By: Pete Pistone – @PPistone | MRN.com on June 21, 2016 | 2:06 P.M. EST
Despite continued success with staging XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series races, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series isn’t expected to come to Iowa Speedway in the immediate future. (Photo: Getty Images)
Sprint Cup Series racing isn’t expected to come to Iowa Speedway in the immediate future.
The short track has successfully hosted NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series events since its inception, including last weekend’s doubleheader. While’s there’s been speculation about the Sprint Cup Series coming to Iowa in recent years, particularly since NASCAR purchased the facility two years ago, there’s no plan to do so at this time.
“We’re happy with the status right now at Iowa,” NASCAR Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell told SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “The Morning Drive.” “We’ve signed multi-year sanctions with the tracks. Could (a Sprint Cup race) happen via realignment? Perhaps. But I see our schedule pretty tied up in terms of the Sprint Cup Series and for the foreseeable future.”
There are a shrinking number of stand-alone races on the schedule for both the XFINITY and Truck Series, and O’Donnell said Iowa plays a vital role in giving both divisions an opportunity to have the spotlight away from the Sprint Cup Series.
“That’s a unique part of each series,” he said. “Iowa delivered for us. This is new with the combination Camping World-XFINITY package this weekend, which we thought was a success.”
Johnson Nominated for Kids’ Award
Jimmie Johnson has been nominated for a 2016 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Award. The six-time Sprint Cup champion is competing in the “Need for Speed” category. He’s up against other professional athletes including sprinter Usain Bolt (Jamaican Olympian), Billy Hamilton (MLB centerfielder for the Cincinnati Reds), Candace Hill (American track and field), Chloe Kim (American professional snowboarder) and Ted Ligety (American Olympian in alpine skiing). The awards show will air Sunday, July 17, at 8 p.m. (ET).
Actor Wilson Pacing Sonoma Field
Actor Luke Wilson will drive a 2016 Toyota Camry pace car to kick off the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race in Sonoma, Calif., this coming weekend. Wilson is best known for his roles in films including “Old School,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and “Legally Blonde.”
The Texas native currently stars in Showtime’s new series “Roadies,” which premieres this Sunday. The show follows the lives of a tight-knit group of rock-and-roll roadies working on the tour for a famous band.