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DATE: Saturday, Aug. 3
SITE: Iowa Speedway -- Newton, Iowa
TRACK: 0.875-mile oval
CAPACITY: 30,000+ (Grandstand Seating)
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8 p.m. (ET)
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, June 8/5:05 p.m. ET
RUNNER-UP: Justin Allgaier
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (finished 1)
LAPS: 250
MILES: 218.75
QUALIFYING RECORD: Austin Dillon, 2013 (136.737 mph)
RACE RECORD: Elliott Sadler, 2012 (115.662 mph)
2012 Finish
1Elliott Sadler16Michael McDowell8
2Justin Allgaier57Darrell Wallace Jr.2
3Sam Hornish Jr.78Jason Leffler4
4Michael Annett179Brett Moffitt10
5Ricky Stenhouse Jr.1110Ryan Blaney13
2012 U.S. Cellular 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 115.622 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 53 mins., 31 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.649 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 16 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 4 drivers
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (135.141 mph)
Past U.S. Cellular 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Elliott Sadler (1) -- Chevrolet -- 115.622 mph
2011 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (4) -- Ford -- 99.937 mph
2010 -- Kyle Busch (2) -- Toyota -- 101.222 mph
2009 -- Brad Keselowski (11) -- Chevrolet -- 91.858 mph
Past U.S. Cellular 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Elliott Sadler -- 1
2011 -- Elliott Sadler -- 3
2010 -- Trevor Bayne -- 5
2009 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr -- 22
Last Race Results
RACE: Indiana 250 (July 27)
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Ind.
MILES: 250
LAPS: 100
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Brian Scott
THIRD: Joey Logano
FOURTH: Brian Vickers
FIFTH: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 51 mins., 26 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 134.610 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.141 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 18 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Busch 1-29; T. Bayne 30-31; K. Busch 32-64; B. Vickers 65-67;
K. Busch 68-94; B. Scott 95-97; K. Busch 98-100.
U.S. Cellular 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/TBA
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Shore Lodge
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4Daryl Harr (Alberta, Canada)Chevrolet/TBA
5Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Fastenal
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
11 *Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/Sports Clips
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/Penske Truck Rental
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Dollar General
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Discount Tire
23Richard Harriman (Snohomish, WA)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
24Brett Butler (Lilburn, GA)Toyota/TBA
29Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/U.S. Cellular
30Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Worx
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Eveready
33To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Menards
40Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/
42T.J. Bell (Reno, NV)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Northland
44Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
46J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
50Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Donate Life
54Drew Herring (Benson, NC)Toyota/Monster Energy
60Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, MD)Ford/X-Games L.A.
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
74To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
77Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Kyle Busch Motorsports
79To Be AnnouncedFord/TBA
87Travis Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/Lest Buildings
89Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
99Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/TBA
* - Defending champion
Leading Contenders (Finish last four years)
Elliott Sadler------3Won
Justin Allgaier158292
Sam Hornish Jr.------243
Michael Annett117124
Austin Dillon28------15
Brian Scott---301418
Trevor Bayne26525---
Brad KeselowskiWon4------
Regan Smith------------
Brian Vickers------------
Kyle Larson------------
Mover of the Week
Travis Pastrana - started 39 and finished 10
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Elliott Sadler
Last Week's Pick to Win (Joey Logano) - finished 3
The U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway is the 20th race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

Built in 2006, Iowa Speedway has progressive banking from 12-14 degrees in all of its turns. There are 10 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and four degrees on the backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 1,075 feet, and the backstretch measures 869 feet.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace led the design team for Iowa in the first- ever driver-designed racetrack. Wallace played an integral part of the overall design and layout of this track.

There have been seven Nationwide races held at Iowa. The series competed there once each season from 2009-2010 and then twice each year since then. Brad Keselowski won the inaugural Nationwide race at this track, the U.S. Cellular 250, on Aug. 1, 2009.

Three drivers on the entry list for this weekend's race have competed in all seven Nationwide events at Iowa: Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett and Mike Bliss.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won three races in a row at Iowa during his 2011-12 championship seasons in Nationwide. Stenhouse scored a season-sweep at this track in '11 and then followed up with another victory there in May 2012. Elliott Sadler snapped his winning streak at Iowa one year ago. Stenhouse is now a rookie in the Sprint Cup Series.

Trevor Bayne won a Nationwide race at Iowa earlier this year (June 9). It was delayed one day due to rain.

Sadler has finished no worse than fifth in his five races at Iowa. He also claimed the pole for the August 2011 event and both races in 2012.

The closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Iowa occurred on Aug. 6, 2011 when Stenhouse beat Carl Edwards by just 0.066 seconds.

Two drivers entered made their Nationwide debuts at Iowa: Drew Herring (July 2010) and Joey Gase (August 2011).

The next race is the Aug. 10 Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. Carl Edwards won last year's event there.

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As of July 30, 2013, at 05:02 PM ET