NASCAR’s purchase of Iowa Speedway located in Newton (30 miles east of Des Moines), last month was a calculated move to expand its fan base in the Midwest, as well as secure the future of one of the region’s major sporting venues. Located in Newton (30 miles east of Des Moines), the track’s .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval was designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace.
"The facility has the support of the region, it's positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans,” stated NASCAR vice president, strategic development Eric Nyquist. "The facility is a great source of entertainment and has a very bright future," said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. "NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans -- much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan."
Further details will be presented December 12 at a special event in Des Moines.
Iowa Speedway’s 2014 season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge, followed by the NASCAR Nationwide Series in which stars and cars will compete in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The schedule also includes two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (featuring the “first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300) and IndyCar Series weekend, July 11-12, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
Iowa Speedway is located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Dr., Newton IA. For more information call 866 787-8946.