Salute to the Armed Forces, KANSAS and youth activities part of Wide Opening Weekend
NEWTON, Iowa (June 10, 2019) – With the kickoff to Wide Opening Weekend just over four days away, the anticipation and excitement around the start of the 2019 race season at Iowa Speedway continues to rise.
Wide Opening Weekend, which pairs the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the fourth consecutive year, returns on Father’s Day Weekend with two world-class, NASCAR National Series races. Captivating fan competitions, a signature food eating contest and live music will provide another weekend to remember at The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.
Tickets for the NASCAR Xfinity Series CircuitCity.com 250 presented by Tamron and the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series M&M’S 200 presented by Casey’s General Store can be purchased at IowaSpeedway.com or by calling 866.787.8946.
Fans will want to make plans today to see all the action at The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.
The entertainment is not limited to Saturday and Sunday. The KXIA KIX 101.1 "Horsepower Hour" will broadcast live from the Newton Club on Friday, June 14. Drivers in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will join host Todd Collins and Iowa Speedway President David Hyatt for a candid preview of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series M&M’S 200 presented by Casey’s General Store.
Here’s what fans can expect to see this weekend:
Each year between Memorial Day and Independence Day, the motorsports industry comes together for NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola – the NASCAR industry’s collective expression of reverence, respect and gratitude for those who have served and continue to defend the United States today.
This year, Iowa Speedway will have military displays on the Concourse, in addition to a Swearing-In Ceremony by the United States Air Force prior to the start of the NASCAR Xfinity Series CircuitCity.com 250 presented by Tamron. Visit https://www.nascar.com/salutes to honor our military heroes or join the conversation on social media with #NASCARSalutes.
NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series
The fifth annual NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series kicks off on Saturday, June 15, following the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series M&M’S 200 presented by Casey’s General Store. After the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series race is "Dust in The Wind," Iowa Speedway fans will rock out as musical legends, KANSAS, take center stage at the Party Pavilion – overlooking Turn 4 immediately following Casey’s General Store’s Victory Lane celebration – playing hits including rock anthem "Carry on Wayward Son."
Fan Competitions and Activities
Competition isn’t limited to the on-track action at The Fastest Short Track on the Planet, as fans will have the opportunity to meet the next generation of NASCAR stars during Gander Trucks and Xfinity Series autograph sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. The Infield Fan Walk also returns for another season, affording fans an inside look at the garage and pit area as the teams prepare to go on track. Other activities include an annual bags tournament, oversized pong and live music from Iowa roots band, Brother Trucker, in the Turn 4 Barefoot Bar Tent.
Fans can also take advantage of a mini golf course in the Infield Fan Walk, a Lumberjack show on the concourse and the Iowa Speedway Signature Food eating competition in the Turn 4 Barefoot Bar Tent.
Youth Ticketing Program
Beginning in 2017, NASCAR launched an industry-wide initiative granting free Single Event Tickets for fans 12 and under (with a ticketed parent) to all NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series events. Iowa Speedway extended this offer to all six event days and is pleased to bring this initiative back for the 2019 season.
Please note that free Youth Tickets are for Grandstand seats only, and not offered in the Newton Club, Suite Tower or Terrace Camping. To purchase Youth Tickets, please call or visit the Iowa Speedway Box Office. On race days, fans may also visit Ticket Booths 1 and 2. Children must be present during purchase and Iowa Speedway Staff must validate the full-price purchase of an adult ticket for every two Youth Tickets sold. For more information on Youth Tickets, call the Iowa Speedway Box Office at 866.787.8946.
Iowa Speedway continues its mission to create unique experiences for every member of the family. Set in motion back in 2015, the speedway offers special youth-only VIP opportunities to further promote the science of racing and emphasize the importance of cultivating young fans through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based activities.
- Crash Course presented by U.S. Cellular – Located in Turn 1 of the concourse, Crash Course is the race day activation hub for children. Terms like "downforce" and "drag" may be difficult to explain, even to adults, but hands-on experiments in Crash Course will help decipher the physics behind racing for fans of all ages.
- Kids Q&A – On Sunday June 16, Iowa Speedway will host a Q&A session between Ryan Ellis, a NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, and the sport’s youngest fans. The Kids Q&A will take place at the Crash Course presented by U.S. Cellular display at 11:10 a.m. CT. Parents are also invited to attend. Like working press, no autographs of drivers will be allowed, but lifelong memories will be created.
Connect with Us
Back again this year, fans are encouraged to use #ThisIsMySpeedway on social media to capture and share their favorite moments from the weekend. For your chance to be featured on Iowa Speedway’s social media channels, share your photos throughout the weekend using #MMs200 (Saturday, June 15) and #CircuitCity250 (Sunday, June 16). To stay up to date on the latest news and happenings around the track, be sure to follow Iowa Speedway on Twitter, Instagram, and like us on Facebook.
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 racetrack and motorsports facility located in Newton, Iowa. Our 2019 schedule includes three exciting race weekends: June 15-16 (NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series M&M’S 200 presented by Casey’s General Store and NASCAR Xfinity Series CircuitCity.com 250 presented by Tamron), July 19-20 (ARCA Menards Series Fans With Benefits 150 and NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300) and July 26-27 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Store 150 and NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250). For tickets, call 866.787.8946. To learn more, visit www.IowaSpeedway.com, "like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.