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RAGBRAI to Make a Pit Stop at Iowa Speedway

RAGBRAI to Make Pit Stop at Iowa Speedway

Cyclists invited to Ride The Track to benefit Iowa Speedway Cares

NEWTON, Iowa (July 24, 2018) – Thousands of bicyclists from around the world will pedal through Newton, Iowa on Wednesday, July 25. Newton has been chosen as an overnight stop for the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), which runs July 22-28, 2018. The City of Newton will serve as host city for the first time since Iowa Speedway was built in 2006.

RAGBRAI cyclists are invited to Ride The Track from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 25. For a $5 donation to Iowa Speedway Cares, the Speedway’s charitable arm, riders can take as many laps around the 7/8-mile oval as they would like.

Iowa Speedway Cares is a Donor Advised Fund of the NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization based in Daytona Beach, FL. The primary focus of Iowa Speedway Cares is to support the local community, with an emphasis on youth-centered programs.

On Wednesday, July 25, an estimated 20,000 cyclists, volunteers and sponsors will embark on a 59.1-mile ride from Ames to Newton that will include the Ride The Track event at Iowa Speedway.

“Of the 200-plus events we’ll host at Iowa Speedway this year, RAGBRAI might be one of the most unique,” said Iowa Speedway President David Hyatt. “The riders will get a chance to check their speed with a lap on the ‘Fastest Short Track on the Planet’ just two days before the stars of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series compete here to wrap up our 2018 race season.

“The City of Newton is, and has been, a tremendous supporter of Iowa Speedway since it was built. We are excited to see our community on a grand stage in an international spotlight.”

RAGBRAI started Sunday in the western town of Onawa, Iowa. The ride then moves through central Iowa, stopping in Ames on Tuesday and proceeding east to Newton. RAGBRAI is a non-competitive bicycle ride organized by The Des Moines Register and goes from west to east across the state of Iowa. Started in 1973, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest tour of its kind in the world.

The overnight stop for RAGBRAI will come at the same time teams, drivers and Iowa Speedway make final preparations for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Store 150 and NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 presented by The Rasmussen Group July 27-28.

The stars of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series will close out the race season in Iowa this weekend. Tickets to the final NASCAR race weekend of 2018 at Iowa Speedway are still available. For tickets, call 1.866.787.8946. To learn more, visit www.IowaSpeedway.com.

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 2018 schedule includes one more exciting race weekend: July 27-28 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Store 150 and NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 presented by The Rasmussen Group). 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.