Circuit City returned to NASCAR after a nearly 20-year absence in a big way. The online consumer electronics retailer served as entitlement sponsor for Sunday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series CircuitCity.com 250 presented by Tamron at Iowa Speedway.
Christopher Bell and Joe Gibbs Racing also returned to Iowa Speedway in spectacular fashion. Bell and his JGR team visited Casey’s General Store Victory Lane following the NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 last July. On Sunday, Bell swept all three stages of the race and led a total of 186 laps on his way to becoming a two-time winner at Iowa Speedway.
“Man, I got to win at Dover (the week before) Mother’s Day weekend…with my mom there. Now I just won on Father’s Day weekend with my dad here,” said Bell after his fourth win this season. “It was pretty special.”
Bell joins Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. as drivers with multiple wins at Iowa Speedway. Bell’s victory broke a string a streak of nine different winners in the last nine NASCAR Xfinity Series races.
“I’m ready for my second gas pump,” Bell said of the trophy given to winners here. “Bring it over.”
The different winner streak at Iowa started back in August of 2014 with Brad Keselowski’s win, then it was Chris Buescher (May 2015), Ryan Blaney (August 2015), Sam Hornish Jr. (June 2016), Erik Jones (July 2016), William Byron (June 2017), Ryan Preece (July 2017), Justin Allgaier (June 2018) and Christopher Bell (July 2018).
Keselowski and Stenhouse are tied for the series-most wins at Iowa with three each.
Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, William Byron and Ryan Preece are other past Iowa winners currently active in the Monster Energy Cup Series … Stars Are Made Here.
Des Moines native Michael Annett finished ninth.
Sunday Iowa Notebook
- Brett Moffitt wins the second race of the Triple Truck Challenge
- Coming up at Iowa Speedway
Brett Moffitt wins the second race of the Triple Truck Challenge
In February, NASCAR unveiled the Triple Truck Challenge and tabbed the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series M&Ms 200 presented by Casey’s General Store as the second of three shootout-style races on consecutive yet varying track configurations (Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway and World Wide Raceway at Gateway).
Ross Chastain won both stages of the M&Ms 200, but during post-race inspection, his truck was found to be too low in the front. As a result of new rules introduced beginning with the 2019 season, Chastain was subsequently disqualified as the race winner and relegated to the last-place finishing position and points.
With Chastain’s misfortune, the Brett Moffitt was officially declared the winner of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series M&M’S 200 presented by Casey’s General Store, defending his victory from 2018. This was his first win of 2019 in his first season with GMS Racing.
More than the race win, Moffitt received an extra $50,000 – in addition to the posted purse – which is a substantial bonus for a full-time NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver. As part of the Destiny Homes S.M.A.R.T Series Dream Home Giveaway, a lucky fan can win a Chevrolet Silverado if Moffitt can repeat next week at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Saturday, June 22.
COMING UP AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
Next up for Iowa Speedway is the ARCA Menards Series Fans With Benefits 150 and NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300 on July 19-20. Iowa Speedway will once again host the stars of the NTT IndyCar Series and ARCA Menards Series in the second high-powered race weekend of the season.
Iowa is home to some of the best racing in the world with more racetracks per capita than any other state, which loyal fans proudly wear as a badge of honor. Iowa Speedway has dubbed the time around the NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300 on July 20 and the NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 on July 27 as Iowa SpeedWeek. NBCSN, entering its 12th consecutive year telecasting INDYCAR events, will air the NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300 – the inaugural race of Iowa SpeedWeek – on Saturday, July 20.
Single-race and event weekend tickets can be purchased in one of three convenient ways. Fans can purchase tickets, access additional information and ask questions by visitingIowaSpeedway.com, calling 866-787-8946, or dropping by the Ticket Office in Newton, Iowa Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CDT.