SMITH STILL ATOP THE POINTS - Iowa marks the fourth race that Regan Smith and the No. 7 team have held the top spot in the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings. Smith and second-place Sam Hornish are separated by 27 points. Also, Smith used a ninth-place finish at Dover last Saturday to extend his top-10 streak to nine races, dating back to the third race of the year at Las Vegas.
SWEET RETURN - Brad Sweet is back to drive the No. 5 Great Clips machine at Iowa Speedway after a 10-week hiatus from Nationwide Series competition. During that time, Sweet has been busy racing in the World of Outlaw Series for Kasey Kahne Racing where he amassed two top-five and five top-10 finishes in 10 starts, including a runner-up showing at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. In three starts for JR Motorsports in 2013, Sweet holds a best finish of 12th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and an average finish of 18.3. He is ranked 33rd (-335) in driver points.
NO. 5 CAR MAKES OWNER POINTS JUMP - Kahne has driven the Great Clips Chevrolet in the past four consecutive races, earning two top-five, four top-10 finishes, and an average finish 5.0. The string of success has propelled the team from 15th to eighth in the owner point standings.
NNS AUTOGRAPH SESSION AT IOWA - Regan Smith and Brad Sweet will join a number of other Nationwide Series drivers in an autograph session at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, June 8, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. local time. The session will be located in the fan concourse under the turn four grandstands.
JRM SHORT TRACK STARTS - In the four short track races to date this season, JR Motorsports team cars have combined to score one top-five and four top-10 finishes with drivers Kahne and Smith. Smith’s fifth-place effort at Richmond International Raceway marks the team best.
LUCKY SEVENS - Smith and the 7 team will bring chassis No. 777 to Iowa Speedway. The team raced this chassis to a seventh-place finish at Darlington Raceway last month. The 88 team also used 777 in races at Las Vegas and Texas.
CHASSIS INTEL FOR THE 5 TEAM - The 5 team will unload chassis no. 740 for Sweet this weekend. The team raced this chassis earlier in the year with Jimmie Johnson at Phoenix and Jeffrey Earnhardt at Richmond.
INAUGURAL WINNERS - JR Motorsports holds the distinction of winning the inaugural Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway in 2009 with its No. 88 team. With Brad Keselowski behind the wheel, the team started 11th and led 121 of 250 laps en route to its second of four victories that season.
BRAD SWEET ON IOWA: “I’m pumped to be back in the Great Clips car and back racing for JR Motorsports. It has been awhile since my last race for the team, but I’ve been keeping busy with the World of Outlaws car. Kasey has done a great job over the past few races and moved the team up in points. That’s awesome to see and I want to continue that success and keep the ball rolling for our team.
“Iowa is a track I enjoy. It has the length of a short track but the speeds of an intermediate track. The competition is always tough too, even though you won’t see as many Cup drivers. You’ll still see some of the young guys out there trying to make a name for themselves. You can bet it’ll be an entertaining one to watch.”
REGAN SMITH ON IOWA: “We’re looking forward to racing under the lights at Iowa this week. I don’t think any of us are under the delusion that it won’t be a hurdle for our TaxSlayer team. It’s a track that is a bit of an unknown for me and Greg (Ives, crew chief). I’ve never been there. Greg’s never been there. So when the garage opens on Friday, that will be my first time seeing the track.
“I’ve spent a big part of this week watching past races and going over the notebooks that JRM has on Iowa. Just doing the best I can to prepare myself.”
-JR Motorsports PR