NNS: Pioneer Hi Bred 250 from Iowa Speedway preview

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Information:

Date: Sunday, May 20, 2012

Location: Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa

Time: 2:00 p.m. EST

Distance: 250 laps/ 218.75 miles

Broadcast: TV– ESPN with broadcast starting at 1:30 p.m. EST

Radio– MRN

Analysis: 

Last year was the first time that Iowa Speedway held two Nationwide Series races, it was also the first time that a driver  swept both the races at the track.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. turned out to be that driver and not only was he the first driver to sweep the season races at Iowa, he did it by becoming the first driver to record his first ever win at Iowa Speedway. That happened last year in the May race at Iowa .

As the series returns to Iowa Speedway this Sunday, there will be several chances for other drivers that could record their first ever win.

Lately, the Joe Gibbs Toyotas have been on a roll; Joey Logano won the last two events, and Denny Hamlin finished second at the similarly shaped Richmond event three weeks ago. But neither Logano or Hamlin are entered in this Sunday’s race.

In fact, there are only two Sprint Cup regulars that will be racing at Iowa on Sunday. Kurt Busch who won the Richmond race, will once again be racing his brother’s No.54 Toyota. Joe Nemechek is also entered in both the Sprint Showdown on Saturday and the Iowa event on Sunday.

The last time a Nationwide series raced with few Sprint Cup regulars was Road America last June when none of the Sprint Cup drivers made the trip to Wisconsin to race.

That leads the door wide open for young drivers to make a name for themselves, while racing at the young track.

Driving cars that are usually driven by Sprint Cup regulars, drivers such as Michael McDowell who will be in the No. 18 Gibbs Toyota, Darrell Wallace Jr driving the No. 20 and Parker Kligerman driving the No. 22 Penske Dodge the drivers who could have a chance to win the race is very strong.

The only driver who has won at Iowa Speedway in the Nationwide Series that will be in the race on Sunday will be Stenhouse Jr.

And if last year is going to be any indication the talent levels of the Nationwide regulars won’t disappoint. In the May race eight of the top-10 finishers were Nationwide or Camping World Truck series regulars.

Following that up in the second Iowa race there was only one Sprint Cup regular in the top-10, that was Carl Edwards in second.

Last year Stenhouse’s two wins at Iowa helped him go on to win the Nationwide Series championship and with a tight points battle coming in to Iowa and the series taking the Sunday afternoon spotlight that is usually reserved for the Sprint Cup series one driver could secure their career with a first time win, like Stenhouse did last year.

By the numbers:

  • 17–the most amount of lead changes to take place the track.
  • 11th– the furthest back a driver has started to win. (Brad Keselowski 2009)
  • 6th–the average starting position of an Iowa race winner
  • 4–the number of Nationwide series races that have taken place at Iowa Speedway.
  • 2– the number of wins that Ford has at Iowa Speedway to lead all manufactures.
  • 0–the number of races that have been won from the pole.

Entry list:

  1. Mike Wallace
  2. Elliott Sadler
  3. Austin Dillon
  4. Daryl Harr
  5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  6. Danica Patrick
  7. Tim Andrews
  8. Jeff Green
  9. Brian Scott
  10. Sam Hornish Jr.
  11. Eric McClure
  12. Blake Koch
  13. Michael McDowell
  14. Tayler Malsam
  15. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  16. Parker Kligerman
  17. Jamie Dick
  18. Benny Gordon
  19. John Young
  20. Steve Arpin
  21. Justin Allgaier
  22. Brendan Gaughan
  23. Brad Sweet
  24. Josh Richards
  25. Erik Darnell
  26. Timmy Hill
  27. Josh Wise
  28. Michael Annett
  29. Mike Bliss
  30. Chase Miller
  31. Scott Speed
  32. T.J. Bell
  33. Jeremy Clements
  34. Joey Gase
  35. Kurt Busch
  36. Johanna Long
  37. Mike Harmon
  38. Scott Riggs
  39. Jason Bowles
  40. Joe Nemechek
  41. Cole Whitt
  42. Morgan Shepherd
  43. Travis Pastrana
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