Saturday, June 24, 2017


William Byron has already been a winner at Iowa Speedway in the Truck Series, but the young driver added more to his legacy as he won the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES E15 250 Presented by Enogen Saturday at Iowa Speedway.

Byron started 6th and was at or near the front a good portion of the race, leading five times for a total of 78 laps.  The win was his first in the XFINITY Series in just his 14th carreer start. Byron is also the youngest series winner at Iowa speedway at the age of 19 years, 6 months and 26 days.  (The previous record was Erik Jones after his win last year at 20 years, 2 months and 0 days.)  Following the win, Byron took a phone call from owner Rick Hendrick while in Victory Lane.

Ryan Sieg finished second, his first top 10 finish in 2017.  Sieg started 22nd and a strange combination of the leaders pitting under green late in the race coupled with a caution in the middle of the pit sequence put Sieg in position for a top five finish.

Tyler Reddick moved from a 15th place start to a career best 3rd place finish and first top 10 finish at Iowa Speedway.

Ross Chastain put himself in  position for a good finish when his team worked the strategy to give him a career best 4th place finish.

Click to hear interview with Ross Chastain

Dakota Armstrong flirted with the lead cars the entire race and was also one of the cars that did not pit under green, which helped him to a 5th place finish.

Click to hear interview with Dakota Armstrong

Pole sitter Christopher Bell led 3 times for a race leading 152 laps and was the leader when many of the other top cars pitted under green.  Bell was caught up in a wreck with Ryan Reed and  Brennan Poole.  Bell was part of the caution that he was looking for.  He would finish 16th.

Midwest Late Model star Ty Majeski made his first carreer NASCAR XFINITY SERIES start in the number 60 Ford.  Majeski started 10th, but by making some bold moves on the outside, he quickly moved up to fifth.  Near the end of the first stage of the race, Majeski slowly began to fade as his tires went away.  On lap 114, while running in the middle of the pack, Majeski tangled with the already spinning car of Kyle Benjamin.  The pair collided hard in turn four and Majeski suffered considerable damage.  After making several pit stops for repairs, he was able to continue.  Then on lap 146, Majeski pounded the wall in turn one to bring out the 6th of 9 cautions on the night.  Majeski limped his car back to his pit with heavy damage including a fire on the right front tire, thus ending his night with a disappointing 34th place finish.  Due to the impact of the crash, he we examined and released from the infield care center with no injuries.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES E15 250 Presented by Enogen

Fin   Str   Driver                        Laps    Status
1.     9      William Byron           250     Running
2.    22     Ryan Sieg                  250     Running
3.    15     Tyler Reddick            250     Running
4.    14     Ross Chastain            250     Running
5.    7       Dakota Armstrong     250     Running
6.    20     Michael Annett          250     Running
7.    18     Jeremy Clements       250     Running
8.    4       Elliott Sadler             250     Running
9.    5       Justin Allgaier           250     Running
10.  31     Garrett Smithley        250     Running
11.  30     Tommy Joe Martins   250     Running
12.  27     Quin Houff                250     Running
13.  25     JJ Yeley                     250     Running
14.  32     David Starr                250     Running
15.  28     Dylan Lupton            250     Running
16.   1      Christopher Bell        250     Running
17.  26     BJ McLeod                250     Running
18.  37     Joey Gase                  250     Running
19.  17     Ryan Reed                 250     Running
20.  21     Ben Kennedy             249     Running
21.  11     Daniel Hemric           249     Running
22.   9      Matt Tifft                   249     Running
23.   23    Brandon Jones           249     Running
24.   24    Cole Custer               249     Running
25.   13    Blake Koch               249     Running
26.   16    Brendan Gaughan     249     Running
27.    8     Brennan Poole          249     Running
28.   38    Timmy Hill               247     Running
29.   34    Ray Black Jr.            246     Running
30.   19    Spencer Gallagher    244     Running
31.    2     Kyle Benjamin         241     Running
32.   12    Scott Lagasse Jr.      236     Running
33.   33    Dexter Bean            161     Accident
34.   10    Ty Majeski              143     Accident
35.   40    Mike Harmon          121     Engine
36.   29    Harrison Rhodes     118      Engine
37.    3     Sam Hornish Jr.        78     Accident
38.   39    Carl Long                 18      Brakes
39.   36    Morgan Shepherd    16      Vibration
40.   35    Jeff Green                  6      Electrical

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 32 Min, 52 sec.
Cautions:  9 for 65 laps
Lead Changes:  11 among 6 drivers
Lap Leaders:  Bell 1-64; Black Jr 65; Byron 66-86; Allgaier 87-91; Byron 92-103; Bell 104-114; Gaughan 115-123; Byron 124-142; Bell 143-219; Byron 220-224; Lupton 225-229; Byron 230-250

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