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American Ethanol E15 250, Iowa Speedway, NASCAR Xfinity Series
Last Monday, Sam Hornish got the call from Joe Gibbs Racing to be in Iowa on Friday and quickly made all the necessary schedule changes to go from teaching in the local schools to teaching the NASCAR Xfinity field how to get around the Iowa Speedway dominating the American Ethanol E15 250 after leading for 183 circuits.
Playing the role of ‘SuperSub’ for an injured Matt Tifft played right his way earning his fourth career Xfinity win and second at Iowa. He hadn’t raced since Homestead last year, but on this Father’s Day, the emotional Hornish was able to impress his three biggest fans, his children-seeing dad win for the first time in person.
“Got my wife and kids here, it’s the first time the kids got to be here for one of dad’s wins,” said a teary-eyed Hornish. “I can’t tell you what this means to me. I worked so hard to try to get a win when I had my kids here. Gotta thank God. He makes things happen. I was so nervous on Friday getting into the car thinking I’m going to make a mistake, and man, to go out there and win the way that we did. Just can’t say anything more about it.”
It was JGR’s ninth win in 14 Xfinity series races this season. Hornish piloted the No. 18 Toyota easily using the bottom groove and his setup was ideal to defend the front all day.
Keeping Hornish honest was Ty Dillon and Brad Keselowski staying close, but couldn’t reach his JGR Toyota’s bumper.
“I don’t know, I guess we just needed to be a little bit better,” Dillon said. “The No. 18 (Hornish) was so dominant on the bottom (groove). I thought, obviously, we were the best car on the top (groove). Just needed a little bit more speed. I’m proud of my guys. We were kind of a mid-pack car and did what we needed to do to put ourselves in position – something we talked about all week – and we did a great job.”
The NASCAR XFINITY Series takes a week off before returning to Daytona International Speedway on July 1 for the running of the Subway Firecracker 250.
Speediatrics 200, Iowa Speedway, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series again highlighted the young talent awaiting their rise to the top with again the teenagers of the division ruling Saturday night at Iowa Speedway for the Speediatrics 200. 18-year old William Byron won again this season fighting off some crafty crew chiefs that wanted to ruin his day using a different pit strategy towards the end.
None of it really mattered with yet another caution flag coming out allowing Byron full use of his four new tires over all the other teams that tried two for track position once the field all caught up. The Liberty University driver quickly rebounded to the front passing Cole Custer and Canadian, Cameron Hayley to claim his third win of the season in just his ninth start leading for 107 laps.
“We had a couple setbacks there,” said a beaming Byron. “I stalled it on pit road and I had a few setbacks on some restarts, but we kept after it until that last restart. It’s awesome.”
Next up for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a stop at Gateway Motorsports Park for the running of the third annual Drivin’ for Linemen 200 on June 25.