The NASCAR Nationwide Series will have their time to shine as they headline in Iowa, but it will be Austin Dillon who will have all eyes on him as he will lead the filed to the green flag.
Dillon won the pole for Saturday’s DuPont Pioneer 250 at Iowa Speedway when he posted a qualifying lap of 137.737 mph in 23.037 seconds. He was the only driver to reach speeds past 136 mph. The pole win is Dillon’s third consecutive pole award.
Joining Dillon on the front row will be Sam Hornish Jr. Brian Scott qualified third followed by Brian Vickers, Regan Smith, Joey Logano, Elliott Sadler, Travis Pastrana, Drew Herring and Kyle Larson to round out the top 10.
Logano, who made the trip to Iowa after practicing in Pocono for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, will be the only cup driver in Saturday night’s race.
The race at Iowa will allow the Nationwide Series regulars to showcase their talent and go all in. Saturday night it will be fair game, as each driver will have their chance to go for the win and with even better chances to end up in victory lane. With the Cup Series in Pocono, it gives the spotlight for the Nationwide Series and they won’t have to worry about Cup drivers taking over with the exception of Logano who will race.
Going into Iowa, Smith goes in with the points lead but Iowa gives the rest of the field especially the drivers in the top five an opportunity to close the points gap with the leader. For Hornish, Iowa will be his best chance to catch up the Smith. For Sadler, Iowa can be the race to turn his season around after some early troubles in the season.