Iowa Preview NNS
EVENT: DuPont Pioneer 250 (250 laps / 218.75 miles)
TRACK: Iowa Speedway
LENGTH: .875-mile oval
DATE: Saturday, June 8, 2013
TV: ESPN (Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. EST)
RADIO: MRN (7:30 p.m. EST)
“I’m pumped to be back in the Great Clips car and back racing for JR Motorsports. It has been awhile since my last race for the team, but I’ve been keeping busy with the World of Outlaws car. Kasey has done a great job over the past few races and moved the team up in points. That’s awesome to see and I want to continue that success and keep the ball rolling for our team.
“Iowa is a track I enjoy. It has the length of a short track but the speeds of an intermediate track. The competition is always tough too, even though you won’t see as many Cup drivers. You’ll still see some of the young guys out there trying to make a name for themselves. You can bet it’ll be an entertaining one to watch.”
SWEET RETURN – Brad Sweet is back to drive the No. 5 Great Clips machine at Iowa Speedway after a 10-week hiatus from Nationwide Series competition. During that time, Sweet has been busy racing in the World of Outlaw Series for Kasey Kahne Racing where he amassed two top-five and five top-10 finishes in 10 starts, including a runner-up showing at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. In three starts for JR Motorsports in 2013, Sweet holds a best finish of 12th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and an average finish of 18.3. He is ranked 33rd (-335) in driver points.
NO. 5 CAR MAKES OWNER POINTS JUMP – Kahne has driven the Great Clips Chevrolet in the past four consecutive races, earning two top-five, four top-10 finishes, and an average finish 5.0. The string of success has propelled the team from 15th to eighth in the owner point standings.
NNS AUTOGRAPH SESSION AT IOWA – Regan Smith and Brad Sweet will join a number of other Nationwide Series drivers in an autograph session at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, June 8, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. local time. The session will be located in the fan concourse under the turn four grandstands.
JRM SHORT TRACK STARTS – In the four short track races to date this season, JR Motorsports team cars have combined to score one top-five and four top
CHASSIS INTEL FOR THE 5 TEAM – The 5 team will unload chassis no. 740 for Sweet this weekend. The team raced this chassis earlier in the year with Jimmie Johnson at Phoenix and Jeffrey Earnhardt at Richmond.
INAUGURAL WINNERS – JR Motorsports holds the distinction of winning the inaugural Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway in 2009 with its No. 88 team. With Brad Keselowski behind the wheel, the team started 11th and led 121 of 250 laps en route to its second of four victories that season.
LISTENING EXPERIENCE ON THE AXIS OF JUNIOR – From the communications team at JR Motorsports comes a new way for Dale Jr. fans to get their Junior fix. Dirty Mo Radio is the new online hub for Junior-related podcasts, keeping JR Nation informed and entertained each week throughout the season. Dirty Mo Radio is housed at DaleJr.com and is also available free of charge on all popular podcasting outlets. DMR’s start-up show, “The Dale Jr. Download”, debuted as the No. 2 ranked sports podcast and No. 30 overall podcast on iTunes the day after its Feb. 18 launch.
WIN DALE JR.’S RIDE IS BACK FOR 2013 – One lucky winner will walk away with the keys to Dale Jr.’s Corvette this year. The Dale Jr. Foundation is giving fans the chance to win one of three prizes with the purchase of a $25 raffle ticket, includinga shot at Earnhardt Jr.’s own 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. The contest will run through Oct. 1, 2013, with all proceeds benefitting The Dale Jr. Foundation. For complete details visit www.windalejrsride.com.