The great racing gem of the Midwest is not Chicagoland, and its not Kansas Speedway, and not Knoxville Raceway. It's the Iowa Speedway. It lays in the middle of the great Iowa corn fields in Newton. The 7/8thof a mile Track was designed by NASCAR's Rusty Wallace. The track features 3 lanes of progressive banking in the turns from 12 degrees on the low lane to 13 in the middle and 14 on the high lane. The track also opens up into a 1.3 mile road course. The Rusty Wallace track dubbed "America's Place to Race" was built in in early 2006. The grandstands to date hold 40,000 people, with the capacity to build more stands around the turns anddown the back stretch. Rusty built this track with one of NASCAR's current stops on the racing schedule in mind, Richmond.
I myself have been to Iowa speedway 5 times, and each time is a unique experience, the racing is never dull never boring, and many of times produces close finishes. And for the record there is not a bad seat in the house.
Many of NASCAR's current stars have been to the racetrack and have given it high praises. The past two years the winner of the Allstar Race (Harvick & Khane) have appeared the next day at Iowa to compete in the Camping World tour Series. On Sunday July 20 both Matt Kenseth and Kyle Rowdy Busch will make their Iowa Speedway debut in the The Rasmussen Group Twin 75’s ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Model Series. one of NASCAR's top owners, Richard Childress, Told the Des Moines Register that he was committed to getting a Nationwide and Craftsman truck race to the speedway, while Iowa was left out of NASCAR's Schedule for 2008, the Iowa Speedway will be given long hard consideration for '09. The Speedways biggest argument is being the 2nd largest attended Indy Car Series race. Second only to the Indianapolis 500.
I don't know if Iowa will ever lay host to a Sprint Cup Date, but I would not be surprised to see "Rusty's Place: A Great American Place to Race, AKA Iowa Speedway." on the Nationwide or Truck Schedule for '09 and beyond. So if your ever in the area, come on by to Newton, Iowa and have a look for yourself.
for further info on the IOWA SPEEDWAY please see www.iowaspeedway.com
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