NASCAR XFINITY Series - US Cellular 250
July 29, 2017 - Iowa Speedway-Newton, IA
This Week's Rheem/RTP Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway
This weekend, Ben Kennedy will make his third NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Iowa Speedway. He has more NXS laps under his belt at Iowa than at any at other track on the circuit. In his two previous starts at the short track, he has a 10th-place finish (2016) and a 20th-place finish (2017). Kennedy has competed in four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in Iowa, with his best finish of sixth place coming in 2014.
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Are you looking for redemption as we had back to Iowa?
"Absolutely. Our Rheem Chevrolet ran in the top five for the last two stages of the June race in Iowa. We were put a lap down with the majority of the field at the end of the race when one car decided to stay out under caution, and we were trapped in 20th place with nowhere to go. It was really unfortunate because we didn't get the finish that we deserved. We'll head there this weekend with something to prove. We have the setup and all of our notes from that race to lean on, so I have no doubt that we'll be just as strong this weekend as we were then."
This race marks the half way point of your races with RCR. How would you assess them so far?
"I think we've had a great season so far. We scored a top-five finish in Talladega. Our team got trapped one lap down in Iowa with most of the field by the strategy of one team that needed to make a drastic move to finish well, but we had been running in the top five all night. We got wrecked in Daytona by no fault of our own; it just happens there. Then we had our sixth place finish in New Hampshire. I've really enjoyed my time working with Randall Burnett and the whole No. 2 team. I'm looking forward to heading to Iowa for another solid run with RCR and rounding out my season with the team in the final four races."
NASCAR XFINITY Series Results at Iowa Speedway
- Starts: 2
- Wins: 0
- Poles: 0
- Top 5 : 0
- Top 10: 1
- Average Start: 13.5
- Average Finish: 15.0