One week after Ty Dillon put his stamp on the Brickyard, a familiar name paced the field at Iowa.
Running a double in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series, Brad Keselowski dominated the field in the U.S. Cellular 250. Leading 146 of 250 laps, Keselowski pulled away from Michael McDowell to visit Victory Lane in Iowa for the second consecutive season.
This weekend, the Nationwide circuit follows the premier series to Watkins Glen, where several more Sprint Cup regulars will take the track. Names like Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Kyle Larson will be looking for a tuneup before the main event on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the points race continues to tighten up as both JR Motorsports drivers are atop the standings. The top four are separated by just 12 points after each driver finished in the top 10 at Iowa.
Before the next road course event gets underway, here's a look at the schedule, standings and preview for the Zippo 200 at The Glen.
Zippo 200 at The Glen Information
Where: Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York
When: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2:15 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Motor Racing Network
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Like them or not, Buschwhackers serve their purpose in the Nationwide Series.
Dillon's win at Indianapolis was made even more special because he held off Busch in the process. If anyone can find a way to keep Keselowski out of Victory Lane at The Glen, that would be an even more monstrous feat.
After winning at Iowa last season, Keselowski paced the field yet again at Watkins Glen for his fourth win of 2013. During the Sprint Cup race, however, Keselowski was defeated by Busch, per MRN:
The two will likely duel again for the checkered flag at The Glen, but the full-time Nationwide drivers have something to work toward as well.
On the heels of another strong race, Chase Elliott still leads the points standings. Just two points behind Elliott sits teammate Regan Smith, who finished two spots ahead of Elliott at Iowa in sixth.
How much has Elliott developed throughout his rookie campaign? Apparently, his legendary father, Bill Elliott, no longer feels he can help him, per Doug Turnbull of WSB-TV:
Bill Elliott saying that @chaseelliott felt lost early in season, but now is so good that he is beyond Bill's help.— Doug Turnbull (@DougTurnbull) August 6, 2014
Elliott finished fourth in the last road course race at Road America and looks like a contender yet again at The Glen. But with both Elliott Sadler and Dillon trailing him by just 12 points, the pressure to perform will be on for the 18-year-old driver.
Who will win at Watkins Glen?
While Elliott was the only one to finish in the top five at Road America, Dillon has been hot lately. Dillon doesn't have any experience on the course, but he feels confident about his chances at Watkins Glen, per Dustin Long of MRN (via Motorsports Monday):
"If I can go there and not worry about trying to learn the track and worry more about trying to dial the car in to possibly win the race, we’re going to be really good," Dillon said.
The younger brother of Austin Dillon will be making his Sprint Cup debut later this month. But if he can earn a strong finish at Watkins Glen, he remains in contention for another Nationwide championship the year after his brother did the same.
While Brendan Gaughan has just one victory in his Nationwide career, it came on the road course earlier this year. Look for the experienced driver to contend again with the top drivers and make Saturday's event an exhilarating one.
With a number of contenders looking to burn out in New York, just one will take the checkered flag. Whether it's the points race or star power in the field, the Nationwide race will pack plenty of punch.
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