NEWTON, Iowa (July 8, 2017) – On Wednesday, Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small designated Saturday as National Iowa Speedway Day. As part of the inaugural celebration, the speedway expressed its gratitude by naming the ARCA Racing Series event the Fans with Benefits 150 – dedicated to Iowa Speedway’s Season Ticket Holders.
Dalton Sargeant benefitted from a late restart to win the ARCA Racing Series Fans With Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night, holding off points leader Austin Theriault. Sargeant had a seven second lead late in the going before the final caution came out when Eric Caudell spun on the backstretch.
“The caution was the last thing I wanted to see,” Sargeant said. “It definitely made me nervous, but my guys executed the pit stop perfectly. The General Tires really performed tonight.”
Once Sargeant finally cleared Theriault, he stretched his lead to a full second-and-a-half over Theriault at the checkered flag. The 19-year-old Sargeant won for the second time this season in the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Ford — the ride that Chase Briscoe drove to Casey’s General Store’s Victory Lane at Iowa Speedway last year following the ARCA Racing Series ABC Supply Co. 150 presented by Casey’s General Store.
Theriault finished second in Ken Schrader’s No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota. The Fort Kent, Maine, driver has three victories this year.
“Iowa Speedway changes a lot, you really have to be on top of it,” Theriault said. “In that last battle with Dalton, we did what we could but he was just better than us.”
Sargeant is second in the championship standings.
“As the sun started to set, the car started to come to me,” Sargeant said. “If we continue having strong races we’ll hopefully catch up to him [Theriault].”
Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is Lucas Oil Raceway in Indiana on Friday, July 21(8:00 p.m. CT on FS1).
Saturday Iowa Speedway Notebook
- Will Power wins the Sukup “First in the Field” award after claiming the 48th pole of his INDYCAR career
- Kids Q&A at Crash Course presented by U.S. Cellular
- Sweet Corn Feed
- Full Day of Open-Wheel Racing
WILL POWER WINS THE SUKUP “FIRST IN THE FIELD” AWARD AFTER CLAIMING THE 48TH POLE OF HIS INDYCAR CAREER
Will Power had the added advantage of being last in the qualifying order – when track conditions are typically best – and the benefit of seeing how his Team Penske teammates performed before him.
Power drew the last spot in today’s qualifying for the Iowa Corn 300 and bested the field to earn the 48th pole position of his 13-year Verizon IndyCar Series career, with a two-lap speed average of 185.210 mph in the No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet. In doing so, the 2014 INDYCAR champion claimed the Sukup “First in the Field” award given to the fastest driver in qualifying.
“It’s just about hard work and bringing out your raw speed when you need it. I love qualifying,” said Power. “It’s the part of the weekend where you push and give everything you can possibly give.”
Power’s two-lap average was 1.4 mph faster than the second-place qualifier, Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand who was driving the same ECR chassis that Josef Newgarden drove to victory at Iowa Speedway in 2016, leading an INDYCAR race-record 282 laps. It marks the second pole on the fast 7/8-mile oval for Power and the third straight for Team Penske, whose 252 Indy car poles are the most of any team in history.
No Iowa pole sitter has gone on to win the race in 10 previous Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 races and Team Penske has yet to win a race at Iowa Speedway.
Defending winner Newgarden starts way back in 16th position after running a two-lap average of 180.343 mph in the No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet.
The 11th annual Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 is scheduled to start at 4:45 p.m. CT. Fans should plan to arrive at Iowa Speedway early to avoid congestion. Live coverage on NBCSN and the INDYCAR Radio Network on SiriusXM 214 starts at 4 p.m. CT Sunday.
On Sunday at 1:45 p.m. CT, Iowa Speedway will host another installment of the popular Kids Q&A session. The exclusive “Q&A” sessions allow our younger fans to pose their own questions to star drivers. Recognizing that kids are often interested in hearing answers to less conventional questions than those typically posed to drivers in press conferences. Verizon IndyCar Series driver, Ed Carpenter, will be in for an amusing press conference as he fields questions on a wide assortment of topics at Crash Course presented by U.S. Cellular located on the Concourse outside Turn 1.
Parents are also invited to attend. Like working press, no autographs of drivers or racing personalities will be allowed.
SWEET CORN FEED
For the fourth year in a row, fans can enjoy a free ear of sweet corn prior to the Iowa Corn 300, courtesy of Iowa Corn and Chevrolet. Race goers are invited to come and enjoy this summer treat at the Chevy display on Sunday from noon – 2:00 p.m. CT. Iowa Sweet Corn is the perfect appetizer for the 11th running of the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 race, taking place at 4:45 p.m. CT.
FULL DAY OF OPEN-WHEEL RACING
INDYCAR fans will be treated to a full day of open-wheel racing on Sunday as the Mazda Road to Indy serves as a prelude to the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300. Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the Mazda Road to Indy provides drivers, teams and sponsors an opportunity to gain valuable experience on and off the track while following a clear-cut path of progression through two of its three development series: Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. The USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda will start the day with qualifying at 9:00 a.m. CT followed by Indy Lights qualifying at 10:00 a.m. CT.
About Iowa Speedway
Iowa Speedway, The Fastest Short Track on the Planet, is a state-of-the-art 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located in Newton, Iowa. Our remaining 2017 schedule includes two exciting race weekends: July 8-9 (ARCA Racing Series Fans With Benefits 150 and Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300) and July 28-29 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Store 150 presented by Vatterott College and NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 presented by American Ethanol). For tickets, call 1.866.787.8946. To learn more, visit www.IowaSpeedway.com, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.