US Cellular 250 Lap-By-Lap
-Drew Herring, behind the wheel of the Joe Gibbs Racing No.54 Monster Energy Toyota, earns his first NASCAR Nationwide Series Pole Position for the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway
-Austin Dillon enters the race as the current point’s leader, but will he leave the Midwest still in the lead?
-Brad Keselowski is the only Sprint Cup Series regular racing in Iowa
-Ryan Gifford is making his first start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. His first time in a car was for practice for this race. How will he fair tonight?
Top 10 Starting Lineup: 54-7-99-2-22-20-6-3-31-11.
Lap 1: Drew Herring leads the field to green with Regan Smith joining him on the front row.
Lap 3: Dillon already making moves up the track and advances two positions in three laps.
Lap 10: Herring continues to lead the race, something the No.54 car is used to.
Lap 24: Smith is gaining on Herring who is still the race leader.
Lap 27: Smith takes the lead, Herring drops to third.
Lap 40: Keselowski passes Herring which drops him to 4th.
Lap 42: Dillon passes Herring for 4th.
Lap 44: Only 23 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 47: Vickers goes low and moves into the Top-5.
Lap 55: Herring spins bringing out the first caution. No damage to the No.54.
Fast Fact: This was the longest green flag run to start a Nationwide Series Race so far this season.
Pit Stops: Lead lap cars hit pit road for adjustments and 4 tires. Kenny Wallace gets the free pass. Keselowski’s team has a tire outside of the box which leaves him starting at the tail end of the longest line. Sadler gains the most spots with three on pit road.
Lap 61: Restart top-3 are Smith, Vickers and Scott.
Lap 62: Herring sitting in 13th after his spin.
Lap 74: Keselowski into the top-20 after starting in the back on the restart.
Lap 86: Charging to the front is point’s leader Austin Dillon who takes over the race lead.
Lap 89: Keselowski up to 13th.
Lap 100: Austin Dillon still leading the race: 150 laps to go.
Lap 109: Hornish and Wallace come close to touching, but no harm.
Lap 113: Dillon has a lead of more than 3.5 seconds over second place.
Lap 117: An interesting battle unfolds between Hornish and Bayne for third place.
Lap 120: Only 17 cars on the lead lap. Dillon still race leader.
Lap 140: Fluid on track from the No.40 of Reed Sorenson bringing out the caution flag.
Pit Stops: Keselowski, after reporting that the car was overheating, takes a long pit stop to check over the car. Parker Kligerman is the biggest mover after gaining 4 spots.
Lap 147: Green flag: Top-5: Dillon, Smith, Hornish, Bayne, Vickers
Lap 148: Allgaier makes an aggressive move which sends his from 9th to 14th.
Lap 154: Kyle Larson keeps moving up the grid. Up to sixth and gaining.
Lap 171: 4.6 seconds: that is the gap between race leader Dillon and second place Smith.
Lap 180: The big question on the track is fuel mileage. Can teams make it the rest of the way?
Lap 183: Dillon will have to back it down if he wants to make it to the end without a gas-n-go stop.
Lap 195: Larson breaks into the top-5 after passing Vickers.
Lap 196: Keselowski is up to sixth after a heating issue and pit road penalty. The worst he has ever finished at Iowa is 4th.
Lap 199: Caution for Pastrana after a left rear tire blows and he makes contact with the wall.
Pit Stops: Fuel Strategy goes out the window as leaders hit pit road. The big question is what to go with: 2 tires? 4 tires? Which will work? Bayne, Vickers, Sadler and Smith all take two and will be you top four starters. Dillon, Hornish, Keselowski, Scott, Larson and Herring take four and round out your top 10.
Lap 205: Bayne, who won the last race here at Iowa, leads the field to green. Will 2 tires be enough to hold on to P1?
Lap 206: Pole Sitter Herring taps the wall and has a slight tire rub on the No.54.
Lap 207: Vickers takes over the race lead.
Lap 215: Keselowski takes the lead from Vickers.
Lap 223: Caution for Richard Harriman
Pit Stops: Brad Sweet is the free pass. 17 cars on the lead lap. Back of the pack cars pit including 12th place Regan Smith for 4 tires and changes to the car.
Lap 226: Restart order: Keselowski, Vickers, Sadler, Hornish, Dillon, Bayne Kligerman, Larson, Annett, Scott.
Lap 229: Kligerman gets loose and loses spots. Drops to 15th
Lap 234: Gifford breaks into the top-10 as he takes over ninth place.
Lap 236: Keselowski, Hornish, Vickers, Dillon, Larson are your top-5.
Lap 240: Dillon drops to 5th after leading the most laps during the race.
Lap 245: Hornish is sitting in second behind Keselowski.
Checkered Flag: Keselowski, the only Sprint Cup Driver in the field, takes the win at Iowa. Hornish finishes close behind.
-This was Keselowski’s 23rd career Nationwide Series win
-Dillon remains the point’s leader with a 14 point lead over Smith
-Ryan Gifford, in his first start in the Nationwide Series, finishes with an impressive 9th place finish.
No.22: Brad Keselowski
No.12: Sam Hornish Jr
No.20: Brian Vickers
No.3: Austin Dillon
No.32: Kyle Larson
No.54: Drew Herring
No.99: Alex Bowman
No.11: Elliott Sadler
No.33: Ryan Gifford
No.10: Trevor Bayne
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