Iowa Speedway To Feature New NASCAR Race Stages Format

Nascar’s new format of breaking races into stages will be carried out at Iowa Speedway. Yesterday NASCAR announced the stage lengths for each race in its national series. Both of the NASCAR XFINITY Series races and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway will feature the new stage-based format.

That’s Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small. The format change was previously announced by NASCAR to boost competition by emphasizing aggressive racing and strategy. The winner of each of the first two stages will receive one playoff point apiece, and the race winner will receive five playoff points. If a driver is eligible for the NASCAR XFINITY Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs, each playoff point will be added to his or her reset total of 2,000 at the start of the postseason. In addition, the top 10 finishers of the first two stages will gain points towards the regular season championship. For all NASCAR affiliated races at Iowa Speedway this year, the first stage ends at lap 60; the second stage ends at lap 120; with the checkered flag falling to end the final stage at lap 200 or 250. Iowa Speedway hosts the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Iowa 200 race June 23rd; the  NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen June 24th; and the NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 July 29th. This afternoon….Small says the Speedway will take advantage of the warm weather and host a grill-out for it’s staff.

Next Sunday February 26th…Iowa Speedway will host it’s annual Daytona 500 Watch Party from 1 to  6p.m. at Flix Brewhouse in West Des Moines.