Date: Saturday, August 6th, 2011
Time: 7:30pm ET
Track: Iowa Speedway
Laps: 250 ; Miles: 218
Broadcast: TV – ESPN2 ; Radio – MRN/Sirius XM NASCAR
Sunday: High-91°F ; Low-76°F
20% Chance of Rain
Winds SSE at 7mph
Courtesy of Weather.com
-The Nationwide Series makes its second stop this season in Iowa for the third running of the U.S. Cellular 250.
-Points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr, will seek redemption this weekend at Iowa Speedway after letting a win slip away from him last Saturday at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Stenhouse started on the pole and led a total of 189 laps before giving up the top spot to Brad Keselowski after a restart with a handful of laps to go.
-Stenhouse Jr did capture the earlier race in May, defeating Carl Edwards for his first career Nationwide Series title.
-In 2010, Kyle Busch put on a dominating performance to easily win the race. Busch claimed his ninth Nationwide victory of that season after leading 209 of 250 laps at the short 0.875-mile oval. Although not racing this week, Busch is tied with Mark Martin as the all-time Series leader with 49 wins.
-The Nationwide Series made its inaugural visit to Iowa in 2009, as Brad Keselowski passed Kyle Busch with eight laps remaining and then held off Busch on old tires to win the race.
-Although this is just the third year of this race, Iowa Speedway has already hosted numerous races. The IndyCar Series has raced since 2007, along with the Indy Lights Series, the ARCA Remax started in 2006 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series began in 2009.
-Iowa will be the second of four “Dash 4 Cash” races in Nationwide this season. A $100,000 bonus will go to highest-finishing eligible driver. Reed Sorenson, Jason Leffler, Justin Allgaier and Iowa-native Michael Annett are the ones who qualify for this race. Sorenson claimed the bonus award from Nationwide Insurance last month at Daytona. He finished third in that race.
-Richmond (September 9) and Charlotte (October 14) are the other two races on the bonus program.
-The next Nationwide Series race moves on to Watkins Glen, New York for the August 13 Zippo 200 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International. Marcos Ambrose won last year’s race there.
#01 Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO) Chevrolet/TBA
#02 Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM) Chevrolet/vivaautogroup.com
#2 Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA) Chevrolet/One Main Financial
#6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Branch,MS) Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
#7 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/iracing.com
#09 Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO) Toyota/American Ethanol/Iowa Corn
#11 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Toyota/Shore Lodge
#13 Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS) Dodge/tenforjen.com
#14 Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA) Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
#15 Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD) Ford/Rick Ware Racing
#16 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/3M
#18 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Toyota/Pizza Ranch
#19 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Chevrolet/TriStar Motorsports
#20 Drew Herring (Benson, NC) Toyota/SportClips
#22 Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH) Dodge/Discount Tire
#23 Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX) Dodge/North Texas Pipe
#28 Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA) Chevrolet/maxelence.com
#30 Mikey Kile (Westlake, LA) Chevrolet/TBA
#31 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt
#32 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/Dollar General
#33 Scott Speed (Manteca, CA) Chevrolet/Rheem/Menards
#38 Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA) Chevrolet/Great Clips
#39 Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA) Ford/Agrigold Seed
#40 Charles Lewandoski (Staf. Sprs. CT) Chevrolet/TBA
#41 Carl Long (Roxboro, NC) Ford/TBA
#42 Tim Andrews (Concord, NC) Chevrolet/TBA
#44 Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY) Chevrolet/TBA
#46 Chase Miller (Denver, NC) Chevrolet/TBA
#47 Brian Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI) Chevrolet/TBA
#49 Mark Green (Owensboro, KY) Chevrolet/TBA
#51 Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC) Chevrolet/racedaysponsor.com
#52 Tim Schendel (Sparta, WI) Chevrolet/TBA
#60 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal
#62 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
#66 Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC) Toyota/5-Hour Energy
#70 Scott Wimmer (Wausau, WI) Chevrolet/Foretravel
#71 Matthew Carter (Denver, NC) Ford/TBA
#74 Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL) Chevrolet/IPT Pellet Grills
#75 Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC) Chevrolet/TBA
#81 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Dodge/daystar.com
#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/TBA
#88 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Chevrolet/Ragu
#89 Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC) Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing