Kyle Larsons NNS Preview: Iowa Speedway

Hitting Up the Heartland Kyle Larson and the No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team will be heading to America’s Heartland as they visit Iowa Speedway for the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ second and final trip of the 2013 season. In their previous race at the Newton, Iowa short track, Larson qualified 10th and finished fifth in the rain-delayed event. Larson also previously raced at Iowa in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, earning two top-10 finishes, finishing sixth and second, in his 2012 championship campaign.


Sprinting in Knoxville and Oskaloosa…After competing in three races in three different states last week, Larson plans to race in just a single state this week. Nonetheless, he will be just as busy as the NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year contender will also be competing in sprint car races at Knoxville Raceway, in Knoxville, Iowa, and Southern Iowa Speedway, in Oskaloosa, Iowa.


Battery Powered…After previously sponsoring Larson and his No. 32 team at Phoenix International Raceway and Auto Club Speedway, Eveready will be back on board the No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend. Getting its start in the early 1900’s, Eveready has been an innovator in the battery industry, developing the first 9-volt and alkaline batteries in 1956 and 1957. The Eveready name always has, and continues to stand for trust and reliability. For more information, visit


This Week’s Camaro…Crew chief Trent Owens and the No. 32 Eveready team have prepared chassis TSM-331 for competition this weekend at Iowa Speedway. Larson previously raced this chassis at Auto Club Speedway, Darlington Raceway and Kentucky Speedway earlier this season, earning top-10 finishes in all three races.


Happy Birthday…Larson hopes to celebrate his birthday by collecting his first NNS victory this weekend at Iowa Speedway. The young driver turns 21 on Wednesday, July 31.


Tune In…The U.S. Cellular 250 can be seen live on Saturday, August 3 on ESPN2, with race coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.


Previous Race Recap…Larson went to Indianapolis Motor Speedway with high expectations for his debut at the famed 2.5-mile track after finishing second earlier in the week at Eldora Speedway. The weekend started off strong for Larson and his TSM team, with the rookie leading first practice in his No. 32 Cessna Camaro. When it came time to race on Saturday afternoon, the team struggled to find the right handling on their Chevrolet. Following the race, they discovered that a broken screw had caused the track-bar mount to fail. Despite the issue, Larson still came home with an 11th-place finish.


Kyle Larson on Iowa Speedway

“It’s always nice when I can go back to a track I have raced at before, especially one where I have already had a Nationwide Series race with my Turner Scott Motorsports team. This will be my fourth start at Iowa Speedway, so I am excited to see how we can perform with less of a learning curve than normal. We had a pretty good race back at Iowa in June, and ended up with a top-five finish, so I hope we can go out and do even better this time around.”