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Preview – U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway

Preview – U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway

Preview – U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway

RACE INFO: The U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway begins at 5:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, Sirius XM 90, and MRN Radio.


Iowa: The NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) returns to Iowa Speedway this weekend for their final stop of the 2019 season at the .875-mile oval. Christopher Bell, the returning race winner, will be on a mission to follow up his Spring win and make it three-in-a-row at Iowa. In his previous four starts at Iowa, Bell has two wins, one pole, three top-five and three top-10 finishes.

I’ve got her [Sue] riding along with me this weekend at Iowa on the hood of my Supra.

Honoring Sue Karli: The No. 20 Supra will take on a special look this week honoring Sue Karli, a founding member for the Rheem Racing program and a familiar and friendly face in the NASCAR garage to all. The hood and TV panel pay tribute to Sue with her initials in a purple heart, her favorite color and the color representative of pancreatic cancer awareness and the C-post will recognize the pancreatic cancer research effort: https://www.pancan.org/ . The team will wear purple “Sue’s Squad” wrist bands. Sue’s daughter & son-in-law will be in attendance as Rheem guests.

About Susan M. Karli: Since the mid-90’s, Sue Karli has been a fixture in the NASCAR garage representing Hershey Racing and then Rheem Racing starting in 2007. Her lively, fun-loving spirit and sincere caring for everyone no matter their station created a legion of Sue Karli fans. Drivers including Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Ryan Newman, James Buescher, Cale Gale, Ron Hornaday, Todd Bodine, Austin & Ty Dillon, Brandon Jones, Christopher Bell and many others along with countless crew chiefs, crew members, broadcasters, media and NASCAR officials came to count Sue as a friend. Over her decades in the sport, she helped introduced well over 30,000 hospitality guests to NASCAR and the joys and thrills of racing. She leaves an enviable legacy of warmth and selfless caring for others that is truly inspiring to all who knew her.

Team Support in Iowa: In addition to the No. 20, the No. 19 Menards Supra with Brandon Jones and the No. 18 Monster Energy Supra with Riley Herbst will also recognize Sue with a special tribute logo on the C-post.

June Iowa Race Recap: Bell proved how fast his No. 20 Rheem Supra was, leading 186 of the 250 laps to take home the win. The victory marked his second at Iowa Speedway.
Loudon Recap: Christopher Bell dominated Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, leading 186 of the 200 laps to take the checkered flag, earning back-to-back victories at Loudon.

Joe Gibbs Racing at Iowa: JGR has 55 NXS starts at Iowa Speedway and has earned seven wins, 22 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes. The championship-winning organization has won eight pole awards with an average start of 6.5 and an average finish of 9.6.

Christopher Bell: “We head to Iowa with heavy hearts with the loss of Sue Karli, she’s been a huge supporter of mine and so many others throughout the NASCAR garage. She was always a warm friendly face with all the great Rheem guests and everyone in the industry. I’m glad we were able to get a win last weekend in Loudon for Sue and share a special photo with her and her family. I’ve got her riding along with me this weekend at Iowa on the hood of my Supra. Our cars have been really fast on short tracks and our short track package is really good. Hopefully we can put the No. 20 back in victory lane again this weekend for Sue.”

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Christopher Bell's Xfinity Series Stats
Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
Iowa 4 2 3 3 1 434 11.2 5.0
2019 18 5 11 12 3 1018 4.0 9.5
Career 59 13 32 37 9 1933 6.8 10.6

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