Friday, June 17, 2016

The Frontstretch Newsletter: Porsche on Le Mans Pole, Action in Iowa Beginning

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Jun. 17, 2016
Volume X, Edition XCVII


What to Watch: Friday

- Today, the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series teams will practice at Iowa Speedway.  We'll have recaps of the practice sessions at Frontstretch later today.

Keep your eyes on our Twitter page for updates on the sessions in Iowa later today!


This weekend's TV Schedule can be found

Top News
by The Frontstretch Staff

Porsche Claims Le Mans Overall Pole, Ford Sweeps GTE-Pro Front Row

Qualifying for the 24 Hours of Le Mans wrapped up Thursday with little improvement due to rain.  Neel Jani won the pole on Wednesday with a lap of 3:19.733 (152.646 mph) in the No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid.  G-Drive Racing is on pole in P2, while Ford Chip Ganassi Racing won the GTE-Pro and took four of the top 5 spots in class.  Clearwater Racing is on pole in GTE-Am.  Read more

Dylan Lupton to Attempt Sprint Cup Debut at Sonoma

On Thursday, BK Racing announced that Dylan Lupton will attempt to make his Sprint Cup Series debut in a third entry for the team, the part-time No. 93.  Sponsorship will be provided by Bell Bros. Plumbing, Heating & Air and Elk Grove Toyota.  Read more

Frontstretch Folio: American Ethanol E15 250
by Phil Allaway

This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series is off for the second time this season.  Meanwhile, the XFINITY Series travels to the Hawkeye State for their first visit of the year to Iowa Speedway.  Coverage of the American Ethanol E15 250 can be seen on FOX Sports 1 starting at 1 p.m. ET Sunday while the green flag is scheduled to fly around 1:50.  The race can also be heard on MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Records and facts

In last year's 3M 250, Chris Buescher led 94 laps, but had to pass teammate Ryan Reed on a Green-White-Checker in order to take the victory.  The win was the first of two wins in his championship campaign.  Chase Elliott was second, followed by Erik Jones, Brian Scott and Ryan Blaney.  Reed ended up dropping to 12th.

Among active drivers in the XFINITY Series, Brad Keselowski is the winningest driver at Iowa Speedway with three career victories.  Keselowski, as a full-time driver, won the first race at Iowa Speedway in 2009, then added two more as a Sprint Cup regular.  Keselowski is tied with Sprint Cup regular Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. for most wins at Iowa all-time.  Aside from Keselowski and Stenhouse, no one else has won more than once at Iowa.  Three previous winners (Keselowski, Elliott Sadler and Sam Hornish, Jr.) are entered in Sunday's race.

Track Facts
Track / Race Length: 0.875-mile "D-Shaped" oval, 250 laps (218.75 miles)
Banking: 12-14 degrees
Frontstretch: 1,075 ft., banked 10 degrees

Backstretch: 869 ft., banked 4 degrees

Grandstand Seating: 30,000
Pit Road Speed: 35 mph
Pace Car Speed: 45 mph
Opened: 2006 (first XFINITY race in 2009)




Pre-Race Schedule:

Practice No. 1: Friday, June 17, 4:30 p.m. - 5:55 p.m. on FOX Sports 1/2 (Coverage starts on FOX Sports 2, then moves to FOX Sports 1 at 5 p.m.)

Happy Hour: Friday, June 17, 7 p.m. - 7:55 p.m. on FOX Sports 1

Qualifying: Saturday, June 18 at 6:45 p.m. on FOX Sports 1/2 (Coverage starts on FOX Sports 2, then moves to FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m.)

Say What?!

"I'm really looking forward to getting back to Iowa this weekend. Roush Fenway has historically always had great cars here and I'm confident that (crew chief) Seth (Barbour) will give me a good Ford Mustang this weekend that will let us get up front and make some noise come Sunday." - Darrell Wallace, Jr.

"Iowa is one of those race tracks that from the very first laps I took, it just suited my driving style. It's just an amazing facility. I've had good run runs there and finished second one year. It's been one of those race tracks where I've been really close, been upfront and battling for wins, but just haven't been able to get that victory. Our BRANDT Professional Agriculture team has been strong at short tracks this year and hopefully that continues this weekend." - Justin Allgaier

"Iowa Speedway is the place I have been to the most out of any of the tracks we run in the NXS. I absolutely love Iowa Speedway. The amount of fans that come out to support out series is very encouraging especially for us the drivers. It's also a standalone race, so us NXS regulars get pretty excited about it." - Blake Koch

Phil Allaway is the Newsletter Manager and a Senior Writer for  He can be reached via e-mail at

by Zach Catanzareti
by Mike Neff

by Amy Henderson

Q: Today, Peter Dumbreck is semi-retired.  He's actually providing color commentary for the World Feed at Le Mans this weekend.  Back in 1999, he was involved in one of the most infamous crashes of all-time at Le Mans.  What happened?

Check back Monday for the answer, here in the Frontstretch Newsletter!

Thursday's Answer:
Q: Le Mans has some relatively strict rules in regards to assistance.  The exception is if you spin out and end up in a sand trap (marshals can pull out and allow you to resume). Five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans overall winner Frank Biela found this out the hard way in 2003.  What happened?

A: Biela miscalculated his fuel mileage and stayed out one lap too late.  He ended up running his Audi R8 (the original prototype, not the current GT car) out of fuel on the run from Mulsanne Corner to Indianapolis, on the complete other side of the circuit from the pits.  After an attempt to try to get the car back with the starter motor, Biela ended up retiring because he just couldn't get the car back.  Teammates Mika Salo and Perry McCarthy never got in the car.  A clip of this from the official review video can be seen here.
In The Frontstretch Newsletter:
We'll have recaps of the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series races from Iowa, in addition to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  We will also cover any news that breaks.

We'll have a series of post-race commentaries analyzing this weekend's action in Iowa.
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