Sunday, July 10, 2016

Newgarden Dominates Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway

Josef Newgarden turned in a dominate run leading 282 laps (an all time Verizon IndyCar Series Record) in the Iowa Corn 300 at the Iowa Speedway.
Newgarden interview

Will Power made a late pass to finish 2nd.

Scott Dixon had a solid run with a 3rd place finish.
Dixon interview

Helio Castroneves looked to be a favorite to win, but twice he pitted before cautions flew and ended up two laps down and 13th in the final rundown.
Castroneves interview

Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 at the Iowa Speedway

Official Results
1. Josef Newgarden  300 laps
2. Will Power  300 laps
3. Scott Dixon  300 laps
4. Simon Pagenaud  300 laps
5. Mikhail Aleshin  300 laps
6. Alexander Rossi  299 laps
7. Tony Kanaan  299 laps
8. Sebastian Bourdais  299 laps
9. Jame Hinchcliffe  299 laps
10. Charlie Kimball  299 laps
11. Takuma Sato  298 laps
12. Carlos Munoz  298 laps
13. Helio Castroneves 298 laps
14. Marco Andretti  298 laps
15. Jack Hawksworth  298 laps
16. Graham Rahal  297 laps
17. Gabby Chaves  293 laps
18. Ed Carpenter  284 laps
19. Max Chilton  274 laps
20. Juan Pablo Montoya  179 laps  Mechanical
21. Conor Daly  141 laps  Mechanical
22. Ryan Hunter-Reay  105 laps  Mechanical

Time of Race:  1:52:16:3613  Average Speed:  143.330 MPH
Lead Changes: 10  Caution Laps: 42

Iowa Corn 300 coming up at 4:40 on NBCSN

Check back here later for the latest on the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 from Iowa Speedway.

The Green is set to wave at 4:40 PM,  the race can be seen Live on NBCSN.

Here's the game plan, just fill in the blanks.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Chase Briscoe Wins ARCA ABC Supply 150 at Iowa Speedway

By Dean Reller

Chase Briscoe led times for 63 laps, including the final 59 as he went on to win the ARCA Racing Series ABC Supply 150 presented by Casey's General Stores at the Iowa Speedway.  The win was Briscoe's second of the season and second in a row in the ARCA Racing Series.

Chase Briscoe interview

Pole sitter Kyle Benjamin lead the first 41 laps of the race and stayed near the front the entire race to come home with a second place finish.

Kyle Benjamin interview

A late race pass allowed Harrison Burton to get by Dalton Sargeant to finish in third.

Harrison Burton interview

Local favorite Mason Mitchell from nearby Des Moines ran in the top ten for much of the race, until battery problems would cause him to lose a lap making repairs.  He would regain the lap late in the race, but could only settle for an eighth place finish.

Mason Mitchell interview

Unofficial Results

1. Chase Briscoe  150 laps
2. Kyle Benjamin  150 laps
3. Harrison Burton  150 laps
4. Dalton Sargeant  150 laps
5. Myatt Snider  150 laps
6. Matt Kurzejewski  150 laps
7. Cole Custer  150 laps
8. Mason Mitchell  150 laps
9. Kyle Weatherman  149 laps
10. Josh Williams  149 laps
11. Christian Eckes 149 laps
12. A.J. Fike  147 laps
13. Brady Boswell  146 laps
14. Tom Berte  146 laps
15. Thomas Praytor  145 laps
16. Tom Hessert  145 laps
17. Sarah Cornett-Ching  145 laps
18. Will Kimmell  144 laps
19. Dustin Knowles  141 laps
20. David Sear 139 laps
21. Mike Basham  137 laps
22. Brad Smith  137 laps
23. Mike Senica  131 laps
24. Con Nicolopoulos  19 laps
25. Richard Hauck  18 laps
26. Josh Reeves  16 laps
27. Chris Bailey  1 lap
28. Wayne Peterson  1 lap
29. Kevin Huckle  DNS

Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell:  Kyle Benjamin 24.311 - 129.571 MPH
Margin of Victory:  2.484 seconds    Cautions:  2 for 16 laps
Lap Leaders:  Kyle Benjamin 1-41 (41); Kyle Weatherman 42-86, 90 (46); Chase Brisco 87-89, 91-150 (63)
Fastest Lap of the Race:  Chase Briscoe 129.024 MPH

Pagenaud Takes Iowa Corn 300 Pole

Simon Pagenaud in the Menards Team Penske Chevrolet scored not only the pole for the Iowa Corn 300 at the Iowa Speedway, but the 500th all time pole for Team Penske, who is celebrating it's 50th anniversary.

Josef Newgarden was second quick in his in his Fuzzy's Vodka, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet.

Helio Castroneves in his Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet completed the top three in single car qualifying.

The Iowa Corn 300 will be Sunday July 10th at 4:30 on NBCSN

Qualifying Results for the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway
1.  Simon Pagenaud  185.855
2. Josef Newgarden  185.639
3. Helio Castroneves 185.433
4. Max Chilton   185.419
5. Charlie Kimball 184.489
6. Tony Kanaan 184.430
7.  Ed Carpenter 184.339
8. Will Power 183.984
9. Mikhail Aleshin 182.754
10. Scott Dixon  182.647
11. Juan Pablo Montoya 182.641
12. Graham Rahal  182.253
13. Takuma Sato  181.949
14. Jack Hawksworth  181.700
15. Carlos Munoz  181.067
16. Alexander Rossi  180.920
17. Gabby Chaves 180.390
18. Marco Andretti 180.286
19. Ryan Hunter-Reay  179.903
20. Conor Daly  178.646
21. James Hinchcliffe  175.027

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Robinson Wins Thrilling TA2 Trans Am Race at Brainerd

By Dean Reller

In a race filled with spins, several lead changes and plenty of contact, it was Gar Robinson who walked away with the TA2 win in the Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic for the Trans Am Series at Brainerd International Raceway.

Tony Buffomante led the field to the green, but it was Lawrence Loshak who took the lead.  Buffomante would pit early with a flat tire, but would come back to finish fifth.  Fourth starting Robinson quickly moved up to second with Tommy Archer right behind.  Archer would spin in turn 12 and drop to sixth as the race stayed green.

Justin Haley fresh from his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win on Saturday night at the Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, (OH) was forced to start the race 15th due to not being able to record a lap during Saturday’s Fast Five qualifying.  Haley quickly moved through the field and by lap 17, he was up to fifth.

Louis-Philippe Montour spun to bring out a full course caution on lap 18.  The restart saw Robinson maintain the point as Haley moved to second briefly before Loshak would get the spot back.   With seven laps remaining Loshak would get by Robinson for the lead.  One lap later, Robinson powered back into the lead with a strong run through turns 10 and 11.  Archer and Dillon Machavern would also get by as the top several cars continued to run in a tight pack.

On lap 35, Haley and Jordan Bernloehr got together to bring out a full course caution.  With several laps needed to clean up the damaged cars, Trans Am Series officials decided there would not be enough time to get the race restarted, so the checkered waved with 38 of the scheduled 40 laps completed, giving Robinson the win.  Archer rebounding to finish second and last year’s winner Machavern finished third.

“We struggled all week and finally got a good setup,” said Robinson who was nearly out of breath following the race.  “Nice job to Lawrence Loshak, we raced clean, door-to-door there wasn’t an inch apart between us and couldn’t have it any other way.”  Robinson was relieved that the race ended early.  “The car really had nothing left in it.  So, I was really happy to hear the checkered flag was coming out, because I don’t know what I was going to do on that last restart.”

Despite the spin earlier in the race, Archer drove hard to finish second.  “I got into turn 12 and I went for the brake pedal and I had rear brake first, which is not good and I couldn’t stop the back from hopping and I spun,” said Archer as he described his early race troubles.  “We didn’t have the motor that they had in the straightaway.  We had some cornering speed on the backside, but where I was fast they were slow and where they were fast, I was slow.  Our team worked hard and second place no matter how you get it is second place.”

TA2 Results Ryan Companies 100
1.     Gar Robinson
2.     Tommy Archer
3.     Dillon Machavern
4.     Lawrence Loshak
5.     Tony Buffomante
6.    Shane Lewis
7.    Adam Andretti
8.    Keith Prociuk
9.    Cole Carlson
10.  John Atwell
11.  Tom Sheehan
12.  Tim Gray
13.  Justin Haley
14.  Jordan Bernloehr
15.  Louis-Philippe Montour

Paul Fix Wins Trans Am race at BIR

By Dean Reller

Paul Fix was more than excited as he climbed from his car following the Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic for the Trans Am Series at Brainerd International Raceway.

Fix looked like as though he was destined for a solid second place finish, but some late race events shuffled things in his favor allowing him to take the Trans Am TA1 win.  Pole sitter Cliff Ebben started at the front of the field for the third straight race and he appeared poised to finally take his first win of the season.  Ebben took the lead from the start, but the race would be slowed on lap two, when TA4 driver Trevor Janke hit the wall in turn one.  After a few caution laps, the red flag was displayed for several minutes as track crews made repairs to the wall.

When the green waved again, it was Ebben still in command as David Pintaric held second while Fix now moved to third.  Fix did not have a good qualifying run and was originally scheduled to start last after Saturday’s Fast Five qualifying.  He was the lone driver to make a run during Second Chance qualifying and turned in the fastest time of the day, but was forced to start sixth due to his second round attempt.

Fix quickly moved to second behind Ebben and the front pair slowly began to pull away from the others.

Defending race winner Amy Ruman had power steering problems and was forced to pit for lengthy repairs which put her 4 laps down and an eventual 9th place finish.

Meanwhile, Ebben and Fix showed the way at the head of the field.  Fix would use lapped traffic to gain ground, only to see the margin grow again when the speedy front pair got into clean air.  With a little more than a lap remaining, smoke began to pour from the right rear of Ebben’s car as he clung to the lead.  On the final lap, Fix made his move in turn four as he moved past to take the lead and hang on for the win.

“I caught a wisp of smoke about a lap before that,” said Ebben.  “It kept getting worse and worse, but with one lap to go, I’m not going to pull in.  I just kept going.”

Fixx was elated as he received congratulations from his crew and wife Lauren following the race.  “We had a fast car,” said Fix.  “We waited and waited and waited, it’s a waiting game sometimes.  Cliff had a fast car and he knows this track like the back of his hand.  I just capitalized on his mistakes and kept closing in and finally took it with one lap to go.”

TA1 Results Ryan Companies 100
1.     Paul Fix
2.     Cliff Ebben
3.     David Pintaric
4.     Jim McAleese
5.       Simon Gregg
6.       Kerry Hitt
7.        Claudio Burtin
8.      Tim Rubright
9.      Amy Ruman
           10.   Mickey Wright

Here is an audio recap of the entire weekend from Jason and Dean from Speed Talk on 1360