Former Motor Racing Network president and executive producer David Hyatt has been named the new president of Iowa Speedway, the track announced Thursday.
Hyatt replaces Jimmy Small, who will transition out of the position over the next several weeks.
“I am honored to join the Iowa Speedway team and build upon the momentum this talented group of people have established,” Hyatt said in a press release. “There is a great passion for motorsports in Iowa and we will continue fueling that passion while showcasing The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.”
Small has accepted a new position at NASCAR as senior director of International Business Development out of NASCAR’s Los Angeles office.
Small worked for NASCAR for nearly 10 years and was the youngest president of a major racing facility in the United States.
“David’s unique skill set and his impressive career at MRN make him the perfect choice as my successor,” Small said in a press release. “He is a seasoned NASCAR executive with an impeccable reputation in the industry and is well positioned to lead Iowa Speedway into the future.”
The .875 mile-track in Newton, Iowa, hosts two Xfinity Series race and one Camping World Truck Series race each year. It began holding races for the two national NASCAR series in 2009.
As we say good bye and good luck to Jimmy Small, we’re excited to welcome David Hyatt to Iowa Speedway as our next track president.
Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in the final practice for the Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway with a speed of 94.061 mph.
He beat second-place Denny Hamlin (94.012 mph) by .040 seconds.
Martin Truex Jr. (93.718) had the third fastest lap, but the team will have some work to do before Saturday’s qualification. With nine minutes remaining on the clock, he ran into the back of Bubba Wallace in the esses and did significant damage to his nose. Wallace landed 34th on the chart with a speed of 91.641 mph.
“I’ve been very good this year about not replying to mean people, and you all should do the same,’’ Hamlin said Friday at Sonoma Raceway.
“I’m making a (request) right now to every driver, every team owner, every NASCAR executive and every media member, stop replying to people who make nonsense comments. They have 16 followers. Don’t give them your 100,000. Do not give them your 100,000 as their stage. No one will ever see their comment, just brush it by, talk about the positives and I’m not a positive person.”
Asked how does one ignore such divisive comments, Hamlin said: “You just scroll by it. Forget it. That person doesn’t exit. They’re an admirer that has lost their way.’’