The NASCAR Xfinity Series enjoys the spotlight with the Cup Series off and no Cup drivers competing in today’s race at Iowa Speedway.
There’s a good chance of seeing a new winner for this season. Only three drivers who have won this year (Tyler Reddick at Daytona, Christopher Bell at Richmond and Justin Allgaier at Dover) are entered in today’s race.
Here are the details for today’s race.
(All times are Eastern)
START: Craig Abel will give the command to start engines at 5:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 5:14 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 250 laps (218.75 miles) around the 0.875-mile track.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 60. Stage 2 ends on Lap 120.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 11 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 2 p.m. Qualifying is at 2:35 p.m. Driver introductions are at 4:30 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Specialist Michelle Monroe from the Iowa National Guard 34th Army will perform the anthem at 5:01 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race beginning at 5 p.m. Coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 4:30 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 90 degrees and zero percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST TIME: William Byron won this race last June. Ryan Sieg was second. Tyler Reddick placed third. Ryan Preece won the July race. Kyle Benjamin was second. Brian Scott placed third.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the lineup.
A night after wrecking and heavily damaging his car, Kyle Larson came back to win round two of the Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek series Saturday night at Eldora Speedway.
Larson, competing in the first six rounds of the nine-round series with the Cup Series off this weekend, held off former NASCAR driver Dave Blaney late to win the A feature. Blaney fell to third on the last lap. Carson Macedo was second.
Rico Abreu finished 10th. Tony Stewart, who won the B feature, placed 16th. Kasey Kahne was 20th.
The victory is Larson’s first in the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions at Eldora. It is his seventh victory in the series.
“I made a mistake last night and it cost us a car,” Larson said, according to the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions report. “This really makes up for that. I’ve now won in every kind of car I have ever raced here at Eldora. That’s pretty cool considering I’ve only raced here like 10 times.”
Ohio Sprint Speedweek continues Sunday at Waynesfield Raceway Park.
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Harrison Burton was the fastest in Saturday’s final Camping World Truck Series practice at Iowa Speedway.
Burton posted a lap of 134.202 mph. He was followed by Dalton Sargeant (133.849 mph), Johnny Sauter (133.378), Stewart Friesen (133.074) and Todd Gilliland (132.917).
Burton also had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 130.603 mph.
Click here for full report of final Truck practice
Justin Haley led the way in the first of two Camping World Truck Series practices Saturday at Iowa Speedway.
Haley posted a lap of 134.294 mph. He was followed by Cody Coughlin (134.248 mph), Brett Moffitt (133.554), Dalton Sargeant (133.469) and Todd Gilliland (133.328). Stewart Friesen had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 130.333 mph.
The Truck Series has a second practice and qualifying before its race at 7 p.m. ET today.
Click here for full practice report
Leavine Family Racing has tapped Jon Leonard to be Kasey Kahne‘s interim crew chief, replacing Travis Mack, the team announced Saturday morning.
Leonard has been the team’s lead engineer and also served as the team’s interim crew chief for the final five races of 2017.
Kahne is 28th in points in his first season with the team. His best finish this year is 17th, which he accomplished at Texas, Talladega and Dover.
Mack was in his first year as a crew chief. He had been the car chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s team last season at Hendrick Motorsports.
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Although Cup teams are off this weekend, there’s plenty of NASCAR action. Both the Xfinity and Camping World Truck teams are at Iowa Speedway this weekend. Both series will be on track today. A busy day ends with the Truck race this evening.
Here is today’s schedule:
(ALL TIMES EASTERN)
8 a.m. — Truck garage opens
9:35 – 10:25 a.m. — Truck practice (Fox Sports 1)
11:05 – 11:55 a.m. — Final Truck practice (Fox Sports 2)
12:30 – 8:30 p.m. — Xfinity garage open
3:05 – 3:55 p.m. — Xfinity practice (FS2)
4:30 pm. — Truck qualifying; multi-vehicle/three rounds (FS2)
5:30 p.m. — Truck driver/crew chief meeting
5:40 – 6:30 p.m. — Final Xfinity practice (FS1)
6:30 p.m. — Truck Series driver introductions
7 p.m. — M&M’s 200 presented by Casey’s General Store Camping World Truck Series race; 200 laps/175 miles (FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)