XFINITY Race Preview: Iowa

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series hits the midwest this week for the first stop of the season at the Iowa Speedway in the American Ethanol E15 250. (Photo: Getty Images)

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NASCAR XFINITY Series news, notes and fast facts in advance of Saturday's American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway.

Radio: MRN, 8:00 p.m. (ET)
TV: FS1, 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Race Distance: 218.75 miles (250 laps)
Stage Lengths: Stage 1 Ends - Lap 60; Stage 2 Ends - Lap 120; Final Stage Ends - Lap 250

Races: 14
Pole Winners: 8
Youngest Pole Winner: Trevor Bayne (7/31/2010 - 19 years, 5 months, 12 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Elliott Sadler (8/4/2012 - 37 years, 3 months, 5 days)
Race Winners: 9
Youngest Race Winner: Erik Jones (7/30/2016 - 20 years, 2 months, 0 days)
Oldest Race Winner: Elliott Sadler (8/4/2012 - 37 years, 3 months, 5 days)
Races Won from Pole: 1
Last Race Won from Pole: Elliott Sadler (8/4/2012)
Race Record: Elliott Sadler - 115.622 mph (8/4/2012)
Qualifying Record: Austin Dillon - 136.737 mph (6/9/2013)

  Last Race Most/Largest Fewest/Smallest
Cars: 40 43 - 6 Times 40 - 8 Times
Lead Changes: 7 17 (5/22/2011) 5 (8/3/2013)
Leaders: 4 9 (8/6/2011) 3 - Twice
Cautions: 6 12 (8/1/2009) 3 (8/4/2012)
Caution Laps: 29 56 (8/1/2009) 16 (8/4/2012)
Lead Lap Finish: 11 20 (8/1/2015) 11 (7/30/2016)
Running at the Finish: 29 31 - 4 Times 26 (5/20/2012)
Laps Led (Winner): 154 252 (8/1/2015) 19 (6/9/2013)
Margin of Victory*: 3.533 3.533 (7/30/2016) 0.066 (8/6/2011)

*Since 1993 (advent of digital timing and scoring); does not include races completed under caution

Veteran Elliott Sadler To Make 800th NASCAR National Series Start
Current NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader, and JR Motorsports driver, Elliott Sadler will be making his 800th NASCAR national series start (437 MENCS, 342 NXS, 20 NCWTS) this weekend at Iowa Speedway. Sadler will become the 25th driver in NASCAR national series history to make 800 or more starts.
 
Sadler made his very first NASCAR national series start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at South Boston Speedway on July 7, 1995, for car owner Bell Sadler (his mother). At the ripe age of 20, Sadler wheeled his first ever car to a 15th-place start and an eighth-place finish and hasn’t looked back since. 
 
The veteran from Emporia, Virginia, made his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 1998, for car owner Gary Bechtel. His first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race came on September 7, 2000, at Richmond International Raceway for truck owner Robert Long.
 
Sadler is one of just 29 drivers in NASCAR history to win in all three of NASCAR’s national series. He has 17 NASCAR national series combined wins in his 799 starts (three in the MENCS, 13 in the NXS and one in the NCWTS).  
 
Sadler has made 12 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Iowa, posting three poles, one win (2012), seven top fives, 12 top 10s and an impressive average finish of 5.2.   
 
Sunoco Rookie Spotlight: Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cole Custer
Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cole Custer is looking to earn his fifth consecutive top-10 finish of the season this weekend in the American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway (8:30 p.m. on FS1). He comes into Iowa fresh off a 10th-place finish last Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. Custer is third in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, 20 points behind leader William Byron and one point behind second-place Daniel Hemric.
 
“We’ve been on a pretty good roll for a few weeks now, and hopefully we can keep our consistency going,” said Custer.
 
While the American Ethanol E15 250 will be Custer’s first NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Iowa Speedway, it will be his eighth overall start at the .875-mile oval. Custer has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts and four NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts at Iowa.
 
Custer’s best NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finish at Iowa is second, earned in 2016. Custer finished .431 behind race-winner William Byron, who he’s now competing against for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
 
But Custer’s success at Iowa didn’t start in the trucks. Custer scored his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory on August 2, 2013, at Iowa from the pole. He took home the checkered at the age of 15 years, 6 months and 10 days, becoming the youngest winner in Pro Series history. In addition to breaking Dylan Kwasniewski’s record for youngest race winner, Custer also became the first driver to lead all 150 laps in the event.
 
“I guess it’s (Iowa) just a place that’s natural for me and I’ve always had fast cars there,” said Custer. “I grew up running local short tracks, so I was able to familiarize myself with them more than others.”

Sam Hornish Jr. Returns To Iowa With A Different Team But Wants Same Result
Sam Hornish Jr. won last season’s Iowa Speedway race driving the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. But this season the veteran wheelman from Defiance, Ohio, returns behind the wheel of a different team as he rides with Team Penske and the current owner points leading No. 22 Ford team to defend his series win. 
 
The American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway (8:30 p.m. on FS1) will be Hornish’s series season debut.
 
Despite perceived rust from not racing this season, expect Hornish to do well this weekend. In nine series starts at Iowa, he has posted two wins (2014, 2016), six top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 6.3.
 
Here are a few stats worth noting about the No. 22 car, currently in the NASCAR XFINITY Series owner standings lead by a mountain-sized margin of 106 points:
 
- The No. 22 car has the third-most wins on the all-time NASCAR XFINITY Series wins list with 51 victories; behind the No. 60 (94 wins) and the No. 18 (62 wins). 
- Seven drivers have contributed to the No. 22 car’s win total over the years – Brad Keselowski (28 wins), Rick Mast (nine), Joey Logano (six), Ryan Blaney (four), AJ Allmendinger (two), Bobby Allison and Kurt Busch (each have one).  
- Since the beginning of the 2012 season (last five seasons), no other car number has won more races than the No. 22 team with 29 checkered flags; followed by the No. 54 with 28 wins and the No. 18 with 22 wins during that same timeframe.

Majeski Set for XFINITY Series Debut
Roush Fenway Racing development driver Ty Majeski will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut this weekend at Iowa Speedway behind the wheel of the No. 60 Ford Mustang.

Majeski, who was named to the 2016-17 and 2017-18 NASCAR Next Classes, is the top-rated iRacing driver in the world, with over 830 wins in 1,112 starts. His car will carry the iRacing colors for Saturday night's American Ethanol E15 250. (Read More)

Halfway Point In The Regular Season: 2017 Has Delivered
At this point in the season it’s always fun to look at how the competition has fared thus far compared to years past. Below are some stats showcasing the great action we have seen on track in 2017 through the first 13 races:
 
The 2017 season has had 10 different winners; which is the most since 2006, the last season to see 10 different winners through the first 13 races.

- Since the inception of electronic scoring (1996) in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the 2017 season has had the closest average margin of victory at 0.445 second through the first 13 races of the season. The second-closest average margin of victory through the first 13 races was in 2009 at 0.577 second.
- A large part of the closest margin of victory record is due to the series having the most races (11) since the inception of electronic scoring (1996) with a margin of victory less than a second. The previous record was 10 races with MOVs of less than a second back in 2000 and 1996.
- The first 13 races of the season have had an average number of leaders per race of 6.38; which is the most since 2013 when the average number of leaders was 8.0.
- This season has also had an average of 13 lead changes per race; which is the most since 2013, a season that had an average of 15 per race through the first 13 races.

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