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Stage Lengths Announced for Iowa Speedway’s NASCAR Races

NEWTON, Iowa (February 16, 2017) – NASCAR today announced the 2017 stage lengths for each race in its national series. Both of the NASCAR XFINITY Series races and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway will feature the new stage-based format, aimed at delivering more dramatic moments over the course of the entire race, and season. A number of factors went into determining the lap count for Stage 1, Stage 2 and the Final Stage of each race, with a singular goal in mind – to create the best racing for NASCAR fans and drivers.

The format change was previously announced by NASCAR to boost competition by emphasizing aggressive racing and strategy. The winner of each of the first two stages will receive one playoff point apiece, and the race winner will receive five playoff points. If a driver is eligible for the NASCAR XFINITY Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs, each playoff point will be added to his or her reset total of 2,000 at the start of the postseason. In addition, the top 10 finishers of the first two stages will gain points towards the regular season championship.

With playoff point incentives on the line throughout each race, the heightened sense of urgency will lead to an entire season filled with thrilling moments. Imagine a double-wide restart at Iowa Speedway with five laps remaining, in a stage with championship points and a race win at stake! Still have questions? Check out these FAQs from NASCAR for all the particulars.

For the NASCAR races at Iowa Speedway, the stage lengths are as follows:

June 23 – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Iowa 200

  • Stage 1 – ends at Lap 60
  • Stage 2 – ends at Lap 120
  • Final Stage – ends at Lap 200 Checkered Flag

June 24 – NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen

  • Stage 1 – ends at Lap 60
  • Stage 2 – ends at Lap 120
  • Final Stage – ends at Lap 250 Checkered Flag

July 29 – NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250

  • Stage 1 – ends at Lap 60
  • Stage 2 – ends at Lap 120
  • Final Stage – ends at Lap 250 Checkered Flag