NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes Heading Into Iowa

Race No. 21 of the 35 race season for the Nationwide Series will take place Saturday July 31, 2010 at Iowa Speedway.

The U.S. Cellular 250 will be run at 7:30pm EST, which will see 250 laps.

ESPN2 will begin their broadcast at 7:00pm EST with the pre-race show.

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Dash 4 Cash Returns at Iowa

The race at Iowa is the third of the four “Dash 4 Cash” races on the Nationwide schedule this year.

The “Dash 4 Cash” program was designed by series sponsor Nationwide Insurance to try to give a bonus to full-time, part-time and, limited-schedule-only drivers along with full-time double-duty drivers if they win.

The first race was at Nashvile Superspeedway in April, where Kevin Harvick, who was considered a full-time driver at the time in the series, pocketed $25,000.

The second race was at Kentucky Speedway in June, in which Joey Logano won. However, he wasn’t eligible for the bonus.

Therefore the $25,000 available there rolls over to Iowa, bringing the bonus up to $50,000.

If a driver whose eligible wins, they’ll take him the money; that’ll then make the final race at Texas worth $25,000. However, if a non-eligible driver wins, then it’ll roll over to the last race at Texas in November, making it $75,000.

Townley Returns with RAB

It was announced on Tuesday that John Wes Townley would return to Nationwide competition.

Townley ran the 2008 ARCA Re/Max Series schedule with the team and competed in the Nationwide Series in 2009 with them.

RAB Racing with Brack Maggard team owner Robby Benton said they plan to run Townley in a handful of races, including Iowa, Bristol, Dover and possibly some others. Their goals for right now are to just go out and have fun.

“I wouldn’t get behind this if I didn’t feel like we could be successful,” Benton told SBNation.com. “I don’t think by any stretch of the imagination he’s going to go out and set the world on fire like, ‘Oh my God, who’s this guy?’

“But I think over the course of a few months, we’re going to get him back in the swing of things. We’re going to do the best job we can for him.

Townley started the year with Richard Childress Racing, but after little success and a practice crash at Phoenix, he was removed from the car.

After losing the ride with RCR, Townley swore to never race again and headed back home, as according to SBNation.com. Though after thinking it over, he decided to give it another shot.

“Originally, I guess I was a little bitter at the situation (after losing his RCR ride),” Townley said Tuesday while getting fitted for his seat at the RAB Racing shop. “But at this point in time, I guess I finally came around to my senses that if I ever were to walk away from it, I want it to be on my feet – not somebody else’s.”

Herring to make Series Debut with Baker-Curb

Drew Herring will be making his Nationwide Series debut this weekend at Iowa, driving the No. 27 for Baker-Curb Racing.

Herring has past experience at Iowa as in the 2009 Pork 200 USAR Pro Cup Series race, he led 128 laps on the way to finishing second. Overall in the 2009 season, Herring made 14 starts in the USAR Pro Cup Series, gaining seven top fives and won his first race at South Georgia Motorsports Park.

He also made two ARCA Re/Max Series starts in 2009, finishing in the top 20 in both races at Rockingham Speedway.

His resume also includes late model championships at Southern National Raceway Park in 2007 and South Boston Speedway in 2006.

3M Partners with Roush’s Colin Braun

This weekend’s race at Iowa, Colin Braun will feature 3M on the car, instead of his normal sponsor, Conway Freight. It’ll be the first of two races this year that 3M is on the car as they’ll also adorn the car at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve at the end of August.

3M has been with Roush-Fenway Racing since 2005 and sponsored Braun in his Nationwide Series debut at Memphis in 2007, as well as another two races. They’ve also adorned the hood of Greg Biffle’s Sprint Cup car.

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