of Stage One, McLeod was scored in 30th, and by Stage Two, he was up to 26th. Due to some strategy calls, he was able to earn some track position via the wave around. As the day ended up, BJ brought his Camaro home with a 21st place finish. McLeod remains P20 in the NXS points standings.

Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 4 Flex Seal Chevrolet, qualified the best out of the JDM cars by far, starting up in the 18th position. Leicht lost some spots early on, finishing Stage One in 25th, dropping even further to 29th in Stage Two. However, the crew went to work and made a big swing on adjustments to finish 23rd on the Magic Mile. Stephen remains P19 in the drivers’ points standings heading into Iowa, where he will remain in the No. 4 Chevrolet.

Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Flex Tape Chevrolet, rolled off the starting grid from 30th position. Stage One had Smithley in 29th, but he was able to move up to 24th in Stage Two. The balance on Garrett’s #NumberNuthin never really seemed to come to him, but he was able to manage his equipment and keep the car in one piece. The Ligonier, PA native ended up finishing in the 24th position, and remains P16 in the drivers’ points standings.

Tyler Matthews, driver of the No. 15 Linetec Services Chevrolet, struggled all weekend in just his third career NXS start. The crew faced electrical issues on Friday, which forced them to lose valuable track time in practice. Due to the lack of practice, Matthews was unsure what to expect in qualifying, where he got loose and had to start shotgun on the field. As the race started, the issues came back to haunt the #15Machine, causing him to take the car behind the wall for dozens of laps. He ended up 35th in Stage One and 33rd in Stage Two multiple laps down, and came home to finish a disappointing 32nd. Tyler will be back to race for JDM for a few more races later in the season in 2019.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Saturday, July 27th for the running of the US Cellular 250. Be sure to tune in on NBCSN at 4:00 PM ET to watch the four JD Motorsports drivers of Stephen Leicht, Garrett Smithley, Ryan Repko, and Ryan Vargas battle it out at the 7/8th mile multi-grooved short track with high banking and high speed. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM


Utah based; Pit Viper Sunglasses announced today that they have signed sponsorship of Vinnie Miller in the No. 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports (BJMM) car for the remaining 15 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) events.

Pit Viper Sunglasses sponsored Miller at Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway last month, where Miller had his career best NXS finish of 11th. They will be the Primary Sponsor of the No. 78 BJMM car at Iowa Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway; other dates pending. Additionally, Pit Viper will serve as an Associate Sponsor for Miller at all other NXS Series races.

“I must thank Chuck (Mumford) for believing in my full turbo attitude enough to come onboard for the remaining Xfinity Series races,” Vinnie Miller said. “We had such a blast together in Talladega. They fit right in this Skull Racing - BJ McLeod Motorsports team! We’ve gathered quite a following of the sunglasses and stoked the fans can see them on the car every week. Thank you to BJ (McLeod) and my personal team for making this sponsorship happen. Without your belief in me I don’t think we’d be in this position today. I’m going work my hardest on the track, demand respect and authority while having fun with the No. 78 Pit Viper team.”

“We had such a great time with Vinnie and the BJ McLeod Motorsports team in Talladega,” Chuck Mumford, co-founder Pit Viper Sunglasses said. “Vinnie has been a good friend from the start and his attitude for not taking life too seriously, is right up Pit Viper’s alley. "We've gained a lot of fans with our partnership with Vinnie at Talladega and Daytona in the NASCAR Xfinity series. Plus, BJ’s team fits right in with Pit Viper’s philosophy ‘Put them on and let the world be jealous’. It's that simple.”

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