IOWA SPEEDWAY: Rain Affects Race

If you like fast cars, beer, and the smell of burnt rubber, Newton was supposed to be the ideal venue Saturday night. Mother Nature had other ideas.

The DuPont Pioneer 250 Nationwide Race came to the Iowa Speedway with 41 drivers hoping to bring home the checkered flag.

First qualifying from the speedway was able to get underway before the evening rain fell. Des Moines native Michael Annett watched as Joey Logano got ready to roll. Logano qualified 6th.

As for Annett, back in his home state after a bad injury that fractured his sternum, he starts in 18th, and wants nothing more than a checkered flag. But he will have to wait.

Racing was set to start at 7 p.m. Saturday with Austin Dillon on pole. Mother Nature had other ideas and originally pushed back the start by several hours as the track dried out.

After rain fell once again as dark descended, race organizers decided to run the race at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The postponement means Joey Logano will not be racing at Iowa Speedway. He’s off to Pocono. Ryan Blaney will race in his spot instead.

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