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Sat. May 17, 2014 - 8:00 PM CT


Iowa Speedway

Newton, IA
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Eddie Crashes at Iowa Speedway
Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team's optimism for another strong finish at Iowa Speedway crumbled with a hard hit to the outside wall in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series combination race Saturday night with the East and West teams meeting for the first of two events on the seven-eighth's mile oval. After finishing in the runner-up position in the Pork Be Inspired 150 second event at Iowa last season, Eddie Mac returned for the Casey's General Store 150 with a brand new car with hopes of equaling or bettering last year's finish.

Unfortunately for Eddie Mac, the right front tire blew on lap 57 as the Rowley, Ma. veteran driver attempted an outside pass for the tenth position sending him hard into the outside wall between turns one and two ending his night with a 35th place finish saying, "That was a tough hit. It really tore up the front of the car and it probably needs a new front clip. We worked hard getting this new car ready for the race and it felt good. We didn't have time to test so practice was the first time on any track. The crew worked hard to get the car ready and even though we didn't qualify well, we thought the car would be okay for the race and it was. The car was running great, the handling was good, and only a little loose in practice so we believed we had a good set-up for the race. It was very similar to the set-up we had last year here when we finished second. "

When the green flag waved the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy began marching to the front with Eddie Mac saying, "We were really happy with the performance of the car and I don't know what happened in qualifying (24th) but as soon as we took the green I was able to pick up about seven positions (by lap 25). I decided to take it easy for a while and just ride. Rollie and I thought we could make a push to about the eighth spot before the halfway break at 75 laps but we never got that far. About five laps before the tire blew, I was able to take some more spots and I think I was 11th and on the outside of Kenzie (Rustin) making the pass for tenth going into turn one and I went straight up into the wall."

The crash was reminiscent of a similar crash while running first at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last year in the September K&N race while leading. A right front tire blew at that time sending another new car into the turn one wall with the driver saying, "I don't know what it is with new cars and flat right front tires but it is frustrating. I know at Loudon we ran over something but we don't know for sure what caused this tire to blow without any warning. We did not have an issue with camber or anything in practice, so we can't say what caused the problem. All I know is, it wrecked a beautiful new car that Rob Grimm paid for and a lot of people worked hard to put together. All that work for nothing! It hurts."

The K&N Pro Series East returns to Bowman Gray Stadium this season for the NASCAR Hall of fame 150 on Saturday, May 31.

Fox Sports 1 will televise the Casey's General Store 150 on May 24 at 8:30 am.
 
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FAST FACTS

The Race: The Casey's General Stores 150 will be the 10th all-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway, and the first of two at the track in 2014. It's the sixth of 14 oval track events and 16 races, overall, on the 2014 schedule for the K&N East and fourth of 12 oval track events and 14 races, overall this season for the K&N West.

The Procedure: The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 28 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining eight spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (131.25 miles) and be run in two segments with a midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75.

The Track: Iowa Speedway is a .875-mile paved oval with the turns banked 12-14 degrees, four degrees of banking in the backstretch and 10 degrees in the frontstretch. The track opened in 2006 and the first NASCAR-sanctioned race was a K&N Pro Series combination event on May 20, 2007 won by Joey Logano. NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events were added in 2009.

The Records: The one-lap series qualifying record at Iowa was established by Kyle Busch on May 17, 2009 at 135.484 mph (23.250 seconds). The 150-lap race record was set by Corey LaJoie on Aug. 3, 2012 at 88.883 mph (1 hour 28 minutes 36 seconds).

IOWA RACE NOTES

Big Group: Nine members of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class will be in action in the Casey's General Stores 150 at Iowa Speedway. Cole Custer won at the track last August and returns in search of becoming the first repeat winner of the K&N Pro Series combination event. Joining Custer are Gray Gaulding, Ryan Gifford, Austin Hill, Jesse Little, Dylan Lupton, Brandon McReynolds, Ben Rhodes and Kenzie Ruston. Four previous Iowa winners - Chase Elliott, Brett Moffitt, Corey LaJoie and Michael Self are alums of the NASCAR Next program.

Sharing The Wealth: Three K&N Pro Series West events this season have produced three different winners. Custer opened the campaign with a Phoenix triumph while Patrick Staropoli won at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway and David Mayhew took the checkered flag at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway.

Habit Forming: Daniel Suarez leads NASCAR touring series drivers with five wins this season. The Drive for Diversity product opened the K&N Pro Series East season with a pair of wins and has added three victories in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series. The Monterrey, Mexico driver sits fourth in the K&N East's season standings and looks to rebound from a 32nd-place finish at Richmond after his day was undone by electrical system issues.

Busy Weekend: The first of two scheduled NASCAR Nationwide Series starts for Ryan Gifford comes on May 18 at Iowa Speedway on the same weekend the Winchester, Tenn., driver battles in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series combination race in the nation's heartland. That was a successful mixture last August as the Drive for Diversity product scored a sixth-place finish in the K&N Pro Series race and a ninth-place showing in his Nationwide Series debut.

Busy Month: The K&N Pro Series West is on the hop in May. After starting the month at Stockton and heading to Iowa, the series heads to Southern California on May 24 for a date at Kern County Raceway Park. The inaugural race at the half-mile oval for the K&N West was held last October.

Riding The Wave: K&N Pro Series East points leader Ben Rhodes has a streak of three straight podium finishes and top fives in five of his last seven starts dating back to last season. The Louisville, Ky., driver finished fifth and 10th, overall, last season at Iowa.

Consistent Performance: K&N Pro Series West points leader Greg Pursley has yet to win in 2014, but Iowa Speedway is a place where that can change. The 2011 series champion has a pair of K&N West wins as the top-finishing West driver at the .875-mile track, but fourth-place overall finishes on three occasions are his best results in nine starts.
Iowa Home Tracks Update: Defending Adams County Speedway champion Jason O'Brien is off to a quick start at the Corning, Iowa track with four top-five finishes in four starts in the Coors Light Silver Bullet Late Model division. Chris Speiker and Justin Zeitner trail in second and third, respectively. The half-mile dirt oval is situated 130 miles southwest of Iowa Speedway.
 
K&N East Statistical Advance - Iowa: HERE
Analyzing The Casey's General Stores 150

Iowa Race Setup
 Cole Custer led wire-to-wire in his last Iowa start in August 2013 and has two K&N Pro Series wins this season at Phoenix and Richmond.
 K&N West points leader Greg Pursley has twice been the top-finishing West driver and leads all competitors with nine Iowa starts.
 Nine East-West combination events at Iowa Speedway have produced nine different race winners and nine different pole winners.

Iowa Speedway
History
 Designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and patterned after Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
 First race was held in September 2006.
 First NASCAR-sanctioned race in May 2007 was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race won by 17-year-old Joey Logano.
 Hosted first NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2009.
 Facility purchased by NASCAR in November 2013.

Notebook
 This is the 10th K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa with one each from 2007-2011 and two in 2012-2013.
 The K&N Pro Series West had a standalone event at the track in September 2009.
 The Casey's General Stores 150 will be telecast on a delayed basis by FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, May 24 at 8:30 a.m. ET.
 Michael Self, representing the K&N West, won the first visit a year ago; Anderson Bowen (K&N East) claimed the overall pole award.
 Kyle Busch and Cole Custer are the only drivers to win the East-West race at Iowa from the pole. Chase Elliott started the furthest back and won, coming from 15th on the grid in May 2012.
 The most cautions for an East-West combination race at Iowa is 11 in June 2013 while the fewest is four in May 2009. The most caution laps (68) came in the inaugural 2007 event and the fewest was 24 in May 2009 for an average of 42.67. The average number of cautions is 7.22.
 In the nine combination events, the lead has changed hands an average of 7.0 times with a high of 18 in the 200-lap May 2007 race.
 The average starting position for the winner is 5.44 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 6.67.
 Eric Holmes is the only driver to start all nine East-West combination events at Iowa.
 Three of the nine East-West combination races at Iowa were extended by a late-race caution for a green-white-checkered finish with the last coming in June 2013.
 Chevrolet has gone to Victory Lane in five East-West events at Iowa, while Toyota has three wins and Ford has one.

Iowa Data
Race: #6 of 16 - East; #4 of 14 - West (5/17/14)
Track Layout: .875-mile asphalt tri-oval
Race Length: 150 laps (131.25 miles)
Banking/Turns: 12-14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 10 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 4 degrees

Combination Race Laps Completed
Eddie MacDonald … 1,336
Greg Pursley - 1,310
Daryl Harr - 1,269
Eric Holmes - 1,092
David Mayhew - 1,067

Up To Speed In The East
 The 2014 season is the 28th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
 The 2014 schedule features 16 races at 14 different tracks across 10 states.
 Daniel Suárez opened the season with a narrow victory over Cameron Hayley, who won his first K&N East pole, at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.
 Suarez won at Daytona for his second straight series victory to become just the second driver in series history to win the first two races of the season. Sean Caisse in 2006 is the other. Ben Rhodes picked up his first series career pole award.
 Eddie MacDonald snapped a 53-race winless streak at Bristol. Ben Rhodes started from the pole and led 130 of 132 laps.
 Ben Rhodes started from the pole for the third consecutive race and picked up his first series win after leading a race-high 106 laps.


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