NASCAR: Iowa Gets a Nationwide Race

Nikki HechtCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2008

The race track in Newton Iowa that Rusty Wallace helped design  will host a Nationwide Race in 2009.  In 2008 it hosted an IRL race in which Dan Wheldon won and a NASCAR Camping World Series Event.

The race date is going to be August 1 taking the place of the Mexico Nationwide date.

From the Iowa Speedway Website

“NASCAR’s selection of Iowa Speedway as a site for a Nationwide race next year, in only our third full year of competitive racing, is an honor and a privilege,”

Rusty Wallace said, “and it’s also the result of a lot of hard work by the staff here in Iowa – and our Nationwide partners who helped us secure a race here in Newton.

It’s a great day for Iowa Speedway, for Nationwide, for NASCAR, and especially, for racing fans throughout the country”.

“Iowa Speedway is a new facilty that is already very popular with fans in that part of the country and will; be a great match for the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” said NASCAR President Mike Helton. “The track has successfully hosted NASCAR Camping World Series events and we expect to see great racing there on August 1 for the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race”.


I for one am very excited for this track to get a Nationwide race!

Teams have been testing at the track in Iowa and I think it's great for more racing in the Midwest.  There aren't a lot of events like this in this area and this is going to be great!

I live in Nebraska and I can tell you that the first weekend in August, I know where I'm going to be!  It's a gorgeous track and the racing is great there!