After two consecutive weeks on 2-mile tracks, the NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Iowa Speedway for the third short track event of the season. 40 cars are entered this week, meaning every driver who shows up to the track will race on Sunday afternoon. There are several changes taking place on this week’s list.
Shane Lee returns to the No. 3 car for Richard Childress Racing after taking one race off while Austin Dillon picked up the first win for the team since 2016 at the Michigan International Speedway.
Blake Jones will be behind the wheel of the No. 8 car for B.J. McLeod Motorsports this weekend. Jones will make his second career start in the series after finishing 35th in his only start back at the Kentucky Speedway in 2016.
Two young guns will be making their series debuts this weekend, Riley Herbst and Justin Haley. Herbst will drive the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing while Haley will drive the No. 23 for GMS Racing. Herbst has driven for JGR in the ARCA Racing Series for the past two seasons. He has one career win which came at the Pocono Raceway in 2017. Haley races full-time for GMS Racing in the Camping World Truck Series and has a best finish of 2nd in his 35 career starts. He sits 8th in the points standings this season.
Austin Cindric returns to the No. 22 car for Team Penske after driving for Roush-Fenway Racing at Michigan this past weekend.
Ty Majeski will be back in the No. 60 car for Roush-Fenway Racing for his first start since Charlotte a few weeks ago. Majeski will be making his third career start at Iowa. In his two previous starts at the track, his best finish was 16th which came in July 2017.
Opening practice takes place on Saturday June 16 at 2:05 P.M. est with coverage on FoxSports 2. The green flag waves at approximately 5:16 P.M. est on Sunday June 17 with coverage on FoxSports 1.
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