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RSS Racing is pleased to welcome Ritchie Industries as the primary sponsor for Ryan Sieg at both XFINITY races at Iowa Speedway. Ritchie Industries joined the team at Iowa Speedway last July where Sieg finished 15th.
Since 1921, Ritchie Industries has manufactured durable, dependable automatic fountains for many species of livestock, including beef, dairy, equine, swine, sheep and goats. The distinct Ritchie design has been the standard bearer of quality. Ritchie fountains continue to serve all sizes of operations in the livestock industry with equipment designed to provide years of trouble-free use.
Ryan Sieg is currently 14th in the series standings following a solid 15th place finish last weekend in Michigan. “It’s great to have Ritchie Industries back with us again at Iowa Speedway. It’s their home turf so we want to put on a good show for them and all the great race fans in Iowa. We made some positive gains last weekend in Michigan and I’m hoping we can keep the momentum headed in the right direction this weekend,” commented Sieg.
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Although still a relative newcomer to NASCAR racing, Harrison Rhodes will sign in at Iowa Speedway this weekend as a veteran of sorts.
Rhodes has raced in four Xfinity Series events at the seven-eighths mile track.
“I feel like I know the track pretty well,” Rhodes said. “It’s short but fast. If you have a good car, you can cut some really good laps there.”
Rhodes will drive the 01 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in Saturday’s American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa.
Garrett Smithley will make his third Xfinity Series start at Iowa Speedway in Saturday’s American Ethanol E15 250.
The seven-eighths mile track usually hosts tight races for the Xfinity Series.
“It’s a really fun racetrack,” Smithley said. “It’s a great blend of a short track and a speed track. I’m sure we’ll have a good run there.”
Smithley sits 22nd in Xfinity driver points entering the race, the 14th of the season.
The Xfinity Series schedule stretches from coast to coast, but Ross Chastain always looks forward to the stops in the heartland at Iowa Speedway.
The Iowa track has been particularly good to the Florida driver over the years.
In his last three appearances in an Xfinity car at Iowa, Chastain has finished 10th, 14th and 18th. He finished second in a Camping World Truck Series race at the track in 2013.
“I circle the Iowa dates on the calendar every year,” said Chastain, who will drive the Georgia Watermelon Association Chevrolet Saturday. “It’s been a great track for me. The mix of short track and fast track is perfect.”
Joey Gase is excited to be coming home and racing at Iowa Speedway for The American Ethanol e15 250 in his #52 Iowa Donor Network/ Jerry K. Ask Investment Services car.
With the help of Iowa Donor Network and Jerry K. Ask Investment Services, Joey will be promoting a very important cause to him; organ, eye, and tissue donation. Iowa Donor Network will be returning as the primary sponsor for the 6th straight year. Jerry K. Ask Investment Services, a great Cedar Rapids, IA based company will also be returning as an associate sponsor on the upper quarter panels.
Gase said, “I can’t thank the great people of Iowa Donor Network and Jerry K. Ask Investment Services enough for teaming up with us. They’re not only helping on the track but also off it to promote organ, eye, and tissue donation and to honor all of those affected by it. We will also have 3 honorees on the hood of the car: my mom Mary Gase, Tom Wall, and Douglas Hamann who were all organ donors in Iowa. It will also be great to be returning home to Iowa to see my friends and family and racing at Iowa Speedway again. It is crazy to think that I have been racing on this great track since I was 15 years old.”
If you would like to see the Iowa Donor Network/Jerry K. Ask Investment Services car live in action come out to Iowa Speedway June 24th at 7:30 or tune in to Fox Sports 1.
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When Ty Majeksi makes his first career start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this week at Iowa Speedway, he will be doing it in one of the most noted cars in NASCAR history. Majeski will pilot the No. 60 iRacing Ford this weekend, a car entry that holds the record for NASCAR XFINITY Series wins with 93. The car has been driven to victory lane on numerous occasions by NASCAR and former Roush Fenway legends Mark Martin, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards.
Biffle, Edwards and Chris Buescher have all driven the car to championships in the NXS. The car last won in June of 2015 with Buescher, who won three times in the No. 60, taming the Monster Mile in dramatic fashion and posting wins at Mid-Ohio (2014) and Iowa before claiming the championship for the No. 60 in 2015.
Martin, who drove the No. 60 to victory lane 39 times and led almost 7,000 laps in limited action in the series, has had high praise for the entry’s latest driver.
“With Ty Majeksi, I think Roush Fenway may have the one,” said Martin. “I think he is Roush Fenway’s next Matt Kenseth or Carl Edwards. I think they are sitting good with him as a young driver developing. I’ll be watching with great interest.”
The NASCAR Hall of Famer even went so far as to express his anticipation of Majeski’s debut earlier this week in response to Majeski’s latest win in the Illinois Lottery 50 at Gateway.
“@tymajeki is coming for your guys in #NASCAR and it’s going to be fun to watch,” said Martin on his Twitter account.
Martin has not been the only NASCAR personality raving about the NASCAR Next driver. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also exhibited high praise for Majeski on Twitter.
“@Tjmajors (spotter) told me to keep an (eye) on him two years ago. I think he might be one of the best new talents available,” said Earnhardt in January of 2016.
|NASCAR XFINITY Series|
|6/17/2017 (post-race inspection)||Michigan||No. 20||L1||Sections 20.4.3 Splitter; 18.104.22.168 Splitter |
Note: Splitter was not flat. Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes.
|Crew chief (Chris Gabehart) has been fined $25,000 and suspended from the next two NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Points Events. Team has been assessed with the loss of 25 NASCAR XFINITY Series owner points.|
|6/17/2017 (post-race inspection)||Michigan||No. 00||Safety||Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels |
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
|Crew chief (Jeff Meendering) has been fined $5,000.|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series|
|6/17/2017 (post-race inspection)||Gateway||No. 02||L1||Sections 22.214.171.124.1.2 Post-Race Front Body |
Note: Post-race height measurements were outside NASCAR allowed tolerances. Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10
Encumbered Race Finishes.
|Crew chief (Bruce Cook) has been fined $5,000 and suspended from the next NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Points Event. Team assessed with the loss of 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver points and 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner points.|
NASCAR driver Regan Smith will have a familiar voice in his ear when he makes his television booth debut Saturday for FS1’s live coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race at Iowa Speedway (8:00 PM ET). While Mark Smith (no relation) isn’t Regan’s crew chief, he just might be the next best thing.
Mark Smith, FOX Sports’ NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race producer, will hang around Iowa Speedway an extra day this weekend to produce the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race, for which Regan is serving as a driver analyst for the first time.
The two, friends for 29 years, grew up in neighboring small towns in upstate New York, initially meeting when Regan’s family began frequenting Happy Days, a drive-through restaurant owned and operated by Mark’s family in Cato. Smith’s family, hailing from Cato, made a tradition of celebrating their special occasions at Happy Days, beginning when Regan was four years old.
“I’ve watched Regan grow up since he was about two feet tall,” said Mark, who grew up minutes from Cato in Baldwinsville. “He’d come by for ice cream with his trophy after his Little League team won or anytime he won a Microd race. The first couple of times, Regan insisted on ordering. I’d go to the window, flip up the screen and look out. I didn’t think anyone was there. I had to lean out and look down to find him. He was a short little thing. I remember he always got a small soft vanilla ice cream cone with rainbow sprinkles.”
While Mark, 14 years Regan’s senior, has a more vivid memory of the early days of their friendship, Regan has a more nostalgic perspective.
“When I go back to Cato, I still drive past the restaurant every time,” Regan said. “It has changed a little over the years through different owners, but it still looks like the same Happy Days. Every time we’d have a Little League game or event like that, everyone went there. That was where you’d go. It holds a special place in my heart. I’ve taken my wife there, if that tells you anything.”
When the time came for Mark to head south for a NASCAR production career in North Carolina, the pair stayed in touch, although Regan’s family remained in the Empire State for approximately another year.
“Regardless of where we were geographically, we'd always keep in touch,” Mark recalled. “He wanted to know how things were going in NASCAR, and I'd reach out to see where he was in his racing career. Our paths began crossing again on a regular basis when he began competing in the XFINITY Series.”
This weekend won’t be the first time the two have worked together. Mark was the long-time producer of Trackside on SPEED, on which Regan served as a driver guest a couple of times. He noticed Regan’s innate ability in front of the camera early on and has closely followed his progression to a regular stint on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB much as a proud big brother would.
“When I first heard his name mentioned for the Iowa TV booth, I knew it would be a great fit because he does such a nice job on Race Hub,” Mark explained. “Regan brings the perspective of someone who still is driving and has that hands-on knowledge that you can’t trade for anything.
“I just want Regan to be himself on Saturday,” he continued. “He’s a lot of fun, like the rest of this group. I think drivers who come up to the TV booth benefit from being on this side of the sport. They learn why we ask certain questions, but at the same time, they pick up on things from atop the TV booth they can relay to viewers -- such as why and where a driver is beating another through the corner. That’s the kind of thing I’d like to get from Regan.”
Regan, who is undergoing a TV crash course with a dual role as a pit reporter for FS1’s live coverage of NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice on Friday and qualifying on Saturday, began preparing for his analyst debut several weeks ago.
“I’ve been taking as many notes as I can and watching tapes of previous Iowa races so I know the flow of the event,” Regan stated. “The biggest thing is getting to the track and talking to the crew chiefs and drivers. Once I get there, I’ll be able to really start preparing on little details. The past six or seven weeks when I knew this was a possibility, I really paid attention to the races and started taking mental notes and notes on paper.”
One of his mental notes and overall goals involves censoring himself in the FS1 booth.
“One way I’ll measure success for myself is if I don’t cuss,” Regan joked. “No FCC violations. If the race comes across to the viewer in a way that they feel they learned something, that will be a success. When I watch racing, I like learning something and feeling like I walked away knowing something I didn’t prior to the event.”
Regan expects the familiarity he has with Mark, who will be in his ear throughout the evening, and play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander, with whom he works on NASCAR RACE HUB, to bolster his comfort level.
“It’s good for me to have Mark producing this race,” he said. “Plus, both Adam (Alexander) and Phil (Parsons, analyst) are seasoned veterans. I have a really good relationship with Adam and also know and greatly respect Phil. Adam has a special ability -- when he asks a question or when he’s talking about something -- he makes it easy for the person alongside him.”
Making it easy for Regan is one of Mark’s goals for the weekend.
“It’s the least I can do for a fellow New Yorker whose family helped pay my college tuition with regular trips to our drive-through window,” Mark joked. “But seriously, I cannot wait for Saturday. It’s going to be a blast to watch our lives and career paths come full circle. A little family reunion in the TV booth. How often do two guys from a map dot end up working in the same industry and on the same event? It’s something pretty special.”
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Joe Gibbs Racing names Dave Rogers technical director for its NASCAR XFINITY Series Operations.
Rogers had previously served as the crew chief for the No. 19 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team before taking a personal leave of absence in March of this season. He will work closely with JGR’s Executive Vice President Steve deSouza in all aspects of competition across the organization’s XFINITY Series program.
“I really appreciate the support I’ve received over the past couple of months allowing me to take care of what I needed to in my personal life,” said Rogers. “This position really excites me and I’m looking forward to working closely with Steve (deSouza), our crew chiefs and everyone in our XFINITY Series shop on all aspects of competition.”