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Hy-vee PERKS 250

Saturday, June 15th, 2024

Iowa Speedway, Newton, IA

  • 26 Chevrolet
  • 5 Toyota
  • 7 Ford

  • Thursday, June 13th, 2024
  • NASCAR Wire Service - Reid Spencer
NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to an oval after Kiwi domination

If the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ first trip to Iowa Speedway since 2019 will be a tutorial of sorts for New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen, it’s familiar and welcome territory for Justin Allgaier, who will compete there for the 17th time in Saturday’s Hy-Vee PERKS 250 (3:30 p.m. ET on USA, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Van Gisbergen, a three-time Australian Supercars champion, is fresh from back-to-back victories on road courses at Portland and Sonoma, but the Kiwi has never won on a NASCAR oval and hasn’t posted a top 10 on an oval track since his sixth-place finish at Phoenix in the fourth race of the season.

Understandably, van Gisbergen will need to sharpen his skills on conventional NASCAR tracks during the remaining regular-season races in order to be a contender for the championship. Included in the list of Playoff tracks is just one road course, the Charlotte Roval.

Allgaier, on the other hand, is an adept road racer as well as a perennial contender on Xfinity ovals, and in the field for Saturday’s race, only Jeremy Clements (19) and Joey Gase (17) have more Iowa starts.

The driver of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet has scored 12 top 10s in his 16 starts at the 0.875-mile track, with a win in 2018 and three other top fives to his credit there.

Already locked into the series Playoffs with a victory at Darlington, Allgaier can add to his current total of 15 Playoff points (bolstered by a whopping 10 stage wins) with a victory at Iowa.

“I’m really looking forward to our return to Iowa this weekend,” Allgaier said. “This has always been one of my favorite tracks, and it’s great to be going back there.

“JRM was always really strong (there), and I see no reason why we won’t have that same speed again when we unload for practice on Friday. Hopefully we can have a smooth weekend and be fighting for the win on Saturday.”

The only variable Allgaier hasn’t faced at Iowa is the partially repaved surface—a necessity given the age and degradation of the original asphalt there.

  • Saturday, June 15th, 2024
  • NASCAR Wire Service - Reid Spencer
Sam Mayer holds off Riley Herbst for overtime NASCAR Xfinity Series win at Iowa

In a race of tire management and hurt feelings, Sam Mayer held off Riley Herbst in overtime to win Saturday’s Hy-Vee Perks 250 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ return to Iowa Speedway after a four-year hiatus.

Mayer’s No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet crossed the finish line 0.146 seconds ahead of the No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford of Herbst, who felt Mayer had abused him earlier in the race.

The victory was Mayer’s second of the season and the sixth of his career, all coming within the last 29 races in the series.

“We struggled (Friday in practice), and the team went to work,” said Mayer, who started fifth when qualifying was canceled because of rain earlier on Saturday. “Obviously, we did pretty good overnight, making different changes on this race car.

“I feel really good. I could do another 100 laps — with a race car like this, it would be a lot of fun.”

Mayer held the lead when John Hunter Nemechek slammed the outside wall in Turn 4 with his left front tire down, the result of close quarters racing with Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sheldon Creed.

That accident on Lap 245 caused the ninth caution of the afternoon and sent the race three laps beyond its scheduled distance.

In the overtime, Mayer and Herbst took the green flag side-by-side and remained in that posture into Turn 1, but Mayer cleared the race runner-up off Turn 2 and held the top spot the rest of the way.

“I like racing Sam, but Stage 1 or 2 he just absolutely brooms me,” Herbst said. “We were racing clean for fourth, and he takes us back to 10th and then doors me down the back straightaway before the green-white-checker. 

“It’s just frustrating the way he wants to do that, but all in all, it was fun. I’m happy to be back on ovals. The speed is back in the 98.”

Corey Heim finished a career-best third after starting 22nd because of the qualifying rainout. Sammy Smith was fourth, followed by Creed, who survived the dust-up with Nemechek after a restart on Lap 238.

Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto, Chandler Smith, Ross Chastain and Daniel Dye completed the top 10.

If any driver had cause for frustration, it was Chandler Smith, who led a race-high 131 laps and swept the first two stages. Smith restarted third to begin the final stage, but lack of short-run speed quickly dropped him to 12th, and he never recovered.

Austin Hill likewise had reason to bemoan his result. Overcoming early handling issues, Hill charged into the top five in the final stage, but a cut left front tire sent him hard into the Turn 1 wall on Lap 218, causing the seventh caution.

Hill finished 29th and dropped to third in the series standings, 41 points behind Custer, the current leader and defending series champion. Chandler Smith, second in the standings, trails Custer by one point.

  • Drivers Entered: 38
  • Laps Scheduled: 250
  • Laps Actual: 253 - NASCAR OVERTIME!
  • Margin of Victory: 0.146 Seconds
  • Time of Race: 2 Hours 36 Minutes 27 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 84.899
  • Cautions: 9 for 71 laps
  • Lead Changes: 13
  • Green Flag Passes: 1,552 (8.5 passes per green flag lap)
Sam Mayer celebrates in victory lane
Newton, Iowa - June 15, 2024 : Sam Mayer, driver of the #1 Roto-Rooter Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Hy-Vee Perks 250 at Iowa Speedway.
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Hy-vee PERKS 250 at Iowa Speedway results
FIN ST # DRIVER MAKE TOT PTS FIN PTS STG PTS PO PTS LAPS LED X LED S1 S2 STATUS
37 11 16 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 1 1 0 0 32 0 0 0 0 Accident
17 31 14 David Starr Chevrolet 20 20 0 0 253 0 0 0 0 Running
30 4 7 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 18 7 11 0 200 14 1 4 7 Accident
11 10 48 Parker Kligerman Chevrolet 26 26 0 0 253 0 0 0 0 Running
18 29 19 Brett Moffitt Toyota 0 0 0 0 252 0 0 7 0 Running
16 36 35 Joey Gase Chevrolet 21 21 0 0 253 0 0 0 0 Running
24 30 27 Jeb Burton Chevrolet 13 13 0 0 250 0 0 0 0 Running
7 24 38 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 30 30 0 0 253 0 0 0 0 Running
14 20 43 Ryan Ellis Chevrolet 23 23 0 0 253 0 0 0 0 Running
12 15 39 Ryan Sieg Ford 25 25 0 0 253 8 1 0 0 Running
9 28 92 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 0 0 0 0 253 0 0 0 3 Running
33 23 91 Kyle Weatherman Chevrolet 4 4 0 0 87 0 0 0 0 Accident
28 14 44 Brennan Poole Chevrolet 9 9 0 0 218 0 0 0 0 Oil Line
6 7 00 Cole Custer Ford 38 31 7 0 253 0 0 6 9 Running
26 35 6 Garrett Smithley Chevrolet 11 11 0 0 250 0 0 0 0 Running
27 8 20 John Hunter Nemechek Toyota 0 0 0 0 244 35 2 9 0 Accident
29 1 21 Austin Hill Chevrolet 9 8 1 0 217 0 0 0 10 Accident
36 26 9 Brandon Jones Chevrolet 1 1 0 0 38 0 0 0 0 Engine
21 16 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 16 16 0 0 252 7 1 0 0 Running
20 27 11 Josh Williams Chevrolet 17 17 0 0 252 4 1 0 0 Running
2 12 98 Riley Herbst Ford 38 35 3 0 253 7 2 0 8 Running
15 19 5 Anthony Alfredo Chevrolet 22 22 0 0 253 0 0 0 0 Running
23 32 07 Patrick Emerling Chevrolet 14 14 0 0 252 0 0 0 0 Running
5 3 18 Sheldon Creed Toyota 46 32 14 0 253 0 0 2 6 Running
35 18 29 Blaine Perkins Ford 2 2 0 0 86 0 0 0 0 Accident
19 21 28 Kyle Sieg Ford 18 18 0 0 252 0 0 0 0 Running
1 5 1 Sam Mayer Chevrolet 62 40 17 5 253 47 3 3 2 Running
22 34 4 Dawson Cram Chevrolet 15 15 0 0 252 0 0 0 0 Running
8 6 81 Chandler Smith Toyota 51 29 20 2 253 131 2 1 1 Running
25 33 15 Hailie Deegan Ford 12 12 0 0 250 0 0 0 0 Running
3 22 26 Corey Heim Toyota 0 0 0 0 253 0 0 8 4 Running
32 13 31 Parker Retzlaff Chevrolet 5 5 0 0 103 0 0 0 0 Electrical
4 17 8 Sammy Smith Chevrolet 45 33 12 0 253 0 0 5 5 Running
13 25 42 Leland Honeyman Jr Chevrolet 24 24 0 0 253 0 0 0 0 Running
10 37 10 Daniel Dye Chevrolet 0 0 0 0 253 0 0 0 0 Running
31 9 2 Jesse Love Chevrolet 7 6 1 0 149 0 0 10 0 Accident
34 2 97 Shane van Gisbergen Chevrolet 3 3 0 0 86 0 0 0 0 Accident
38 38 53 Glen Reen Chevrolet 1 1 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 Carburetor

Race Infractions

Penalties imposed prior to or during the race.

Driver Infraction Penalty Lap Lap Assessed Flag
Shane van Gisbergen Pre-Race to the Rear Backup Car Tail End 0 0 White
Justin Allgaier Pre-Race to the Rear Unapproved Adjustments Tail End 0 0 White
Jeb Burton Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 73 82 Yellow
Jeb Burton Speeding on pit road Tail End 73 82 Yellow
Kyle Weatherman Speeding on pit road Tail End 78 82 Yellow
Dawson Cram Speeding on pit road Tail End 79 82 Yellow
Blaine Perkins Pitting before pit road is open Garage Tail End 87 0 Yellow
Kyle Weatherman Pitting before pit road is open Garage Tail End 87 0 Yellow
Jeb Burton Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 90 96 Yellow
Dawson Cram Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Tail End 126 132 Yellow
Jesse Love Pitting before pit road is open Garage Tail End 151 0 Yellow
Jeb Burton Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 153 160 Yellow
Jeremy Clements Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 153 160 Yellow
Leland Honeyman Jr Tire violation Tail End 156 160 Yellow
David Starr Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 159 160 Yellow
Brennan Poole Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 218 224 Yellow
Dawson Cram Unspecified Equipment over the wall too soon Tail End 222 224 Yellow
John Hunter Nemechek Pitting before pit road is open Garage Tail End 245 0 Yellow