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Champion drivers among NASCAR drivers at Pocono Poker Tournament WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- "Shuffle up and deal." And with those words the fourth annual Pocono Poker Tournament, benefiting The NASCAR Foundation and the Jeff Gordon 's Children's Foundation kicked off on Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of fans came from all over to meet NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, Rusty Wallace, and four-time NASCAR premier series champion Jeff Gordon . Both drivers received big applause from the crowd before the tournament got underway. Gordon and Wallace weren't the only NASCAR drivers to take part in Texas Hold'em as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Michael Annett and Matt DiBenedetto were on hand as were NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers Jennifer Jo Cobb , Ryan Ellis , Daniel Hemric , Ben Kennedy and Garrett Smithley . The 22-year-old Smithley, who is looking to make just the second Truck Series start of his career at Pocono, was the last driver eliminated from the action. Two-time Camping World Truck Series champion and FOX Sports 1 analyst Todd Bodine played, as did Vice Chairman of NASCAR Mike Helton (who is also the Board Chairman for The NASCAR Foundation). In addition to the poker tournament, there was also a silent auction that took place with items such as a signed skateboard of Tony Hawk's, a pair of Annett's racing shoes and signed die-casts and other racing memorabilia available to bid on. "NASCAR Foundation events such as the Pocono Poker Tournament showcase how the synergy of NASCAR partners, celebrities and fans can make a huge impact in the lives of children," The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director Lorene King said in a release provided by the foundation and the track. "We appreciate the support of Pocono Raceway and Mohegan Sun Pocono and look forward to using funds raised to bring technology to local middle schools in 2016." Gordon had long wanted to be involved with this event as poker is one of his hobbies. "I've heard of this event for several years and I've always wanted to try and get a chance to play in it," Gordon said before the cards were dealt. "For tonight to be the first time, and to honor our foundation and support that as well as The NASCAR Foundation and this being my final Pocono race, it is a fantastic opportunity for me to not only play for a great event and a great cause but interact with the fans. I look forward to that too. I'm sure they are all going to want to beat me." The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation was started in 1999 and supports children battling cancer by funding programs that improve patients' quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure. In addition to supporting the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital in Concord, North Carolina, the foundation also supports ongoing research at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indiana. Wallace, who was the 1989 premier series champion, admitted he was a much better golfer than poker player, but he did share an interesting teaching moment he received several years ago at a celebrity event in Las Vegas from 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker. "He said 'what do you know about poker?' I said, 'nothing.' He said, 'OK. I'm going to sit in the front row and I'm going to watch you. You just look at me and whatever I tell you to do, you do.' I said, 'OK.'" Wallace said Moneymaker added, 'When I say go all-in, you go all-in.' So I'm sitting there and I'm playing along and I look at him and he goes 'do it.' And I went all-in and everybody else just folded. So I'm like, wow that's pretty cool. I ended up having the most money when it was all said and done because everyone else blew their money so quick." In total, $57,484 was raised, which was the highest total in the event's history and will be split evenly with the two charities. On Friday, Pocono Raceway President/CEO Brandon Igdalsky presented Gordon during his media availability session with a check for an additional $24,000. "We want to thank all the participants in last night's Pocono Poker Tournament," Igdalsky said in a release provided by the track and foundation. "We were blown away by the number of attendees, VIP players and by how much money was raised for both The NASCAR Foundation and the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. Additionally, a big thanks to Mohegan Sun Pocono for hosting an amazing event and for all their support these last four years. I cannot wait to start planning next year’s event."
Kevin Harvick fights off Kyle Busch to win the Great Clips Grit Chips 300 in Atlanta.
Coach Joe Gibbs shed light on Erik Jones ' NASCAR career arc Tuesday morning, saying that a full XFINITY Series schedule and some Sprint Cup events were planned for 2016. Gibbs, appearing on "The Morning Drive on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, said that advancing the 19-year-old driver through the NASCAR development ladder was a top priority at Joe Gibbs Racing . "We look at Erik as a big part of our future," Gibbs told SiriusXM, "and we've got a plan laid out and it's not something we've talked about in public, but we all kind of know inside of our racing organization, and with his parents and his agent ... is just great . So we've talked over a plan, and basically the plan next year would be a full XFINITY season and try and run for a championship there and also to, in all likelihood, have him in some Cup races so that would be the goal for next year." Jones already has one Sprint Cup start to his credit, making an impressive drive at Kansas Speedway in May in place of the injured Kyle Busch . He also logged a hefty relief stint the month before, substituting for an ailing Denny Hamlin at Bristol Motor Speedway. Gibbs, 74, said plans to get Jones into a full-time ride are taking shape, though his organization currently stands at the NASCAR-mandated maximum of four teams, with Busch, Carl Edwards , Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth on the JGR driver roster. "We've got a plan laid out in the future, and it's something we can't, you know, we don't want to talk about now, but there is no question -- this guy, Erik's headed for Cup," Gibbs said with a laugh. "He's headed for Cup and we've got a path charted that we think is the best to get him ready and to fulfill his goal of being in a Cup car as quick as we can get him there." Jones is in his first full season driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Michigan native ranks third in the series standings, with four pole positions and one victory in 12 races thus far. Jones has also competed in 17 of 19 XFINITY Series events this season, with four poles and two wins splitting time between JGR's Nos. 20 and 54 Toyotas.
The unmistakable roar from the crowd was loud enough to easily hear over the 700-horsepower engine as the car blasted down the front stretch and across the start/finish line. The cheers were the familiar head-turning jolt of loud adoration Dale Earnhardt Jr . is accustomed to receiving at Talladega every single time he moves to the lead in a race. But this thunderous applause was in Indianapolis. And this was Tony Stewart in the car. NASCAR's "champion of the people" had arguably just reeled off his best single lap of the 2015 season, putting his No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet at the very top of Indy's famous scoring pylon for the first round of qualifying for the Brickyard 400 two weeks ago. And as Indiana's favorite native-born son climbed out of his car, he couldn't help but be touched by the overwhelming reception. A grin spread across his face and he waved to the grandstands acknowledging the love and loyalty. "That is huge,"' Stewart said of the crowd reaction. "Like I say, when you come home that is what you want. They play as big of a part in this as anything when it comes to keeping your morale up." "I have said all year that (performance on track) could change in a week and it doesn't even mean that after this weekend it's not going to go back to where it has been," Stewart, 44, added jokingly. "It could go and be a natural disaster tomorrow. It could all be for nothing." And indeed, while Stewart's final round qualifying session ultimately put him fourth on the grid -- his best start of the year -- the two-time Indy winner finished 28th at Indy. Last week at Pocono, he was better able to take advantage of a top-10 qualifying effort (sixth) and finished ninth, but it was only his second top-10 effort in 21 races this season. Stewart heads into Watkins Glen this week as the road course's all-time winningest NASCAR driver (five victories) but still needing a win in the next five races to qualify for his first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs since 2012. It's been a rough and emotional past two years for the three-time Cup champ, who has endured and persevered through serious injury, heartache and substandard results. Stewart was involved in an on-track fatality when fellow competitor Kevin Ward Jr. exited his car, approached Stewart's car during caution laps, was struck and died later from his injuries. Stewart missed three races but was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing. Since then, his performance on the track has included three top-10 finishes in 33 Sprint Cup races. However, the immense and intense faith of Stewart's fans has never faltered. "It seems like more people are rallying behind him than ever before actually," said 33-year-old James Groff, who showed up at a Bass Pro Shops grand opening outside Tampa, Florida, last week in hopes of getting Stewart's autograph, shaking his hand and most importantly, to remind his racing hero that a whole lot of people support him. "He's going through some rough times, but he'll get back to being the Tony he was. A broken leg, then that other sprint car accident, I'm sure it takes a toll. But he's a great driver and that's what it comes down to." Thousands of people showed up at the Bass Pro Shops store that Stewart was set to help christen for his longtime sponsor. And there were countless dressed in Stewart's racing T-shirts and hats. Grown men acted giddy taking a photo in front of one of Stewart's show cars. Women giggled at the thought of a hug and photo from Stewart and young kids carried die-cast replica cars for him to sign. "You gotta root for him, everyone has a bad year or so, but a true fan is a true fan," said Jason Mock, 32, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, who brought his 10- and 12-year-old daughters and 6-year-old son to meet their favorite driver. Asked why she was willing to come out on a rainy weekday night and brave the crowd to meet Stewart, 13-year-old Haylee Gulino explained with a smile. "I'm a Tony fan. My dad is too so I was raised that way.'' Unfortunately, Stewart wasn't able to attend the event because he was suffering from a severe migraine. But while he was home nursing a headache, had he been in Florida, his heart would have surely been healing. Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is among Stewart's loyal legions. His company has been a longtime sponsor of Stewart and his Stewart-Haas Racing team. Beyond that, Morris has developed a close friendship with the driver. And while things have been challenging for Stewart over the last couple years, Morris' support and confidence has never wavered. "Without any question," Morris said. "What are friends for? A friend in need is a friend indeed, as they say. I have a lot of admiration for Tony, his passion to give back to the sport he loves. Tony has been a steadfast friend of ours, too. People see part of a high-profile celebrity -- whether it be Tony racing or an entertainer -- and I feel privileged to have gotten to know Tony behind-the-scenes and seen what a compassionate, down-to-earth person he is." Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage has also witnessed first-hand the "Stewart Effect." Each December for most of the past decade, Gossage gets a telephone call "out of the blue" from the champ, not a SHR team representative or one of Stewart's assistants, but Stewart himself ready to schedule the next year's version of his "Smoke Show" fundraiser at the track. "Who does that?" said Gossage, explaining that Stewart's two-day event -- which will be held this week -- has raised more than $1 million for Speedway Children's Charities. "No other driver calls to just say, 'How can I help you? What's going on? What can I do?' " "The most precious thing any driver has to offer is time. They can give you money, memorabilia to auction off, any number of things, but the thing they have the least of is time because of their schedules, professional and personal life. "This is nine years now we've done the Smoke Show and it all came about from a casual conversation we were having and he said, 'I'll do that.' " And he has in the only way Stewart knows how. He's all in, a trait that has made him one of the most successful race car drivers of his generation and endeared him to one of the largest fan bases of any professional athlete. Gossage describes The Smoke Show as a "bucket list thing to do" for some of the super fans, willing and able to donate big bucks for a day-and-a-half to get up close and personal with Stewart. They have dinner with the champion and then the following day take a driving school type course getting tips from Stewart throughout. He gives the participants thrill rides -- at speed -- with him around the 1.5-mile speedway and celebrates with them in a mock Victory Lane complete with the cowboy hat, six-shooters and confetti used during the Texas Motor Speedway's two Sprint Cup Series race weekends. Even fan applause is piped in. "The cool thing is Tony gets to know every one of them and assigns them a nickname and he'll bust their chops all day long, and they love him,'' Gossage said. "He sits in that hot race car all day with sweat running off his nose and never unstraps from that race car until he's done. He's in it for hours and hours giving rides. He honestly is out there sweating his butt off for charity. I don't know anyone else that will do that. "What makes him different is the fire that burns inside him. That's what makes champions out of some athletes where others just have skills. He's got both. It's what's inside them. People may not fully understand he's the most sensitive tough guy I've ever met in my life. And I'm certain what's happened has had a lifelong impact on him. "What fans love about him is they think, 'He's just like me, a hard-working blue-collar regular guy except he got a break and got into one of those race cars.' "He's the 'every man' out on the race track."
RELATED: NXS results from Iowa " Truck results from Pocono Dale Earnhardt Jr . says the No. 88 team was lucky to drive away with a fourth-place finish at Pocono but had high praise for his JR Motorsports teams' performances last weekend. Saying it was a great weekend overall for the organization, Junior was excited about second places for Regan Smith in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and Kevin Harvick in the NASCAR Camping World Truck s Series. Earnhardt said Smith "did a good job" and said Harvick "didn't have a winning truck but got a lot out of it," adding that his Sprint Cup driving peer always does a good job when he jumps in a JRM truck. Smith's XFINITY crew chief, Jason Burdett, also got kudos from the boss during the radio show. "Jason Burdett, the crew chief in that car (No. 7 Chevrolet) has been awesome this year," Junior said. "If you know that guy's story, you can appreciate how hard it's been a climb for him." Burdett has been a part of two championship Sprint Cup teams, with Jeff Gordon in 2001 and and Dale Jarrett and Robert Yates Racing in 1999. He was car chief on the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team from 2008-10 before moving to Earnhardt's No. 88 team from 2011-14. Junior saved his most effusive praise for Cole Custer 's ARCA win at Pocono and Josh Berry 's Late Model victory at Orange County. "Cole (Custer) has a bright future and I'm excited about working with that kid next year and providing an opportunity for him to showcase his talents," Earnhardt said on the Dale Jr. Download on Dirty Mo Radio after returning from Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Pocono. "Hopefully, we can do a good job giving him that opportunity." Custer is a 17-year-old member of the NASCAR Next Class of 2015. The Ladera Ranch, California, native holds the records for youngest pole award and race winner in both the Truck Series and NASCAR's touring series. This season he has a win in the Truck Series at Gateway Motorsports Park. Custer has started five NCWTS races for JR Motorsports in the No. 00 Chevrolet this season after making nine starts in the series last year with Stewart-Haas Racing 's developmental team. RELATED: See the NASCAR Next Class of 2015 Berry is 24 and won the Summer Sizzler 75 lap Late Model race Saturday night at Orange County Speedway near Rougemont, North Carolina. "He's been winning left and right," Earnhardt said of Berry. "I've never won at Orange County before. He's sure representing us very well at all the local tracks that we love to race at." Junior added that he's very proud of the JR Motorsports late model program, and "not just for the obvious reasons" of winning and representing sponsors well. He takes pride in "racing at these local venues that have meant so much to so many people in our sport over the years. It's a good feeling. Just keeping up with the Langleys and the Orange Counties of the world."
Engine expires on No. 4, which was leading at the time RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings LONG POND, Pa. -- The engine on Kevin Harvick 's No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet expired while leading Sunday's Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway. Harvick, who started on the front row alongside pole-winner Kyle Busch , stayed out under the competition caution from Laps 17-19 and led the field to green on Lap 20 when he noticed a problem with his power plant. "Coming off of Turn 2, I knew I had some issues and didn't realize they were going to be that big, but all in all, just really proud of my team," Harvick said. "Car was fast. You'll have days like this." The reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion is winless at Pocono, one of only five tracks on the circuit where he hasn't gone to Victory Lane. He's also without a win at Dover, Kentucky, Sonoma and Texas. Sitting atop the points standings with two wins on the season, Harvick clinched a Chase berth three races ago at Kentucky Speedway in his attempt to defend his title this fall. Hendrick Motorsports supplies engines to SHR, and Harvick was asked whether his team was working on something special for the Chase. "I have no idea," Harvick said. "That would be a great question for the engine shop, but I don't think that's the case." The 42nd-place finish was Harvick's worst since last spring at Texas. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Junior battles back from penalty, contact and vibration for fourth-place finish RELATED: Junior dishes on Hendrick's recent woes LONG POND, Pa. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr . wasn't able to defend his Windows 10 400 title Sunday at Pocono Raceway, but after overcoming a self-induced pit-road penalty, on-track contact and a severe vibration, he was happy with a fourth-place finish. "Just had more fuel than everybody else," Earnhardt Jr. said. "We had a lot of trouble today." By Lap 40, the No. 88 car moved up to third from 15th at the start as pit strategies played out. But when he came to pit road 13 laps later, Earnhardt Jr. was caught speeding entering pit road. "Tach wasn't working right so we got caught speeding on pit road," Earnhardt Jr. said. "That was kind of my fault because we have a backup plan, and I didn't use it very well I guess. We got behind, and never could really get our track position back." Falling to 25th by Lap 70, Earnhardt was caught between Cole Whitt low and Casey Mears high in Turn 1 on Lap 72, bringing out the seventh caution of the race. "I must have come down on Cole Whitt down there into Turn 1," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I didn't think I had anybody underneath me. I was just kind of taking it easy getting down into the corner off the gas and waiting on everybody to sort it out. I must have come down on him. We got a little damage there. We fixed that. Got back out there." By Lap 80, Earnhardt Jr. had fallen back to 36th place after fighting a vibration that neither he nor crew chief Greg Ives could diagnose. "We had a lot of vibrations for some reason, not the driveline vibrations, kind of like a bad tire or something," Earnhardt Jr. said. "The right front shook real bad on one set, and the right rear shook bad. "We ran good lap times throughout the day. We got in front of the leader there one time and was running some good laps until we had a real bad vibration kick in and turn sideways down there." After seven cautions in the first half of the race, only one caution came out in the second 80 laps, and the No. 88 team was able to climb into the top 20 by Lap 140. Host of the popular "Back In the Day" show on SPEED Channel, Earnhardt Jr. was surprised that NASCAR waved no yellows in the final 63 laps and threw in a throwback Sunday reference to the year before his birth. "The booth up there, they turned the clock back to 1973 and let that thing play out a little bit, let everybody run out of gas," Earnhardt Jr. said. "That was pretty cool, kind of like some of the older races where you just can't count on them to throw the cautions at the end. They didn't today." Sitting 17th at Lap 150, several cars ran out of Sunoco Green E15 in the final 10 laps, and Earnhardt Jr. was able to earn his third top-five finish in the last five races. He was joined in the top six by fellow Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon in third and Jimmie Johnson in sixth. On Friday, Earnhardt Jr. said Hendrick Motorsports may not be "on top of the mountain any more," and since his win at Daytona, the team has only led four laps over the past four races, including two on Sunday by Gordon. As Joe Gibbs Racing continues its recent dominance with its fourth consecutive victory and 353 laps led in that stretch, Earnhardt Jr. was optimistic that his team may have turned the corner. "Really enjoyed the power we had today," Earnhardt Jr. "We had great motors. I could tell down the straightaway it was as good anybody or better. "We just got to work on our car. Our car wasn't very good all weekend in the corner. We had a lot of balance issues we never really cured so that held us up. We weren't as good as we were earlier this year. "Still a top-10, top-five car, but just barely a top-five car. I thought we had a good enough car to win here when we come here in the summer earlier, but we lost a little on the balance." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
2015 Awards set for Dec. 4 at Wynn Las Vegas DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 3, 2015) -- NASCAR® announced today that the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ Awards -- and all of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week™ -- will return to Las Vegas in 2015 as part of a renewed partnership with the destination. The agreement ensures that Las Vegas will continue hosting the week-long celebration, offering fans and industry members a chance to see the sport’s stars and congratulate the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will headline NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week at Wynn Las Vegas on December 4, 2015. The 16th annual DAYTONA Rising / NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum, hosted by SportsBusiness Journal , will kick off NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week festivities at The Mirage on December 1-2. "We've had a great experience in Las Vegas and are very pleased to extend our partnership with the city," said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Steve Phelps. "Las Vegas has consistently set the stage for a vibrant, exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week, when the sport looks back on the season and toasts its newest Champion." NASCAR began hosting its premier series awards show in Las Vegas in 2009 following a 28-year run in New York City. Since then, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards and Champion's Week has hosted events at over 30 venues along the famous Las Vegas Strip, drawing the sport's top drivers and an assortment of high-profile musical and celebrity guests. "We are thrilled that NASCAR and Las Vegas will continue their strong and successful partnership as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week return for the seventh year," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "Each year this event gets bigger and better, and Las Vegas provides the ultimate backdrop to this unrivaled experience in the most exciting city in the world." For the first time, the DAYTONA Rising / NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum will expand to a third day and make its debut at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, providing sports industry executives a first-look at the newly completed DAYTONA Rising project. The DAYTONA Rising / NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum has established itself as the premier event where thought leaders both in and out of the racing community gather to discuss, debate and share insights that impact the future of racing. Registration is required at www.MotorsportsMarketingForum.com , and more details on the agenda will be shared in the weeks and months ahead. "We're very happy to expand our 2015 NASCAR Motorsports Marketing program to include a Daytona component on February 17, given how much excitement there is surrounding the DAYTONA Rising project," said Richard Weiss, Publisher of SportsBusiness Journal . "It's a win-win combination for attendees who will join in our December Motorsports Marketing Forum discussions in Las Vegas who will now also be able to get an insider's perspective on the Daytona International Speedway project." The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will air on NBCSN beginning at 9 p.m. ET. MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the awards show live at 8 p.m. ET.
Jeb Burton, Kasey Kahne both had hard hits over weekend A separate pair of incidents at Pocono Raceway has led to plans to alter the facility's pit road wall after two drivers wrecked into it over the weekend, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell told NASCAR.com on Monday. Jeb Burton (final practice) and Kasey Kahne (Sunday's race) both got loose off Turn 3 in separate incidents, lost control of their respective vehicles and wrecked into the inside wall on pit row. Kahne's incident on Sunday knocked him out of the race, and it was almost identical to Burton's wreck -- the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet essentially followed the same tire marks that Burton had put down. "First, it's important to look at what happened in Pocono," O'Donnell said. "Certainly it was unique with Jeb Burton , and then you saw Kasey Kahne really unbelievably follow him with same tire tracks during the event. Tom Gideon, our safety expert, was already up at Pocono drawing up some plans to look at extending the pit wall. "With that comes some challenges. We have to make sure the drivers coming out of Turn 3 during the race, that it's a safe situation by extending the wall. We'll work with the race track. We've got to explore the angles, look at all the data we have from the race cars as well and kind of combine all that. The initial plan is ... we'll plan to extend the wall at Pocono. And certainly from there, to take a look at each one of our venues." President and CEO of Pocono Raceway, Brandon Igdalsky, also commented on the safety procedures that came into question during the Windows 10 400 . “Our commitment to driver safety is paramount,” said Igdalsky. "We have made multiple upgrades and updates to our facility, with more safety improvements rolling out before the 2016 NASCAR season. We work hand-in-hand with NASCAR throughout the year to execute and implement these changes. "Once NASCAR collects the data, as it pertains to the unique incidents involving Jeb Burton and Kasey Kahne from this past weekend, we will communicate with one another and develop the safest solution.” O'Donnell also tackled the question of whether or not the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series would race at Iowa Speedway. Saturday night's NASCAR XFINITY Series event at the Rusty Wallace-designed .875-mile oval produced plenty of good racing, a thrilling conclusion ... and some drama, as well. "Well, I think when you look at our Cup schedule right now, there's no secret that it's full," O'Donnell said. "One of the things that's unique about Iowa that we like is the ability for the XFINITY Series to go there and be the showcase event. I believe that's why you're talking about it today, seeing Ryan Blaney hold off a number of hungry competitors on a couple of green-white-checkered (finishes), really doing his job to win that event. "We like the fact the XFINITY Series can be the showcase event. It deserves that. Iowa is a unique venue and it produces some great racing for us … and we like what we're seeing there."