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DATE: Saturday, August 6th
SITE: Iowa Speedway (2006) -- Newton, Iowa
TRACK: 0.875-mile oval - 1,075 feet (Frontstretch); 869 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 25,000
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Craven
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Satellite
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)/7:45 p.m. (et) Green Flag
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Trevor Bayne (Finished 5th)
LAPS: 250
MILES: 218.751
QUALIFYING RECORD: Ricky Stenhouse Jr, 2009 (135.135 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2010 (104.222 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,362,993 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $77,425; 2nd Place - $56,350; 3rd Place - $55,418
2010 Finish
1Kyle Busch26Steve Wallace5
2Kevin Harvick77Michael Annett12
3Jason Leffler68Justin Allgaier8
4Brad Keselowski49Matt DiBenedetto9
5Trevor Bayne110Carl Edwards16
2010 U.S. Cellular 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 104.222 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 5 minutes, 56 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.030 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 3 drivers
POLE WINNER: Trevor Bayne (133.266 m.p.h.)
Past U.S. Cellular 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kyle Busch (2nd) -- Toyota -- 101.222 m.p.h. (race record)
2009 -- Brad Keselowski (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.858 m.p.h.
Past U.S. Cellular 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Trevor Bayne -- 5th
2009 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr -- 22nd
Last Race Results
RACE: Kroger 200 (July 30th)
SITE: Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis -- Clermont, Indiana
MILES: 139.944
LAPS: 204
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: James Buescher
THIRD: Ricky Stenhouse Jr
FOURTH: Aric Almirola
FIFTH: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 40 minutes, 36 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 83.466 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.987 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 28 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 5 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: R. Stenhouse Jr. 1-49; C. Edwards 50-53; R. Stenhouse Jr. 54-179;
A. Dillon 180-183; R. Stenhouse Jr. 184-197; B. Keselowski
U.S. Cellular 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
02Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/vivaautogroup.com
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Branch,MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
7Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/iracing.com
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/American Ethanol/Iowa Corn
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
13Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Dodge/tenforjen.com
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/3M
18Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/Pizza Ranch
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TriStar Motorsports
20Drew Herring (Benson, NC)Toyota/SportClips
22Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX)Dodge/North Texas Pipe
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/maxelence.com
30Mikey Kile (Westlake, LA)Chevrolet/TBA
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Chevrolet/Rheem/Menards
38Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Ford/Agrigold Seed
40Charles Lewandoski (Staf. Sprs. CT)Chevrolet/TBA
41Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/TBA
42Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
47Brian Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Chevrolet/TBA
49Mark Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/racedaysponsor.com
52Tim Schendel (Sparta, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
70Scott Wimmer (Wausau, WI)Chevrolet/Foretravel
71Matthew Carter (Denver, NC)Ford/TBA
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/IPT Pellet Grills
75Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/daystar.com
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Ragu
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
Leading Contenders (Finish last two years)
Jason Leffler3rd3rd
Brad KeselowskiWon4th
Trevor Bayne26th5th
Steve Wallace17th6th
Justin Allgaier15th8th
Carl Edwards4th10th
Michael McDowell8th13th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr22nd14th
Drew Herring---15th
Aric Almirola34th---
Elliott Sadler------
Mover of the Week
Elliott Sadler - Started in 42nd position and finished 16th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jason Leffler
Darkhorse - Brian Scott
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards) - Finished 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Mike Bliss) - Finished 11th
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. Keselowski went on to claim his second victory of the season. James Buescher nipped Stenhouse at the finish line to take second.

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.

While Busch and several other drivers on the lead lap pitted for tires during a late-race caution, Keselowski and crew chief Tony Eury Sr. decided to gamble, as Keselowski remained on the track. Busch moved around Keselowski to take the top position with 26 laps to go, but the 12th and final caution for an incident involving Justin Allgaier, Erik Darnell and Steve Wallace set up a 10-lap shootout to the finish. Keselowski passed Busch and reclaimed the lead to post his fourth of 14 career Nationwide Series titles.

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.

08/05 14:12:03 ET

As of August 5, 2011, at 02:12 PM ET

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